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.
"Mrs. Pollifax on Safari" is an exciting story. It's about international terrorism, kidnapping, assassins, romance and spies.
Bored with retirement life Mrs. Pollifax became a courier for the CIA. Needing an agent in a hurry to join a safari to find an elusive assassin and the party who wants to hire him/her they call on Mrs. Pollifax who is the only one in their files available to be sent to Africa on short notice. She is sent on safari by the CIA to take a lot of pictures of everyone on safari; nothing else. They need the pictures to try to identify their man, but in true Mrs. Pollifax style she becomes embroiled in the country's political intrigue and loses her pictures.
The story is brought to life by the extraordinary talent of Barbara Rosenblat, and the length of the story is just right for an evening of listening pleasure.
Most people Mrs. Pollifax meets are not who they claim to be (including herself) which makes for an interesting story.
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....
I've been reading them in order, and by far this is the best one yet. Mrs Pollifax meets up with a spy that she met in the first book in a rather surprising situation (would expect nothing less:) and the adventure is well rounded with intriguing characters and enough suspicion to make the book fantastic
Great characters with a delightful concoction of suspense and humor. Made all the more enjoyable by the narrator. Barbara Rosenblat is superb as usual. Have enjoyed everything I have heard read by her.
Yes, it is fun to see an American with manners and grit besting her adversaries
Mrs Pollifax because she has a perceptive ability like Jane Marple
Good pacing and clear enunciation
Perfect book for a road trip with a companion.
The Mrs. Pollifax books are at once suspenseful, sometimes to the point of nail-biting, yet comforting! You know, or you sincerely hope, that all will be well in the end. But the ride to the end is a thrill!
How can stories about a little old lady be thrilling? Well, the author knows just how to enamor you to her characters so that you really do care about them. And this narrator brings them all to life. I feel like a fly on the wall throughout all the stories!
I highly recommend the series to all cozy mystery lovers. If you like the other books I've reviewed, you'll like these. They are most similar to Murder She Wrote except, more endearing. The way this particular one ended left me with my mouth hanging open! Now I MUST go on to the next volume IMMEDIATELY!!!! Sorry my review isn't longer, but I've no time. Gotta start the next book!!!!
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