Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- Be careful not to include spoilers! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
(Fontana paperback, 1990, page 16):
“The superior fascination of fiction to fact was always irresistible to Victoria. She lied with fluency, ease, and artistic fervour.”
They Came To Baghdad (originally published in 1951) is an Agatha Christie mystery about which I can recall absolutely nothing, so I am enjoying it as if for the first time. The Wikipedia entry about the novel labels it an adventure story with romantic elements rather than a conventional whodunnit, and compares it to The Man In The Brown Suit. That and its Iraqi locale, which Christie knew from excavation trips with her archaeologist husband, is what made me pick it up as a break from a long run of romances and historical fiction.
As the teaser implies, there is an air of insouciance and risk-taking about the heroine, Victoria Jones. Recently fired from her job as a typist for entertaining her office mates with an ill-timed parody of her employer's wife, she proceeds to move heaven and earth in her determination to follow a charmingly mysterious young man to Baghdad. No doubt plenty of international trouble awaits!
I hope to post my thoughts about They Came To Baghdad on Friday. In the meantime, please feel free to comment about your own Tuesday teaser and share a link to it!