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In the novel Dead Man's Folly, Mrs Tucker (née Merdell) is the daughter of Old Merdell. She is married to Mr Tucker and is the mother of Marlene, Marilyn, and Gary.

Mrs Tucker was the youngest of eleven children. Her eldest brother had been the head gardener at Nasse House, and her father looked after the boats for Old Squire Folliat. Mrs Tucker had also worked at Nasse House as a girl.

She has seven children. The two eldest daughters are married, a son is in the navy and one son is doing military service and one daughter works for a hairdresser in Torquay. The three youngest children still live at home.

Mrs Tucker is described as being a "thin, hatchet-faced woman with stringy blonde hair and a sharp nose". She is a "good housewife", and keeps her house very clean, not allowing her husband to come any further than the scullery with his muddy boots on. Occasionally she also helps in the kitchen at Nasse House.

After Marlene's death, Mrs Tucker tells Inspector Bland that Marlene had occasional quarrels with her teacher or her peers, but it was never anything serious, and there was no one who bore a grudge against her. She also says that Marlene "talked silly often", but had never mentioned anyone who might have been an enemy. Marlene had talked about make-up and hair-dos, and Mrs Tucker had told her that she was too young to put on lipstick.

When Poirot calls on the Tuckers at their house, no one answers the door at first, because his knocking is drowned out by Mrs Tucker's high-pitched voice. Poirot hears her nagging her husband about bringing his boots onto the linoleum, which she has spent the whole morning polishing. She also nags her son, Gary, about keeping his lollipop and sticky fingers away from her best silver teapot. When Poirot enters the house, she casts "a swift, agonized glance at his feet". However, as Poirot has only walked on the high road, his shoes do not deposit any mud on her linoleum.

Mrs Tucker tells Poirot that Sally Legge had given Marlene a lipstick and a scarf. Mrs Tucker had told Marlene that she should not listen to what "London ladies" said, and that she was too young to wear make-up. She had spoken sharply to Marlene. However, after Marlene's death she wished she had not spoken so sharply.

Mrs Tucker also tells Poirot that her father "talked a lot of nonsense", and she had to "shut him up pretty sharp now and then".

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