A Pocket Full of Rye

Author: Agatha Christie
Reviewer's Age: Grade 8

A Pocket Full of Rye is about a rich English family in the mid 1800s. It begins when the father, Rex Forsecue, is poisoned from taxine, or yew berries, that was put in his tea, with a handful of rye in his pocket. Inspector Neele is put on the case, and sent to interview the rest of the family. Together with Mrs. Marple, he catches the cold-blooded murderer and stops him before he kills again.

I thought that this mystery was very well written. You didn’t find out who the murderer was until the very end, and kept suspecting different people. Another reason why I really liked this book was the characters. They had very well defined personalities, and you could identify with them easily. The only thing that I didn’t like about the book is how Ms. Marple solves the mystery when, in real life, she wouldn’t have enough prove to figure that out. All in all, though, this is a great book and I highly recommend it.