Title: Death in the Clouds
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Hercule Poirot #12
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.
First Trains, now Planes, what’s next Automobiles? (showing my age on that one, or just a love of classic cinema comedies). Yes the ultimate locked room mystery a murder on a flight from Paris to Croydon! Luckily Poirot was on board, unluckily he was asleep through the whole thing.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t my favourite of Poirot’s adventures. while I love the whole locked room aspect, and the interactions between Japp and Poirot, the whole mystery just turned out to be rather dull in the end. I will say i did really like the jumping between the internal monologues of all the suspects on the flight in the beginning of the book and I wish that had continued more throughout.