I finally picked a crime novel by Agatha Christie, and I loved it. An incredible case, even in a very last moment I couldn’t guess the possible murderer. Death in the clouds is filled with drama, intrigue, and suspense. The readers are sure to have a hard time putting this book down.

Death in the clouds

It’s the year 1935 and the retired Monsieur Hercule Poirot is flying from Le Bourget to Croydon along with eleven other passengers. The next thing we know a woman is found dead in her seat at the end of the rear cabin. Madame Giselle is murdered right behind Poirot and no one saw it happen.

The passengers include a doctor, two archaeologists, a dentist, a hairdresser, a woman involved in gambling, a businessman, an author, Poirot and two stewards.

Hercule Poirot finds that he himself is the main suspect for the murder! Madame Giselle was a famous money lender and she enjoyed power. Everyone on the plane denies knowing Madame Giselle. One of them is lyingPoirot must find out who it is. He has to prove to the jury that he is not the murderer. In the quest of solving the murderPoirot also takes the role of a matchmaker.

“There are more important things than finding the murderer. And justice is a fine word, but it is sometimes difficult to say exactly what one means by it. In my opinion, the important thing is to clear the innocent. – Hercule Poirot”
― Agatha Christie, Death in the clouds

I bought this book years ago and I don’t remember reading it back then. This edition is crafted for beginners, and it also includes a character list and a glossary. I regret not being able to read the original version but this was good too. The glossary would be very handy for beginners. 

The narration is so smooth and intriguing. The Death in the clouds is a fantastic crime thriller. All the characters were well built and seemed suspicious. None are free from suspicion, and at some point every single character looked likely to be the murderer. There were many misdirecting hints and those hints made the case even more interesting. Poirot was very careful with his words and did not want his thoughts to influence the other officials. Hercule Poirot is a genius.

The cover looks so catchy and there is a wasp on it. The wasp does play a major part in the murder. Greed, lies, gambling are the motives for the murder. A small group of suspects and a closed room murderPoirot looks at the psychological aspects and arrests the unexpected murderer.

“There comes to everyone a turning point in their lives, M. Poirot. They stand at the crossroads and have to decide. My profession interests me enormously; it is a sorrow – a very great sorrow – to abandon it. But there are other claims. There is, M. Poirot, the happiness of a human being.”
― Agatha Christie, Death in the clouds. 

Highly recommend this one for beginners. You can read the death in the clouds in a sitting or two. I absolutely enjoyed reading this crime thriller. This book was published way back in 1935 and still seems relevant to the current year, isn’t that fascinating?

Get your copy of Death in the clouds – https://www.amazon.in/Death-Clouds-Hercule-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/0062073745

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About the author –

Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.


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