Death in the Clouds

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On a flight to London from Paris, a sleepy Hercule Poirot awakes to find fellow passenger Mme Giselle murdered by a poisoned dart. One of the 12 people aboard the flight must be the killer...

‘It will be a very acute reader who does not receive a complete surprise at the end.’

Times Literary Supplement, 1935


About this story

First released

February 1935 (serialised in The Saturday Evening Post, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective, 
  • Locked Room

Formats

  • Radio Play, 
  • Novel, 
  • TV, 
  • Anime, 
  • Manga

Recurring characters

  • Poirot, 
  • Chief Inspector Japp

Murder methods

Setting

  • Plane

This story is a classic locked room mystery, a technique at which Agatha Christie excelled. One of the twelve people aboard a flight from London to Paris must have murdered Mme Giselle, who past appears to be filled with those who might seek revenge.

In 1935, the year this novel was published, a regular London-Paris air service began – using converted bombers for the aircraft. Agatha Christie was a huge fan of air travel, having taken her first flight in 1911, she described the experience as extraordinary.

The book was first published in the US and titled Death in the Air ...

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This story is a classic locked room mystery, a technique at which Agatha Christie excelled. One of the twelve people aboard a flight from London to Paris must have murdered Mme Giselle, who past appears to be filled with those who might seek revenge.

In 1935, the year this novel was published, a regular London-Paris air service began – using converted bombers for the aircraft. Agatha Christie was a huge fan of air travel, having taken her first flight in 1911, she described the experience as extraordinary.

The book was first published in the US and titled Death in the Air. It was adapted for TV in 1992, starring David Suchet and included the added character of Inspector Japp. In 2004 there was a Japanese manga edition of the story which was adapted for TV as anime later that year. It appeared in four parts and was only broadcast in Japan. Poirot is accompanied by Miss Marple's great niece.



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