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review 2017-05-26 17:51
Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

Series: Poirot # 12

 

This was a weird little mystery, partly because it's 1935 and Hercule Poirot is flying on an commercial airliner or aeroplane. It was also interesting to read about a commercial flight from back then and how the plane was arranged. I was initially a little confused because the diagram at the beginning referred to a "rear car" and I had a weird picture in my head of interlocking pieces of an airplane like a train and wasn't entirely sure I was correct about them being in a plane for a few pages. But they were.

 

A murder occurs during the flight when a woman is mysteriously killed by a poison dart that no one witnesses. Poirot is on the flight but too incommoded by air sickness to be paying much attention to anything, so he feels that he has to investigate afterwards to clear his name (some people on the inquiry jury apparently suspected him just because he was a foreigner).

 

I didn't see the end coming and I quite enjoyed the book, but the whole thing was just a little outrageous.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square #29 - The Monorail since it "involves travel by air". At 253 pages, this gives me $3 for my bank, so my balance is now $95.

 

Previous update:

63%

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text 2017-05-26 03:06
Reading progress update: I've read 63%.
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

This book contains the following comment by Poirot:

"Ah, il a le sex appeal?"

Good lord.

 

Mr. Clancy's view that there is no such thing as too sensational an event in a mystery novel is amusing. He's a mystery writer in the novel.

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review 2017-03-19 19:23
Excellent Study in the Little Gray Cells
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

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 character is sitting. I honestly didn't try to guess who did it and just enjoyed the ride that Christie takes us on. We get to follow a couple of different characters POV in this one and so at first glance you wonder if you are being fed a bill of goods by someone. It's honestly not til the end until everything neatly ties together. 

 

We even have Poirot going back and forth from England to Paris in this one which was a lot of fun. No Hastings on the scene, but we do have Inspector Japp. There's also a reference to a man that Poirot one upped from Murder on the Links which made me crack up.

 

I thought all the characters were very done, though I always laugh when Poirot gathers everyone together and reveals all. If you're a murderer why even attend?

 

This case was great to me since we get to follow each line of inquiry that Poirot has and we in a way get to see how his brain works. I can't recall another Poirot book that got this in depth with questions, answers, descriptions of people's luggage, etc. It felt like a lot of info being thrown at you, but once the killer is revealed you get why Poirot did the things he did. 

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text 2017-03-18 23:26
Reading progress update: I've read 253 out of 253 pages.
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

Done. What an awesome conclusion!

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text 2017-03-18 13:17
Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 253 pages.
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

Madame Giselle is dead.

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