They Came to Baghdad

They Came to Baghdad

by Agatha Christie


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In Agatha Christie’s classic crime adventure novel, They Came to Baghdad, a bright, young adventure seeker in the Middle East finds more excitement than she bargained for when a wounded spy expires in her hotel room.

A secret superpower summit is being held in Baghdad, but the word is out, and an underground organization in the Middle East is plotting to sabotage the talks.

Into this explosive situation appears Victoria Jones, a young woman with a yearning for adventure who gets more than she bargains for when a wounded spy dies in her hotel room.

The only man who can save the summit is dead. Can Victoria make sense of his dying words: Lucifer…Basrah…Lefarge. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073785
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 135,896
Product dimensions: 7.82(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.76(d)

About 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, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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“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.”

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They Came to Baghdad 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 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
This is not Christie's usual mystery story, but rather a romantic thriller set primarily in the Iraq of about 1950, as portrayed by Christie. It is enjoyable, though as unrealistic as many thrillers. I liked the character of Victoria Jones, the protagonist - not always exactly truthful, but honest at heart. What I did not like were the formatting issues. Chapters 19 & 20 were made a misery to read by the visible formatting codes, which made finding the text in those chapters tedious. Then Chapter 21 in the table of contents contained the text for all five chapters, which meant that Chapters 22-25 appeared again after the book was over. These are probably not difficult fixes, and I hope the vendor will make them. The rest of the formatting was fine - there were only a few minor OCR errors. I appreciated having an e-text to read.
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!
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I reread this one this week. Victoria Jones loses her job as a typist but meets a nice young man. Unfortunately, he's leaving almost immediately for the Middle East. Being a resourceful girl, she gets a post and heads to Baghdad. But once she gets there, she can't find her young man or a job. She's getting a little anxious when a dying man turns up in her room. After that, things pick up! I like this book as being a lot of fun. Adventure, a little romance, intrigue. Okay, so the plot is unbelievable, but that's fine with me as long as it's fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike every other Christie book I've read, I had some trouble getting into this one: I didn't start settling into the rhythm of this book until chapter 10. Once I did, I enjoyed it. For pure espionage/thriller books, I still prefer most books by Helen MacInnes or Alistair MacLean, but this was worth reading. For pure mystery books, Christie reigns supreme. Ngaio Marsh (with her Scotland Yard man, Roderick Alleyn) is also a favorite.
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An unexpected direction is to say the least! If you look closely you will find Agatha Christie in a number of places and go where you did not think Christie would lead you!
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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!!!