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Op de dag dat ze haar baantje als stenotypiste kwijtraakt, ontmoet Victoria Jones een aardige jongen die Edward heet en haar vertelt dat hij de volgende dag naar Bagdad gaat. In een opwelling besluit Victoria hem achterna te reizen, hoewel ze niet eens zijn achternaam kent, niet weet wat zijn adres in Bagdad is, en hoe ze de reis moet betalen. Wonder boven wonder lukt hetOp de dag dat ze haar baantje als stenotypiste kwijtraakt, ontmoet Victoria Jones een aardige jongen die Edward heet en haar vertelt dat hij de volgende dag naar Bagdad gaat. In een opwelling besluit Victoria hem achterna te reizen, hoewel ze niet eens zijn achternaam kent, niet weet wat zijn adres in Bagdad is, en hoe ze de reis moet betalen. Wonder boven wonder lukt het haar toch in Bagdad te komen, waar ze een serie verbijsterende avonturen beleeft....

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Number of Pages : 187 Pages
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rally naar bagdad Reviews

  • Anne
    2018-10-11 01:34

    As a Christie fan I'm wondering how this little gem escaped my notice all these years?I think Victoria may be the most adorable pathological liar you'll ever meet. You can't be mad at her because she's just so honest about it! <-- 100% trueAnd you really shouldn't like her so much considering all the idiotic choices she makes which land her in incredibly dangerous situations. Starting with losing her job in the first scene, due to her need to perform a reenactment of a particularly embarrassing scene between her boss and his wife for her fellow typists. Of course, this frees her up to take off on an ill-advised adventure to Baghdad to find the handsome young man she exchanged a flirtatious conversation with on a park bench.Oh come on, girl!What ensues is the classic tale of a girl in love who follows her heart and gets mixed up in a political assassination attempt in another country, while working as an untrained mole in a cult...and becoming an amateur archeologist on the side. Because why not?!If you like Agatha, you'll like this one.

  • Carol.
    2018-09-23 18:39

    From my review at https://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2014/...Agatha Christie does thrillers. Or not, depending on your point of view. This one might work as a movie (I'm disinclined to find out, but if you are interested one was made in 1952), but fails to impress as a book.Victoria Jones has been fired from her typist position. As she sits in a courtyard, eating her lunch, she's politely approached by a diffident young man who strikes up a conversation. In America, Miss Anna Scheele, personal secretary to the head of a firm of international bankers, informs her employer she must take a vacation to care for her sick sister in England. In the Iraqi countryside, Carmichael is trying to sneak back into Baghdad in time for a major world powers meeting with proof of a certain conspiracy. Mr. Dakin, the local Baghdad covert agent is charged with ensuring security for the meeting, and is hoping to preserve international peace. Richard is an archeologist fanatic just hoping to make it to Dr. Pauncefoot Jones' dig. After their brief meeting, Victoria decides she is in love with Edward and must find him in Baghdad, as soon as possible. Separate plot lines build and come together in a dramatic finish.One of the ways Christie excels is in capturing the minutia of the small town life, the details that instantly identify a character, making them resonate in the imagination. In Baghdad, there's a full cast, but no one but Victoria Jones really gets the attention they deserve, and once introduced, they tend to fall out of the action, only to appear significantly later. As a non-thriller reader, I find I'm not particularly impressed by megalomania as character motivation.Mostly, I blame the lack of world-building. Baghdad of the 1950s was an entirely different city from Baghdad of 2014. Its one of those books that was probably perfect for the decade is was published in, but works significantly less well for current times. I needed more atmosphere. I had the vaguest sense of place, most likely pulled from old memories. In my case, Christie's 1950s Baghdad felt a lot like Elizabeth Peters' Egypt in 1880, which most likely reflects time spent reading the Amelia Peabody series.Baghdad, 1950Baghdad, 2014So many coincidences in this plot! The government recruiting a naif based on her spunky attitude and ability to lie convincingly? She was charming, no doubt, but it played like a Cary Grant script, not a thriller. Overall, I don't regret the time, but it wasn't a great example of Christie's capabilities. I prefer her Marple and Poirot series. It's passable, but I recommend it for fans of thrillers and Christie completionists.Two and a half lackluster stars

  • Laura
    2018-10-22 01:39

    I don’t even have words to describe the madcap charm of this book. No Miss Marple, no Poirot, just a heroine who redefines “spunky” and a plot that will leave you yearning for high jinks in the desert. International intrigue has never been such fun, nor has it probably ever been infiltrated by a mediocre shorthand typist. Miss Victoria Jones, freshly booted from her job, sits in a London park figuring out her next move. Enter a handsome lad named Edward who enchants Victoria but – oh no! – is leaving the next day for a job in Baghdad. Well, what’s to stop her from following him? Armed with a can-do attitude and a remarkable gift for invention (some would call her a pathological liar, but things sound so much better when she makes them up), she’s off to the unknown. Subterfuge, danger, and daring exploits await her as she becomes embroiled in shady dealings and . . . even better! . . . an international conspiracy. In one thrilling episode, a spy stumbles into her hotel room and DIES! Who can resist such drama?! Certainly not the resourceful Victoria, who’s up for anything.Agatha Christie’s seamless style lends itself to this sort of action/adventure caper. But the dialogue is what really wooed me, probably because I listened to the audio version read by Emilia Fox. The voices she does for each character really bring out the comedy. At times I hooted with laughter. An absolutely delightful summer escape!

  • هــالــه بــاقــر
    2018-10-22 23:30

    السيدة كريستي العظيمة ملهمتي منذ الطفولة للقرأة مشجعتي التي سحبتني من يدي واشركتني في تفاصيل عالمها الخاص التي تخلقه بفنها الراقي المتفرد و اسلوبها الذكي الجاذب المتكامل في التشويق و الإثارة إنها كاتبتي المفضلة في شتى حالاتها سواءً في روايتها الجيدة او السيئة احب الترحال معها فالعلاقة بيننا ليست علاقة قارئ بكاتب ينظر للعمل بعين النقد هذه النظرة لم تكن موجودة بيننا ابداً فهي الوحيدة التي تغمرني صفحاتها بالسعادة و الدفء حتى لو كانت رديئة في جودتها الفنية انني اتقبل كل ناتج ادبي من يديها فهي قد سحرتني منذ امد بعيد بابطالها وخاصة العبقري بوارو السيد البلجيكي قصير القامة لكن هذه المرة الرحلة لم تكن برفقته ولم تكن المشاهد فيها شوارع وشقق لندن او ارياف انجلترا بل مسرح الأحداث كانت في الشرق , الشرق الذي يأسر الأجانب بتراثه وعاداته وتقاليده وفتنته الخاصة وكيانه الغريب جذب هذه المرة القديرة كريستي إلى العراق لتنسج حبكة رواياتها الرائعة هذه في كل مدنها بدءً بقلب الشرق الأصيل وحاضنة قصص الخيال السحري الخصب بغداد مروراً بالبصرة وبابل وغيرها من المحافظات العراقية لتظهر المؤلفة درايتها بكل اقسام العراق من الشمال حتى الجنوبو للحديث عن العمل المدهش هذا أحب ان أذكر اركان قوتها التي تمثلت بالرباط القوي المقنع الذي جمع الفصول و السرد الواضح الذي خلق لكل شخصيات الرواية رغم كثرتها زواياهم الخاصة يلعبون فيها دورهم باتقان بدون التخطية على مساحة الشخصيات الثانوية , أيضاً الفكرة التي شملت قصة رائعة وتضمنت مطاردة رومانسية هادئة لم تسلب الرواية البوليسية رونقها بل زادتها جمالاً وصنعت لها روحاً حقيقية يشعر بها القارئ ويتلهف معها لنهاية مُرضية إضافة الى وجود رسالة عميقة في المضمون عن نظرية السلام الدولي واشارة واضحة الى جهة ما متوغلة في كل المراكز و المناصب تحاول بشتى الطرق خلق الحروب واشعال فتيل الكراهية وسوء الفهم بين اقطاب العالم لخلق عالم جديد يحكمونها باهوائهم وافكارهم المتطرفة .تبدء الرواية بحديث عن لقاء في بغداد سيجمع اقطاب العالم السياسي الولايات المتحدة الامريكية والاتحاد السوفيتي لدراسة وجهات نظرهم المتضادة املاً في الوصول الى نقطة تفاهم في أفضل السبل لإدارة العالم لكن تحقق هذا الهدف مرهون في نجاح عميل محترف وذو كفاءة عالية يدعى كارمايكل في جلب الوثائق والمستندات التي بحوزته لإظهارها امام رؤساء الدول هذه لكشف مخططات مؤسسة سرية مصالحها تتمثل في استمرار الصراع مغامرة هذا العميل يشارك فيه اشخاص متعددون في شبكة متفرعة لأغراض شتى حتى تتورط شابة لندنية تدعى فيكتوريا جونز وهي بطلة الرواية رقيقة ومرحة ماهرة في تلفيق الأكاذيب تندفع بشغف حب مفاجأ يطرأ على حياتها خلف حبيبها الوسيم ادوارد لتعيش مغامرة خطيرة قرب نهر الدجلة عمل رائع وممتع حقاً راعيها الرسمي هي الإثارة الانهائية وجودة الترجمة الجيدة انصح بها لكل عشاق أجاثا من افضل كتب هذا العام حتى الان تستحق الخمس نجوم متأكدة انني سامنح نفسي جولة في ثنايا صفحاتها مرة اخرى في نفس هذا العام

  • Ann
    2018-09-23 18:38

    Easily one of my favorite Agatha Christie books! The more mystery books I read, the more I realize just how incredible Christie was at what she did.This mystery centers around, not so much a murder, but the plot of a political overthrow (Is the overthrow a good thing? Or a bad thing? And even, does it exist?). Our protagonist, Victoria, finds herself suddenly placed in the middle of it all, and must decide just how involved she wants to be."They Came to Baghdad" has an intriguing blend of all sorts of mystery points: murder, mistaken identity, spies, lies, and even a bit of romance.I think what really won me over was the detailed and diverse cast of characters, headed by the smart and clever Victoria, who has a fantastic imagination, and an ability to create elaborate lies and stories, but whom fails to tell convincing *true* stories. Victoria isn't really "book smart" and she's not entirely "street smart" but she's clever and has a wonderful ability to never give up, and an optimistic heart that makes her a pleasure to follow through the pages. Not every chapter is devoted to Victoria's perspective, however, and in the beginning we have several chapters from several points of view. This could have been frustrating and annoying, but for some reason I did not find it so and was instantly drawn in and hooked to each of the mini-stories (if you do find it tiresome, I highly suggest you give the book at least 5 chapters or so, until you settle into the main plot).This book isn't overly gruesome or graphic, and while there *may* have been a few points I'd have liked better clarification on, overall I thought the mystery was explained nicely and neatly.Highly recommended!

  • Kathryn
    2018-09-25 18:16

    I loved the title--so mysterious and alluring, WHO came to Baghdad? And WHY??? And I quite loved my adventure in Baghdad with all of those who "came" there. Full of Middle Eastern ambiance, but with a good dose of 1950s British-ness thanks to our lead characters, it's the perfect blend of humor and adventure, exotic and comfortable, a bit of romance, and of course lots of suspense! I give it only four stars because I thought a the chapters in the beginning jostle around as we are introduced to the full cast of characters and it lacks a bit of narrative flow; also, I was impatient to get back to our spunky heroine, Victoria Jones, with her penchant for telling marvelous lies, her lack of typing skills, and her sudden love for the handsome Edward who is, alas, off to Baghdad! Out of a job and into a romance, Victoria decides to follow him and that's when things get good! :-) I also give this only four stars because Ms. Christie is up to some of her "old tricks" and I pretty much guessed the ending. But, that didn't stop me from enjoying it! Also, I really loved that there is some archaeological stuff in the story, and I thought this was quite neat since Christie's "other" life involved going out to digs in the Middle East with her archaeologist husband Mr. Mallowan! :-)

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2018-10-21 20:25

    I read this some time in the 1980s and remember thinking it was one of Christie's more enjoyable books. This is a reminder to myself to read it again sometime and see if I still think that's true.It's too bad I still remember who the villain is (it was a particularly surprising reveal to me) because I've forgotten almost everything else about this book.

  • Maxine Mathew
    2018-10-17 00:25

    Agatha Christie’s immaculate stories make her a master of suspense and mystery. They Came to Baghdad is different from other Agatha Christie's other books - it's more of a thriller than a mystery. I have not read much of spy novels, just Alex Rider series and that does not come anywhere near Christie’s ingenious plots. They Came To Baghdad does not have any high-tech machines or a gripping fight scenes, yet it is a book that the readers will find riveting and electrifying. The strong point of this book is the flawless story telling.For Victoria, the day has not started out well. She has been sacked from her job and does not have much cash to make up for her livelihood. That afternoon in the park, while pondering upon the unpleasant aspects of seeking a new job, she meets Edward. Just one meeting is enough for Victoria to fall head-over-heels for the dashing and polite Edward. Her luck unfortunately seems to have abandoned her as she finds out that he has to leave for Baghdad the very next day. Headstrong Victoria decides to follow the man she has fallen in love with to Baghdad, knowing only his first name and the firm he works in. However, once in Baghdad Victoria becomes embroiled in an international conspiracy when a dying man entrusts her with a message whose meaning she has no clue about. As her life is threatened and a plan to kidnap her is hatched by her rival for Edward’s affections, Victoria finds herself getting more on her plate than she had asked for.They Came To Baghdad takes the reader through a roller coaster ride with its suspense, mystery, murder and conspiracy. The book does not centre on just Victoria, it has many characters popping up in almost each new chapter. Sometimes it becomes a bit difficult to keep track of all the different characters and to remember who the bad guy is and who the good one is. Nevertheless each character and the sub plots lead us back to the impetuous Victoria Jones. She may be mediocre in her chosen profession of a short hand typist but she is an excellent actress. Though many would call her a talented liar, she will just say that she is better at making things up than stating the plain truth. This gift of making up rather far-flung yet strangely believable lies do get her to Baghdad; nevertheless these lies come at a great price. At first, Victoria comes across as an airheaded woman who does not stop to think twice before making a rash decision. She has no control over what she says in public; this aspect of her nature makes her a magnet for trouble in Baghdad. She may have been silly following a man half way across the world whom she met for just a few hours and only whose first name is known to her, but it is her sharp perception and intuitive nature that comes in handy once she finds herself trapped in a conspiracy that threatens to topple the world peace. Victoria’s plucky and dauntless nature makes her character hard not to adore.An exotic location, a mysterious message by a man who has been stabbed, an international conspiracy that threatens to start another world-war —They Came To Baghdad has everything you would want in a fast-paced thriller/mystery.Quotes:Victoria at any other moment would have been enchanted—nylon stockings having been usually beyond the reach of her purse. At the moment, however, hard cash was what she was hoping for. Mrs. Clipp, however, had been far too delicate to think of giving her a five dinar note. Victoria wished heartily that she had been quite so delicate.Victoria(an orphan) had just opened her mouth to explain how the plight of a mother at this moment suffering a major operation had so demoralized her that she had completely become light-headed, and how her small salary was all that the aforesaid mother had to depend upon, when, taking an opening glance at Mr. Greenholtz’s unwholesome gace, she shut her mouth and changed her mind.She heard this time. With difficulty, great difficulty, the young man said two words. Whether she had heard them correctly or not Victoria did not know. They seemed to her quite nonsensical and without meaning. What he was.“Lucifer—Basrah….”Overall:An action-packed and high-voltage bookRecommended?Yes! If you are a fan of mystery novels and haven't read a book by this author - Shame on you! :D

  • قلم الظل
    2018-10-17 01:22

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمتمهيد: شرائي لهذه الرواية كان عارضاً حيث أنني كنت في أحد المكتبات لقضاء بعض حوائجي وكنت في السابق أود قراءة إحدى رويات لأغاثا كريستي فوجدتها في المكتبة بسعر زهيد فاشتريتها , وقبل مده بسيطة وأنا أبحث في الكتب في أدراجي وجدتها فابتدأت قراءتها ...الرواية يميزها عدم الاسهاب في الوصف بل إنه مختصر غير مخل برأيي فأنا لاأحب أن أقرأ رواية بوليسية لأجد الكاتب يصف إحدى الشخصيات وكأنه قيس يصف ليلى فلا يترك شاردة ولاواردة إلا تفنن في وصفها وتشبيهها , وإن كنت من محبي التشبيه والتمثيل على الأشياء لكن هذا ليس موضعها .إن أغاثا لن تأخذك بعيداً بل قريباً جداً إلى بغداد ولن تحس بشيء من الغربة في هذه الرواية فالأحداث بين بغداد والبصرة وبعض مدن العراق عدا بعض المقاطع البسيطة عن لندن وأخرى عن القاهرة, الرواية تبدأ بالتدرج في التشويق وليست كطريقة بعض الروائيين الذي يقحمك في مشهد مثير في معترك القضية ثم يعود بك إلى الخلف ليكون قد بث التشويق فيك لتكمل الرواية , الأحداث غريبة وغير معقولة الحدوث وبعض أجزائها قد يكون نمطي ومكرر حتى تأتي النهاية فستجد تغييراً كبيراً في كثير من المفهومات والحقائق بل كل شيء مما سبق ليس هو في آخر ثلاثين صفحة سيتغير كل شيء تماماً , الرواية بسيطة وسهلة وخفيفة وسريعة الهضم ومسلية جداً .

  • Cphe
    2018-09-27 01:29

    An entertaining mystery/thriller and a relatively fast paced read. The setting takes place in exotic Baghdad. Victoria Jones is a bit of a "ditzy" character. She is a young woman with a thirst for adventure who unwittingly becomes caught up in a game of cat and mouse with some very unsavoury characters. I haven't read Christie for years and had forgotten just how engaging her novels are. Even though I had my suspicions early on as to who the main culprit would be I could still appreciate the various twists and turns, red herrings, offered in the story.A vintage read, and very well done.

  • Malin
    2018-10-21 22:37

    In this book, we meet the adventurous Victoria Jones, a young woman with a knack for lying frequently and convincingly, who shortly after being fired from her most recent position as a mediocre shorthand typist, meets a handsome and charming young man in the park. They strike up a conversation, he confides that he is about to go to Baghdad and asks to take a couple of photographs of her as a memento. Victoria is smitten, and as the young man she's fallen head over heels for is going to be in Baghdad, she needs to go there to. A few days later, her contact at the employment agency calls to confess an American woman needs a companion to accompany her on her journey to the self-same city and Victoria can't believe her luck.Unbeknownst to Victoria, who just wants to reunite with Edward, the young man in the park, there is a secret international diplomatic summit planned in Baghdad and there are sinister forces who are trying to sabotage it. A heavily disguised agent named Carmichael is dodging assassins all over the Iraqi countryside trying to get proof to his superiors about the conspiracy. An efficient and mysterious young woman named Anna Scheele surprises her American employer by asking for time off to go to England to visit her ailing sister. Richard Baker is an officious archaeologist on his way back to the archaeology dig of the illustrious Dr. Pauncefoot-Jones. Mr. Dakin is the official trying to ensure that the summit goes off without a hitch. He knows that there are a number of security risks and is hoping for the safe return of his agent Carmichael.Once in Baghdad, Victoria's brain is working overtime to figure out how she's going to manage for money when her job as companion for Mrs. Clipp is ended. On one of her first nights in Baghdad, a wounded man staggers into hotel room and dies in her bed after whispering a few seemingly unconnected words. This man turns out to be none other than Carmichael, and his death in her room puts Victoria in the centre of a dangerous conspiracy. When she uses her wits and what little information he gave her to track down her beloved Edward, she starts to suspect that he may not have been entirely truthful when he claimed during their brief meeting that he'd love for her to come and see him, and that there are a number of young women in the organisation he works for who don't look kindly on their new rival for Edward's affection. Soon Victoria finds herself abducted and abandoned in a house in the Iraqi countryside. Ever resourceful, Victoria gets out of the house where she's been locked, but is stuck wandering far from civilisation. Her little white lie that she's Dr. Pauncefoot-Jones' niece, in Baghdad to join him on his expedition come back to haunt her when she's rescued by none other than his assistant, Richard Baker, en route to the expedition in question. Will Victoria's gift for lying get her out of another sticky situation? Will she be able to figure out what the dying words of Mr. Carmichael meant, and help Mr. Dakin stop the shadowy conspiracy threatening the peace summit?This book is much less of a murder mystery than it is a suspenseful adventure novel. Unlike the many more traditional Agatha Christie novels, where Miss. Marple or Hercule Poirot gather a number of assorted suspects in the drawing room of a country house (or train carriage, or fancy ship or whatever exotic location Christie decided to place them in for variety), this book mainly follows the brazen Victoria as she lies her way from a boring typist's job in London to being an essential, if somewhat unwitting part in an international conspiracy. While some might find her quite an unlikable heroine, I found her delightful. She's not so much a compulsive liar as a very good actress who thinks swiftly on her feet and improvises skillfully. She also doesn't really seem to lie to directly swindle people, just to take advantage of things she might not have otherwise, such as impeccable references or pedigree. She's a bit too impulsive than is healthy, but she discovers that herself when she reunites with Edward in Baghdad and starts suspecting that he may not be as smitten with her as she was with him. When she ends up at the dig of Dr. Pauncefoot-Jones, she is lucky that the old archaeologist is extremely absent-minded and scatter-brained, wholly focused on his dig, so he can barely remember whether he has a niece at all, mistaking Victoria for an anthropologist scheduled to arrive at the dig some weeks later. Richard Baker, on the other hand, knows something is up with the strange woman he found wandering in the countryside. He just can't figure out why she would pretend to be his boss' relative, wildly fabricating her knowledge of archaeological artifacts.Most of my favourite Agatha Christie books are the stand-alone ones, often featuring a romantic subplot while there's murder mysteries and adventure. Books like Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (the first Christie mystery I ever read), The Man in the Brown Suit and this. I hadn't read this book for nearly a decade, when I decided to re-read it so it could be my 52nd book of the year. While the book started more slowly than I remembered, introducing the various minor players in the bigger game, to a reader who has no idea how they all connect, it gets moving plenty fast enough once we get introduced to Victoria. I only half remembered the ending, so watching all the pieces coming together towards the end of the story was almost as enjoyable as reading the book for the first time. I'm glad it still holds up. So with that - Cannonball!

  • MishaMathew
    2018-09-27 20:24

    *Maxine's Review*Agatha Christie’s immaculate stories make her a master of suspense and mystery. They Came to Baghdad is different from other Agatha Christie's other books - it's more of a thriller than a mystery. I have not read much of spy novels, just Alex Rider series and that does not come anywhere near Christie’s ingenious plots. They Came To Baghdad does not have any high-tech machines or a gripping fight scenes, yet it is a book that the readers will find riveting and electrifying. The strong point of this book is the flawless story telling. For Victoria, the day has not started out well. She has been sacked from her job and does not have much cash to make up for her livelihood. That afternoon in the park, while pondering upon the unpleasant aspects of seeking a new job, she meets Edward. Just one meeting is enough for Victoria to fall head-over-heels for the dashing and polite Edward. Her luck unfortunately seems to have abandoned her as she finds out that he has to leave for Baghdad the very next day. Headstrong Victoria decides to follow the man she has fallen in love with to Baghdad, knowing only his first name and the firm he works in. However, once in Baghdad Victoria becomes embroiled in an international conspiracy when a dying man entrusts her with a message whose meaning she has no clue about. As her life is threatened and a plan to kidnap her is hatched by her rival for Edward’s affections, Victoria finds herself getting more on her plate than she had asked for.They Came To Baghdad takes the reader through a roller coaster ride with its suspense, mystery, murder and conspiracy. The book does not centre on just Victoria, it has many characters popping up in almost each new chapter. Sometimes it becomes a bit difficult to keep track of all the different characters and to remember who the bad guy is and who the good one is. Nevertheless each character and the sub plots lead us back to the impetuous Victoria Jones. She may be mediocre in her chosen profession of a short hand typist but she is an excellent actress. Though many would call her a talented liar, she will just say that she is better at making things up than stating the plain truth. This gift of making up rather far-flung yet strangely believable lies do get her to Baghdad; nevertheless these lies come at a great price. At first, Victoria comes across as an airheaded woman who does not stop to think twice before making a rash decision. She has no control over what she says in public; this aspect of her nature makes her a magnet for trouble in Baghdad. She may have been silly following a man half way across the world whom she met for just a few hours and only whose first name is known to her, but it is her sharp perception and intuitive nature that comes in handy once she finds herself trapped in a conspiracy that threatens to topple the world peace. Victoria’s plucky and dauntless nature makes her character hard not to adore.An exotic location, a mysterious message by a man who has been stabbed, an international conspiracy that threatens to start another world-war —They Came To Baghdad has everything you would want in a fast-paced thriller/mystery.Quotes:Victoria at any other moment would have been enchanted—nylon stockings having been usually beyond the reach of her purse. At the moment, however, hard cash was what she was hoping for. Mrs. Clipp, however, had been far too delicate to think of giving her a five dinar note. Victoria wished heartily that she had been quite so delicate.Victoria(an orphan) had just opened her mouth to explain how the plight of a mother at this moment suffering a major operation had so demoralized her that she had completely become light-headed, and how her small salary was all that the aforesaid mother had to depend upon, when, taking an opening glance at Mr. Greenholtz’s unwholesome gace, she shut her mouth and changed her mind.She heard this time. With difficulty, great difficulty, the young man said two words. Whether she had heard them correctly or not Victoria did not know. They seemed to her quite nonsensical and without meaning. What he was.“Lucifer—Basrah….”Overall: An action-packed and high-voltage bookRecommended? Yes! If you are a fan of mystery novels and haven't read a book by this author - Shame on you! :D

  • Helen
    2018-10-01 19:17

    This book is not one of Christie’s Poirot or Miss Marple mysteries – it’s a standalone and actually much more of a spy novel or thriller than a mystery. With an exciting plot involving kidnappings, conspiracies, impersonations, disguises and secret messages, I found it a lot of fun to read – one of those books I genuinely didn’t want to have to put down until I was finished!So, who came to Baghdad? Well, first of all there’s our heroine, Victoria Jones, a young woman with a vivid imagination and a gift for coming up with creative yet convincing lies. Having just lost her job as a typist, Victoria takes a walk in a London park where she meets Edward, a charming, handsome young man with whom she falls in love at first sight. When, to her disappointment, Edward tells her that he’ll be leaving the next day to go and work in Baghdad, Victoria decides that she must follow him there…the only problem is, she has no money to pay for the flight. As luck would have it, she then discovers that an American lady, Mrs Hamilton-Clipp, will be flying to Baghdad three days later and requires a companion for the journey. It seems that Victoria’s problem is solved.Meanwhile, an interesting assortment of other people are beginning to converge upon Baghdad, including the flamboyant explorer Sir Rupert Crofton-Lee; the eccentric archaeologist Dr Pauncefoot Jones (no relation of Victoria’s, although she’s quite willing to pretend that he is); Anna Scheele, a clever and elusive young woman; and the mysterious Carmichael, whom we first meet in the British Consulate wearing Arab dress and trying to convey an important message to a fellow visitor. And why have all of these people come to Baghdad? It will spoil the story if I go into too much detail, but it’s probably enough to say that an international plot is brewing and Victoria Jones is about to become caught up in it.What a great book this is! The story is a bit far-fetched and silly at times, but it was so entertaining I didn’t mind at all. Although, as I’ve said, it’s not really a mystery novel, there are still puzzles to be solved (I particularly loved the way one of my favourite Dickens novels provides Victoria with a vital clue) and there are plenty of plot twists too – I had my suspicions about some of them, but others took me by surprise. The setting is wonderful as well, with lots of colourful descriptions of Baghdad capturing a time and place that has changed forever. While it was easy enough for Victoria to travel to Baghdad (once she’d found a way to pay for it), for most of us Iraq is sadly no longer a place that we will have the opportunity to visit, apart from through fiction.Much as I enjoy Agatha Christie’s detective novels, Victoria Jones is such an engaging heroine that it didn’t bother me that there’s no Poirot or Marple in this one. If you’re looking for something slightly different from Christie, I would definitely recommend trying They Came to Baghdad!

  • Laurel Young
    2018-10-05 21:11

    I never realized that Dame Agatha had written so many "adventure" novels--her reputation rests solidly on her detective fiction, and I think I have typically read the novels featuring one of her Great Detectives, Poirot or Miss Marple (or Tommy and Tuppence, etc.). But now that I am reading her entire canon, I find that she has quite a lot of novels that might be better characterized as adventure with a mystery twist...and they are really not my cup of tea in the least. Perhaps I'm unusual, but I am infinitely more fascinated by a seemingly normal denizen of a British village killing a fellow villager than I am with this melodramatic subgenre of Christie's with the gangs out for world domination and the plucky heroines who are kidnapped and chloroformed in the cause of unmasking them. I like a good bit of realism with my murder mystery, so your mileage may vary! I will give credit where it is due and say that Christie's expert knowledge of the Middle East (from all her travels with her archaeologist husband, Max Mallowan) shines through in the confident, casual way that she builds a sense of place; the part with the archaeologists rang absolutely true. I will even grant that Victoria is a charming character and I was rooting for her, and that there are several quite clever twists near the end that mark this as a true Christie novel. However, I can only say that I kept wishing someone would be properly murdered and that Poirot would appear and take charge, and that simply is not what this novel is about! It came right in the midst of Christie's Golden Age, with her excellent, classic detective fiction appearing almost yearly. I don't know why, as late as 1950, she wanted to revert to the derring-do post-WWI adventures she wrote in the 1920s; I can only say that I hope she had fun but it just isn't my taste.

  • Veronique
    2018-10-16 20:35

    First of all, I am a fan of Agatha Christie. She’s my go-to when I need something I know I will enjoy. Plus, I often think people kind of take her for granted, not realising her skill. They Came to Baghdad is perhaps not one of her best, but it is definitely entertaining. The convoluted plot is hilarious, full of adventure, red herrings, kidnappings, impersonations, all this set in the exotic Middle East. I felt, listening to Emilia Fox’s performance, as if a spy film (one that doesn’t take itself seriously) was being projected in front of my eyes. Although the narration is shown between multiple points of view, which can be a little confusing at the beginning, the spunky and audacious Victoria Jones is the central character whose attraction for a young man met at Charing Cross lead her into a whole world of trouble. Luckily, she has plenty of courage, common sense, and a gift for telling lies :O)Several factors reminded me of Christie’s own experience, such as her travels to this region of the world following her second husband, the archeologist. I wonder at all the things she must have seen...

  • Bookworm
    2018-10-13 01:36

    Absolutely tip-top and fantastic. I would write more, but you can't really go on about it very much without giving something away! I'll just say that Victoria, (young, smart, cute Cockney typist who finds herself suddenly playing a dangerous part in a web of intruige ), is one of the most endearing characters, and the romance is sweet!

  • Matej Laš
    2018-10-16 20:39

    Obzvlášť akčná, až špionážna detektívna lahôdka od kráľovnej A. Christie. Príbeh letí neskutočne rýchlo a vďaka ľúbivej hlavnej postave Victorii knižku zatvoríte až po dočítaní.

  • Tanya (aka ListObsessedReader)
    2018-10-22 00:26

    This was fun! But not my favourite Agatha... 3.5 stars?

  • Sarah Alsaade
    2018-10-15 01:35

    شكرا اجاثا الرواية بوليسية حبيتها بحيث كملت بيومين فقط لمتعتها وسهولة السرد فالكلام يعرض فى ايجاز بصورة بسيطة ومختلفة من ما قرأت تمامآ حيث تبدأ بالتشويق تدورالاحداث عن اجتماع سري فى بغداد ووصول المعلومات الى منظمة سرية ثم ظهور فكتوريا جونز الفتاة المغامرة والذكية والتي تجيد الكذب ببساطة ليتم استخدام موهبتها بالتجسس في مهمة سرية التي انظممت لها بسبب مقتل عميل امامها في الفندق الذي تقيم فيه و تتدرج لمشاهد غريبة وسريعة وغير معقولة وتساؤلات غامضة حتى تأتي النهاية بتغير كبير.

  • Irissë Eärwen
    2018-10-19 19:22

    Como siempre, Agatha deslumbra.

  • Amr Mans
    2018-10-22 23:32

    ثاني تجربة لي مع أجاثا .. أعتقد إن مشوارنا سوياً طويل ^_^أجاثا مُبهرة في جذب إنتباهك دائماً لحل اللغز والتفكير فيه، مساعدة الأبطال دائماً هي ما تكون أغلب أحلامنا في القصص..ترابط الشخصيات بصورة غامضة وارتباط الأحداث ببعضها مشوق، خليتني عامل زي المفتش بورقة وقلم وأكتب ملاحظات بأسامي الشخصيات وصفاتهم عشان اربط معاها الأحداث..يًعاب عليها فقط هو افتقارها -على غير العادة- لوصف الأماكن والمباني وصفات الشخصيات الأساسية أو الثانوية.خاصةً إن الأحداث جميعها والجريمة تدور في بغداد وبابل، معروف بالطبه أنهم كانوا ذو طابع ساحر في وقت الخمسينيات.

  • David
    2018-10-19 01:20

    'They Came to Baghdad' is a spy thriller by Agatha Christie first published in 1951. A secret summit of superpowers is to be held in Baghdad and a shadowy group of anarchists is plotting to sabotage the event. Things get complicated when enthusiastic young tourist Victoria Jones hears the dying words of British agent Henry Carmichael and is drawn into the affair. It's theme is expressed by her spy mentor Dakin: "the belief in a superstratum of human beings -- in Supermen to rule the rest of the decadent world -- that, Victoria, is the most evil of all beliefs. For when you say, 'I am not as other men' -- you have lost the two most valuable qualities we have ever tried to obtain: humility and brotherhood" (94). As she unravels the truth, she discovers that her boyfriend Edward is involved in just such a scheme. He dismisses the potential bloodshed as something that just does not matter (168). "Edward," she thought, "is his own God, that's what 's so frightening" (169).There is also a personal lesson learned: "Next time I fall in love," said Victoria, "it won't be looks that attract me, or glamour. I'd like a real man -- not one who says pretty things to you. I shan't mind if he's bald or wears spectacles or anything like that. I'd like him to be interesting -- and know about interesting things." (p.191)

  • MwanamaliMari
    2018-09-27 22:39

    I bought this book on a whim. I was looking for "And Then There Were None" but it was sadly out of stock. But not so sad... Agatha is just one of those writers who, regardless of what book you get, she'll never disappoint you. Starting with... the mendacious Victoria Jones (woman reminded me of my ten year old self). She was so lovable and clever and witty but a bit of an airhead sometimes. Then there was Edward, the handsome stranger who made her just pack up and head to Baghdad on a whim (girl, are you crazy? You make me want to be crazy too!!). Now, since I don't want to add many spoilers (or any, at that) I shouldn't write any further about the book except the fact the fact that I loved it so much I read it all over again when I finished it the first time. There is suspense at every stage and the sequence of events just invite you turn the pages further and further. If you desire perfection in paperback... you should get this. Enough said.

  • Nina
    2018-09-25 01:18

    Lagi-lagi saya terkecoh. Tadinya saya pikir bakal penuh spionase yang bikin mumet tapi ternyata enggak. 3 bintang saya naikkan jadi 4 bintang.Saya takjub sekaligus pengen ngejitak Victoria. Hello, masa baru kenalan dgn Edward trus nekat berangkat ke Bagdad demi menyusul Edward? Mana lagi bokek dan mikir kalo udah ketemu dia, Victoria pengen dicariin kerjaan. Victoria ini pemberani apa super bodoh sih (dari sudut pandang saya sebagai pembaca)Petualangannya di Bagdad dan sekitarnya memang menegangkan. Sayang sekali si Charmeleon (lupa nama aslinya) tewas dengan mudahnya padahal dia sudah berhasil mengelabui lawan-lawan sebelumnya. Setelah membaca dua puluhan lebih karya Agatha, saya dapat kesan Agatha ini orang yg romantis. Di penghujung cerita selalu ada kisah roman yg terjalin.

  • Santh memories
    2018-10-08 23:26

    The adventure of Victoria Jones, a play fast and loose, mendacious girl and a stenographer often with unfinished works. After, again, lost her job she took a chance of a job to go to Bagdad! She had long desire to see the world, and also to catch a very attractive man name Edward whom she just met. Without knowing that she worked for a mysterious organization, she met with a dying man that actually an undercover international agent, being kidnapped and found herself in a vast desert, and pretended to be someone else when she met the archeologists group there (and also Richard Baker!), of course to save her life and to find the answer for all she’s been through. Victoria had no idea that she’s dragged into the very strain international intrigues …

  • Jyothsna
    2018-10-11 18:30

    A fast paced, page turning, stylish, romanticized international spy intrigue is all that this book isn't. Who better to write an old fashioned, straightforward, logical, sensible and chuckle to yourself spy novel with absolutely no loopholes and a non obvious ending than Agatha Christie! I so rarely come across such clean and honest writing anymore. With all the Christies, I have been reading this year, this one was especially refreshing!

  • Charlie
    2018-09-26 17:15

    I have only the vaguest of memories of having read this one before though I know I did and I really really enjoyed it. It's not your typical christie novel,more of a spy adventure than a murder mystery set in baghdad (obviously) and its surroundings and featuring a smart and determined young lady. It's really fun,keeps you guessing and truly absorbed

  • Roza Alani
    2018-10-01 18:25

    ان المال وراء كل ما يحدث في العالم اليوم ومصدره لا يزال موضع الشك .ان اموالا ضخمة تختفي من الاسواق ولا احد يعرف مصيرها وكميات هائلة من الالماس واللحجار الكريمة تشترى من اسواق متعددة ثم نختفي ولا احد يعلم اين ذهبت

  • Judith Teggelaar
    2018-10-04 22:11

    A clever little mystery with murder and intrigue. The heroine is a captivating young woman given to making up falsehoods to suit the moment and her present whim. Join her in a romp around Baghdad.

  • Abduraheem
    2018-10-22 01:25

    أعجبتني الرواية على الرغم من انها لم تكن بالنسبة لي افضل روايات أغاثا كريستي، الرواية مكتوبة بطريقة جميلة ولكن ما يعيبها - برأيي - هو كثرة الشخصيات