The stamps contain hidden elements relating to key scenes and principal characters from Christie’s mystery novels.
The stamps contain hidden elements relating to key scenes and principal characters from Christie’s mystery novels.

Special Stamps Celebrate Agatha Christie

Special Stamps Celebrate Agatha Christie

In commemoration of Agatha Christie, dubbed the queen of crime, the UK’s Royal Mail have released a set of six special stamps based on a selection of Christie’s greatest mystery novels.
To celebrate 100 years since Christie wrote her first detective novel, which introduced world renowned fictional detective Hercule Poirot to the world, 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' is featured in the stamp set, agathachristie.com reported.
Other novels depicted on the stamps include: 'Murder on the Orient Express', 'And Then There Were None', 'A Murder is Announced', 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' and 'The Body in the Library'.
In true Christie style each stamp, designed by Jim Sutherland and illustrated by Neil Webb, contains hidden elements relating to key scenes and principal characters from her mystery novels.
One should use a mix of body heat, UV light and a magnifying glass to reveal all of the hidden elements.
Talking about the stamps, Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard said: "I am delighted that, 100 years after she wrote her first detective novel, my grandmother’s works are being celebrated in such a unique way by Royal Mail. The ingenuity of her mysteries is cleverly represented in these distinctive designs, with the use of cutting edge technology - a welcome alliance of the traditional and the modern - adding to the delight. I am certain that Agatha Christie and mystery lovers will relish the puzzles that each stamp presents".
This year marks Christie’s 126th birthday and the 40th anniversary of her death.
Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, notably those revolving around the investigative work of her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. In 1971 she was made a Dame for her contribution to literature.
Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics and more than 30 feature films have been based on her work.


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