A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple #7) by Agatha ChristieA handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman! Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his counting house when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marples suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme!
Miss Marple S01E10 A Pocketful of Rye Part 2 1985
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Like several of Christie's novels e. When upper middle class businessman Rex Fortescue dies while having tea, the police are shocked. The diagnosis is death by taxine - a poison found as a mixture of cardiotoxic diterpenes in the leaves, but not the berries darils , of the European yew tree. His wife was the main suspect in the murder, until she also was murdered, after drinking tea laced with cyanide. Going on the only clue, a pocket full of rye found on the victim, Miss Marple begins investigating. Marple realizes the murders are arranged according to the pattern of a childhood nursery rhyme, Sing a Song of Sixpence.
Like several of Christie's novels e. Miss Marple travels to the Fortescue home to offer information on the maid, Gladys Martin. She works with Inspector Neele until the mysteries are revealed. Two reviewers at the time of publication felt that "the hidden mechanism of the plot is ingenious at the expense of probability"  and that the novel was "Not quite so stunning as some of Mrs Christie's criminal assaults upon her readers". An autopsy reveals that the cause of death was poisoning by taxine , a toxic alkaloid obtained from the yew tree , and that Fortescue ingested it with his breakfast, while a search of his clothing reveals a quantity of rye in his jacket pocket.
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