Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

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.



Not enough that a murder has been committed on a flight with Hercule Poirot on bord, the most famous Belgian detective has yet another reason to indulge on the hunt for the murderer:



the jury at the inquest declare him guilty of the murder.

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In the beginning I wasn´t over the moon by this Christie novel, this being one of her books with a slow start and an “whack-the-reader-over-the-head” ending,


presenting one of the least likely suspects as the murderer. Maybe it´s just me, but the clues Poirot is working with are paperthin and I couldn´t possibly have solved this mystery myself (being basically in the same boat as Japp and Fournier).

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I loved the middle part of this novel, though. Mr. Clancy and his bananas have been a whole lot of fun and Poirot is at his best with his stomach problems and his top-notch match making skills.


Death in the Clouds is not one of Christies best Poirot novels, but it has been an entertaining and enjoyable read.