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Death in the Clouds: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation

(Hercule Poirot #12)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  28,205 ratings  ·  1,390 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
Audio CD, BBC Radio Collection, Abridged, 2 pages
Published May 3rd 2004 by BBC Audiobooks (first published March 10th 1935)
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Almost 5 🌟but just fell short, not for any failing on Poirot’s part, but just because for some reason, that maybe I need to think about, it just wasn’t 5 ⭐ (see below as I have changed my views slightly)

Review to follow tomorrow, Monday.

So here we are on Monday, and I'm still thinking its about a 4.4 rounded down to 4 stars ⭐ The story is an excellent one, with a uniquely limited cast of characters (suspects). I know in the past I have seen the David Suchet version of thi
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-b/>
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
Vikas Singh
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
loved it. How he never let the killer suspect the game was known till the end.
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 det ...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 from a blo ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tanja Berg
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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 th
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 murde
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 we
The Enchanted Library
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)!!
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!
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 o
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. ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 want
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
Elizabeth (Alaska)
I have seen many TV episodes of Poirot, but this wasn't one of them. It's fun to come across one of the series that is entirely new. Originally published in 1935, this takes place on a flight from Paris to Croydon, predecessor to Heathrow. It is enlightening that there was time to serve a full meal on what now takes barely over an hour. There is a sketch of the layout of the seating arrangement and some seats are facing each other, as they would in a train. Also there were ventilators in the win ...more
It seems that death is constantly following Poirot around. He can never escape it. Not even on a god damn plane.

Death in the Clouds has Poirot trying to solve how Madame Giselle died in her seat on the flight. At first, he thinks it's because of a wasp sting - which had me so confused because HOW THE HELL DID NO ONE NOTICE A GOD DAMN BEE ON THE PLANE?!? I'd be bobbing and weaving to get off that flight if I saw a bee. I'd run for the hills people. I hate bees.

But then he comes to his sens
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.
“I don’t think it’s healthy for a man to be always brooding over crime and detective stories, reading up all sorts of cases. It puts ideas into his head.”

“It is certainly necessary for a writer to have ideas in his head,” agreed Poirot.

I would have never, really, never guessed the identity of the murderer, their motive, or even the means by which they carried out the deadly deed.

And I had so many suspects! I was so sure that I was right at least with one of my ideas, and yet…
Jim C
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This book is part of a series but each one can be read as a stand alone novel. In this one, the main character, Poirot, is traveling on an airplane where an unexplained murder has occurred. Poirot is on the case to try to identify the culprit.

This was my introduction to this writer's works and I enjoyed it. Obviously I have heard of her and I had a general idea that her books were of the mystery variety. The aspect that stood out for me was the character
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie fans
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 th/>"Most
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.

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