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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
Rating:****
Tags:cozy mystery, collectable, vintage, spy series

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In book three of the series, the CIA’s least likely courier is sent on a mission to Bulgaria. She’s to deliver some forgeed passports to a group of underground operatives. The CIA has given her a wonderful custom-made hat, in which she can hide the documents. All she has to do to shake her Balkantourist “keeper” and order a particular garment at a local tailor shop. But her CIA supervisor, Carstairs, should know better. Emily Pollifax has a talent for getting involved and this trip will be no different. Before anyone knows what’s happening she is helping a handful of older men break into an impregnable prison – with the help of one teenage gymnast, one pistol, some fireworks and a gaggle of geese.

I love this series. Mrs Pollifax is charming, smart, resourceful and calm in a crisis. If the situations she finds herself in stretch credulity, who cares? The books are fun to read and pure entertainment. ( )
  BookConcierge | May 14, 2016 |
I absolutely love this series! I discovered it by accident a few years ago and read all 14 books in one summer -- wish there more! ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
Mrs. Pollifax is a CIA agent assigned to smuggle forged passports into Bulgaria in an attempt to help them escape. Just like her previous two cases, no simple courier job ends up that way as things go wrong when she meets a group of young people on the trip. One of them gets into serious trouble when he is picked up at the border. Her original mission of smuggling passports has also been compromised by a CIA decision to hide counterfeit bills inside of her coat without telling her. So with passports in a birds nest hat, and counterfeit bills hidden in her coat, she heads out for her mission.

The Mrs. Pollifax mystery series always keeps you guessing as to how she will escape whatever situation she has found herself. Even though this series was written in the early 70s and the political climate has changed, the characters still hold strong today. I always enjoy time spent with Mrs. Pollifax who always entertains me with tales of a retired grandmother who also just happens to be a spy. Even though I find this series very charming, I would not recommend it to readers who enjoy gritty mysteries. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is the third in the Pollifax series and it’s become formulaic. Once again Mrs. Pollifax is called on by the CIA to go to a foreign country for a quick courier job but ends up getting embroiled in events more far reaching than intended. This time she’s off to Bulgaria to deliver 8 passports to some Bulgarian resistance fighters to help get them out of the country before they are arrested. Near the outset of her journey, she meets up with some “nice young people” and before you know it she’s become involved in an international incident, outwits a CIA operative and the Bulgarian secret police and gets involved in more derring-do than one would expect of a 60ish year old widow. Don’t get me wrong, these books are a “hoot”. I’m thoroughly enjoying Barbara Rosenblatt as the voice of Emily Pollifax and am having fun with these quick summer reads. However, it’s getting hard to suspend belief over some of the more outrageous situations Mrs Pollifax gets herself into. This is only the 3rd of 14 books in the series, and I’m sure I’ll read more, but fear I may grow weary of the formula. ( )
  Bluebird1 | Jan 14, 2016 |
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 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dorothy Gilmanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brallion-Zeude, GenevièveTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Friedmann, GretlTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosenblat, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Slagt-Prins, M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vestergaard, KarenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
柳沢由実子Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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