To celebrate Agatha’s big day, HarperCollins went all out, with a speech, champagne, a murder mystery and most importantly, cake! Because what’s a birthday without it?
Inspired by Christie’s A Murder Is Announced, the cake has been christened ‘Delicious Death’, and was definitely one of the better cakes we’ve had, especially once it had had a good sprinkling of edible gold leaf. We just wish she’d been here to see it!
To try it for yourselves then simply follow the Jane Asher recipe below, and anyone that posts a photo of their own attempt to make it will automatically enter a draw to win an Agatha Christie poster! So get cooking!
Wednesday 15th September was Agatha Christie‘s 120th birthday. There was a plethora of activity to mark the occasion, with extensive press coverage celebrating the Queen of Crime and her work. If you didn’t get the chance to see it, the ‘Google Doodle‘ was Christie-themed in over 40 countries worldwide on the today.
FIVE OF THE BEST
Murder on the Orient Express
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again…
Read an extract from Murder on the Orient Express