Book Review #76: Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

Title: Death in the Clouds

Author: Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery

Format: Paperback

Date of Publication: Original – 1935; 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN13: 9780062073747

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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 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 writer of detective fiction was being troubled by an aggressive wasp.

Yes, Poirot is almost ideally placed to take it all in, except what he did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No. 2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman. Murdered, and likely by someone in Poirot’s immediate proximity. 

And Agatha Christie still reigns my heart and mind.
God! Another amazing read! Unbelievable!❤️❤️❤️

Agatha Christie simply can’t write a bad book, can she? I am sure that even if she tried her absolute best she wouldn’t be able to write a Hercule Poirot book I wouldn’t like. Agatha Christie is simply a genius!

In Death in the Clouds, Agatha Christie takes the murder up in the air where one of the eleven passengers is murdered with a poisoned dart. Now, with no one witnessing anything unusual or seeing someone blowing into a pipe to send the dart to its destination and with Poirot being ill in the stomach to notice anything, thanks to the air turbulence, the questions that runs around Poirot’s head, and also mine, were who did the deed and how was it done without anyone noticing. 

Being an avid reader of novels, specially crime fiction, for over a decade now, I have been bestowed with a characteristic – to figure out the end from the first page by looking for answers where the author doesn’t want you looking. I am sure I am not alone here for many bookworms enjoy or suffer from this. It is a boon and a curse. Curse when I figure the conclusion out way before the end and the author and I seem to be on the same page, therefore no fireworks in the end. Boon when my conclusion turns out to be wrong and an even better and mindblowing conclusion is presented by the author. In the case of Agatha Christie, it is always the latter.

I was reading the book with my whole attention – looking for clues in the mundane, and figuring out the characters and trying to find in crack. But all went to waste when Agatha Christie present the final reveal. I am pretty sure she was laughing in her grave, enjoying the fact that she made a fool of me. I don’t mind for this the best kind of fool I can become, that is – at the hands of Agatha Christie. I loved this book absolutely and can’t recommend it enough!

Final Verdict: Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie get 5 out 5 stars from me.

If you would like to read my reviews on other Agatha Christie reads, 

you can click the following:

And Then There Were None

Death on the Nile

Sparkling Cyanide

Murder in Mesopotamia

Cards on the Table

Death Comes As The End

About the author:


Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time.

She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.

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