I bought this book thinking it was a novel (there is nothing that indicates otherwise on the cover, and I didn’t read the summary on the back to avoid spoilers), and I was wondering if it would hint at Christie’s novel Death in the Clouds (it does not).
It turns out that this is a collection of 7 different stories featuring the same two flight attendants (and their colleagues) who solve crime and mysteries happening either on the plane or on the ground but linked to a certain flight.
It was a nice, relaxing read, entertaining enough with good mysteries and clever outcomes. However, it also felt like reading one of these lighter mysteries where the case consists in finding out who stole the umbrella or where is the missing macaron. In 『殺人現場は雲の上』we are confronted with murder, but the tone is rather light and the procedures not realistic. For example, we often see the police sharing key information with our protagonists, who then help the police to solve the case.
I am personally not a fan of this genre of cosy, lighter mysteries, so I enjoyed 『殺人現場は雲の上』less than other books by Higashino. I also found one of the character to be too cliché.
This being said, these stories were entertaining enough and easy to read, so I don’t regret reading it, even though I would not particularly recommend it either.