Death in the Clouds (Paperback)
Harper Paperbacks, 9780062073747, 253pp.
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
Hercule Poirot must solve a perplexing case of midair murder in Death in the Clouds when he discovers that the woman in seat two of the airborne aeroplane he's traveling on is quite unexpectedly--and unnaturally--deceased.
From seat No. 9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers on the short flight from Paris to London. 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 writer of detective fiction was being troubled by an aggressive wasp.
Yes, Poirot is almost ideally placed to take it all in, except what he did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No. 2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman. Murdered, and likely by someone in Poirot's immediate proximity.
Praise For Death in the Clouds…
“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