It was Miss Somers's turn to make the tea. Miss Somers was the newest and the most in efficient of the typists. She was no longer young and had a mild worried face like a sheep. The kettle was not quite boiling when Miss Somers poured the water on to the tea, but poor Miss Somers was never quite sure when a kettle was boiling. It was one of the many worries that afflicted her in life.
In "A Pocket Full of Rye", a childhood nursery rhyme would seem to fit the pattern of the crime. But in the world penned by Agatha Christie, nothing is so simple. Even so, much of the story hinges on the bizzare clue, a pocket full of rye. Red herrings abound in this underrated classic. Wealthy tycoon Rex Fortescue dies suddenly after a very apparent poisoning. Suspicions immediately fall on his money grubbing wife until she turns up dead. Accompanied by the death of a maid, fingers are immediately pointed at members of the household present during the crimes. Yet no clear motive reveals itself. Enter the mysterious pocket full of rye and the rhyme of its origin. The clue leads to a dark hour in the Fortescue family history, yet no person in the household should still feel its sting. On the other hand, perhaps somebody in the house should not be in the house. As the story winds to its ends, I could not help but feel the first twist ending was the better solution. But knowing this is a work of fiction, the final conculsion was more than acceptable and logical.Trả lời
Julia McKenzie makes her debut as Miss Marple in a finely tuned Agatha Christie story. Not only is McKenzie very good as the village amateur sleuth, but the story is terrific and a close adaptation to the original book. I noticed some recognizable faces including Matthew Macfayden (MI-5), as the Inspector. Although I recognized the name, I had to double-check that it was actually the late Wendy Richards (Are you Being Served?) as Mrs. Crump. McKenzie makes a more intellectual, sympathetic and serious Miss Marple in her tailored suit and sensible shoes. I've read almost all of Christie's books in the past few years and think she's perfectly fine in the role, if not a tad youngish. I'm looking forward to the next episodes.Trả lời