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Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (Mrs.…

Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (Mrs. Pollifax Mysteries) (edition 1996)

by Dorothy Gilman

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Title:Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (Mrs. Pollifax Mysteries)
Authors:Dorothy Gilman
Info:Fawcett (1996), Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
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Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer by Dorothy Gilman



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Mrs. Polifax in Africa. Can you picture it? :-) ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book is the sequel to Mrs. Pollifax Pursued, in which we meet Kadi Hopkirk, the daughter of Ubangiba missionaries. Kadi's college friend Sammy is now trying to rule Ubangiba after many years of dictatorship. Sammy calls upon Kadi for help and Mrs. Pollifax decides to accompany her to Africa. There have been a series of violent deaths where it appears the victims have been clawed to death by a rogue lion. But there are no lions in Ubangiba. Much of the population of Ubangiba still believe in witchcraft and there are rumors going around that Sammy is dabbling in sorcery.

Even though this is a fictional African country it's easy to identify the many elements that make it similar to real countries in Africa. Beneath the cozy exterior of this story are some quite serious issues. Mrs. Pollifax is always entertaining and her affection for Kadi and Sammy is quite apparent. If you enjoy the antics of Mrs. Pollifax you will really have a good time with this one. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Mrs Pollifax makes a return visit to Ubangiba with Kadi Hopkirk in response to a call for help from Kadi's childhood friend--the soon the be crowned King. Rumors are saying that he is a sorcerer and responsible for people being clawed to death by a lion. Mrs Pollifax tries to discover the true killer and save the kingdom from turmoil.

By far my least favorite of the series. I dearly love Mrs Pollifax and always find Barbara Rosenblatt's narration a delight. However, I didn't connect with the story line and was almost anxious for the end. ( )
  bluebird_ | Jan 13, 2016 |
Mrs. Pollifax heads to Ubangiba to head off a disaster for the country. Someone is killing people in the guise of a lion. A very small country! A very limited plot. ( )
  addunn3 | Jan 12, 2014 |
Beneath the rather cozy exterior of this story are some quite serious considerations related to issues surrounding small African nations trying to establish their place in world affairs, and viable lives for their citizens, in the late 20th century.

Kadi Hopkirk is a reminder of the violent past of the improbably named Ubangiba for she is the daughter of white American doctors killed during a revolution. Sammat on the other hand is the overseas educated grandson of the old king. He once imagined that he could set up a democracy but finds that he is actually king-to-be.

The country of Ubangiba has been impoverished by megolomaniac rulers since Sammat's grandfather was assassinated and even now there is a group murdering people but making it look as if they have been killed by a lion. But there are no lions in Ubangiba. We are talking here of a population that still believes in witchcraft.

On the surface Emily Pollifax is an elderly woman, but, some years before, at the age of 60 she became a part time CIA agent, and she has rather Marple like qualities of observation. Soon after their arrival young Kadi is attacked in the palace grounds, and, having survived that attack, she is abducted. Mrs Pollifax thinks king-designate Sammat is altogether too trusting of those around him.

About the author
Dorothy Edith Gilman (June 25, 1923 – February 2, 2012) was an American espionage and mystery fiction writer. She was best known for the Mrs. Pollifax series. Emily Pollifax, her heroine, became a spy in her 60s and is very likely the only spy in literature to belong simultaneously to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the local garden club.

In 2010 Dorothy Gilman was awarded the annual Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
She died in New York of Alzheimer's disease in 2012, aged 88. ( )
  smik | Nov 28, 2013 |
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"THE PACE NEVER FLAGS, bolstered by the shrewd Mrs. P. and a host of well-defined characters who all work their surprising wiles."

--Publishers Weekly

In response to a desperate SOS, Kadi Hopkirk flies to the African country of Ubangiba, where her childhood friend, Sammat, is soon to be crowned king. Mrs. Pollifax, reluctant to allow the girl to venture alone into what she fears may be grave danger, crashes the party.

On arrival, Kadi and Mrs. P. soon discover that Sammat has dangerous enemies. Rumors are springing up that he is a sorcerer who is responsible for a rash of shocking murders in which the victims appear to have been clawed to death by a lion. These crimes are especially terrifying because there are no lions in Ubangiba. So Mrs. Pollifax wades into the fray, hunting for the source of the bloody terrorism that threatens Sammat and Ubangiba--not to mention Kadi and Mrs. Pollifax. . . .


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Kadi Hopkirk flies to the country of Ubangiba, where her friend is to be crowned king. When it's clear the new king has dangerous enemies, Mrs. Pollifax comes along for the ride.

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