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Destination Unknown

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,207 Ratings  ·  341 Reviews
American scientist Thomas Betterton has disappeared form a conference in Paris--only the latest in a series of notable men to vanish into thin air. Equally strange is the death of his new bride in Casablanca. To discover the secret she took to her grave, British Intelligence enlists the aide of an unlikely secret agent--an enigmatic young woman with nothing left to lose. T ...more
Paperback, St. Martin's Minotaur Mysteries, 288 pages
Published October 13th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published November 1st 1954)
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Lotte
This was not a typical Agatha Christie book at all since it was more of a spy thriller than a detective story. While I think I definitely prefer her "classic crime solving", it was still interesting to see AC dipping her toes in a different genre. (I listened to this on audiobook btw.)
Milica
Apr 23, 2016 Milica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Na monente malo teatralno, ali sve u svemu prilično dobra. Ocena je bliža 3,5 nego 4!
Marija Simić
I kept thinking, something is wrong! Then, I realized, something is missing. A murder.
Still, pretty enjoyed this book, although it's not really Christie's 'typical' book. But, still, contains many interesting characters! I know it's good, when I close the book, and say, 'Man! I feel I just came back from a journey.'
So yeah, not a master piece of Agatha, but still, easy, interesting read.
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A brilliant young scientist has disappeared from Paris. The international community is concerned, as he is only one of several scientists who have recently dropped from sight. His wife, Olive Betterton, may know more than she is willing to say, but she lies in a Moroccan hospital bed, dying from injuries sustained in a plane crash. Meanwhile, Hilary Craven is in the grips of depression – her daughter has died, her husband has left her. She has nothing to live for … u
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Onellyantie Chuah
Nov 29, 2012 Onellyantie Chuah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***SPOILER ALERT***
A very different mystery from Agatha Christie. I admit that I kept flipping the pages expecting someone to die on the next page, but to my surprise, no murder happened at all (excluding anything happened before Hilary Craven took the role of Olive Betterton). Nonetheless, I really like the plot. The main story isn't about murder but it's a crime all right; and I think the idea of introducing "another way" to suicide by sending that very person to a dangerous (something with th
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Amina
Apr 02, 2016 Amina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little bit disappointed, it was more of a spy thing than a mystery novel and am not that fan of spying books, kept waiting for the intrigue but it didnt show up, hoped for better than this, mais bon..
Shelby Lee
Dec 27, 2014 Shelby Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danger! Disguises! Spies! The Iron Curtain!

This book would fit much better under the class of thriller than mystery. It features a great female protagonist who has been dealt a really harsh hand (cheating husband, death of a child), and is stopped from committing suicide with an offer to dip her toes in the pool of espionage.

It was written during a time when everyone was giving Russia/communism an extremely intense side eye, so the general fear of those and other related things aren't necessaril
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Sara Yahya
الطائرة الضائعة / الطائرة المفقودة / المصير المجهول
كلها أسماء للنوفيلا .. ورقي هي ناقصها أخر 3 فصول
موجودة كاملة pdf
تعتبر أقل روايات أجاثا ، الفكرة موجودة لكن القصة و عناصرها أقل جودة من اللي أتعودت عليا من أجاثا .
لكنها تظل أجاثا كريستي ، تسرد الأحداث بطريقة تجعلك تتكور لتذهب إلي المشهد نفسه و تراقب عن قرب كل ما يحدث .
Carolyn F.
Audiobook

This book seemed a bit of a departure from Agatha's previous books which I liked. Great ending.
Leslie Hickman
Mar 01, 2009 Leslie Hickman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to anyone who loves the classic times around the 40s
Shelves: mystery
Now this is the type of Mystery book that makes me love to read! I love reading Agatha Christie the best...in her books there are no cursing, violence, etc. They make you have to use your mind. This book is not a "serial" from what I can gather...there is no Tommy & Tuppence, Miss Marple or M. Hercules Peirot to solve the crime. I actually did not get all the story till the end. There were more than one tale woven into this story.
Anirban Das
A different platter from Agatha Christie. Destination Unknown never comes up as a straight laced detective fiction. Rather it falls into a unknown Christie genre of spy/political fiction. Scientists disappearing from all over the world leaves the West baffled. The book is all about trying to find out who or what is making them disappear.

A common theme of Christie present in this book is a simple woman who is also the main protagonist helped on by a male government official. All in all this book
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Nourhan Ashraf
لم اجد النهاية
لا اعلم اذا كانت ضائعة ام مفتوحة :/
بالاضافة الى اننى لم اجد اللغز ولم اجد الحل ايضا :/
مجرد قصة تدور احداثها مع اشخاص فى اماكن فقط لاغير لا يوجد اثارة او متعة بتاتا :(

لكننى على امل ان اقرأ روايات اخرى لاجاثا كريستى اكثر متعة واثارة :)))
Isabella
I really like Agatha Christie--her writing is interesting and wonderfully British, proper but still with a touch of wry humor. But what I love the most about her--what everyone loves the most about her--is the fact that I NEVER guess her mysteries. They're always a surprise.
I can't give this book the 4 stars I'd like to because it didn't feel like a mystery, really. There wasn't a central murder, with a detective (famous or unknown) interviewing suspects. The story basically revolves around a wo
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Mel
Nov 16, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
When I was 12 we were leaving the states to move back to England. About a month before we left I realised that there was absoultely no reason for me to be paying attention in class, as I was leaving before the end of term, would never get those grades and was soon to be starting a new school in a foreign country. So instead I decided I would read all the Sweet Valley High books and Agatha Christie books in the school library. (I did very well and achieved this averaging about 3 books a day). Of ...more
Clarabel
Jan 15, 2016 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage, spy-novel
Un roman d'espionnage, original et assez finement joué, où parfois les considérations philosophiques priment sur l'action. Ce roman est également tout imprégné d'une aura politique très marquée (guerre froide) au cours de laquelle les scientifiques représentaient une monnaie précieuse et convoitée de toutes parts. Plus que son histoire d'agent double et de duperie, Agatha Christie propose un regard équivoque sur l'époque d'après-guerre. Très enrichissant !
Laura Cowan
Feb 08, 2015 Laura Cowan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Agatha Christie. I've read this before, so it didn't hold the same surprise punches it did the first time even though I had largely forgotten the plot, but still a great read.
Mandy
Aug 01, 2010 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very different mystery. This novel does not have Poirot or Miss Marple solving any crime. It is more of a thriller with Hilary Craven taking the place of a woman who has died in a plane crash. Her task is to find out what has happened to the dead woman's husband.
The plot, like all of Agatha Christie's books, moves quickly. The final truth is only exposed right at the end of the book. I shall not spoil it here.
If you like Agatha Christie's main characters (Poirot and Miss Marple), do give this
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E.L.
Feb 24, 2012 E.L. rated it really liked it
I think my favorite part about this story is the idea of a more "sporting" chance at suicide - giving a woman with nothing left to live for an impossible mission, with the candid admission that if she SHOULD survive it, quite likely she should have also found something to live for. The rest of the story, an unreal, dream-like destination with a harsher reality underneath it, and the final twist at the end where, as usual, no one and nothing is as imagined, is typical Christie-fare. A twisty, tri ...more
Bea Alden
Jan 09, 2009 Bea Alden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Wonderful Christie stuff, involving impersonations, an air disaster, a leper colony in the desert of Morocco, . . . . the mysteries are profound, until solved at the end in a satisfactory manner.
Jovana Vesper
Ovaj roman mi je dobro došao kao protivteža kratkim pričama Agate Kristi koje čitam u poslednje vreme - nije u pitanju murder mistery - okej, nije samo to već je glavna tema špijunaža i politika. Ili..da li je?
To ostavljam da otkrije onaj ko bude čitao a što se mog mišljenja tiče - solidno, malkice predvidivo (okej, pisano je '54 jel da?; pa ipak nije ni isforsirano niti monotono, zapravo sa finim twistom pri kraju) ali ništa izuzetno. Možda je mana upravo u zastarelosti teme, mada nisam sigurna
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Devi Nair
Sep 23, 2014 Devi Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Agatha Christie is always a magic maker. However, this time, the story line seemed a bit traditional. The suspense and flow of the it was expected and the unraveling of the mystery was a bit too conventional. However, you cannot not love Agatha Christie even with the conventional mystery

There are reports of numerous famous scientists being disappeared. Mr. Jessop is very curious to these disappearance. He is determined to find out what has happened to them. He manages to locate a wife of such a
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Laura Verret
Agatha Christie returns in a thrilling story of science and morality.

The Story.

Another one’s disappeared – Tom Betterton, this one’s called. These scientists just keep vanishing. No one knows where they have gone, or why they have gone there. Is it a matter of coercion? Blackmail? Abduction? Or, worse, are these scientists going of their own choice? It’s Jessop’s assignment to answer these questions.

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Hilary Craven just wants to end the pain. The loss of her daughter… the desertion by her husban
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Ishita Tewari
Oct 07, 2011 Ishita Tewari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Destination Unknown-Scientists are disappearing and are though to disappear behind the Iron Curtain.. If Agatha Christie says they are disappearing beyond The Iron Curtain, then they are disappearing behind everything else other than the Iron Curtain..!!
Dame Christie shows her touch in this novel where a lady who is going to commit suicide is given a fresh lease of life. The readers who have thrived on Robert Ludlum and Jack Higgins might feel that this book is a tad dated with its ancient gizmo
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Megan Hewins
Dec 22, 2013 Megan Hewins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read 81 of Agatha Christie's 82 books (I've always refused to read Final Curtain) between the ages of 14-16. I loved her books heart and soul - but my reading taste matured and at some point I became an insufferable snob when it comes to genre fiction. However, after a long quarter with an pedantic twerp professor for a literature class I decided I needed a completely frivolous break from literary fiction. I picked up And Then There Were None for a reread. It read fast and fun and reminded me ...more
Weam Obaid
إن طلبتم رأيي في هذه الرواية، فسأحدثكم عن شعور أن أمتلك نسخة ورقية منها أستغرق في قراءتها في الحافلة، لأفاجأ وأنا في خضم الأحداث بانتهاء صفحاتها !

فما كان مني وقتئذ إلا أن أنظر إلى غلاف الرواية التي استعرتها من إحدى أخواتي، وأستنتج على الفور أن أختي قد اشترت هذه الرواية من مكان قريب من المكان الذي اشتريت منه أنا سابقًا رواية لأغاثا، وقد كانت بعض أوراقها مقضومة وكأن القائم على بيعها كان فأرًا وليس رجلًا يحترم نفسه ويحترم مهنته !

والطريف أني في ذلك الزمن الذي اشتريت فيه تلك الرواية الناقصة، عدت في و
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Deborah Ideiosepius
Everyone knows Agatha Christie as the 'Queen of crime' and there is a strong theme in many of her very successful books; A party of wealthy English gathered, a crime is committed, no one could have done it... everyone could have done it..... the truth is uncovered through sleuthing and the great expose' at the end... often by Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. Everyone knows THIS version of Agatha Christie.

But in fact there are other books and this is one of them, with standalone characters, well wr
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Leslie Good
I thought I had read everything by Agatha Christie long ago, including her non-mystery fiction titles. I was so glad to discover this one, which is a different sort of mystery from her Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series. Just the ticket for short times to read before bed while I spend my days taking care of grandson Asher.
Kirsty Darbyshire
Not a Christie I'd heard of before and not a regular mystery. Good first half, I like the way someone about to commit suicide is offered a mission with a good chance of death instead. The plot goes gradually downhill in the second half really. This is a kind of spy thriller which falls somewhere between vintage and dated. Having finished it I am more inclined towards "vintage" for the good descriptive aspects of travelling in the 1950s rather than "dated" for some of the plot devices, I was at l ...more
Laurie
Oct 27, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was very different from any other Christie book I've read. It was more a spy thriller with a touch of science fiction. I liked it a lot.
Andrea
Vastly more spy story than mystery, "Destination Unknown" revolves around the disappearance of scientists during the early Cold War era. Have they defected? Will the young wife of one of the scientists lead the government to him?

As is typical for many of Christie's spy-oriented story, this one revolves around an innocent passerby, Hilary Craven, who is brought into the story by circumstances.

It's a fairly slight book, perhaps more a chance to hold up some of the "brave new world" ideas that may
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