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Editor's Note

Christmas is coming and despite waving goodbye to David Suchet as Poirot, we have some excellent reasons to be cheerful and an early gift for you in this month's newsletter.

Christmas listening

Get into the festive spirit by listening to this free audiobook clip of Hercule Poirot's Christmas. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood his throat slashed. But when Hercule Poirot offers to assist he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion... Listen now.

Dead Man's Folly game now on tablets

Adapted from the successful PC game downloaded 27 million times, the brilliant murder mystery hidden-object game Dead Man's Folly is now available on tablets and is available in the App Store and on Google Play. The game has beautiful high-definition artwork that is painstakingly true to the era in which the novel was written and the gameplay takes full advantage of the clever and often misleading plot full of red herrings for which Agatha Christie is world famous.  The game is free to play for the first two chapters with the option to pay £2.99 to upgrade for the full version.

Write Your Own Christie

The deadline for chapter two has now passed and the judges are keenly reading a glut of wonderful entries. You can read chapter one right now, the winning chapter two will be posted very soon. And if this is the first you've heard of this innovative competition then you should definitely take a closer look, then sharpen your pencils and get scribbling.

Chris Chan and the Mystery Man

Chris has written a thoroughly entertaining walkthrough guide to this year's Mystery Man game that over a thousand of you joined in with. It reads like a book in its own right so if you have a spare moment, give it a go.

World Book Night 2014

After the Funeral, which by coincidence is Sophie Hannah's favourite Hercule Poirot novel, has been selected as a title to GIVE for World Book Night 2014 in the UK and US. World Book Night happens each year on April 23, and is about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways - through the sharing of stories. Read more.

Adapting Christie, for dinner

You think solving a murder is easy? What about adapting one? In true denouement fashion, Ben Muir, of After Dark Events, explains how Tommy & Tuppence became embroiled in a Murder Mystery Dinner. "Tommy & Tuppence are unique characters to work with as they have aged in real time over five books. The public consciousness always places them in their early career but what the future books allowed us to do was foreshadow events that fans of the duo would be aware of and also gave the actors playing the parts the chance to learn more about who they were..." Read more.
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