A detestable businessman is murdered while at work, and a handful of rye is found in his pockets. Soon after, members of his household fall victim to a killer intent on recreating scenes from a popular nursery rhyme.
When Rex Fortescue dies while sitting at his desk in the City, it's determined that he was in fact poisoned. He was married to a much younger wife, who now stands to inherit. His son Percival, a partner in the family firm, was a disappointment to him and a daughter, Elaine, hasn't amounted to much. Another son, Lance, had a falling out with his father many years before and relocated to East Africa. He suddenly appears soon after his father's death claiming that they had reconciled and been invited by him to return to England with an offer to rejoin the firm. Miss Marple takes a particular interest in the case when her former maid Gladys, now working in the Fortescue household, is also murdered. She soon learns that the elder Fortescue had received veiled threats for some time and that they might have something to do with a long ago business deal that made his initial fortune.Written by
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When Miss Marple is going through Gladys' belongings, she finds a postcard from the alleged boyfriend. When the card is first seen, it has two stamps on it; moments later, when Miss Marple, crosses the room toward the window and the card is seen for the second time, there is only one stamp on it. See more »
Julia McKenzie stars as that formidable spinster sleuth of Agatha Christie's Miss Jane Marple who has a personal interest in this next murder she solves. There are three committed on one of those rich estates, the lord and lady of the manor so to speak. But a third is that of young Rose Heiney, a rather simple young girl who formerly worked for Jane Marple. That sends Miss Marple into action.
I have to say that Christie really wove an intricate plot here. And the key in fact is Heiney or rather the gullibility of this poor tragic figure. There are a lot of red herrings thrown out here enough for a sea food salad. And the murderer has a perfect alibi for the first one which throws everyone off.
For Christie fans the world over, a real gem.
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