A Pocket Full of Rye (Facsimile) by
hbk out January 06
Published by HarperCollins
This is one of a number of Christies which makes use of a nursery rhyme to connect a
series of crimes, a trick she played most brilliantly in 'And Then There Were None'.
However, the facsimile dust jacket is a model of simplicity and makes no attempt to
depict any scene from the novel. The death of her former maid, Gladys, brings Miss
Marple into contact with the inhabitants of Yew Tree Lodge, whose businessman
owner has just been murdered. The final page offers a reminder of Christie's fierce
and genuine hatred of evil behaviour and is genuinely moving – an illustration of why
there is rather more to this famous author than mere dexterity with plot.
- author of the highly acclaimed Harry Devlin Mysteries)