Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.
©1971 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1990 Recorded Books, LLC
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
This is the third in the Mrs. Pollifax series. Again, Dorothy Gilman has created an engaging, and fairly believable, plot. This one sends Mrs. Pollifax, a 60-ish widow from New Brunswick, NJ, to Bulgaria on a courier job for the CIA. As always, Mrs. P encounters unexpected danger, some of it created by her own actions, but comes out on top. These books are written with lively humor but still make you care about the characters.
The book is lovely, and is made even better by the narration of Barbars Rosenblat, who can create quite believable male characters and children along with adult female characters. And the accents! In this book, she is called upon to embody American, English, French, Russian, Bulgarian and assorted other Balkan and Eastern European men and women, and handles them all exceedingly well. Each time I listen to one of Rosenblat's performances I am freshly amazed by her skill and talent. Many of the books I have listened to were chosen because she was the narrator.
All in all, this book was a very satisfactory experience.
Mrs. Pollifax is a wonder - like Ms. Marple people dismiss her and then she totally outwits and out maneuvers her adversaries as well as her associates. Ms. Rosenblat's narration is excellent, as usual. I am never disappointed with any of her readings. A series well worth listening and hopefully Ms. Gilman's heirs will allow all of her books to be available on Audible.
Barbara Rosenblat is an excellent narrator. She brings life to the characters and, along the way, makes you forget that all of the voices are coming from the same person. Her wide range of character voices includes believable male voices.
The entire series is excellent. I wish there were more.
I've listened to this series more than once and enjoy them fully. I'm unable to list a most or least favorite seen.
When I grow up, I'd like to be as moxie as Mrs. Pollifax.
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!
For many years I've wished that ladies' hats were still in style, and I love Mrs. Pollifax because she always wears the coolest, most outrageous hats! Her hat plays a crucial role in this story, and it is an amazing hat! But her simple brown quilted coat has a role to play too. As usual, there are laugh-out-loud moments, as well as tender moments, and new friends made. Mrs. Pollifax shows that even during the Cold War, people are people wherever they live, and can connect and help each other despite the enmity of their governments.
I never get tired of listening to the Mrs. Pollifax series. The Elusive Mrs. Pollifx is entertaining and one of the best of the series.
Mrs. Pollifx of course!
Yes and I love her reading style. I find she has the ability to make you believe she really is Mrs. Pollifax.
If you want a fun read (or listen) try the Mrs. Pollifax series. The first one is "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax". I find the first 4 of this series to be the best, but I have enjoyed them all.
I love Mrs. Pollifax her stories seem current and with the narration of Barbara Rosenblat I can be transported back to the 60s and have the fun of all those spy novels without the tech they have today.
I love the Mrs. Pollifax series! They are nice, clean, cozy fun reads. Barbara Rosenblat is the voice of Mrs. P. I heard her years ago in the series and that just became the
I visited Bulgaria last summer and actually stayed in the Rila Hotel! I went to Tarnovo (now Veliko Tarnovo) and saw the fortress where Mrs. Pollifax encounters more trouble. I also went to Gabrovo, and the ruins of Pliska, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the cript of icons below, and well...I saw almost the whole country and most of the places mentioned in the book. The author is pretty accurate in her descriptions, except for minor details such as the elevator doors at the Rila Hotel do not slide shut. It is a door that you close and you can see the wall sliding in front of you as you go up or down. Communism thoroughly devastated the country and they are still trying to recover. More than once I saw a donkey & cart on the road; fields of roses and sunflowers being tended by hand, just like a painting from the 1800 or 1900s. The setting for this book may be in the 1960s, but going to Bulgaria today is like traveling back in time to the early part of the 1900s. That being said, the countryside and mountains have a raw beauty...not touched by man. An unforgettable trip that I was pleased to relive while reading this book.
I would not buy these on regular price - too pricey for a formulaic story. Put it on sale again and I may be persuaded to buy others in the series.
Yes. I have listened to this book twice already. I like this series in general. Barbara Rosenblat is one of the best narrators I have listened to and she does a great job of breathing life into the characters as she reads. In addition, this plot was a great hook to keep you interested in what is going on. Not too busy, and not too simple.
One of the most memorable moments of this book for me was when Debbie, Mrs. Pollifax's newest unexpected associates, tell her that she wants to not like her, she's going to keep trying to not like her, but she can't seem to help it. It was very well delivered and and made me giggle.
I have listened to many, many performances by Barbara Rosenblat and this was a terrific one. She has never disappointed me with her narration and I doubt she ever will.
One of the most moving moments in this book for me was when Mrs. Pollifax visited the widow of the man who was trying to kill her to deliver the news not of her husband's death but of her nephews incarceration to blackmail her beloved brother. The woman's response was very emotional and the complexity of the emotion was portrayed so well it was difficult to listen to.
I personally did not think it was necessary to add the "star-crossed lovers" motif to the story. There was not enough time and substance in the story to give it a real feeling and in the end it just seemed to be a desperate attempt to add more to a story that was not needed.
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