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Great Britain
2016

Agatha Christie

Marking 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first crime novel

September 15, 2016, perf: 14¾ × 14½

Murder on the Orient Express
Scott: 3546

While travelling from Istanbul on the Orient Express, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot finds himself embroiled in an intriguing mystery after a fellow passenger is found murdered. During the course of the investigation, Poirot’s “little grey cells” are put to the test as he sidesteps several red herrings and pieces together the unusual chain of events that led to the crime.

The red kimono character is a red herring, distracting the viewer from the killer hidden behind a heat sensitive ink curtain (you simply put your finger on the and curtain disappears). The suspects are all printed in micro text along the train rail.

And Then There Were None
Scott: 3547

Invited to a mansion on a remote island off the Devon coast by a mysterious host, 10 people endure a rude awakening as shocking secrets from their pasts are revealed by an anonymous and judgemental source. After one of the guests dies unexpectedly from cyanide poisoning, it becomes clear to the remaining nine that their lives are in terrible danger...

The island is the profile of the unknown killer and host,” Sutherland said. “The poem, key to the plot, is the moon’s reflection. The mysterious U.N. Owen appears at the lit window.”

The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Scott: 3548

Styles Court, a grand country residence near the Essex village of Styles St Mary, provides the setting for Agatha Christie’s debut crime novel. Arthur Hastings has returned to England on sick leave from the First World War and while he recuperates in the home of Mrs Emily lnglethorpe, a suspicious death occurs that requires the canny detection skills of Monsieur Hercule Poirot.

Poirot and Hastings investigate the crime scene, forming the skull, as the murderer used poison. The whole stamp is then reproduced in miniature on the poison bottle.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Scott: 3549

Narrated by Dr James Sheppard, who lives with his sister Caroline in the village of King’s Abbot, the story tells of the demise of the eponymous Roger Ackroyd, a man who knew too much. After Ackroyd is found dead in his study, the famous detective (and King’s Abbot resident) Hercule Poirot is persuaded to come out of retirement to solve the near-unfathomable mystery.

The killer with his knife is the shadow of the lead character. His lover's suicide note he reads was the cause of his death, and this is reprinted in full in micro text. Point looks on from the flames.

The Body in the Library
Scott: 3550

After Colonel and Mrs Bantry awake one morning to find the body of a young blonde woman in their library at Gossington Hall, the intuitive detection skills of Miss Jane Marple are immediately sought. Despite the efforts of several police detectives, it is the inconspicuous methods of Miss Marple that help to reveal significant clues, and it is she who ultimately discovers the truth behind the crime.

Miss Marple investigates a body found in the library. Her previous books appear on the shelves behind.

A Murder is Announced
Scott: 3551

“A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 pm. Friends please accept this, the only intimation.” This peculiar pronouncement in the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette would draw a number of curious visitors to the home of Miss Biacklock. After the murder does indeed take plaee at the appointed time, Miss Marple is called upon to investigate.

The killer bursts in at a preannounced time (6:30) to shoot at the hostess. She holds the newspaper where he announced his plans. UV ink reveals the clock face. Miss Marple appears on the scene.

 
Agatha Christie
Antigua & Barbuda
Central African Republic
Dominica
Great Britain - 1990
Great Britain - 1991
Great Britain - 2016
Guernsey
Guinea
Isle of Man - 2003
Isle of Man - 2006
Nicaragua
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somali Republic
Uganda

The hidden micro-texts...

Murder on the Orient Express
"The suspects are all printed in micro text along the train rail":



The suspects: Pierre Michel, Hector MacQueen, Edward Masterman, Caroline Hubbard, Greta Ohlsson, Princess Dragomiroff,

Count Andrenyi, Countess Andrenyi, Colonel Arbuthnot, Cyrus Hardman, Antonio Foscarelu, Mary Debenham, Hildegarde Schmidt.

Murder on the Orient Express
"The poem, key to the plot, is the moon’s reflection."" [therefore, upside down:]
Ten little soldier boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self then there were Nine.
Nine little soldier boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were Eight.
Eight little soldier boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were Seven.
Seven little solder b oys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were Six.
Six little soldier boys playing with a hive;
A bumble bee stung one and then there were Five.
Five little soldier boys going in for law;
One got into chancery and then there were Four.
Four little soldier boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were Three.
Three little soldier boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were Two.
Two little soldier boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled and then there was One.
One little soldier boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself
And then there were None.
Frank Green, 1869

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
"His lover's suicide note he reads was the cause of his death, and this is reprinted in full in micro text":
If you can Roger,
my very dear
Roger, forgive me
the wrong I meant
to do you since
when the time
came, I could not
do it after all.

The Body in the Library
"Her previous books appear on the shelves behind":
The secret adversary, The man in the brown suit, The secret of the chimneys, The seven dials mystery, Partners in Crime, The mysterious Mr. Quin, The murder at the vicarage, The Sittaford Mystery, The thirteen problems, The hound of death, The Lesterdale Mystery, Why didn't they ask Evans?, Parker Pyne investigates, Murder is easy, And then there were none, N or M?

A Murder is Announced
"She holds the newspaper where he announced his plans":
Gazette
A Murder Is
Announced

and will take place on
Friday, October 29th,
at Little Paddocks at
6:30 p.m. Friends please
accept this, the only
intimation.



SPECIFICATIONS

Date of issue: 15 September 2016
Design: Studio Sutherland
lllustrations: Neil Webb
Printer: lntemational Security Printers
Process: lithography
Format: landscape Size: 60mm x 30mm
Perforations: 14.5 x 14.5
Number per sheet: 24/48
Phosphor: bars as appropriate
Gum: PVA


Texts are from the Royal Mail Presentation Pack. Comments under the images regarding the designs are from Studio Sutherland, quoted at Slate's Design Blog.