Series: Hercule Poirot #12
Published by HarperCollins on 10th March 2001
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A woman is killed by a poisoned dart in the enclosed confines of a commercial passenger plane…
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.
I had quite the audiobook spurt this month and managed to listen to quite a few of the Poirot books. I’m not going to hit my goal of 25 but you can’t have everything I suppose. Death in the Clouds is definitely one of my favourites I loved the fact that the whole reason Poirot has no idea who the murderer is is that he was so overtaken by motion sickness to think about anything else. Plus the way that the actual murder took place I thought was really unique and I loved all the experiments that took place trying to figure out how the murder could have actually
I think the ingenuity of Death in the Clouds is the way it’s constructed, you can’t possibly see the ending coming, because it takes a whole load other events to happen before you get to it. I also loved the way the different characters developed relationships with one another, it made it easier to keep a track of them all. They all had distinct personalities and jobs so I could tell who was who all the way through. Which made a huge difference, if you read my review of Three Act Tragedy then you’ll know that keeping a track of the characters was my biggest complaint.
I also loved the different ways they tried to work out who had murdered Giselle and how everyone at some point becomes a suspect and how even when Poirot reveals who the murderer is you don’t quite believe it until he explains it all. Especially as there is so much in play throughout the book that you couldn’t possibly see it coming. I thought this was the best part of the book, because it made the ending so much better and so much more believable!
And finally can we please talk about the negativity that Poirot showed himself. I loved the fact that he called himself a imbecile and struggled all the way through with his little grey cells. He’s the reason I read these books, he makes me smile and I love watching his reactions to everything going on around him.
Overall Death in the Clouds has restored my faith in the Poirot books, I loved it. I thought the story was interesting and well written, and I also thought the way everything turned out was well thought out and unique!
Have you read any of the Poirot mysteries? If you have which is your favourite? Have I already read it or is it still to come? Let me know in the comments!
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