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A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
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A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax (1973)

by Dorothy Gilman

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Series: Mrs. Pollifax (4)

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Mrs. Pollifax is off to Switzerland, but she's not there to eat all the cheese and chocolate. She's been sent to a hotel-clinic on the shores of Lake Geneva in quest of a stolen consignment of plutonium. If the people who've stolen it manage to keep it, they will be able to build an atomic bomb, with unthinkable consequences for humanity. No pressure.

I always enjoy the Mrs. Pollifax novels, and this is one of my favourites. It moves at a relentless pace, packing a lot into its 200-some pages. This book also introduces the charming Robin Burke-Jones, who is something of a recurring character in the series. It is a delightful tonic if you want something fairly light, but not *too* ridiculous. ( )
  rabbitprincess | May 13, 2019 |
This time Emily is embroiled in a plot to construct an atom bomb and overthrow the Middle East power base. However, it begins in a medical clinic in Switzerland, with guests including a 10-year-old boy, his grandmother, a retired general from The Surete, a young beautiful girl, and a mysterious, well-dressed Brit, in addition to Interpol. Fun. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Jun 16, 2018 |
Fun read. I am surprised how well this book has stood up to the passage of years. Written 45 years ago, it still applies to the Mid-East today, though I think it may have been based on the period of rule by the Shah of Iran before the Ayatola’s take-over. ( )
  Bettesbooks | May 24, 2018 |
There's no need to recap the story as the publisher's blurb gives adequate hints. I find any of this series to be a look into a different time, one without sat phones or laptops to make investigation and communication easy. While the countries and politics are different, they are also much the same. Mrs. Pollifax is a singular woman, over 60, very good at logic, and possessed of that rarity: common sense. Each of the characters is definitely believable.
This is a reread for me, and I think that Barbara Rosenblat is excellent as narrator. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Jan 21, 2017 |
Another very good, fun read from the Mrs. Pollifax's series of books. Dorothy Gilman kept me reading almost non-stop, despite of the absolutely impossible situations. The cover is quite distracting--the chubby silhouette of a yoga posing Mrs. Pollifax... I almost spilled my latte when she was described as wearing leotards--oh, Lord! And there were some uberlib spinets here and there, like when Lady Palisbury says she hoped Women's Lib would give her daughters what she couldn't. What in the world could the WL give that a loving mother could not?! There is Mrs. Pollifax doing yoga and talking about the art of "zen"... It almost seems that Gilman was slowly releasing her lib persona through Emily Pollifax, little by little. But, to my surprise, the terrorists in the story were muslims! Oh, the good old politically incorrect times... (Is it just me or did anyone else notice how Bishop suddenly seems a bit light in the loafers?) All in all, it was a very entertaining book. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
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Rosenblat, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was morning and Mrs. Pollifax was seated on the floor of her living room, legs crossed beneath her as she tried to sustain the lotus position.
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Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a rival to reckon with.TORONTO STARA secret agent like no other, Mrs. Pollifax was leading a very full life: Garden Club, karate, yoga--and a little spying now and then. This time the mysterious Mr. Carstairs sent her to Switzerland--to a famous health resort where the world's intelligence agents had gathered. Her mission: to track down a missing package of plutonium--just enough to make a small atomic bomb. It was a job that suited Mrs. Pollifax's talents. She's good with people and even better at sniffing out their secrets. But it was not until she became enchanted with Robin, the young jewel thief, that her new adventure really began....
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"Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a rival to reckon with."
TORONTO STAR
A secret agent like no other, Mrs. Pollifax was leading a very full life: Garden Club, karate, yoga--and a little spying now and then. This time the mysterious Mr. Carstairs sent her to Switzerland--to a famous health resort where the world's intelligence agents had gathered. Her mission: to track down a missing package of plutonium--just enough to make a small atomic bomb. It was a job that suited Mrs. Pollifax's talents. She's good with people and even better at sniffing out their secrets. But it was not until she became enchanted with Robin, the young jewel thief, that her new adventure really began....

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This time the mysterious Mr. Carstairs sent her to Switzerland-to a famous health resort where the world's intelligence agents had gathered. The mission: to track down a missing package of plutonium. Just enough tomake a small atom bomb.

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