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Nov 27, 1996
| ISBN 9780449150047
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Jun 30, 2020
| ISBN 9780593159545
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Nov 27, 1996 | ISBN 9780449150047
Jun 30, 2020 | ISBN 9780593159545
"THE PACE NEVER FLAGS, bolstered by the shrewd Mrs. P. and a host of well-defined characters who all work their surprising wiles."–Publishers WeeklyIn 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. . . . A MAIN SELECTION OF THE MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
As millions of readers know, that intrepid charmer and part-time CIA agent Emily Pollifax is a joy, with a warm heart, nerves of steel, and manners as impeccable as her karate. The New York Times calls her "an enchantress," and Publishers Weekly describes her deeds of derring-do in exotic places as "sheer pleasure."In her new adventure, Mrs. Pollifax accompanies her young friend Kadi Hopkirk to the African country of Ubangiba, where Kadi’s childhood friend, Sammat, is soon to be crowned king. This impromptu journey is a response to an S.O.S. from Sammat to Kadi; and Mrs. P., reluctant to allow the girl to venture alone into what she fears may be grave danger, crashes the party.Sunny little Ubangiba is no great shakes as nations go. Under Sammat’s selfless leadership it is recovering from the devastation wrought by two greedy presidents-for-life who preceded him in office. But Sammat has dangerous enemies. Everywhere rumors are springing up that he is a sorcerer and that his evil power 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.Without the comforting backup of the CIA, 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. Home has never looked so good, or seemed so far away.
Dorothy Gilman (1923–2012) was the author of 14 Mrs. Pollifax novels, including The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, the series debut; Mrs. Pollifax Pursued; Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer; Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist; and Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled. She was also the author of many other novels, among them Thale’s Folly.
My grandmother is a big fan of the MRS. POLLIFAX mysteries by Dorothy Gilman. I was at first hesitantto try the books, because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to relate to mysteries featuring a suburban grandmotherworking for the CIA. But because my grandmother’s taste in literature has always been impeccable,I decided to delve into Mrs. Pollifax’s adventures. I began with THE UNEXPECTED MRS. POLLIFAX, the firstin the series, and immediately found them delightful. Mrs. Pollifax is just the kind of grandmother I’dlove to have: resourceful, intelligent, somewhat sly, and, of course, a secret CIA operative. Heradventures take her to all corners of the globe: from an authentically described communist China (MRS. POLLIFAX ON THE CHINA STATION) to an exhilarating safari across Africa (MRS. POLLIFAX ON SAFARI). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed joining her on her adventures, and intend to read them all. I recommend themto everyone who’s interested in learning about different countries and cultures–and, obviously, espionage!–Malinda Lo, Editorial Assistant
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