Death in the Air (1936)

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“Death in the Air” is a novel by Agatha Christie, first published in 1935 under the title “Death in the Clouds.” The novel features Christie’s famous detective, Hercule Poirot, and is set in a passenger plane traveling from Paris to Croydon.

The story begins with Poirot traveling on the same plane as a group of passengers, including a French moneylender named Madame Giselle, a famous actress named Jane Grey, a young doctor named Bryant, and a wealthy businessman named Hastings. During the flight, Madame Giselle suddenly dies from a poisoned dart, and it becomes clear that one of the other passengers on the plane must be the murderer.

Poirot sets out to investigate the murder and soon discovers a number of clues and suspects. Among them are a suspicious-looking woman who was seen leaving Madame Giselle’s seat just before the murder, a shady businessman who had borrowed money from the victim, and a young woman who had been acting strangely throughout the flight.

As Poirot delves deeper into the case, he begins to uncover a web of lies and deceit among the passengers, as well as a connection between Madame Giselle and a notorious criminal gang. With the help of his friend Hastings and the young doctor Bryant, Poirot ultimately identifies the murderer and brings them to justice.

“Death in the Air” is a classic Christie mystery with plenty of twists and turns, and features her trademark attention to detail and clever plotting. It is also notable for its unique setting on a passenger plane, which adds an extra layer of tension and claustrophobia to the story.

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