Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

January 27, 2017 - Comment

Aboard a small airplane somewhere between Paris and Croydon, a murder is committed. Madame Giselle, whose skills as a discreet moneylender to the very rich had gained her a vast fortune, is slumped over in her seat. There was no question of accident–the weapon lay on the cabin floor, a small dart common to South

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Aboard a small airplane somewhere between Paris and Croydon, a murder is committed. Madame Giselle, whose skills as a discreet moneylender to the very rich had gained her a vast fortune, is slumped over in her seat. There was no question of accident–the weapon lay on the cabin floor, a small dart common to South American Indian tribes. Death had undoubtedly taken place while high in the air, and the murderer was one of the thirteen occupants of the plane. From an indebted high-society woman to a sloppy mystery writer familiar with deadly blowpipes, the list of suspects keeps the police guessing and includes one of their own–Detective Hercule Poirot–who was also a passenger. A stunning mixture of subtle characterization, deft humor, and startling suspense, Death in the Clouds is a diabolically ingenious mystery that ranks among Christie’s very best.

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Christopher R. VandenHeuvel says:

A rare miss in the Poirot series I’m reading the Poirot novels in publication order and this was the first miss for me. [Spoiler] I could tell who the murderer was really early on, not because I could deduce it from clues in the story (it’s probably impossible if we’re being honest), but because Ms. Christie repeats a trope from the book that came right before this–Three Act Tragedy. We have the sweet naive attractive young woman who falls in love with the man with no real character flaws who instantly falls in love with her,…

AmznAddict says:

a real brain scratcher A classic whodunit mystery with the added bonus of Poirot under suspicion for murder! A high profile lady dies on a plane mid-air, and only those on the plane could have done it owing to the sensational method of murder. However, it seems to appear that those who could have done the deed lack the motive, and those who have the motive could not have done it. 

Matilda de Nada says:

A wasp, a person or an unknown poison? Agatha Christie, as per usual, does a great job portraying her famous aging eccentric Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and his quest to find the person responsible for the murder of a not very well liked wealthy and astute lady money lender. The murder happens without any apparent witnesses on an airplane flight from Paris to London. 

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