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Death In The Clouds (Hercule Poirot #12)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  14,272 ratings  ·  555 reviews
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 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. T
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
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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
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

Estuvo bueno, pero siento como que el faltó algo, no sé.
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.
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
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
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
João Filipe
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
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
Tami (synchro from BL)
I had a few deja vus...

I pretty much guessed who might be the culprit after 50%.

Not because of real clues, more because of the structure and the characters.

Mrs Christie pulled one, that she had pulled before:

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So I hate to say it, but I discovered a pattern...
J.S. Bailey
Every time Poirot travels anywhere, one of his fellow travelers/passengers is murdered. The man is a walking jinx, I tell you.
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Reading Agatha Christie is the best possible activity for a sick day. It's entertaining but not too light and mindless, yet it doesn't require too much thinking or engrossment. You know the writing will be good and it will take your mind off more mundane things.

I adore Hercule Poirot but otherwise I don't expect much from Christie books character-wise. Which I suppose would be a bad thing, considering how hollow Christie's throwaway characters often are. They follow certain predetermined rules a
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
Laura Verret
She was a hard woman, Madame Giselle. She was not a blackmailer. But she lent money to clients of high standing and then learnt their secrets so that, if necessary, she could force them to pay her the money they had lent. Yes, she was a hard woman. But she didn’t deserve to be murdered…

Yet she was murdered! And, even more fantastical, she was murdered on an airplane by what appears to be a poisoned dart! Murdered on the very plane in which Monsieur Hercule Poirot was also flying from Paris to En
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
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
Amna Al-Thani
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
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
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
Entertaining enough, I suppose, but this one followed a predictable story line so it never felt suspenseful or exciting.

This follows a regularly featured Agatha Christie plot. It includes a murder taking place in an enclosed area (this time a plane, but in the past has included a dinner party with limited guests and two separate murders on trains), a limited number of suspects, Poirot's presence by chance, etc etc etc. But missing is Hastings, and I do like Hastings!

So was it entertaining? Yes.
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Jessica Howard
One of Christie's better mysteries

I'd read this about 20 years ago. Upon rereading it, I immediately realized how the murder was done, but I was halfway through before I remembered "whodunit". Nicely worked. (Although there was some casual racism on the part of a few characters that I found horrifying, even in a historical context.)
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
Mike Sanders
A very average Poirot novel (really two-and-a-half stars, if Goodreads would allow it) that I was hoping would be similar to Orient Express. Instead, the events on the airplane account for only the first few pages of the novel. We are then subjected to an overload of rapid-fire (and repetitive) facts, as if Christie were trying rush through it all. Only in the second half of the novel does the narrative fall into a better pace. The ending wasn't too surprising, although Christie keeps us guessin ...more
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
Ok, I have said it before, but I'm going to say it again. It has to be hard to be British and murder someone. You can't just get angry and shoot, stab or bludgeon somebody and get blood all over the place like normal people. No, you have to devise some incredibly complex plot involving no less than forty-five steps ending with the appearance of somebody dying innocently. Yet, its all in vain, because its the only murder method British Detectives are aware of you get caught.

But then, on the
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