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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (original 1966; edition 1985)

by Dorothy Gilman

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Title:The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
Authors:Dorothy Gilman
Info:Fawcett (1985), Edition: later printing, Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman (1966)

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aka The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
  AnotherLizRose | Aug 10, 2016 |
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  MrsDoglvrs | Apr 24, 2016 |
I read this book for three reasons; GeoCat was the number one reason and it was one Nancy Pearl recommended for a book about Albania and this was the month we read books about Eastern Europe, I read it for PBT as a mystery thriller. It was also available at the library and short and not too complicated. A cozy mystery written in 1966 as the first in a series. Mrs. Pollifax is a older, widowed woman who's children are busy and is not fulfilled by the life of volunteering. Her doctor writes her a prescription for a SSRI (just new on the market) and tells her to find something to do that will make her life fulfilling. She goes to the CIA and volunteers to be a spy. They send her to Mexico City. Hmm, thought this was about Albania. Well, you have to read it to find out what Mexico City has to do with Albania. ( )
  Kristelh | Mar 20, 2016 |
A fun lighthearted book, well read for the audio version on CD. ( )
  KylaS | Feb 18, 2016 |
Emily Pollifax is bored in retirement. Her husband is deceased. Her children and grown and married. She still volunteers for various charities, but that’s getting old, too. But what else could she possibly do? America is engage in the Cold War against Communist countries. She figures she’s resourceful, intelligent, patriotic, loyal, and good at puzzles, so she leaves her New Jersey home and goes to Washington DC to meet with the CIA and offer her services as a spy. It so happens they are looking for the perfect operative to pose as a tourist in Mexico City and pick up a certain package, and the director calls in a certain candidate for an interview. He’s charmed by the woman he meets in the interview room, and before he discovers his mistake, he has offered Mrs Pollifax the job.

Well, how difficult could this be? She only has to go to Mexico City (paid for entirely by the CIA, of course), play the tourist for nearly three weeks, and then on a particular day go to a particular book shop and ask for a specific book, commenting on one of the characters. The proprietor will sell her the book and she will bring it back to America. But the best laid plans … oft go awry. And this one is no exception.

But Emily Pollifax IS perfect as a spy. She’s bright, inquisitive, observant and has a great deal of courage. She may be an amateur but she handles herself very well against the enemy. Some of the plot turns really stretch credulity, and the whole thing is obviously dated, but it’s a fun read nonetheless. I figured out the secret right away, but I was still entertained. I’ll definitely read more of this series. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 28, 2016 |
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Dorothy Gilmanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bie-De Beth, H. deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Friedmann, GretlTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manchette, Jean-PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manchette, MélissaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Mrs. Pollifax is an enchantress."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent. This time, the assignment sounds as tasty as a taco. A quick trip to Mexico City is on her agenda. Unfortunately, something goes wrong, and our dear Mrs. Pollifax finds herself embroilied in quite a hot Cold War--and her country's enemies find themsleves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady.

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"Mrs. Pollifax is an enchantress." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW. Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent. This time, the assignment sounds as tasty as a taco. A quick trip to Mexico City is on her agenda. Unfortunately, something goes wrong, and our dear Mrs. Pollifax finds herself embroiled in quite a hot Cold War--and her country's enemies find themselves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady.… (more)

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