The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

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A widowed matron decides to pursue her lifelong desire to be a spy, finds herself useful to the CIA, and successfully completes an assignment which takes her from New Jersey to Mexico City to Albania.
Publisher: New York [New York] : Fawcett Books, 1970.
Edition: 1st Fawcett ed.
ISBN: 0804151768
9780804151764
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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Chickenzilla
Aug 14, 2016

I love this book!!! It's so fresh and new to see this stereotypical, elderly, respectable woman live in the world of espionage. It's almost like Clancy, but a lot shorter and more action-packed.

EuSei Feb 01, 2016

I first rated this book 1/2 *. Then went back and tried to read it again. I am glad I did: it was really delightful. Mrs. Pollifax (well, PC didn't exist then, so she was Mrs.!) was absolutely unexpected and I had many a chuckle with her antics. Highly recommend it.

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LibraryChicken
Mar 09, 2014

I loved this story of a woman deciding to pursue her childhood ambition of spying after she reaches the age of independence and leisure. And my kids are laughing along with me now that I've put the audiobook on.

Funny story that is good for all ages.

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StorySong
Mar 08, 2014

I'm not usually a fan of cozy books. But Dorothy Gilman's books have fascinated me for years. I do love the Mrs. Pollifax series; in fact, if I had 5 thumbs, they'd all be UP high for Gilman's Emily, who's sweet and fun, intelligent, humorous and rather crazy in a positive way. Emily Pollifax is a marvelously well-rounded older woman who wants to trade her 'empty nest' for a chance to help her country -- and she does! It's not too realistic, but that's where some of the great fun comes in. Gilman's other books, however, are incredible as well: The Clairvoyant Countess books, The Nun in the Closet (a favorite), Thale's Folly (absolutely LOVE it!) and everything else she's written are all books I've read and reread many, many times. I've researched a great deal in order to find read-alike authors & books, but thus far haven't found a thing that compares. I guess a character's innocence paired with intelligence is hard to come by - or quite difficult to write with Gilman's cunning balance. If you love funny, introspective, smart tales and an author who seems to genuinely enjoy her own stories and wishes to share these wonders with her public, you'll find Dorothy Gilman's books to be sink-down-into, happy ways to escape the world for awhile. I hope you find what I've discovered - and continue to discover - within all the pages!

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elewep
Feb 16, 2013

I didn't put a rating on this one because I didn't finish it. This book was boring. VERY BORING. Mrs. Pollifax was compared to Miss Marple from the Agatha Christie mystery series, which I am a fan of. Mrs. Pollifax is no Miss Marple. Miss Marple is perceived as a silly old lady that doesn't know anything, but is in fact very clever and cunning, whereas Mrs. Pollifax is just simply a nice old lady that is finding herself in uncommon situations. This one wasn't for me.

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astrella
Jan 21, 2012

This is the first in the series, where she decides to become a CIA agent. What is supposed to be a routine I'm-just-a-little-old-lady-tourist-in-Mexico-City item pickup turns into a very interesting adventure. It ages really well, too.

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workerbee
May 10, 2010

Mrs. Pollifax is one of my all-time favorite characters. She's an older widow who sets out to do something she never had a chance to do when she was younger. She goes to the CIA to ask if the agency accepts volunteers. In the waiting room, she's mistaken for an experienced operative who has been told to come disguised as an elderly lady. Emily Pollifax is surprised to be immediately sent on a mission, but she rises to the challenge and become a very "unexpected" and successful spy. This is the first of the series.

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juliabyun67
Sep 11, 2009

Mrs.Pollifax if a very good book to read! It has suspense and a bit of action

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EuSei Feb 01, 2016

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Chickenzilla
Aug 14, 2016

Coarse Language: There is a lot of people cussing. Nothing worse than the d-word, though

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