Monday, October 05, 2015

Teaser Tuesday 280: Death in the Air

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week’s teaser is from Death in the Air by Agatha Christie, later published as Death in the Clouds. And to allay any naysayers — this excerpt does NOT give away the plot, since this mystery isn’t so much about who was killed, but how and why.

Right at the end of the car, in Seat No. 2, Madame Giselle’s head lolled forward a bit. One might have taken her to be asleep. But she was not asleep. She neither spoke nor thought.

Madame Giselle was dead.

(Chapter 1)


It was a most extraordinary case. A woman murdered with the venom-dipped dart of a South African blow-gun on a routine flight over the English Channel. More bizarre still: that the killing could go completely unnoticed by the plane’s other passengers. And most ironic of all: that Hercule Poirot, the brilliant detective, should be sitting not fifteen feet from the victim!

The most popular mystery writer of all time, Agatha Christie achieved the highest honor possible to a woman in Britain when she was made Dame of the British Empire.


Alice Audrey said...

I love the Hercule Poirot stories, though frankly I mostly watched them on PBS. This one's new to me.

Heather said...

I love the Agatha Chriie movies on PBS -- just wish I could get that station to come in when it wasn't storming.