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Death in the Clouds

(Hercule Poirot #12)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  27,112 ratings  ·  1,320 reviews
Hercule Poirot must solve a perplexing case of midair murder in Death in the Clouds when he discovers that the woman in seat two of the airborne aeroplane he’s traveling on is quite unexpectedly—and unnaturally—deceased.

From seat No. 9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers on the short flight from Paris to London. Over to his right sat a p
Paperback, 253 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (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 this, but I don't remember
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
Vikas Singh
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 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
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.
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.

In this
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,
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. (C
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
The Enchanted Library
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
Stephanie Anze
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.

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 sense and
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
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.
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 characters. While I enjo
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 they se
Jul 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
well ,Agatha has written more than 60 novels, she lets her personal style shine and emerge ,,,
there are often similar structure. a murder is committed, the detective ( using his little grey cells to solve the mystery )analyses the evidence, then reveals the truth in the presence of all the assembled wittnesses
agatha chooses the exact words to convey meaning, she does not challenge us with the vocabulary, because she draws more attention to the plot

( having every suspect be an equal murderer, is
Arush Ul islam
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Susan in NC
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I know I read this Poirot maaaany years ago, and I seem to remember the David Suchet production of it, but all I could remember was the murder method- the murderer blew me away, didn’t see that coming at all!

The story opens on a flight from Paris to Croyden, with a typical Christie selection of passengers- and suspects - including Hercule Poirot. But, as usual when on a plane or boat, he is not feeling his best and trying to rest through the flight. Christie brilliantly sketches each passen
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