Death in the Clouds
A Hercule Poirot Mystery
By Agatha Christie
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062073747, 272pp.)
Publication Date: June 2011
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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.
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.
“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.”
-Reginald Hill, author of the Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries
“It will be a very acute reader who does not receive a complete surprise at the end.”
-Times Literary Supplement (London)
“[A] crime puzzle of the first order.”
-New York Times