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Death in the Clouds By Agatha Christie Death in the Clouds 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 ove
  • Title: Death in the Clouds
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780399144325
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Death in the Clouds By Agatha Christie 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 whAboard 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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    1. Agatha Christie

      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 eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande

    533 Comments

    1. 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 They dis [...]


    2. 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 detective do [...]


    3. Every time Poirot travels anywhere, one of his fellow travelers passengers is murdered The man is a walking jinx, I tell you.


    4. 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 particula [...]


    5. Not my favorite Christie, but fun all the same.Of note Since I first added this book to my TBR in 2008 thanks 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, but my library only h [...]


    6. 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 Cool murder we [...]


    7. Reference NotesSeries Hercule Poirot 13 1935 Narrator 3rd person Recurring Character Scotland Yard s Detective Inspector James JappVictim Mme Giselle n e Marie Morisot COD Boomslang South African snake venom poisoningSuspects passengers and crew of the aeroplane Ms Jane GreyMr Norman GaleLady Cicely HorburyThe Hon Venetia KerrDr Roger BryantM Armand DupontM Jean Dupont M Armand s son Mr Daniel ClancyMr James RyderMr Henry Mitchell senior steward Mr Albert Davis 2nd steward


    8. 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 each ch [...]


    9. 3.5 5 starsI 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


    10. 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 comes to a [...]


    11. 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 never happen [...]


    12. 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 enjoyed t [...]



    13. 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.




    14. well ,Agatha has written 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 wittnessesagatha chooses the exact words to convey meaning, she does not challenge us with the vocabulary, because she draws attention to the plot having every suspect be an equal murderer, is undoubtedly o [...]


    15. 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 any of [...]



    16. One of Agatha s Best efforts With an ending you won t see coming At least I didn t Also the reader is treated to a fun and novel setting for the time an airplane.


    17. For a while, I was scared that I read most of the Poirot series, but this book has given me hope that I still have many left to read Death in the Clouds is particularly interesting for me because it involves air travel.Unfortunately, poor M Poirot suffers from air sickness, which is why he was asleep when the murder of Mdm Giselle occurred In fact, the murder weapon, a blowpipe, was found stuffed in his seat, which is why our dear detective was suspected by the jury Thankfully, the coroner refu [...]


    18. Death in the Clouds is a classic locked room mystery a murder is committed in a space occupied by thirteen people, yet no one witnesses the crime and all of them could conceivably have a motive for the death Christie excels at creating such puzzles and telling them in an engaging, often witty voice, that is all show and no tell The secret is clever plotting that slowly reveals how various elements of the murder were committed and why, but which keep as many suspects in the frame as possible unti [...]


    19. deserves the 5 stars this one was such an excellent enjoyable mystery by my most favorite author ever, Agatha Christie one of my very favorite things about Agatha Christie is that when she said anyone could be the murderer under the right circumstances, she MEAN IT so Madame Giselle was found dead on her seat in the aeroplane, a mark on her neck made the passengers to think that a bee stung her which caused a heart attack then death, but Hercule Poirot found the real cause of the death which was [...]


    20. 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 worst singer [...]



    21. This is my third Agatha Christie audiobook in a week Unfortunately I didn t enjoy this one as much as the others Though I didn t completely guess who the murderer was, this is the first Agatha Christie novel I ve read where I guessed several of the clues and twists.This definitely isn t one of Christie s books that I would recommend necessarily but it was entertaining I ll still be carrying on with the rest of her works.


    22. How do you murder somebody on a plane with a blowpipe and nobody notice well I had no idea and now I do This was a fantastic murder mystery that had you thinking and confused until the very end 5 Stars


    23. Am citit undeva ca Agatha Christie si ura personajul Hercule Poirot Je m en fiche, eu s nt ndragostita lulea de obnoxious little guy


    24. I really liked the way Christie tackled the book and the problems and its problem I really enjoyed the questions asked as no one would think they would be important even though at the end we realise their importance and their role in the story Although this is true, I think that this field could have been improve by giving it emphasis and by spending time on each question I think that this would have made the book much better and it would make it so that the book would have life.Compared to t [...]


    25. 4 StarsLots of twists and turns I had suspicions, but I was a little off the mark and didn t see the whole picture How do you shoot a poisoned dart into someones neck on an Aeroplane, when no one saw it this is not a spoiler.This was a fun romp and Hercule Poirot is again at his best He was much prominent in this story than the last.


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