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Death In The Clouds (Hercule Poirot Series #12)

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On a flight from Le Bourget to Croydon, on which Hercule Poirot is an apprehensive passenger, a woman is found dead. A doctor on board is inclined to put it down to a wasp-sting, but Poirot suspects that a poisoned dart is the real cause—and, perhaps rather too conveniently, a blow pipe is dicovered stuffed down the back of his seat. Clearly, the murder can only have been ...more
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Published May 3rd 2004 by BBC Physical Audio (first published January 1st 1935)
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Sean Kennedy
Not the best of Christie's mysteries, and some truly appalling casual racism that threw me out of the story as a modern reader. Blah blah context, I know, but the characters themselves were detestable. I quote this as an example as the two romantic protagonists get to know each other over dinner:


They liked dogs and disliked cats. They both hated oysters and loved smoked salmon. They liked Greta Garbo and disliked Katherine Hepburn. They didn't like fat women and admired really jet-black hair. Th
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Dina
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Melanie
This is the book that Agatha Christie wrote after she'd had her run-in with the Doctor, and it shows. I contend that Jean is the Doctor... Okay, that was my nerd moment. It's a fun read, as always, with a good solution. One nice thing about Agatha Christie is that she gives you all the clues. It isn't like she says, last minute, "And I knew you were the murderer because your fingerprints were on the gun!" If fingerprints are on the gun (which they never are, of course), you know as soon as the d ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Back in the days when I was really into Agatha Christie, I decided I really only liked her Hercule Poirot mysteries. After reading this, I remember why. They have greater complexity (thanks to Poirot's little grey cells) and fewer boring society details than Christie's other mysteries. I really enjoyed reconnecting with M. Poirot in this story.
What's really cool is that I guessed who the murderer was right at the start, doggedly stood by my first guess, and I turned out to be right! That's neve
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Kirsti
Jul 19, 2008 Kirsti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like puzzles
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Standard Christie. Includes delightful dialogue, such as: "What an extraordinarily rum little beggar."

I always learn some obscure English expression when I read a Christie novel. In this one, a character complains that one of her clients has "a voice like a corncrake." I found out that a corncrake is a drab little bird and that "the 'crex-crex' sound of the corncrake has been compared with two cheese-graters rubbed together, producing a sound so monotonous as to qualify the bird as the world's w
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Fiona
Vintage Poirot: starts with a closed set, continues with a range of disguises, ends with everyone in the library, post-script involves a wedding. These things are meant to be cliched and obvious by now, but I was still surprised.

It's been a rubbish couple of days. Agatha makes everything better.
Holly
This book (also published as "Death in the Air") is vintage Christie because of the way she has a murder committed in a roomful (in this case planeful) of people and yet no one can see this audacious murder being committed. Unfortunately for our killer, Hercule Poirot happens to be on board this flight from Paris to London!
The murder takes place during the serving of lunch and the victim is discovered to be a notorious blackmailer travelling under an assumed name. There is a melodramatic discove
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Eustacia Tan
For a while, I was scared that I read most of the Poirot series, but this book has given me hope that I still have many more left to read(: Death in the Clouds is particularly interesting for me because it involves air travel.

Unfortunately, poor M. Poirot suffers from air-sickness, which is why he was asleep when the murder of Mdm Giselle occurred. In fact, the murder weapon, a blowpipe, was found stuffed in his seat, which is why our dear detective was suspected by the jury! Thankfully, the cor
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João
Depois de ter lido os fantásticos antecessores romances policiais de Agatha, como "Morte no Nilo" e "Crime no Expresso no Oriente", seria muito difícil que "Morte nas Nuvens" conseguisse superar o elevado nível de qualidade a que já estava habituado, como tal baixei as minhas expectativas para que não fosse surpreendido pela negativa...

Como tal, noto dois aspectos, Agatha Christie surpreende o leitor de todas as maneiras possíveis, com um enredo carismático e surpreendente até ao último momento
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Nancy O'Toole
I’m not hugely into mysteries, but every now and then I get in the mood for one. When I do, one of the first places I reach is Agatha Christie. This time I picked up Death in the Air which once again proves a sorry truth about detectives. They just can’t go anywhere without running into a murder. In this novel, world famous detective Hercule Poirot is traveling by airplane when one of the passengers is killed mid-flight by a poisoned dart. To make the situation even more bizarre, the murder weap ...more
Rob Kitchin
Death in the Clouds is a classic locked room mystery - a murder is committed in a space occupied by thirteen people, yet no-one witnesses the crime and all of them could conceivably have a motive for the death. Christie excels at creating such puzzles and telling them in an engaging, often witty voice, that is all show and no tell. The secret is clever plotting that slowly reveals how various elements of the murder were committed and why, but which keep as many suspects in the frame as possible ...more
D.
This is a very good Agatha Christie mystery, not that there is a bad Agatha Christie mystery. I love her writing style. I always feel like the criminal is right at my fingertips and I love my frustrated bumblings at trying to solve the crime! In this novel, the crime is stunning. The method is interesting and engaging; I had never read about a crime committed in the same way. I love the setting; an airplane with Hercule Poirot (undoubtedly one of literature's greatest detectives) sitting mere fe ...more
Sammy
On a flight from Paris, the close confines lead to murder, and a true challenge for Hercule Poirot.

The old closed-environment murder is nicely utilised on board an aeroplane from Paris to Croydon. It’s a powerful, intricately-constructed little mystery, and possibly the greatest test of Poirot’s little gray cells in the entire canon. Many elements make this little novel remarkable: Poirot and Japp remain an unbeatable pairing (the David Suchet/Philip Jackson film adaptation plays up this angle t
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Elinor
مضى الكثير على آخر مرة قرأت فيها رواية لها، وفي الواقع كان سبب ذلك هو أنني لم أعد أجد الروايات التي تترجمها دار النشر التي اعتدت على قراءة سلسلتهم “دار الأجيال” . أما دور النشر الأخرى فترجمتها ركيكة نوعاً ما، ولا أحب أن أجد مصطلحات أو جمل مرتبطة حرفياً بالترجمة الأنجليزية.

عموماً وجدت في الرواية لمسة مختلفة، فبالرغم من أن حادثة القتل حدثت بشكل بارد غير مثير، إلا أن أجاثا لم تكن لتخيب أملي في وصفها العميق للجو والشخصيات. خاصة الحالات النفسية والتي تحب أن تركز عليها في رواياتها عادة، ربما لهذا السب
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Bev Hankins
Death in the Air (aka Death in the Clouds) is another fine Agatha Christie outing. In this one, the murder takes place right under Hercule Poirot's airsick nose. Yes, fortunately for the killer, Poirot's famous little grey cells were sleeping their way across the Channel in order that he might not be aware of his discomfort--fortunately for a little while, that is. Because, of course, once Poirot is awake and realizes that a crime has been committed he's on the trail of the murderer.

The victim i
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D.G.
If you have read any Agatha Christie, you know that at some point the famous "untraceable poison from the South American Indians" will pop up. This is something that a clueless character usually mentions in cases of unexplained deaths and which Poirot always derides. So when I realized that the death in this book involved an exotic poison and a blowpipe, I almost died laughing. Ms. Christie is so inventive that she's not afraid to create a plot out of an idea she's ridiculed non-stop in like 10 ...more
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Dolly
Another great Hercule Poirot mystery! I enjoy reading all of Agatha Christie's mysteries and this story was engaging and suspenseful. I loved that it took place in the air, as I was flying all over the world as I read this.

Aug 2012 update: I'm working my way through Dame Agatha's anthology and thought this one would be worth a reread. It was a quick entertaining read and I really enjoyed the story.

interesting quote:

"Most people, in spite of what they tell you choose the occupation that they se
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jennifer
It's 1934, the age or romantic air travel and Poirot is among the passengers aboard the Prometheus traveling from Paris to Croydon. Just before landing, a steward notices that one passenger, Madame Giselle, isn't responding and he brings over Dr. Bryant, who confirms the lady is dead. Of course, Poirot has a look and points out that the deceased has a mark on her neck, and there on the floor is a thorn used in blow-pipes. So someone among the dozen in the cabin has murdered a quiet Frenchwoman t ...more
Theresa
Jul 24, 2008 Theresa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers.
Shelves: glad-i-read-it
Another perfect example of how Agatha Christie gains unreal control over the mind of her audience. I was being led by the nose from beginning to end and never had the slightest inkling of it. In retrospect, I see how she even changed my opinions of various characters, sometimes completely reversing them, within a matter of sentences.

Again murder is committed in close quarters making the solution unbelievably simple and impossibly complex at the same time. There were a couple details that seemed
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Pamela Su
The mysteries featuring Hercule Poirot have always been my favourite Agatha Christie reads. This one is no exception. As usual, I found myself making all the wrong guesses as to the identity of the murderer.

I enjoyed the little romance in this book. It tickles me to be reminded how Hercule Poirot has a sweet, romantic side to him too and he isn't just a plain old detective.
Olivia Ambrose
Olivia Ambrose ~ Mystery

“Death in the Clouds” is the story of a murder that is committed on a plane. One of the eleven passengers must be the murderer – the question is who? And why? And how did they manage to do it without any of the other passengers seeing them? And what does the wasp have to do with anything? This is a book that kept me guessing. I was so sure that I had it figured it out, only to be surprised as I kept reading. It is a bit predictable, but the murderer is still a complete my
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Louise
Jun 15, 2011 Louise rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Dr Who, fans of classic murder mystery authors
Shelves: favourites
I absolutely adored this book, the mystery was one that had rarely been a focal point in the other Poirot novels. The construction of the murder was unique and the clique at the end of the plot would get anyone.

Originally I was intruigued by the story line of this book after watching a Doctor Who Episode. (The Unicorn and the Wasp). The comparisons to each plot line are there and though there is no giant wasp like the one in Doctor Who the novel is truly a remarkable piece of literature as are a
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Loreen.G
Well, when I decided to start this novel I thought that it would a very boring expericence, but I was completely wrong. Although the action is simple, I couldn't help enjoying ,,Death in the Clouds". Since last year I had read a book with the detective Hercule Poirot by the great Agatha Christie, I was so excided to meet again with this character.>3

What's happens?
In a plane, during a flight, an old lady is kiled with an unusual object, in a unbelievable way...and the crazy part is that no pas
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Ariadne
A riveting, fast-paced mystery I could hardly put down, this book is also noticeable for several new or original aspects in the corpus, the first one obviously being the location. Murder in a plane, in 1935 no less!

From the technical point of view, Christie is also experimenting, like she always was, and reading her books in order really makes that obvious to the reader. This time, the trick of the dumb witness, or Poirot's counterpart(s), usually played by Hastings, comes with a twist. We have
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Yogi Agnia Dwi Saputro
Maut di Udara. Sekali lagi sebuah karya cerdas dari Agatha Chrstie.

Jalan cerita novel ini cukup linier. Tapi jarang-jarang bisa melihat Hercule Poirot melakukan kesalahan (dan dia mengakuinya). Saya sudah menebak pelakunya di sepertiga awal buku. Tapi sang Agatha Christie yang licik menambahkan fakta di bagian akhir sehingga perkiraan saya meleset, walau tidak salah 100%.

Seperti biasa, penokohan dalam novel sangat kuat. Fakta mengenai kasus menurut saya diperoleh 30% dari observasi TKP dan 70%
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Stacy
Yet again I was convinced I had had the mystery solved. Once again I was wrong. Love that! So few authors can truly surprise you in a story that includes every detail you need to know but Agatha Christie is fabulous.

Oh, and I love the 'aerodrome' and the 'sewing maid' and all of the other terms that evoke these images of quaint English villages and women in gloves.
Betsy
Jul 27, 2009 Betsy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a good mystery
Pretty standard and good Poirot mystery. Good plot, not as funny as some but the writing was not thrown together like others either. We figured it out (except for a detail) but it took a lot of discussion and looking back at some parts. I like when there are enough clues for you to get it if you work on it. I would definitely put it in the top 50% of AC books.
Judy
Hercule Poirot was sitting, and napping, in seat Number 9 in a routine flight across the English Channel from France to England. From where he sat he could see most of the other passengers, but before the plane landed in England, it was discovered that the woman sitting behind Poirot in seat Number 2 was dead and it appeared that she was killed with a dart dipped in snake venom shot by a blow gun. The blow gun was later discovered pushed down in the Hercule Poirot's seat as if to throw suspicion ...more
Melody
After spending over 2 months reading and digesting and interpreting Infinite Jest I needed something short and perhaps convoluted but certainly something that was all explained in the end. Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot were just the ticket! Blow guns, gambling, coke addiction and complete mystery resolution by M. Poirot. Ah! I needed that.
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