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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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The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman (1971)

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Another satisfying Mrs. Polliffax story. Lots of action, a few very good laughs, a sprinkle of romance, and a happy ending. (Some spoiling ahead) Despite some inexplicable things—like a truck driving to what was certainly debris from a large explosion without a single bump—the story is cohesive and kept me wanting more. And it was with a nostalgic sigh that I read a date properly written: A.D. 1185, instead of the inane, meaningless and PC-approved CE and BCE. Those were the good times… (Although I doubt Gilman would not have adopted them were she still alive. I wonder if she would have chosen “Ms.” instead of “Mrs.”…) ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
reread, historical-novel, mystery, suspense, spies, action-adventure
Read from July 24, 1992 to July 24, 2016

Interesting tale first published in 1971 about spies, communism, Balkan States politics, and a widowed senior citizen amateur volunteer employed as a courier by the CIA. Call it historical fiction.
Just suspend disbelief for a while and enjoy this view into a time and place not so different from now with a fascinating cast of characters doing things improbable even then. The story line holds interest, and the length is far from epic. The series is addictive and yet appropriate for any age reader, maybe even Harry Dresden. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Jul 24, 2016 |
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 |
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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 editionscalculated
Brallion-Zeude, GenevièveTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Friedmann, GretlTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosenblat, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Slagt-Prins, M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vestergaard, KarenTranslatorsecondary 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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