The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax Mrs Virgil Emily Pollifax of New Brunswick New Jersey was a widow with grown children She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings She wanted to do something good for her country So naturall

  • Title: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
  • Author: Dorothy Gilman
  • ISBN: 9780449208281
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mrs Virgil Emily Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings She wanted to do something good for her country So, naturally, she became a CIA agent This time, the assignment sounds as tasty as a taco A quick trip to Mexico City is on her agenda Unfortunately, something goes wrong, and ouMrs Virgil Emily Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings She wanted to do something good for her country So, naturally, she became a CIA agent This time, the assignment sounds as tasty as a taco A quick trip to Mexico City is on her agenda Unfortunately, something goes wrong, and our dear Mrs Pollifax finds herself embroiled in quite a hot Cold War and her country s enemies find themselves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady.

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    1. I thought I should change my tone here a bit. I've "recently reviewed some audio books, mysteries that I listened to mainly because, well, I was looking fora book. I figured any book was better than no book. My wife loved whatever series it might happen to be and I listened to them because we had them out of the library anyway. I wasn't all that taken with many of them. They were sometimes well written, others not. Either I liked or didn't like the main character that much. On the whole I've lis [...]

    2. Review written May 17, 20164 Stars - A solid good old fashioned spy mystery with an unforgettable grey haired lovely lady. - Impressed and surprised. An oldie spy novel —next to classical— from 1970. Book #1 of a big bunch. I downloaded the 8:16 hrs audiobook (a 2010 edition) narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and I LOVED it. **********************************************« Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her G [...]

    3. I love all the Dorothy Gilman books, the Mrs. Pollifax mystery series as well as her other books outside the famous series. I'm reading my way through a couple of dozen of them now, back-to-back.What fun.I adore her deep insights about all kinds of people and the spiritual phenomena we encounter in every day life.Her stories always reveal the value of various kinds of people society tends to ignore (unmarried, middle-aged, and elderly people as well as minorities, misfits, outcasts, ).

    4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books. I have the whole series and have gotten both my mother, my MIL and my Auntie-in-law totally hooked on these books. WE LOVE THEM!Where else can you find an older woman, bored with her life, who goes and applies to be in the CIA?? Its amazing. YES, some of the stories are far-fetched, but to me, that just adds to the intrigue of these books. This is the first one and I recommend them to ANYONE!^^I first read these books in Readers Digest Condensed when I was a teen an [...]

    5. Mrs. Pollifaxa pleasant sixty-something widow from NJ who decides to ask the CIA if she can help her country as an inconspicuous spy. Written in 1966 with lots of Cold War complications, this was a fun little book. I'm sure I'll come back to this series when I need a change from darker novels.

    6. It's taken me forever to read one of these Mrs. Pollifax books because I just didn't think a book could be entertaining enough for me with the heroin being an old lady. But then my sister told me how much she loves these books and how wonderfully fun and charming they are she even lent me her entire collection to read (thanks, Mandy!) and I have been so delighted with these fun books and this charming character, Mrs. Pollifax. I couldn't have been more wrong or narrow-minded! It's so fun getting [...]

    7. I love well-developed and interesting characters and Mrs. Pollifax excels on both counts.This was fun and extremely well-written (imagine Miss Marple joining the CIA and you'll get a sense of what this book is about.) It's classified as a mystery but it's really much more than that.I don't exactly recall how I came across this series (which first came out in the '80s) on but I'm thrilled that I did. As an added, bonus when I purchased the first book it came as part of a three book collection an [...]

    8. Wonderful. Unexpected.At 63 years of age, Mrs. Pollifax is a little over her life and thinks back to the days when she wanted to be a spy! The rest is the story of the unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. Thoroughly enjoyable spy novel with a twist. I will have to read the rest of these soon.

    9. When I first saw one of the books in the Mrs. Pollifax series, I assumed it was another cozy mystery. I was expecting an American Miss Marple. Now that I've read it, I wouldn't necessarily call it a cozy "mystery" series, but it certainly is a fun spy novel. I think of it as a Jessica Fletcher-meets-John le Carré kind of tale. This first book in the series shows us how an unassuming Mrs. Emily Pollifax leaves her elderly suburban life to depart on a spy adventure in Mexico. She begins the story [...]

    10. Cute story (from the Cold War years) about an elderly widow who is bored and decides she wants to become a spy. Through a misunderstanding at the CIA office, she's given an assignment that's meant for a "real" spy and the rest isWell, the rest requires major suspension of disbelief (including her being able to just waltz into the CIA building) but that's okay. She's such a likable old lady that you don't mind. I listened to the audio book and found the narrator to be as likable as Mrs. Polifax h [...]

    11. what fun it is to read this once again!mrs pollifax will surely never grow old on me;looking forward to her next adventurei don't get the piñata, thoughp14: carstairs had unalterable fath in tirpak's ingenuity, and if tirpak said the microfilms would arrive in mexico city between the twelfth and the eighteenth then the microfilms would be there.p46: "i've lived a very sheltered life," she explained, "and you do have a rather--well, i don't think i've known anyone--i mean, you look as it you'd d [...]

    12. Mrs. Emily Pollifax is a widow in her sixties, her children have grown up and live far away and have lives of their own, and she realizes that something is missing - that there is a life out there, somewhere, waiting for her. Discovery. Adventure. Intrigue. As a girl, she always dreamed of becoming a spy, so why shouldn't she just drop by the CIA and ask them if they need any spies?I love this book. I love it IMMENSELY. I first read it nearly twenty years ago, and what's even more amazing is tha [...]

    13. 3 ½ stars. I really enjoyed the beginning and the end. The middle was not as goodE MIDDLE:It was mostly scene after scene of oh my this bad thing is happening, what will we do, oh, quick do that, gee, we barely made it. I’m not sure why I didn’t enjoy this part. Maybe I would have liked more personality interaction instead of a series of bad things being thrown at themE BEGINNING AND END:I loved it. I was laughing. Here’s this little old lady walking into the CIA offices and saying “I w [...]

    14. This was an unexpected delight! I love mysteries and I have been looking for good, won't be side tracked by romance sleuths. Emily Polifax fit the bill to a tee. Even though I knew she (and Farrell) would make it out of their various predicaments- this is book 1 of 14- Dorothy Gilman made the journey feel perilous and exciting. One of my favorite things about Mrs. Polifax is that, while she was smart and observant, she didn't become a super spy overnight. She messed up a few times and she had to [...]

    15. If you enjoy Miss Marple, you'll like her American counterpart Mrs. Pollifax. The Mrs. Pollifax series were more suspenseful than I believed it would be, seeing how the heroine of the novel is in her 60s. However, that's part of the books--most people underestimate Mrs. Pollifax. This is the first book in the series, where Mrs Pollifax--deciding that she wasn't satisfied with her normal life--goes to the CIA and asks to become a spy. She is confused with being the courier spy the government need [...]

    16. Let me tell you about dear Mrs. Pollifax. She is a widow with grown children and grandchildren, and she feels like she has outlived her usefulness. What's a woman like Mrs. Pollifax to do? Well, go after her childhood dream of working for the CIA of course.While I might have found her story far fetched in many circumstances, I ended up being convinced that if anyone could do the things that Mrs. Pollifax did in this book, it would have indeed been Mrs. Pollifax.With a slew of interesting and lik [...]

    17. I'm listening to this for the pleasure of both revisiting a beloved character and the excellence of Barbara Rosenblat's narration. My mother would bring home the latest from the grocery store and it would get passed around. We all enjoyed Mrs. Pollifax's personality and ingenuity, as well as the author's talent for weaving a spy novel with a light touch.I reread these so many times that the plot is coming back to me, several decades later, but I'm enjoying them immensely anyway.

    18. 3 1/2 starsI loved the premise of this story. I found the character of Mrs. Pollifax to be quite endearing, and at times the book was terrific. At others it read too much like “The Perils of Pauline” for the over fifty set.

    19. I had read this before, long enough ago to have forgotten many of the details, and I enjoyed it just as much this time. A lovely way to while away the hours waiting out a layover.Popsugar challenge 2017: a book you've read before that never fails to make you smile.

    20. This lightweight little adventure story is so dated that I can't tell how much of its “campiness” was intended and how much is a function of age. We get the whole panoply of types – the steely-eyed, square-jawed secret agent who calls our heroine “Duchess,” the squinty-eyed oriental, Godless communist villains, Red Chinese Our heroine, the “unexpected” Mrs. Pollifax, to all appearances a fluffy little old lady, is, of course, endlessly plucky and resourceful, and the tough, ruthles [...]

    21. There is quite a lot of bad language in this book, no F-bombs, but a ton of "D***" "H***" and taking God's name in vain. I was surprised by how many instances of bad language there were, but I suppose since this is a secular read I should have expected that. I don't cuss, but people in my family do, so as I'm reading my brain just kind of automatically filters those words out of a book before they can offend me, though it does tick me off when those words keep popping up. However, I'm giving thi [...]

    22. This series is my favorite comfort read, although this book is not one I've gone back to as often as some of the others. Always a pleasure, and definitely more plausible and better-written than some of the later entries.I was fortunate to meet Ms Gilman a number of years ago, while she was touring to promote Mrs Pollifax and the Lion Killer. I told her that I've gone back to some of her books three or four times, and she said, "There's no better compliment than that."She told a charming story ab [...]

    23. Always, always delightful. I first discovered Mrs. P. when I was in college back in the ****'s. A long time ago. I fell in love. I own all of the books and consider them treasures, replacing them reluctantly when they begin to fall apart. They've traveled with me around the US and overseas. My daughter loves her, too. Recently I discovered these books on audio, and I find them perfect to listen to as I drive, exercise, or especially late at night when I can't sleep.What makes these stories so go [...]

    24. This book series was recommended to me by a friend. I am not a mystery lover or spy book enthusiast but I decided to give it a try.The book was published in the 1960s and has a dated feel and tone. It also has an antiquated political storyline in a Pre-Internet world but it was that part that I actually enjoyed. I liked the retro-factor. As for the rest of ituht so much. I just didn't really get into it. I kept thinking that this was a book for the Murder She Wrote crowd and Mrs. Pollifax, in my [...]

    25. Mrs. Pollifax has long been a favorite road trip companion. But we had never listened to this, the first in the series. This book explains how the bored 60 something widowed retiree got hired by the CIA as a courier. It was supposed to be a simple assignment; spend a week in Mexico City as a tourist and then pick up a package from a bookstore. Of course, nothing is ever simple when Mrs. Pollifax is involved and she soon becomes a prisoner in an Albanian jail.This series was written 3 decades ago [...]

    26. Meh just wasn't overwhelmed. Emily Pollifax is different from the typical heroine. She is a 60 something widow who is looking for something to entertain her besides garden parties and volunteering. She takes on a job with the CIA that seems pretty tame, however something goes wrong and Mrs. Pollifax is caught in the middle of it all. I just didn't fall in love with Mrs. Pollifax and the story like many other reviewers have. I found the story to be more about the adventure, rather than a mystery, [...]

    27. A surprising book. I was expecting something lighthearted, along the lines of Agatha Christie but less so--dear Agatha is light like a small, sharp knife, and not many can match it. First surprise, this isn't a cozy, but a spy novel--an honest spy novel. Second surprise, kindness really does light up a dark world. Third surprise, not telling.A novel about a woman who ought to have been forgotten, having outlived her use, and thriving in a new world she gets tossed into.

    28. This was my fourth or fifth time reading this first Mrs. Pollifax book since I was introduced to the series in the 1970s, and I still love it! Despite the fact that I know the plot so well that there are no surprises, I enjoy the characters and situations.If you like spy books with a sense of humor, I would recommend this series.

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