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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, a detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp. What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No.2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman...… (mer)
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Listened to this with my roommate while we folded and strung origami stars for Christmas decorations. We were NOT able to solve the mystery before Poirot, though I'd argue that's because the solution was so bananas. Anyway, a fun story with some distinctive characters! Definitely recommend if you're looking for a light Christie mystery to divert yourself with while folding 100+ paper stars. Hugh Fraser knocks it out of the park as always. Wish Mr. Clancy was a recurring character. ( )
  misslevel | Oct 1, 2021 |
Oh. My. Goodness. I missed it. The clue walked in front of me and I missed it! ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Synopsis/blurb ...

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, a detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp.

What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No.2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman.
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Another enjoyable Agatha Christie outing courtesy of a smooth narration from Hugh Fraser.
Death in the Clouds was my first Christie outing featuring Hercule Poirot and without being blown away by the prose, I definitely think I'll be back for more in the future. (Already have been in fact.)

Poirot investigates the suspicious death of a French business woman, who appears to have been killed by a poison dart whilst a passenger on a plane from France to London. Poirot himself is a passenger on the same flight and is one of a small number of people who could conceivably have killed her.

Cue an inquest and an investigation by Poirot, in conjunction with the British and French police. Through the course of the enquiries we discover more about the victim, namely her business and her family background as well as those of and her fellow passengers and the crew members.

Motives are uncovered, connections are discovered, allies are enlisted and traps are set. No one gets away with murder on Poirot's watch. I quite liked how this one unfolded. I enjoyed finding out about the different cast of characters; their misfortunes and woes, their careers, their difficulties, their liaisons, their secrets, their weaknesses and the identity of the one who was prepared to murder to achieve his/her ends.

I think the TV adaptations have unfairly soured me on Poirot. Rightly or wrongly, I had him pegged as arrogant, which is not an attractive characteristic. Here he comes across as amiable and quite friendly and I found him better company than I expected to.

I liked the story and found the reveal plausible, but I defy any to reach the same conclusion as Poirot and for the same reasons. By guesswork, maybe. A lot of information is known only to Poirot until the end. I don't think it spoiled anything for me, I was happy to sit back and listen to it all unfold.

4 from 5

The Pale Horse and They Do It With Mirrors were also enjoyed in the same month. As was Endless Night.

Read - (listened to) August, 2021
Published - 1935
Page count - 274 (6 hrs 18 mins)
Source - Audible copy from Scribd
Format - Audible

http://col2910.blogspot.com/2021/09/agatha-christie-death-in-clouds-1935.html ( )
  col2910 | Sep 19, 2021 |
Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie was a fun read. It was a “locked room” mystery with the “room” in this case being an airplane travelling from France to England. Among the passengers is the great detective, Hercule Poirot, and he takes it quite personally when a fellow passenger is murdered. Madame Giselle, a money lender and blackmailer, is found dead toward the end of the flight appearing to have died from a wasp sting but Poirot discovers a thorn with a discolored tip on the floor by the deceased and a later discovery of a blowpipe makes how the murder was committed apparent. Since the blowpipe was discovered hidden in Poirot’s seat, the jury at the inquest wanted to deliver a verdict that would name him as the murderer!

Inspector Japp and Poirot work together on this case digging into the lives and background of the passengers and as always there were plenty of red herrings to throw the reader off the track. Eventually Poirot was able to put all the pieces together and the book reaches a very satisfactory end with his big reveal which outlines his suspicions, his thought processes and how he zeroed in on the murderer.

Death in the Clouds has one of the most ingenious methods of murder. It also has plenty of humor, particularly pointed at one of the passengers, a writer of mystery novels. The story moves quickly and even Poirot’s attempt at matchmaking was interesting. I will long remember this whimsically strange and outrageous story. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 15, 2021 |
I solved the murder! ( )
  nagshead2112 | Apr 27, 2021 |
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