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Death in the Clouds: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama
     

Death in the Clouds: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

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by Agatha Christie, John Moffatt (Narrated by), Full Full Cast (Narrated by)
 

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To distract himself from his fear of flying, Hercule Poirot observes his fellow passengers on the noon flight from Le Bourget to Croydon. On his right sits a pretty young woman, clearly very aware of the handsome man opposite her; ahead of him is a nervous aristocrat and her maid; and across the aisle is a writer of detective novels, troubled by an aggressive wasp.

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To distract himself from his fear of flying, Hercule Poirot observes his fellow passengers on the noon flight from Le Bourget to Croydon. On his right sits a pretty young woman, clearly very aware of the handsome man opposite her; ahead of him is a nervous aristocrat and her maid; and across the aisle is a writer of detective novels, troubled by an aggressive wasp. Lulled into drowsiness by a sedative he has taken, Poirot abruptly awakens when the woman behind him is found dead. A reaction to a wasp-sting is suggested, but Poirot discovers that a poisoned dart is the real cause - and a blow pipe is discovered stuffed down the back of his own seat. The murderer can only be one of the eleven passengers in the rear of the plane, or one of the stewards. The dead woman was a moneylender to the upper classes, so the Countess, addicted to cocaine and gambling, is an obvious suspect. Or could it be the detective writer, trying out a plot for his new book? No-one is above suspicion: not even Poirot himself. He must unravel this baffling mystery - if only to clear his own name... John Moffatt stars as the great Belgian detective, with Philip Jackson as Inspector Japp.

2 CDs. 1 hr 25 mins.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
A crime puzzle of the first order.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780563530435
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Series:
Hercule Poirot Radio Drama Series
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie, the acknowledged ‘Queen of Detective Fiction’ (The Observer) was born in Torquay in 1890. During the First World War she worked as a hospital dispenser, and it was here that she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons that was to prove so useful in her detective stories. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced Hercule Poirot to the world. This was published in 1920 (although in fact she had written it during the war) and was followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie’s reputation was firmly established. This novel, with its complex plot and genuinely shocking conclusion, attracted considerable public attention and has since been acknowledged by many experts as a masterpiece. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. The brilliance of Christie’s plots, and her enduring appeal, have led to a number of dramatisations of her work on radio, television and film. In 1930 she was one of a number of crime writers asked to contribute a chapter to a mystery, Behind the Screen, that was broadcast on BBC radio on 21st June that year. More recently, June Whitfield portrayed Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4, whilst John Moffat starred as Hercule Poirot. On screen, Peter Ustinov, David Suchet, Margaret Rutherford, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie have all memorably played Agatha Christie’s famous sleuths. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theatre) testifies, Agatha Christie’s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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Death in the Clouds 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fresh change from the other Agatha novels. In the air is double the fun!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so good, never gets in the least bit boring
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is one of her best books ever .. it is so good...i really loved it so much !! u have to read it ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.