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De kom til Bagdad

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  9,356 Ratings  ·  542 Reviews
Den sjarmerende og impulsive Victoria Jones reiser til Bagdad for å finne igjen en ung mann hun har forelsket seg i. Andre natten etter ankomsten til storbyen kommer en mann listende inn på hotellrommet hennes. Litt etter er han død!
Plutselig befinner Victoria seg i en heksegryte av spionasje, intriger og mord.
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published 1994 by De norske Bokklubbene AS (first published March 5th 1951)
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Jan 18, 2016 Carol. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of early thrillers
From my review at

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 secr
Aug 13, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 le ...more
هــالــه بــاقــر
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 سح ...more
Dec 01, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ann by: Katie! Thanks!!
Shelves: mysteries
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 so
Sep 08, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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 t ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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
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 th ...more
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 var
قلم الظل
Apr 12, 2013 قلم الظل rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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
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 Bag ...more
*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 s
May 04, 2016 Veronique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 itse
Laurel Young
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 ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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 menegang
Matej Laš
Jan 27, 2016 Matej Laš rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
This was fun! But not my favourite Agatha... 3.5 stars?
May 01, 2016 Okelay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Santh memories
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 pretend ...more
Roza Alani
Nov 20, 2015 Roza Alani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2016 Fay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my agatha christie's favorites!
Es ist so ein Christie-Krimi, der einen zunächst mit seiner Vielzahl an Charakteren schier in den Wahnsinn zu treiben scheint. Erst nach zirka siebzig Seiten konnte mich die Handlung endlich wirklich packen, da ich mir so langsam die Beziehungen und die (Un-)Wichtigkeit der zahlreichen Informationen zusammenreimen konnte. Christie führt uns hierin nach Bagdad und Basra, verwickelt ihre Hauptakteurin in eine internationale Verschwörung, die den Weltfrieden bedroht. Natürlich lässt sie wie immer i ...more
Anirban Das
Do I ever chose a book after being influenced by its name? No, I don’t. But, this is what drew me towards THEY CAME TO BAGHDAD. The name of the book. The sheer call of the Middle East, the fascinating post war period, and not the least that the book was written by Agatha Christie.

Without her chosen cast of Marple, Poirot or Battle and Rice, Christie relies on a one-appearance heroine named Victoria Jones to uncover a plot involving two great powers, ideologies and secret societies. Just like Jam
Jul 17, 2013 Abduraheem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2016 Brianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my. I am a huge Agatha Christie fan & have read almost all of her books, but this one blows them all out of the water. I kept wondering why "They Came to Baghdad" was always on book recommendation lists and now I know. Because it's witty, fun, smart, conniving, & mysterious. You really don't know what's going on half the time, which is just how I love it. Veronica is a fun character that has much more depth to her than you're led to believe at the beginning. The way the characters all ...more
Duha KB
رواية معقدة و متشابكة .. جميلة كعادة روايات اغاثا كريستي .. لكن النهاية لم تليق بالرواية
Rula Loly
Sep 14, 2015 Rula Loly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لم تكن من أفضل ما قرأت للرائعة آغاثا ورغم هذا لا أستطيع إلا الانحياز لهذه الكاتبة ومن هنا جاءت النجمات الأربع.. أدخلتني كثرة الأسماء في متاهة وعرفت المجرم قبل نهاية الرواية لأول مرة في تاريخ قراءاتي لآغاثا. في هذه الرواية يغيب السيد بوارو ومس ماربل وهذا أفقدني بعض المتعة وخاصة أن آخر ما قرأته لآغاثا كانت رواية الستارة والتي انتهت بانتحار بوارو لذلك كنت أتمنى أن ألقاه هنا لأشعر بأنه عاد ولكن عندما غاب أحسست أنه فعلا قد مات وحزنت مرة أخرى. (شعور مراهقين أعرف هذا) لا أعرف ما هو السبب ولكنني لم أشعر ...more
Aug 28, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
ci chong
my favourite of Agatha Christie's huge range of books.combining her ingenious plots and tangible characters in an exotic blend of traditional breathless excitement, with her characteristic unexpected twist in the story bringing things to a sudden fast-moving, tense climax.Victoria is a character truly worth meeting and remembering. So are the other minor products of Christies's lively imagination;the hilariously dim-witted Dr. Pauncefoot Jones; the lovable and phlegmatic Marcus Tio;the Continent ...more
Louise Armstrong
Oct 13, 2016 Louise Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only 4 stars because the plot is awful - BUT I love the characters, the love story and the atmosphere in this book.

I am in awe of the way she sets the scene so vividly and so quickly.

"Victoria, breathing in hot choking clouds of yellow dust was unfavourably impressed by Baghdad. From the airport to the hotel, her ears had been assailed by continuous and incessant noise."

She gets to the hotel, feeling dazed and depressed, and meets the owner Marcus (a great character)which takes about about a pa
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