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The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (original 1971; edition 1987)

by Dorothy Gilman

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Title:The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax
Authors:Dorothy Gilman
Info:Fawcett (1987), Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:cozy mystery, Your library
Tags:cozy mystery, collectable, vintage, spy series

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The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman (1971)



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Who would think a cozy mystery series would feature a CIA agent? Well, reading the Mrs. Pollifax series makes it clear how this can be. This novel is set in Bulgaria during the Cold War era. Bishop reminds Carstairs of the problems that beset the simple errands that Mrs Pollifax has to run, but Carstairs blows him off. Of course Bishop is right; Mrs. Pollifax cannot help but care about the people who surround her.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book; the sequel is lined up to be read. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Oct 28, 2015 |
I actually enjoyed this one. I guess I've succumbed to acceptance that a woman as young as Mrs. P. can be viewed as old, dressed as old, treated as old, and be an active CIA agent...all at the same time. Whatever, this one kept me up half the night, so my attention was fairly caught.

The plot was ridiculous, as always. Purely escapist drivel. But enjoyable. ( )
  kaulsu | Jun 23, 2015 |
Elderly lady goes to Bulgaria for FBI with forged Passports sewn in lining. Meets some college kids. Gets into trouble. Not the greatest. Not near as good as Agatha Christie.
  jeanmadison | Apr 2, 2015 |
Implausible but fun. This installment in Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax series starts off a little slowly, but the action picks up when the title character, sent aboard on a routine mission, starts her usual "meddling" and quickly gets herself involved with an American accused of espionage, a general bent on taking over a country, and the Bulgarian underground. As with the rest of this spy series, this light thriller is a good break from the more serious books in my pile. ( )
  bostonian71 | Mar 5, 2015 |
When the CIA needs to get eight forged passports into Bulgaria, it seems like a perfect assignment for Mrs. Pollifax, an amateur who has occasionally been useful to them. All Mrs. Pollifax needs to do is meet a contact and deliver the passports. Nothing ends up being that simple when Mrs. Pollifax is involved. On her way to Bulgaria, she meets a group of young people traveling on the same flight. When one of them ends up in trouble, Mrs. Pollifax may be the only person who can save him.

This book was originally published in 1971, and it is firmly anchored in the Cold War. Yugoslavia hasn't yet disintegrated, Brezhnev is the Soviet leader, and the young Americans look like hippies and are concerned about their draft status. In spite of all the changes in world politics since the book was written, the only detail that made it feel dated is the expressed novelty of someone in the CIA having a phone in his car.

I love the combination of adventure and travel in the Mrs. Pollifax books. Mrs. Pollifax manages to see quite a bit of Bulgaria during her stay, and the descriptions of historic sites and scenery have me longing to see it in person. ( )
  cbl_tn | Apr 19, 2014 |
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Mrs. Emily Pollifax is probably the only lovable C.I.A. agent around and here, once again, she's in as full glory as her night-blooming cereus. On a simple courier assignment to deliver eight forged passports to a mysterious underground in communist Bulgaria, she ends up putting a dictatorial general in prison, corrupting the agency's last Bulgarian contact, and even storming the equivalent of a Bulgarian bastille to rescue a supposedly dead American. Oh, the entertaining Mrs. Pollifax.
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Rosenblat, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449215237, Mass Market Paperback)

While waiting for a view of her night-blooming cereus, the mild-seeming Mrs. Pollifax received urgent orders for a daring mission to aid an escape. Soon, the unlikely-looking international spy was sporting a beautiful new hat that hid eight forged passports....

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Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria. In her third adventure, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself working with members of the underground to free political prisoners while trying to escape the secret police in Bulgaria. In addition, she helps a young American girl find one of her missing traveling companions.… (more)

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