In the novel A Pocket Full of Rye, Patricia “Pat” Fortescue is the recently married wife of Lance Fortescue. Lance is her third husband, and they met in Kenya. She is the daughter of an Irish Peer.

Her first husband had died in the Battle of Britain and her second husband, Lord Frederick Anstice, committed suicide. Thereafter she went to Kenya to start life afresh and there met Lance. She loves Lance and he loves her. She is unaware of Lance's crimes, believing the stories he tells of his father sending for him. Miss Marple advises her to return to her childhood home, if troubles should find her in her life again.

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