Agatha Christie – Death in the Clouds

Review From User :

Firstly let's say it's a shame that this does not have a separate entry as it is the audiobook of the novel read by Hugh Fraser and its good !!
My wife and I listened to this audiobook whilst decorating over the last few days and at 6 hours its a jolly good listen. Hugh Fraser does have a penchant for narrating, and for the various voices he uses without it sounding too contrived.
I would say the audiobook is a solid 5 stars as is the book itself.

Almost 5 but just fell short, not for any failing on Poirot's part, but just because for some reason, that maybe I need to think about, it just wasn't 5 (see below as I have changed my views slightly)

Review to follow tomorrow, Monday.

So here we are on Monday, and I'm still thinking its about a 4.4 rounded down to 4 stars The story is an excellent one, with a uniquely limited cast of characters (suspects). I know in the past I have seen the David Suchet version of this, but I don't remember reading it at all, and I certainly didn't work out (guess) who was the perpetrator.
Poirot weaves his marvellous magic, travelling to and from between France and England to dig out clues, discard red-herrings and ultimately unmask the murderer. As I said an excellent story that kept me enthralled, not just entertained, for 2 nights, hmm so why am I not giving it 5 stars. I will have to ponder that one

And here we are almost a week later and I've rounded up my marking as the more I think about it, the more I am convinced this is over 4 .5 and therefore rounded up to 5.
This rounding up has nothing to do with the flak I have received at only giving it 4 stars, honest
In reality it is an excellent book, Ms Christie is as ever so wonderfully descriptive and so I have no hesitation in upping it to a 5 book.

A woman is killed by a poisoned dart in the enclosed confines of a commercial passenger plane…

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.

Death in the Clouds

"Death In The Clouds"