Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2001
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.
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?