Royal Mail issues Special Stamps to celebrate Agatha Christie


In commemoration of the Queen of Crime, Royal Mail have released a set of six Special Stamps based on a selection of Agatha 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. 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 Christie’s mystery novels. Use a mix of body heat, UV light and a magnifying glass to reveal all of the hidden elements – will you be able to discover them all?

Talking about the stamps, Agatha 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.”

Visit Royal Mail to purchase a set of the Agatha Christie Special Stamps and use your detective powers to reveal the hidden elements within each stamp. Stay tuned to the Agatha Christie Facebook and Twitter pages for hints on how to find all of the clues.

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