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They Came to Baghdad (The Christie Collection) [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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8 Jan 1996 The Christie Collection
Baghdad is the chosen location for a secret superpower summit. Unfortunately the word is out, and an underground organization in the Middle East is plotting to sabotage the talks. Into this explosive situation skips Victoria Jones, a girl with a yearning for adventure.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (8 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006166059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006166054
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,526,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘A very human heroine, whose powers of invention, like those of her creator, never fail her’
Times Literary Supplement

‘All in all, the most satisfactory novel in some years from one of the most satisfying of novelists.’
New York Times

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This fast-moving and intriguing tale of world politics centres around Victoria Jones, an impetuous young lady whose chance meeting with Edward Goring in a London Park leads her to follow him to Baghdad. There she is recruited by Mr Dakin of the Intelligence Service, who asks her to undertake a secret mission for him. Despite the grave danger to her life Victoria relishes her assignment. But how does Edward fit in with what she has discovered and can she really trust him - or indeed any of the others she becomes embroiled with? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Middle Eastern adventure 27 Jun 2004
Victoria Jones is a recently sacked shorthand typist who has an elastic approach to telling the truth, and a great longing for adventure "to Victoria an agreeable world would be one where tigers lurked in the Strand and dangerous bandits infested Tooting". She gets a chance at adventure when she meeets Edward, a handsome and charming young man on his way to Baghdad to work for an organisation called the Olive Branch, the purpose of which is to foster understanding between nations by getting young people together to read Shakespeare and Milton. He wishes that Victoria could join him there, and by a lucky coincidence, the very next day she is offered a job accompanying a lady with a broken arm on the journey out. She enterprisingly provides herself with fake references and claims to be the niece of archaeologist Dr Pauncefoot Jones, excavating at Basra. Victoria is entranced by Baghdad, but before she has a chance to find Edward, a wounded man stumbles into her hotel room and dies in her bed. Who is he? And who is the mysterious Mr Dakin? And what are the people at the Olive Branch really up to. And who on earth is Anna Scheele? This is a tremedously enjoyable book. Victoria is a delightful heroine, imaginative, romantic, enterprising, and quite outrageously untruthful. There are wonderful vivid descriptions of Baghdad, a complicated and exciting plot, and plenty of humour. Great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by how much I enjoyed it 21 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Having read and listened to a lot of Agatha Christies in the past I was expecting this tale, not having Poirot or Miss Marple in it, to be a second rate Christie, like Tommy and Tuppence. How wrong I was. The story is very good and it is very easy to like the heroine, Victoria Jones.
Christie manages to take your imagination all the way to the Baghdad of the Thirties and even though the plot is about international politics, the personal side of the story is dominant and I found myself dying to know how it ended. So much so that out of all the Christie audio books I've listened to this has been my favourite.
The only down side is at first the narration by Emilia Fox seems a little lacking, but give her a chance and soon you can easily see all the characters she is portraying and she really does do a good job of all the male roles.

If you love a good mystery with an exotic setting I would heartily recommend this, and for Christie lovers it is a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 6 Sep 2007
If you are looking for a traditional murder-in-the-grange-by-the-butler-type murder mystery, then this might not be for you. This is a tale of international politics, spycraft and intrigue.
At the heart of the book is Agatha Christie's trademark ingenious plot. The first couple of chapters are heavy going, as the many characters in the book are introduced and the plot is a bit cryptic, however it certainly gets better.
I thought the characterisation and description in this book was better than any Christie book I have read and there is certainly more emotion and romance.
Overall this book is excellent and certainly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting adventure in 1940s Iraq 15 Sep 2006
By istara
They Came to Baghdad is one of Agatha Christie's thriller adventure novels, and it has many parallels with her much earlier work: The Man in the Brown Suit.

Like Anne in The Man in the Brown Suit, They Came to Baghdad involves another young British heroine, Victoria Jones, who sets off on an adventure to exotic climes. She quickly gets mixed up in an international plot, and proves herself to be as feisty and intrepid as any decent heroine should be. The book is particularly fascinating for the snapshot it presents of Baghdad and Iraq in the 1940s, which was directly drawn from Christie's own experience there.

Those wanting a straightforward murder mystery Poirot/Marple-style will possibly be disappointed, as will those who insist on a water-tight and credible plot, but Baghdad is still enormous fun. And without wanting to give plot endings away, if you know a bit about Christie's marital status in the 1930 and the 1940s, the respective choices of romantic hero in the two works is somewhat touching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Agatha 27 Jun 2014
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Love all Agatha Christie books but prefer Poirot or Marple mysteries but still a good read for all Christie fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting adventure in the Middle East 2 Dec 2013
By Jessica
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I loved this book. As other reviewers have mentioned, it starts a little slowly, but I was feverishly racing through the later chapters to see what happened to Victoria. As a character, she becomes more and more likable as you get to know her, and it's really important to you that things turn out well for her. I found this a real edge of the seat story with some classic adventures and escapes from seemingly hopeless situations. One part in particular was very creepy - it filled me with horror and made my blood run cold... The descriptions also made me nostalgic for the Middle East - I was reminded so much of Syria (where unfortunately I won't be going again any time soon) and Egypt. Lovely descriptions of the archaeological dig and great characters. Fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good reading 3 Aug 2013
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Good reading, now I can complete my collection of Agatha Christie's (in the signature edition) and read all the mysterie novels
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different Agatha 23 July 2013
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A change from detective stories. This one is set in Iraq whilst it was still a British protectorate. Its an espionage story, and a very good one. It also gives a fascinating glimpse of Baghdad and other locations after the second world war. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Baghdad
Not the best Christie story I have read but interesting just the same a change from poirot and miss marple
Published 4 months ago by kmazollllll
3.0 out of 5 stars Christie ha to write some turkeys
A romance mixed with a spy story- double dealings and moles. Not my thing but it sould definitely appeal to fans of Teen-Fiction, like Hunger Games.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. A. Healy
4.0 out of 5 stars Christie without Marple or Poirot
An enjoyable tale from the early career of Agatha Christie, with exotic settings and reasonable pace. It might have got five stars if the ending had been more of a surprise.
Published 10 months ago by Dr. John Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha wonderful
gift for a relative, they love it, all of her works a great. Reading all and building up a library.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. B. M. Course
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have read the book and this is my best way to travel. Listeneing to this in the car. Well read
Published 15 months ago by Caroline Cadlock
2.0 out of 5 stars oh dear
have struggled a bit with this book(kindle) in my opinion

not one of christies best but i will finish it to se how it concludes
Published 21 months ago by Mr. David Southgate
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery & romance in pre-war Baghdad
Ehis is my favourite Agatha Christie story and was read well by Emilia Fox, although I had never thought of the heroine as especially cockney, which somewhat grated. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by RitaH
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie
As a visitor to Baghdad I know the author has created the right atmosphere , albeit in the 20s era.
Published on 4 May 2012 by Dr. R. Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars They Came to Baghdad
One of Christie's lesser known works, but nonetheless still excellent.

The narrative rattles along, and, as ever, you really wish it could have been longer.
Published on 26 May 2011 by Hugh
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