Tomorrow, 15th September, is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie, and in a deliciously naughty twist, The Lady is publishing the most fatally gorgeous cake recipe ever. It is the Delicious Death chocolate cake recipe that appears in the Christie story A Murder Is Announced, except that this recipe is by Jane Asher, and is even more sinfully lethal than the one in the story, (only minus the arsenic.)
With the sort of detail that appeals to my macabre streak, the article tells us how often food is used as a means of murder in Agatha Christie mysteries. The Lady informs us: Of her 80 plus detective novels, at least half use food as a murder weapon, including: arsenic in a curry (4.50 from Paddington), hyoscine hydrobromide in a cup of coffee (Black Coffee), digitalin in the cocoa (Crooked House), an overdose of sedative in a cocktail , (The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side), ptomaine poison in a fig paste sandwich (The House of Lurking Death, which incidentally also includes a ricin cocktail…) and taxine in marmalade (A Pocket Full of Rye) along with a delightful trifle made with arsenic-laced hundreds and thousands (The Tuesday Night Club). To name but a few.
To quote Octave Mirbeau: Murder is born of love, and love attains the greatest intensity in murder. For the most fatally delicious chocolate cake recipe ever and a most intriguing article, check out The Lady this week.