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They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie
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Aug 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, light-and-fun
Read in July, 2009

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!
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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura Your review makes me think of the movie, "American Dreamer". I watched that a few weeks ago, and it was just as funny as I remembered it to be.

Laura Oh! I'd forgotten about "American Dreamer"! What a hoot that is -- I love Tom Conti! I'm glad it stands the test of time....I'll have to rent it again. "Baghdad" is a bit like that, except Victoria doesn't have a meek side to begin with.

message 3: by Jeslyn (new)

Jeslyn Oh Laura....

You are wonnnnnnderful - keep reviewing, my friend :)

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