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U.K. stamps offer hidden clues about Agatha Christie mysteries

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Mysteries lurk in the mail. The Guardian reports the U.K.’s Royal Mail will honor Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, in a most fitting way.

The mail service is releasing a set of stamps with hidden clues to celebrate Christie, the iconic mystery author. This year marks Christie’s 126th birthday and the 40th anniversary of her death. 100 years ago she began writing her first mystery the immortal The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which kick started a best-selling career.

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Clues to solve each story’s mystery lie within the stamp via UV ink, extremely tiny text, and thermochronic ink. At home detectives don’t need to be the next Miss Marple to solve the crime. A magnifying class, some body heat, and UV light will crack the case.

The stamp series has been designed by Jim Sutherland and will spotlight six of Christie’s stories including: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Body in the Library, A Murder is Announced, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. The first class stamp with be Murder on the Orient Express featuring the mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The famous train mystery is set to be adapted for the silver screen yet again, this time by Kenneth Branagh. And Then There Were None scoops up the final stamp, which most recently was brilliantly adapted by BBC and distributed stateside by Lifetime.