16 September 2010

Agatha Christie Blog Tour 2010 - Day 16

Our host today on the Agatha Christie Blog Tour is The Game's Afoot, Jose Ignacio Escribano, of Madrid, Spain.

Recently Bernadette at Reactions to Reading had this to say of Jose Ignacio:
[he] lives in Spain and blogs (in English) (he’d have to as I’m woefully monolingual) about his crime fiction finds as well as providing snippets of life in sunny Spain (at least I always assume it is sunny when I am reading a post by Jose Ignacio, this has been particularly enjoyable during the recent deluge we have experienced in my part of the world). He writes great reviews and often teases us about books that have been published in Spanish that those of us who are linguistically challenged might get to read in translation one day.

She was referring to The Game's Afoot as being one of her blog finds of the year. A scroll through his website will convince you that she is right.

Recently he reviewed THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD, saying "A wonderful and very ingenious book that no crime fiction aficionado should miss."

Pop over to The Game's Afoot to see what he has in store for us today.

This is Google's tribute - appeared on Google UK.

From: "Agatha Christie Newsletter"
To: Kerrie
Subject: Wish Agatha Christie a Happy Birthday!

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Agatha Christe Newsletter
Hi Kerrie,
Please join us in wishing Agatha Christie a happy 120th birthday!

It's September 15th, Agatha Christie's birthday and the midpoint of Christie Week 2010. It's the anniversary the entire world is celebrating, from the special Google Doodle (see below) or the huge international chat taking place right now on Twitter, wherever you are grab yourself a party hat and shout aloud the words "I love Agatha Christie!" you won't be the only one.          

Google loves Agatha Christie
Google have joined the celebrations by creating a special Agatha Christie themed 'Google Doodle' appearing on the Google homepage in most countries around the world, only for today - check out Google.co.uk.

Enter for the chance to win every Christie novel in your language
Agatha Christie is the most translated author in the world, she's sold over two billion books worldwide earning her the grand title 'Queen of Crime'. By entering this competition you could win every Christie novel currently published in your language, so what better way to start your Christie love affair! Enter now.

Delicious Death
Christie fans the world over are marking this very special event by baking a Delicious Death cake, using the exclusive new recipe created by Jane Asher. Bake a Delicious Death, post a photo of it on our Facebook page and you could be awarded a special limited edition 120th anniversary pin badge.

ITV3's Christie Weekend
Make sure you tune in to the UK's ITV3 this coming weekend for the biggest dose of Christie you'll ever receive on your TV set. It's wall-to-wall Christie both Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule here. And make sure you vote Miss Marple or Poirot for The People's Detective 2010

Chiswick Book Festival, London
Join award winning crime writer Val McDermid on Sunday 19th September, as she celebrates Agatha Christie over a special English tea. McDermid, winner of the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger 2010 also discusses her new novel Trick of the Dark. The festival takes place 17th - 19th September. Book your tickets now.       

BBC Audiobooks
57 of BBC Radio's most popular Christie dramas are now available for download at www.bbcaudiozone.com. And to coincide with 2010's Christie Week they are on offer at a special reduced price of £4.99 or less until the end of September 2010!

BARNES & NOBLE Christie Book Club 
Barnes & Noble's online Mystery Book Club forum are celebrating Dame Agatha's birthday with a month-long celebration in September and have invited authors to blog about different aspects of Christie's life and works. Make sure you stop by their site.

Christie Comic Books
UK Christie publisher David Brawn blogs about the origins and latest release of the beautifully illustrated Christie comic books, otherwise known as graphic novels. Peril at End House is the latest UK release and would make a terrific Christmas present for any age. Read David's blog.

Christie on Stage
Samuel French who publish the Christie stage plays have rereleased Go Back for Murder (adapted from Five Little Pigs) especially for the Christie celebrations. The plays are performed the world over and for non drama types they make an interesting read if you're familiar with the story on which they are based. You can also enter for a chance to win a copy of John Curran's secret notebooks!

BBC Archive
BBC Archive is releasing a small collection of radio and television items in tribute to the world's most successful crime writer. The collection features extracts from recently discovered tapes that she made in preparation for writing her autobiography, tributes from theatrical luminaries, and items tracing the many anniversaries of Christie's legendary 'The Mousetrap'. The collection is available now. (UK only)

And the Mystery Figure is....
And finally, for all those who took part in the online hunt for the true identity of the Mystery Figure, we can now reveal exactly who it was. Without wanting to spoil the ending of a story, we can tell you that the Mystery Figure is the murderer from Hercule Poirot's Christmas. The winner of the competition will be announced very soon. 

© Agatha Christie Ltd 2010

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