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From the Publisher

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!

--Malinda Lo, Editorial Assistant

From the Inside Flap

When Emily Pollifax answers the phone that Sunday morning, she quickly forgets all about her Garden Club tea that afternoon. For the voice on the other end belonged to a man she had never seen, a man from the CIA who asked her if she could leave immediately on a mission that would take her halfway across the world! What could Mrs. Pollifax say but yes?

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Product Details

  • Series: Mrs. Pollifax
  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (May 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449209121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449209127
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dorothy Gilman is the author of thirteen Mrs. Pollifax novels, beginning with The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax and continuing through Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist. She lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After her first adventure, Mrs. Pollifax figured she'd never hear from the CIA again. Naturally, when Mr. Carstairs calls and asks her to do another bit of currier work, she's surprised. She recklessly agrees to go. And this time, Carstairs is taking no chances. He's assigning another agent to follow Mrs. Pollifax around and keep her out of trouble.

A notorious Soviet agent has recently defected, and Mrs. Pollifax is to go to Turkey to meet her and help her get to US soil. Naturally, every agency in the world is after this agent, so the danger will be fierce.

Her first night in Turkey, Mrs. Pollifax makes contact, only to be arrested by the local police. Then her shadow is murdered. Alone in a foreign land, Mrs. Pollifax has only her instincts and a young man she just happened to meet to help her. Can she get herself and the agent safely back to the States?

While the first book needed time to set up the premise of the series, this book starts right away. Like Mrs. Pollifax, it can leave the reader a little breathless. Fortunately, there's a little set up before the plot starts in earnest, but once it starts, hold on! The pace is fast and the danger almost constant. Again, there are some plot points that seem a little far fetched, but the book is such fun the reader won't care.

Part of the fun is the characters. Mrs. Pollifax herself is a dear. Her unique perspective on the world makes anything fun. She's taken up karate between books, a skill that comes in quite handy through the rest of the series. In this book, great characters surround her. The heroes are lovable and the villains menacing.

This book was first written in 1970, a fact that is key to a few moments in the story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L Smith VINE VOICE on July 26, 2003
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In the follow-up to the charming debut novel, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, Dorothy Gilman writes another book filled with intrigue and heroism. Mrs. Pollifax, a widow who enjoys teas and garden clubs, sets out on her second courier job for the CIA, a mission which starts in Istanbul. Searching for a missing woman (an agent with international ties), Mrs. Pollifax poses as a tourist to track down the woman and smuggle her safely out of the country. Protected by only an agent, who has no idea what her real mission is to be, Mrs. Pollifax must use her newly acquired knowledge of karate and her unflappable nature to charm her way out of some sticky situations. Hair-raising as always, Mrs. Pollifax's second adventure will leave you wanting more!
I was thrilled to read the second adventure of Mrs. Pollifax, and enjoyed every moment spent with her on the case. Mrs. Pollifax is not a person that you would initially feel would make a good CIA agent. She is elderly, loves to wear outlandish hats, and finds a way to talk and get to know everyone around her. But it is just these qualities that make her so invisible in the world of spies, and even the most cynical of agents falls under her spell. I loved the fact that Mrs. Pollifax learned karate (since she hates guns I worried about how she could plausibly protect herself) and that she was just as lovable yet determined as she was in the previous book. If you have not tried this series, pick up a copy of this book and the previous book, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, and join the millions of others who are charmed by this beloved character! Enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cynthia on May 31, 2001
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Mrs. Pollofax never fails to outsmart, outrun or outlive her evil opponents in her never-ending pursuit of adventure in the prime of her life. And this adventure, set in an incredibly well created Turkish countryside, is no exception. There is no need to worry about giving away the end because Mrs. Pollofax always gets her man. But the real intrigue in her novels is the roller coaster like adventures she encounters along the way. This novel does stand out among the others in its incredible ability to transport the reader right into the heart and minds of the gypsy communities of Turkey. This novel is highly recommended for the adventurer in all of us who remains eternally young at heart.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rosalind Hallmark on August 29, 2009
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Dorothy Gilman's first Mrs. Pollifax story, "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax," is so engaging that it charmed me into pursuing the next book in the series, "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax." Unfortunately, my desire for another humorous adventure with the sixtyish grandmother-turned-CIA agent was disappointed. "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax" does indeed portray our heroine doing some amazing things in exotic Turkey, but some of the things border on the ridiculous. Meanwhile, the more realistic elements can be too gritty and border on the depressing. What is missing most from this second story is the humor of the first. And that humor stems primarily from the "unexpected" situation of an elderly New Jersey widow taking part in underground international intrigue. "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax" tries to still capitalize on that situation, but by virtue of its being the second book, the "unexpected" element is already waning. From the beginning, we can no longer see Mrs. Pollifax as provincial because we know she's already part of the spy world. Most of her innocence has left and has taken with it most of the charm of her character. "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax" has some good points -- some humor, some suspense, some plot-twists -- but don't expect it to be as good as the first book.
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