A safari expedition in Zambia is the disguise Emily employs in order to locate a professional assassin among her fellow explorers. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary man named Cyrus.
©1976, 1977 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
I have been waiting for the Mrs. Pollifax books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat since I became an Audible member. I am crossing my fingers and hoping they get the rest of them.
I really enjoy the way Ms. Rosenblat handles all the different accents these books require. Having heard her versions first, I just can't get into those read by different narrators.
If you aren't familiar with Mrs. P, she is a grandmother who ends up working for the CIA and traveling the world making friends while confronting the bad guys with wit and aplomb. These books are sort of "cozy" espionage tales with plenty of excitement & adventure but definitely character based.
This one is #5, but you don't really have to have read the previous ones to be able to get into this one. It is one of my favorites.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
Once again, Mrs P sets off on what seems a fairly simple mission, only to be drawn into a very dangerous situation. In this case, she goes on a safari in Zambia with instructions to take photos of all her fellow tourists, which will be used to identify a hired assassin. She ends up being kidnapped by "freedom fighters " and then rescued by a band of loyalist guerrillas. (You must remember that the book was written in 1977, so that apartheid played a large role in the politics of that part of Africa at that time.)
And along the way through the wilds of jungle and plain, Mrs. Pollifax finds time to fall in love with a lovely, gentle man named Cyrus.
This book is the fifth in the Mrs. P series. The plot is as entertaining as ever, but is slightly more serious. While there are still lovely amusing moments, the situations depicted are less fanciful and more plausible than in the previous books.
As with the previous books, I cannot adequately describe the magnificence of Barbara Rosenblat's performance as narrator. If you know her from the Amelia Peabody books, you know that she is masterful with accents and voices. But I am amazed that she provides Mrs. Pollifax with a voice that is totally unlike any of the voices I have heard from her before: the perfect voice for a 60-ish widow lady from New Brunswick, NJ. She must be able to produce hundreds of distinct voices. I am in awe.
A totally wonderful experience.
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!
Mrs. Pollifax and her hats are so much fun! And her hat plays an important role in this story. She is off to Africa on another mission for Carstairs; she simply has to photograph everyone in her safari group. But nothing is that easy when it comes to Emily Pollifax! There are kidnappings, forced marches, and attempted assassinations. And Mrs. Pollifax is in the middle of it all. And meeting a very attractive man while she's at it!
Once again Barbara Rosenblat does a fine job of narrating. I couldn't help but laugh at the way she voiced Amy - perfect! These books can stand alone, but if you read one, you'll want to read the whole series....
Absolutely loved this whole series. Narration was great except for the last book in the series. Loved the locations and the detailed description about the people, customs, and traditions. Mrs. Pollifax character was a delight and loved her. Listened to the series twice through I enjoyed it so much. The narrator was so good, I can't imagine that reading the books would have been nearly as enjoyable.
I borrowed these 15 years ago from my local library to listen to, 5 years after I read hard copies. Mrs. Pollifax is the woman I want to be in my senior years. As outdated as the geopolitical rivalries should be they are, sadly, often relevant, and always entertaining. I'm so happy that Audible finally carries them!
Great story, even better ending. I only wish it had been longer. Barbara Rosenblatt is fantastic.
Not outstanding but, a good clean entertaining fun listen! Nice change of pace to bloody, edge of your seat thrillers.
Oh sure. it's a relaxing and fun book set in a country I am really curious about. Africa!
The indomitable spirit of the Mrs. Polifax. The unexpected but fair clues to the ending.
Inflection of each character
Yes, although I couldn't do it. Too many demands on my time.
Very well written (yes, I've read the book" and very well read. Easy to follow which character was speaking as soon as I caught on to Mr. Rosenblat's inflections.
Admitted bibliophile and Harry Potter fanatic! I love listening to someone read me a story.
I would tell everyone they have to listen to this! If you love Agatha Christie's mysteries, or just love that eccentric older lady going amateur spy -er, courier- you'll love this story! Barbara Rosenblat does an amazing job narrating the story. I've listened to all the Mrs. Pollifax stories narrated by her, and I love them.
Obviously Mrs. Pollifax would have to be my favorite character. She is so eccentric, and decides that since her children are grown up and out of the house, why CAN'T she be a spy.
I chose this particular Mrs. Pollifax mystery based on the locale - I've always wanted to go on a safari, and these stories are perfect for armchair travellers.
As is the case with the other books that I've read in this series, I enjoyed it immensely. Towards the end of the book there were a few scenes that didn't really ring true to me, but the story was strong enough that it didn't spoil it. There was also a little romance in this book - it's on safari that Emily meets Cyrus, so that filled in some gaps in her storyline for me.
Barbara Rosenblatt's narration is terrific, as it has been for anything I've listened to of hers.
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