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The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 1987
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“Mrs. Pollifax is an enchantress.”—The New York Times
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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
- Publisher : Fawcett (September 12, 1987)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0449215237
- ISBN-13 : 978-0449215234
- Item Weight : 3.68 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.3 x 0.53 x 6.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What to say about Mrs. Pollifax if you haven't read any of the books. Firstly, reading them in order (or at least starting with the Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax) helps because they do have elements that build on the prior book, but even taken independently they are hugely enjoyable larks!
The settings and storylines are fascinating, and I have actually learned about several countries because Mrs. Gilman so thoroughly researches them and weaves the information into the storyline like a wonderous tapestry.
All of her characters are well fleshed out and easy to become attached to - not just Mrs. Pollifax who is truly amazing!
I strongly recommend all of Mrs. Gilman's books - but my favorites are Mrs. Pollifax.
Side note - if you have seen the made for TV movie with Angela Lansbury, please do not judge the books by that production. That story is a confusing mish-mash of several of her books, and does not begin to capture the magic of the stories the way the books do.
I hope you will read the series, starting in order with The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax and continuing through all of the subsequent books.