Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot Series)

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High-flying mystery and suspense via Christie and Poirot!

On a routine flight over the English Channel, a woman is murdered with the venom-dipped dart of a South African blow-gun. How bizarre that the killing should go unnoticed by the plane's other passengers. Most ironic of all, though, is that Hercule Poirot, the brilliant detective, was sitting just 15 feet from the victim! Also published as Death in the Air. The novel was ...

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Overview

High-flying mystery and suspense via Christie and Poirot!

On a routine flight over the English Channel, a woman is murdered with the venom-dipped dart of a South African blow-gun. How bizarre that the killing should go unnoticed by the plane's other passengers. Most ironic of all, though, is that Hercule Poirot, the brilliant detective, was sitting just 15 feet from the victim! Also published as Death in the Air. The novel was previously published as Death in the Air.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
A crime puzzle of the first order.
Times Literary Supplement (London)
“It will be a very acute reader who does not receive a complete surprise at the end.”
New York Times
"[A] crime puzzle of the first order."
Reginald Hill
"As a crime writer I quickly realized that I’d already learned a great deal from Agatha Christie, and even after four decades in the game, I feel I’m still learning."
Time Magazines Literary Supplement (London)
"It will be a very acute reader who does not receive a complete surprise at the end."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425099148
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in one hundred foreign countries. She is the author of eighty novels and short-story collections, nineteen plays, and six novels under the name Mary Westmacott. She died in 1976.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2001

    Christie can be also so uncoventional

    Read the book and at the end of it you will learn what i mean by being 'unconvenitonal'. But for that the reader must have read her other books too. One more thing i liked about the book was it doesnt have the suspects held up in the flight for hours as was the case in Murder on the orient express. Here they have been allowed to roam freely by the great writer. A very very deceptive ending but satisfying nevertheless. An unusual finale but a relieving one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    UNIQUE!!!!!!!!!

    A fresh change from the other Agatha novels. In the air is double the fun!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    One day read! Amazing and unbelivable

    This mystery is one of my favorites. It is the only Poirot novel that I have finished in one day. I just had to know what was going on. Contrary to what a previous reviewer said, you have no idea who the culprit is until the end. Very very good and interesting. It doesn't really matter who the culprit is. The motive and how death was acheived was must more exciting and thrilling!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008

    wow

    It is so good, never gets in the least bit boring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    My FAVORITE Agatha Cristie yet!!

    I loved this book! The ending(for me at least)was very good even though I knew who the culprit was because of one thing they said. I also liked that there was a little romance even though I didn't like one of the people in the romance! i think this book was the best Agatha Cristie yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    ATTENTION READERS!!!

    I admit that I am a little picky about books. I am a little embarrased to say this, but I like to have romance in a novel. But, this book was so worth reading! I really liked the part when the guy said 'Steady my boy' to himself when he saw the pretty girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK!!!!

    this book is one of her best books ever .. it is so good...i really loved it so much !! u have to read it ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    Death During Flight!

    A woman is found dead during an airplane trip.Death was by a poison-dart that caused death instently.Fortunialy Poirot was on board and he must have noticed something.But he was asleep when a murder occured right under his nose.To repare his pride Poirot is going to take flight after the killer.

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