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Death in the Clouds

(Hercule Poirot #12)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  33,081 ratings  ·  1,680 reviews
A woman is killed by a poisoned dart in the enclosed confines of a commercial passenger plane…

From seat No.9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. Over to his right sat a pretty young woman, clearly infatuated with the man opposite; ahead, in seat No.13, sat a Countess with a poorly-concealed cocaine habit; across the gangway in seat No.8
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2001 by HarperCollins (first published March 10th 1935)
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Firstly let's say it's a shame that this does not have a separate entry as it is the audiobook of the novel read by Hugh Fraser and its good !!
My wife and I listened to this audiobook whilst decorating over the last few days and at 6 hours its a jolly good listen. Hugh Fraser does have a penchant for narrating, and for the various voices he uses without it sounding too contrived.
I would say the audiobook is a solid 5 stars as is the book itself.

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
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A woman on a plane in the middle of a flight was killed by a poison dart. Thus we have the settings where Agatha Christie always shines: a limited number of suspects all of them with some hidden agenda.
Poirot to the rescue!

Speaking about the great detective - he was on fateful flight. Unfortunately due to his stomach not agreeing with flying (or in the layman term: his fear of flying) he was asleep the whole time thus missing the moment when somebody used a blowpipe to send a dart toward the v
David Schaafsma
Death in the Clouds (formerly Death in the Air) (vast title improvement, Agatha!?)

A flight from Paris to Croydon. Poirot on the flight, asleep for most of it. A woman, Giselle, is murdered on the way. What ensues is a closed set mystery, including a scorecard with a short list of suspects and a map for us to peruse, illustrating where all were seated. Death, we learn at the Croydon inquest, was by Boomslang (South African tree snake) venom from the tip of a thorn found near the murder victim (Co
J.S. Bailey
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Every time Poirot travels anywhere, one of his fellow travelers/passengers is murdered. The man is a walking jinx, I tell you.
Vikas Singh
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
Hercule Poirot at his best. A gripping who dun it high in the air drama. The only case where Jury actually convicts Poirot of murder before their opinion is not upheld.For a change we see Poirot moving around looking for clues rather than solving the case from the comforts of his chair. Interesting read
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to keep reminding myself that Agatha Christie wrote this novel in 1935. She didn’t grow up watching Murder She Wrote, or reruns of Matlock or any of the CSI programs. She couldn’t just Google how to get away with murder, or research rare artifacts, weapons, toxins and how to obtain them. She didn’t have PBS to watch all the National Geographic programs or any of those travelogues that take you around the world while sitting in your living room, and yet she managed to scribe interesting no ...more
Bionic Jean
Death in the Clouds is the twelfth book by Agatha Christie to feature perhaps our favourite retired detective, Monsieur Hercule Poirot. His great friend and companion Captain Hastings is also in this novel, and along with a French policeman, Monsieur Fournier, they make an effective trio. The novel was actually first published in the United States in March 1935, under the different title of “Death in the Air”. Perhaps it was thought that this was more evocative of the exciting new mode of travel ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Agatha Christie's most enjoyable mysteries, with Poirot not only solving the murder but also enjoying success with his match making powers. It is during a flight from Paris to Croydon that a murder takes place - when moneylender and blackmailer Madame Giselle is found slumped in her seat, apparently killed by a poisoned blow dart. The whole thing seems incredible and Poirot sets out to discover who the culprit is, while protecting the innocent. There are some wonderful suspects he ...more
Richard Derus
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Real Rating: 3.5* of five

Not too bad. Not her best, not as bad as many later efforts. But this is one of the most bizarrely satisfying comeuppance crimes I've read from Dame Agatha's pen. I will have more to say but after a nice long sleep. Dratted Overdrive! It went down and, when it came back up, had lost my place in the book. *grumble* So I just finished it!

Before I was so rudely interrupted...the French police had just found Anne Morisot's body on the Boulogne boat what's next, M.
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
loved it. How he never let the killer suspect the game was known till the end.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, mysteries
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
Not one of Agatha Christie's best novels but enjoyable nonetheless. The usual formula ... a murder and a small group of suspects. What makes this story unusual is the setting. During a flight from Paris to Croydon a passenger is found dead. Apparently the victim of a poison dart from a blowgun. No one saw anything. Not even Poirot who was sleeping. This is 1935 and there were only a few passengers in the section of the plane where the murder took place. But how could someone shoot a poison dart ...more
A fine mystery featuring Hercule Poirot and a confounding murder on a plane in plain sight of the passengers including Poirot. But more importantly, just know that this Kindle Unlimited edition has a fair number of irritating transposed passages & word usage errors (see my Kindle Notes for some examples). Choose another edition and save yourself the bother. ...more
Tanja Berg
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tanja by: Mahlon
Shelves: murder-mystery
An absolutely delightful "whodunnit"! I had forgotten how much I enjoy Agatha Christie! She was the first author I read after I started to move away from horse books. I remember having been to the mall and bought some Miss Marple Mysteries, one of the classmates I hung out with mentioned "oh, so somebody actually reads this stuff?" Right. Agatha Christie being outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare! No, J.K Rowling isn't quite in this distinguished league yet, but I expect she will be.

In this
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Even in a very last moment I couldn't guess the murderer.
Thomas Strömquist
It's another good one featuring Hercule Poirot actually. In this one, the Belgian detective uses a bit even more controversial methods to solve the murder that took place right under his nose in the confinement of an airborne aircraft(!) I love the red herring that Agatha Christie planted in this one and that had me largely confused for much of the story. And I am a bit of a sucker for the romantic side of Poirot as well (as when he acts marriage counselor, not being romantic himself, of course) ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During my time making my way through all these Poirot novels, it is strange how often I’ve encountered that ones that don’t seem particularly interesting to me from the brief plot description on the back end up being some of the better books. This and Lord Edgware Dies are two excellent examples of that. I enjoy most of Christie’s novels in general, but this one is shockingly fun.

It is important to remember that though Christie wrote several, what we might call clichéd books, they were not so cl
Not my favorite Christie, but fun all the same.

Of note: Since I first added this book to my TBR in 2008 (thanks, Goodreads!), I have developed a rather bad fear of flying, so this book (in which one passenger is murdered by another) was like, one nightmare scenario on top of another for me. Add wasps (FUCKING WASPS USELESS DEVIL BUGS) in to the mix and why don’t you just kill me already.

This is a Poirot mystery, and a later one at that. I have tried in vain to read all the Poirot books in order,
Roman Clodia
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may not be one of Christie's slickest plots (it re-uses elements we've seen before) but it's one of the funniest: Christie has a lot of fun with Mr Clancy, her thriller writer, as well as with her murder where a woman is killed on board a plane with a blow-pipe and a mysterious poison...!

As ever, the clues are scrupulously placed in full view though I did have a head-scratching moment at the big reveal. Entertaining, clever, and with Poirot doing a lot of match-making!
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun read! Intense and unexpected as always. The book is about a murder on a plane, eleven suspects including Hercule Poirot and lots of twists and turns. The characters were absolutely amazing and enjoyable. The telling of the investigation/crime was fascinating to read. Death in the Clouds is an excellent mystery/crime novel with a touch of romance, drama and a pinch of humor.
I love Agatha Christie books so much.
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
I couldn’t really engage with this one, not sure why. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood...
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

I was finally able to pick a good one again!
Really enjoyed it!

Funny story:
It was such a struggle to read the end because I was in the car with my family. They kept distracting me and I was like ''Will you please give me a minute!? They're finally telling who the killer is!''
It took me FORTY minutes to read like TEN pages (the final ones)!!
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Agatha Christie is a master of deception. She makes us think we can predict the murderer but changes it entirely at the end..!🙆🏻‍♂️🤯👏🏻👏🏻

Hercule Poirot is one of the passenger on a plane where madam Giselle is killed possible by dart poisoning. I guess, for the first time Poirot is suspected as the murderer along with 11 others.😳

Poirot takes this seriously to clear his character & starts the investigation. As usual he suspects everybody & uses his lil grey cells to find the true killer. Then reve
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful little mystery that lost none of its charm from knowing the outcome. I particularly enjoy the Poirot stories that show strangers' perspectives on 'the little elderly man with the egg-shaped head.' Invariably he is under-esteemed and underestimated, especially to the foolhardy murderer! It is a clever take on the locked room mystery, in that the murder takes place mid-air on board an aeroplane. There we have our cast of characters (or suspects), and a cadre of investigators (from Eng ...more
Not too much to say about this one besides the fact I really enjoyed it.

On a flight we have Poirot on the scene when a woman is found dead before the end of the flight. At first it appears that a wasp has stung her, but looking closer it appears someone has killed her with a dart. With a plane of suspects it takes all of Poirot's little gray cells to figure out how do the killer do this and why.

I always enjoy it when Christie's books have diagrams in them. This one does and spells out where eac

3/82( I found this book too in my school library and I read it in 3 days of constantly neglecting my studies 😂)

This is a fascinating novel from a number of points of view.

To start with, because of its setting, it is very obviously a "locked room" mystery. (If Mrs. Giselle's death is murder then the murderer has to have been on the plane.)

Hercule Poirot, that inveterate sufferer from mal-de-mer, is concentrating on not being a victim of mal-d
May 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Hercule Poirot, book #12 sees him getting involved with investigating what appeared to be an audacious murder on an aeroplane... with a poisoned dart, which about the best this mystery gets! 5 out of 12.
Stephanie Anze
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
Hercule Poirot in on a flight from Paris to London. Having fallen asleep, he wakes up to quite a commotion. Madame Giselle, the woman in the seat behind his, is found dead, apparently due to the sting of a wasp that had been previously seen in the cabin. But being who he is, Poirot is not so sure that is the truth when he sees a dart located near the body. That dart is discovered to be coated with snake venom. With a flying crime scene, the suspect has to be one of the eleven people on board.

Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Poirot gets as sick on air as he does on sea, and when a murder is committed under his own eyes, he is annoyed. However, his sharp eyes still manage to spot a wasp, or is it one? Turns out it's a dart dipped in some obscure South American snake poison! As poor Japp says, this isn't an English murder. Sometimes I wonder if Christie made fun of the English constantly! The icing on the cake is that the blowpipe used for blowing the dart is found shoved behind Poirot's seat!

The jury wants to bring a
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