"Mrs. Gilman has a nice, relaxed style and an easygoing way of telling a story….Should delight you whether you’re looking for smiles or thrills." –The New York Times Book Review The last thing Mrs. Pollifax expects to find in her junk closet is a young woman hiding. Kadi Hopkirk insists that she’s being followed by two men in a dirty white van. Under the cover of darkness, Mrs. P. tries to drive Kadi back home to Manhattan, only to have a dark green sedan give them a run for their money and, Mrs. P. begins to suspect, their lives. Finally Kadi shares the startling truth: her friend, Sammy, is the son of the assassinated president of an African country and, unbeknownst to the young man’s bodyguard, he passed her something under the table during a recent meeting. Ever resourceful, Mrs. P. puts in a call for help to her CIA colleague, Carstairs, who installs them in a safe house–at a carnival! Before Mrs. P. knows it, a dash to safety expands into an assignment that leads to hair-trigger violence in exotic places…. "Lively…Funny…All’s right with the world as long as Mrs. Pollifax is part of it." –Mobile Register "This fast-moving tale sports a lively, energetic style, much like its heroine." –Library Journal
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 hesitant to try the books, because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to relate to mysteries featuring a suburban grandmother working 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 first in the series, and immediately found them delightful. Mrs. Pollifax is just the kind of grandmother I’d love to have: resourceful, intelligent, somewhat sly, and, of course, a secret CIA operative. Her adventures 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 them to everyone who’s interested in learning about different countries and cultures–and, obviously, espionage!