Book Review: Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled

Author: Dorothy Gilman

Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2001

Genre: Mystery

Format: Audio, read by Barbara Rosenblat

Summary from publisher:

After facing down hijackers on a flight to the Middle East and saving the lives of the passengers on board, a young American woman steps off the plane in Damascus in a blaze of celebrity and disappears. The CIA believes Amanda Pym was kidnapped, possibly murdered.

Masquerading as Amanda Pym’s worried aunt, Mrs. Pollifax begins her determined search, slipping through Damascus’s crooked streets and crowded souks . . . and trekking deep into the desert. Yet she is shadowed by deadly enemies, whose sinister agenda threatens not only Mrs. P. but the fragile stability of the entire Middle East. Only a miracle–or a brilliant counterplot– can forestall a disaster that will send shock waves around the world.

My Thoughts:

Most of my friends have read (and raved) about the Mrs. Pollifax series of mysteries. For some reason, I never got around to them. And then I saw this audiobook at the library and decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. Now I see what everyone was talking about.

It’s not deep literature or even a tough mystery, but it sure was a fun way to spend an afternoon. Although Mrs. Pollifax is traveling in an unsafe part of the world, and dealing with some dangerous people, the story never frightened me. Mrs. Pollifax and her sidekick always seemed in control, and clever enough to get themselves out of sticky situations.

Actually, I thought Mrs. Pollifax a very clever character. She is, as they say, a “woman of a certain age” and she uses that to her advantage. She has enough life experience to draw on and it helps her think on her feet. And, she certainly knows how to tell the good guys from the bad ones. In addition, Mrs. Pollifax is the kind of person that others feel comfortable talking with. She’s a great character and I will definitely spend more time with her in the future.

If you are able to find a copy, I suggest listening to the audio version of this book. At the very end there was an excellent interview with the author, Dorothy Gulman. For me, it was an excellent introduction to the series, even though Mrs. Pollifax Unfeiled was the fourteenth (and last) book in the series.

Have you read any of Mrs. Pollifax’s adventures?


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10 Responses to Book Review: Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled

  1. I’ve never even heard of Mrs. Pollifax – I feel like I’ve been living under a rock! She sounds like a character I’d love.

  2. kaye says:

    I’ve never heard of her either!

  3. Kay says:

    Mrs. Pollifax is one of my favorite characters. I’ve loved her books for a long, long time. You must read the first in the series, THE UNEXPECTED MRS. POLLIFAX. It’s the one that starts her journey as a spy. My personal favorites are the first (UNEXPECTED), MRS. POLLIFAX ON SAFAFI, and also MRS. POLLIFAX ON THE CHINA STATION. All are good in audio or as a regular read. Dorothy Gilman also wrote a few stand alone books. Nan (Letters from a Hill Farm) has a favorite of those – think is THE NUN IN THE CLOSET. These books are definitely comfort reads for me. Glad you discovered them!!

  4. Staci says:

    I like the whole premise of this one and sounds like a series I need to check out! I always love your reviews, Margot!

  5. I’ve heard of these but never read any!

  6. Ohhh sounds good. I like Barbara R as a reader too.

  7. I have heard of this series but never started it; now I’m going to check the Library when we get home. (My Kindle is loaded enough for the rest of our roadtrip.)

  8. Tami says:

    Love Mrs. Pollifax! It’s been years since I read one, so i guess I should revisit them. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Lulu says:

    My two favorite books by her are not Mrs. Polifax. Please try The Clairvoyant Countess and Kaleidescope. My friend thinks Caravan is a most romantic novel by Dorothy Gilman.

  10. stacybuckeye says:

    I LOVE Mrs. Pollifax! It’s not always easy finding all the books though. I’ve listened to several of them on audio and read the others and both were great. I think I still have about half to go, but will get to them someday. Glad you’ve discovered her 🙂

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