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A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax | [Dorothy Gilman]

A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax

Emily “vacations” at an opulent Swiss resort in the hope of locating nine pounds of hijacked plutonium intended for an atom bomb.
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Emily “vacations” at an opulent Swiss resort in the hope of locating nine pounds of hijacked plutonium intended for an atom bomb.

©1973 Dorothy Gilman (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-17-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Mrs Pollifax is a delight"

    I started reading the Mrs. Pollifax series back in the middle 1960s. I have read them off and on whenever I came across a book. I understand the Dorothy Gilman died in February 2012 so there will be no more books. In this book Mrs. Pollifax is off to Switzerland to a spa hotel for a "rest from the flu" as a cover for her spy job for the CIA. Mrs. Pollifax is a retired teacher, she was bored so applied to the CIA for a part-time job. She is looking for missing plutonium. Of course, she solves the case in a delightful, sometimes funny way but the book is also full of action, suspense, murder, kidnapping, and at times a bit of how did she do that. The book is a great change of pace and leaves one feeling good. Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite narrators and she did her usual great job.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-15-12
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-15-12 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Cozy mystery, but weak"

    Mrs. Pollifax is in Switzerland to help find some missing plutonium. No one takes her seriously, including Interpol and the bad guys! But with the help of a jewel thief, a little boy, and an invalid, she saves the day! This is one of the weakest of the Mrs. Pollifax books. A cute story, but unlikely enough to make it absurd. Still, it has the charm of all the books, but with few laugh-out-loud moments. And no hats! Barbara Rosenblat does her usual excellent job of narration. Worth the credit if you love Mrs. Pollifax like I do.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 12-06-11
    Joy 12-06-11
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    "Great Cozy Mystery"
    What did you love best about A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax?

    Mrs. P is a good read for clean, cozy mystery. Nobody does her better than Barbara Rosenblat. I believe this is the 5th in the series. You can read them out of sequence but it helps to have read Book 1, the Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. I love the series and wish there were more.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 02-20-15
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Extraordinary narration"

    The plot is typical of this series: delightful and a bit silly at the same time. These are children's books, after all. Barbara Rosenblat's narration of the boy is just unbelievably great. The other characters are all 1st great as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 04-16-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 04-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "Delightful, As Usual"


    A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax provides another delightful adventure for that most unlikely of spies, Mrs. Emily Pollifax. In her fourth mission for Carstairs of the CIA, the middle-aged widow from suburban New Jersey goes to a Swiss luxury clinic/resort in search of stolen plutonium believed to be in the area. At the spa, she encounters a large cast of widely varied characters, some good and some bad.

    Not surprisingly in a Mrs. Pollifax story, a number of things go wrong with Mrs. P's mission. She must overcome adversity with the help of several of her new acquaintances in order to complete the mission and she triumphs in the end. While the skeleton of the plot may seem to be rather bland and dull, Dorothy Gilman peoples her books with such wonderful characters that the stories are interesting and charming.

    As usual, Barbara Rosenblat gives an excellent performance as narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    betty Walkersville, MD, United States 12-11-12
    betty Walkersville, MD, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love the character, plot, and performance"
    What made the experience of listening to A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

    It is a good book in and of it's self but I enjoy the fact that it is a series. I enjoys how characters grow in a series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Pollifax is my favorite. She is wise, kind, straight forward, and brave.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    I like Mrs. Pollifax's voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia largo, FL, United States 05-02-15
    Marcia largo, FL, United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2010

    Am A. Hag

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    "Love it! Still fun to listen to."

    the years have not tarnish the joy of listening to her books as well as the adventures of Mrs Pollifax.

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    Glutenfreegirl 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "You've gotta love Mrs. Pollifax!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

    Barbara Rosenblat does an exceptional job narrating the Mrs. Pollifax series.


    What other book might you compare A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax to and why?

    Really does make one think of Murder She Wrote tv series.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She reads this book as well as any other Mrs. Pollifax that I have listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All the characters are interesting and engaging. Just a delight to listen to. Lots of action and you really do not know what is going to happen next. It does not have graphic violence which I always try to avoid in audiobooks.


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    Yvonne 04-02-15
    Yvonne 04-02-15 Member Since 2010

    Reading is my favorite past time.

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    "Mrs. Pollo fax to the rescue"

    I love this series so far. It amazes me how much one little old lady can do. It's funny that no one knows that she is have such great adventures but her neighbor is constantly telling to travel. I can wait to see what she gets into next. The narrator brings these stories to life for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Adkins 03-09-15
    K. Adkins 03-09-15
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    "Wish these movies!"

    There are two movies, Rosalind Russell is very close. But Angela Lansbury merges too many of the books together. I've loved these books for years. I'm going thru again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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