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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax 1,532 copies, 66 reviews
The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax 971 copies, 35 reviews
The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax 857 copies, 31 reviews
A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax 789 copies, 18 reviews
Mrs. Pollifax on Safari 784 copies, 21 reviews
Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station 745 copies, 20 reviews
Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist 715 copies, 12 reviews
Mrs. Pollifax Pursued 690 copies, 11 reviews
Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief 674 copies, 12 reviews
Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer 643 copies, 11 reviews
Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled 612 copies, 13 reviews
A Nun in the Closet 474 copies, 15 reviews
The Clairvoyant Countess 434 copies, 10 reviews
The Tightrope Walker 427 copies, 7 reviews
Kaleidoscope 393 copies, 14 reviews
Caravan 383 copies, 11 reviews
Incident at Badamya 345 copies, 6 reviews
Thale's Folly 334 copies, 4 reviews
Uncertain Voyage 288 copies, 2 reviews
Bells of Freedom 101 copies
A New Kind of Country 94 copies, 4 reviews
Girl in Buckskin 52 copies, 1 review
The Calico Year 22 copies, 1 review
Witch's Silver 16 copies, 1 review
Four-Party Line 13 copies, 1 review
Heart's Design 11 copies
Heartbreak Street 10 copies, 2 reviews
Masquerade 3 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1970 v04 (Contributor; Contributor) 31 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1991 v01 (Contributor) 23 copies, 1 review
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1977 v01 (Contributor; Contributor) 20 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1988 v01 (Contributor; Contributor; Contributor; Contributor) 15 copies
O Dom da Vida (Livros Condensados) (Contributor) 6 copies
Mrs. Pollifax—Spy [1971 film] (Original book) 4 copies
Bad Trip | The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax | Dead Aim (Contributor; Contributor) 2 copies
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Dorothy Edith Gilman was born in New Brunswick, NJ, the daughter of James Bruce, a minister, and Essa (Starkweather) Gilman, and said she decided on a writing career as a child. She attended university as well as fine art schools and became an art teacher and an instructor in creative writing. In 1945, she married Edgar Butters, Jr., a teacher; the couple had two children before divorcing in 1965. Under her married name, Dorothy Gilman Butters, she began publishing children’s books in the late 1940s.

The New York Times said in her obituary: "[Her] best-known heroine, Mrs. Pollifax, is very likely the only spy in literature to belong simultaneously to the Central Intelligence Agency and the local garden club."

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1966) was the first novel in what would become a highly popular 14-book series about Mrs. Emily Pollifax, a bored 60-something retired grandmother in search of a bit of adventure in an otherwise mundane life.
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