Death in the Clouds: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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From seat No. 9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. 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 detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp. What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No. 2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman.

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Overview

From seat No. 9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. 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 detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp. What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No. 2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.”
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."
New York Times
"[A] crime puzzle of the first order."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062073747
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 202,746
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

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 August 11, 2012

    Yay, Doctor Who! This is nostly a review, but, whatever....

    Death in the Clouds is by far one of my favoritest (I adknowledge the poor grammar) of Agatha Christie's books. I guessed who did it fairly quickly, but I still think it was something worth reading, despite the fact it had little to do with wasps (abnormally large or otherwise), which was much to my dismay. It's a great book. Read it!
    Also, if you enjoy Agatha Christie's books, you might find the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and The Wasp" kind of interesting, because they go about mentioning every single (well, almost every title--but it's amazing how many they can squeeze into the dialouge) Agatha Christie book, which may be mildly amusing for a few of you...I don't know. Maybe.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    The Story of CloudClan- Chapter 1, Part 4

    The yellow she-cat put down Cloudkit before looking at Stormstar. "Don't get your tail in a twist! It's not a rabid squirrel, it's just Cloudkit!"
    Cloudkit frowned as she saw a strange look in Goldenstone's emerald eyes. /Was it- fear?/
    The gray tabby tom rested his fire-colored eyes on the white she-kit. "Yes, I see it is. A pleasure to meet her."
    Despite his kind words, a growl still formed in Cloudkit's throat. Stormstar's eyes were burning with hostility.
    Goldenstone brought her muzzle down to her kit's ears and mewed softly, "This is Stormstar. He's the leader of SwiftClan! He gets to do anything and everything he can to make this Clan better- with the help of the deputy, of course!"
    Cloudkit jumped up with excitement, all of her negative thoughts about Stormstar gone. "Really! Wow! Forget about being deputy- I wanna be the /leader/ one day!"
    Stormstar gazed down at the jumping kit, and said, "A big dream, little kit, but you have to be very responsible." A trace of menace entered his voice, "and you will have to try your very hardest." His eyes burned like the hearth of a fire, about to lick at his victim with it's deadly, hot tounge.
    Cloudkit's eyes widened at "you will have to try your hardest," but nevertheless smiled. "Don't worry; I can manage! I'm gonna be the best warrior any of the Clans have ever seen!"
    Goldenstone brought her kitten closer to her with her tail and spoke rather briskly. "Well, it's been nice to see you, Stormstar. G-goodbye, now!"
    Cloudkit trotted away with her mother. She was grateful for her for coming before Stormstar attacked her. Even though he was scrawny, she could still see hard muscles pounding under his fur. Cloudkit smiled at a thought. Maybe she could be his appren-
    Her thoughts were interuppted as pain lanced through her. The white she-cat shrieked as she felt sharp claws rake down her back. Warm blood seeped down her flanks. She whipped around to see Stormstar crouched on the ground. Goldenstone turned around as well.
    Stormstar studdered, his eyes wide. "I-I'm so sorry! I tripped and my claws came out- I didn't know that theywould-"
    Goldenstone stopped his muttering with a flick of her tail. "It's fine. Just be more careful next time!" She narrowed her green eyes at him, and he returned the favor.
    Cloudkit and Goldenstone left Stormstar. The golden queen crouched down to give her daughter a cleaning. The white cat winced every time her mother's tounge passed over the wounds. "Momma, it hurts!"
    "I know it does, sweetie. But I can fix that."
    Cloudkit turned around to meet her mother's eyes, eager to stop the pain in any way possible. "How? Howhowhow?"
    "We can go to the medicine cat den! That will be the next part of the tour."
    "Aw! But Mom, I wanted to go to the elder's den next!"
    "Do you want to feel better, or not?"
    "Well, I want to feel better, but-"
    "Then we're going to the medicine cat den next. Follow me!"
    Cloudkit followed Goldenstone to the medicine cat den, her tail draggong on the frost-encrusted ground. The soon entered a cave.
    "What're those?" Cloudkit pointed to some holes in the slightly damp ground with her pointed tail.
    "I don't know. Ask-"
    "Hello there."
    The pair looked up as a black cat emerged from the corner of the den. His eyes were as wide as an owls', and silver like the moon on a brisk, cool night. "Greetings, Goldenstone. Who is this youngster with you?"
    "This is Cloudkit." The queen gestured to the kit sitting beside her.

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    WHOVIANS UNITE!

    Love Christie and Doctor Who! THERE'S A FLIPPING VESPIFORM ON THE COVER YAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    This has kept me interested all the way to the end. Loved it, ce

    This has kept me interested all the way to the end. Loved it, certainly one of the best mysteries I have ever read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Good book

    I was completely surprised by the ending of this book. One of Christie's best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    GREAT

    Enthralling plot twists and brilliant inquiry by Hercule Poirot leaves you with a result not even a psychic could predict.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    I found my new favorite book!!!

    This book was amazing! A must read, Agatha Christie truly is the queen of crime!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Great read.

    I enjoyed it very much. Agatha Christie was a genius at developing crime stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    I haven't read this yet but I thought of doctor who to because o

    I haven't read this yet but I thought of doctor who to because of the wasp on the cover, "the unicorn and the wasp" is one of my favorite episodes with donna noble. I was somewhat disappointed to find out that it doesn't have much to do with giant wasps, i'm still planning to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Highrock

    For ceromonies

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Track

    Track

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Skycloud

    Yes! You may! Camps at tiger res 2

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    May i rp Firekit

    I am on alot. I am discriptive and i am very fun. I love rping kits

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    amazing!!

    i could not believe how quickly i have read this book !! good read... highly recommended!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Training hollow

    This is the training hollow, where apprentices train to hunt and fight.





    ~•|Swiftstar|•~

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Crystalfrost

    Wow! Thats all I can say. Ur story is just - amazing! Ur an AWESOME auther! Plz read, rate and reveiw my story at growing fire all results! :)

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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