They Came to Baghdad

They Came to Baghdad

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you're invited to read...

THEY CAME TO

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Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you're invited to read...

THEY CAME TO BAGHDAD

Flighty but good-hearted Victoria Jones craves love, intrigue, and adventure. She strikes gold in Edward, a handsome and mysterious traveler whom she's vowed to follow to the ends of the earth. Yet no whirlwind affair can prepare Victoria for what unfolds once she lands in Baghdad. Not a day in Edward's shadow, and she hears whispered warnings of danger and witnesses the murder of a secret agent in her hotel room. And when she discovers that a romantic rival for Edward's affection has arranged for her kidnapping, Victoria fears that her impetuous nature could be the death of her.

Author Biography: Agatha Christie is the world's best known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 80 novels and short story collections, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant little Belgian Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world-famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies.

Agatha Christie also wrote under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. As well, she wrote four non-fiction books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan.

Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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"The action is rapid...the characters are astonishingly real."—New Yorker

"Excellent...delightful...and a very human heroine, whose powers of invention, like those of her creator, never fail her."—Times Literary Supplement

A. N. Wilson
“Time and again Agatha Christie pulled off what many obviously greater writers labored for in vain, a work of art which is both perfectly crafted and morally satisfying.”
Time Magazines Literary Supplement (London)
"A very human heroine, whose powers of invention, just like those of her creator, never fail her."
Times Literary Supplement (London)
“A very human heroine, whose powers of invention, just like those of her creator, never fail her.”
New Yorker
“The action is rapid....The characters are astonishingly real.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312981648
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.62(h) x 0.80(d)

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A.N. Wilson
“Time and again Agatha Christie pulled off what many obviously greater writers labored for in vain, a work of art which is both perfectly crafted and morally satisfying.”

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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They Came to Baghdad 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Medic_Chick05 More than 1 year ago
the plot was interesting and so i bought this book...couldnt put it down and had me wondering to the very end! i suspected the identity of the villian but it wasnt until that climatic moment when they were revealed that i knew i was right! fantastic book,well worth the time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this novel as a teenager and it got me hooked on Agatha Christie and I never forgot the thrill of her ability to take me on a journey of adventure and excitement, so I decided to re-read this novel many years later and it still has the power to transport me to another time and place. My favorite Agatha novel as well as her Miss Marple series.
LibrarianJP More than 1 year ago
As a huge Christie fan, I was looking forward to the mystery of this novel. While it did not disappoint, in that realm, it was more of an international espionage thriller than a straight laced mystery novel. Christie does a fantastic job of drawing the reader into the story, and keeping one on the edge of their seat until the end.
DoctorJS More than 1 year ago
This is the most exciting story with the very best reading by Emilia Fox. The context of the story is the cold war in about 1950, but as possibly outdated as that may seem, the story, the plot, the characters amid the backdrop of an earlier Bagdad is amazingly intriguing. I have listened to this over and over and will continue to do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a BIG fan of Agatha Christie. But some how this particular book left me totally unimpressed. There was some interesting background to the story about Iraq geography and culture. I just didn't think it was her usual good mystery. It took half the book before someone died! Maybe she just had an off week when she wrote this one.
LoganJ More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, and also provides a glimpse into the Iraq of 60 years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They Came to Baghdad is what used to be called a "good read." Christie, as always, takes us to exotic places, introduces us to a variety of well-drawn characters and includes enough twists to challenge our early assumption that we know "who done it" - and all without the use of colorful metaphors or graphic sex. Ah, those were the days!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, likeable heroine. Sometimes the "older stories" are a refreshing break from the more current authors.
Claire_Garvens More than 1 year ago
A lot of Agatha Christie's books are light reads because the villian or the plot twists are so easy to guess. I really enjoyed this one because the opposite was true. Though, true to form, it wasn't a truely realistic story, it was quite entertaining and the ending did catch me off guard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great read...full of intrigue...more like a thriller than a murder mystery. Hard to put down. Well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fast paced novel with twists,turns and international intrigue....hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one Agatha Christie novel that doesn't belong on the greatest muder mysteries list, but it sure does belong on the greatest action list! Truly riveting!
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Never read Agatha Christie before--found it up to date & very thrilling for today's world
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Can't stop reading....... Too much suspense!!!
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Not fast exciting reading at all. Not believable why the main character went to Iraq but it was interesting reading about the way Iraq was back then. The ending was predictable.
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Calgirl61 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie, but this seemed alittle slower than most of her novels. Good story, but not as intriguing to me as others.
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