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Mrs. Pollifax on Safari by Dorothy Gilman (1977)

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  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
August 2016 reread -- I am increasing my rating from 3 to 4 stars. The Mrs. Pollifax books aren't great literature but they are a lot of fun and the best of them stand up well to rereading.

Amazing how the world has changed since this was first published in 1976 - issues that were of great contemporary interest then are now of more historical interest. But the characters still shine :) ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 15, 2016 |
If you've ever read any of the other Mrs. Pollifax mysteries you already know our heroine, Mrs. Pollifax, is an excellent gardener, expert karate expert, and part-time CIA agent. This time, she is asked to go on an African safari in order to take pictures of the participants, one of whom is a vicious assassin named Aristotle. But the first night of the safari, Mrs. Pollifax discovers that her film has been stolen. Suddenly, things are personal, and she decides she will not only take the pictures but figure out who Aristotle is. Can she do that when her fellow travelers seem so nice? What secrets might they be hiding? Before long there is a a kidnapping and a reunion with an old friend and a delightful romance scene.

The Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman are delightful and the perfect way to relax after a more gritty mystery. The politics are over thirty years old so don't be surprised to see some old stereotypes in this story. If you are already a Mrs. Pollifax fan, you will certainly enjoy this one too. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is the fifth book of the series and sees the return of a character introduced in the first book. It takes place during the Cold War era when apartheid was still going strong.

I loved the assignment: take pictures of everyone going on this safari. It is simple and sounds so easy -- what could possibly go wrong? But this is Mrs. Pollifax so you know *something* will happen.

It is another frothy mystery, perfect for reading quickly. But beware! You'll want to finish it in one gulp.

Off to the next one in the series. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Oct 30, 2015 |
Short and sweet; lots of fun. Glad to finally meet Cyrus Reed, the judge who sweeps Emily Polifax off her feet. The abduction of Mrs. P. was so tame it was laughable. On the other hand, the physical aspects that weren't supposed to be tortuous certainly were! ( )
  kaulsu | Oct 14, 2015 |
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At the request of her old CIA contact, Carstairs, Emily Pollifax leaves New Jersey and her geraniums for Africa, where she battles dark forces of evil to save an African leader from assassination.
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"Mrs. Pollifax is the American cousin to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple."
Mrs. Pollifax has been sent on safari by the C.I.A. and told only to take pictures of all of her companions, in order to find the international assassin whose next target is the president of Zambia. It sounded so simple, but shortly after Mrs. Pollifax started taking pictures, someone stole her film. And right after that she was kidnapped by Rhodesian terrorists. And right after that--well, read for yourself....

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At the request of her old CIA contact, Carstairs, Emily Pollifax leaves New Jersey and her geraniums for Africa, where she battles dark forces of evil to save an African leader from assassination.

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