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Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist Hardcover – February 11, 1997

4.5 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
Book 13 of 14 in the Mrs. Pollifax Series

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Spunky Emily Pollifax, the occasional CIA operative last seen in Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (1996), travels to Jordan with former Company agent John Sebastian Farrell to receive a manuscript smuggled from Iraq, written by an executed dissident Iraqi novelist. As Farrell's cover, Mrs. Pollifax poses as his tourist cousin but immediately is up to her flowered straw hat in intrigue. In Amman, she discovers that her airplane seatmate hid a carving in her luggage that contains a mysterious map and key; then her room is searched. Simultaneously, the CIA learns that notorious Jordanian terrorist Suhair Slaman recently sneaked into and out of the U.S. Was he Emily's seatmate? You bet. Farrell's contact doesn't show up for their scheduled meeting at the Crusader castle at Karak, although Emily does find a dead body there. When their guide, Youseff, and his sister, Hanan, invite them to visit their grandfather, a desert sheik, they're trailed by Jordanian terrorists, the Iraqi secret police and Amman police Inspector Jafer. The climax occurs at an ancient desert fort, where Mrs. Pollifax fells the villains with karate. Whatever they lack in subtlety, the reliably delightful Mrs. Pollifax stories make up for in charming, intelligent characters, brisk action and seductive scenery. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The always delightful Emily Pollifax is back in another hair-raising adventure. Mrs. Pollifax's latest mission is a trip to the Middle East with her CIA friend Farrell to retrieve a manuscript written by a murdered dissident. The manuscript, thinly disguised as fiction, provides provocative details of Saddam Hussein's reign of terror. The pickup, arranged through an intermediary, proves much more difficult than Farrell or Mrs. Pollifax anticipated, what with smugglers disguised as businessmen, attacks by knife-wielding sheikhs, car chases, and rides on berserk camels. By the end, the always gracious Mrs. P., as expected, has fingered the baddies, restored order to the universe, and made some delightful new friends in adverse circumstances. Fun and entertaining, this one is sure to be a hit with the legion of Mrs. Pollifax fans. Emily Melton
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; 1st edition (February 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449911373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449911372
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 28, 2000
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Having a few hours at my disposal this morning, I picked up this, my first Mrs Pollifax, which I'd been given as a gift, but never read. Imagine my surprise when what I thought would be an insubstantial bit of fluff turned out to be a well-plotted, riveting introduction to a woman whose further acquaintance I shall certainly pursue.
Mrs Pollifax's adventures in Jordan have nothing of the implausible about them, a neat trick when one considers that the premise is so fantastic: a grandmotherly gardening enthusiast who just happens to be a well-trained CIA "asset." Her lively approach to what life brings her is utterly charming; beware, Mrs Pollifax will steal your heart away.
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Mrs. Pollifax is at it again. This time, helping Farrell, she travels to Jordan to get a manuscript. Of course, her trip couldn't be that uneventful. She soon finds herself involved in not one, but two cases of international intrige. Can she find her way out of both of them?
This book really felt like coming back to an old friend. The relationship between Farrell and Mrs. P. is wonderful as always. I really do wish that we would see more of Cyrus, however. The new characters are interesting and entertaining. The plot was entertaining and kept me confused about several things until the very end. It was good escapist fun, exactly what it tries to be. If you aren't familiar with the antics of the CIA's secret weapon, buy a copy now. You won't regret it.
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Farrell needs to go to Jordan returning a favor to an old friend and requests Mrs Pollifax as cover - the Innocent Tourist. On the plane, an annoying salesman discusses Jordan with Pollifax and she discovers that he left a piece of his wares in her bag on arrival. Farrell's task is to meet an unknown man at an unknown time at a set location to smuggle an explosive manuscript from an Iraqi dissident out of the country. They have a random young man as a tour guide with an entertaining sister who is a young Bedouin who loves her cowboy boots. Add a dead body and a car following them and of course you get a wonderful Mrs Pollifax.
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Have previously read all the Mrs. Pollifax mysteries so this was a re-read. It stands the test of time and was very enjoyable. Ms. Gilmore passed away some time ago so it is sad that we will not have any more of these mysteries. It is fun to have a woman of a certain age becoming a spy for the CIA.
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Mrs. Pollifax's friend Farrell asks her to accompany him on a mission to Jordan to retrieve the manuscript of a dissident author in Iraq. The author was a friend of Farrell's who was killed because he told uncomfortable truths about the reign of Saddam Hussein. On the flight to the Middle East, Mrs. Pollifax sits next to a man who turns out to be someone other than who he says he is. Farrell and Mrs. P. go through the requisite chases, shootings, and beatings until a happy conclusion is reached. I am curious about why Mrs. Pollifax married Cyrus in an earlier book in the series, because author Gilman manages to keep him well away from his wife's adventures. As always Mrs. Pollifax delights the reader and does not seem to need a leading man.
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I’ve loved Mrs. P from the beginning (14 books ago!), but I didn’t realize she was married and still having adventures until I picked up Innocent Tourist. Although a little formulaic (I’ve only read the early ones), they are about the most atypical spy hero imaginable.
Picture a little old lady in New England who got tired of volunteering for local charities after her husband passed away. What does she do? She goes to the CIA and tells them she’s available to be a spy, of course. And they take her up on it! Who’d suspect a little gray-haired lady with big hats and a propensity for attracting enemy agents, terrorists, and evil-doers? She’s a veritable magnet for trouble whether assigned to it or not.

She’s kind of like Miss Marple with a passport. For Innocent Tourist, Mrs. Pollifax sits beside a man on a flight to Amsterdam who slips an assassination plan into her purse. She, along with a friend, continues onto Jordan where she becomes a target of the assassin trying to get the plan back. In the meantime, the real point of the trip – helping her pal smuggle a dead friend’s unauthorized manuscript out of the country – puts both of them and their young companions (she’s also good at collecting good guys with righteous skills) in danger from terrorists and enemy operatives.

There’s a dead body, a runaway horse, disguises, kidnapping, Bedouin camel rides in the middle of the night to save her friend, torture, a sheik (on Mrs. P’s side), CIA and European involvement, bullet wounds (Mrs. P!), skeptical police, and a surprise reunion for her friend.

Oh, and did I mention the kidnapping terrorists allow her access to a helicopter with the keys in? You know that’s not going to end well.
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I love the Mrs. Pollifax books and now have the whole set. The leading character is my age, and so inspirational, even though if I try I can remember that she is fictional. I have read all of the books more than once, and will keep my set and read them all again. I now must begin the search for the rest of the Gilman books.
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