Emily Pollifax accompanies her young friend Kadi back to Africa, where a mutual friend is to be crowned king of his small country. But when several people are slashed by murderous lion claws and Kadi disappears, Mrs. Pollifax must begin a perilous investigation.
Fortunately for all, staunch determination and polished karate skills are on her side.
©1996 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1996 Recorded Books
Once again, I didn't figure out who "did it" until 5 seconds before they exposed him. The plot is very well written. There were a few extraneous things that weren't germane to the plot, but they didn't take away from it. I thoroughly enjoyed this one -- like I have all of the previous books in the series. It's also fun to go back in time, when they couldn't pick up a cell phone, or get onto the Internet, or all of the other things we take for granted these days. So fun!!
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.
The character of Mrs. Pollifax is what keeps my attention in this series. She is interesting, inquisitive and engaging. Dorothy Gilman keeps all of the side characters interesting also.
I honestly did not have any idea who the villain was until it was revealed at the end of the book.
Barbara Rosenblat reads very well and does different voices and accents superbly.
I think it is best to listen to the preceding book. Mrs. Pollifax Pursued because the characters from the last book carryover into this book and you will understand what is going on better.
It's was yet another great book of Mrs P. Still waiting for the last one to come out done by Barbara Rosenblat because Sharon does no Mrs P she actually killed it for me. I went out and brought a hard copy of Mrs Pollifax unveiled to read.
The story is pretty good. No surprise denouement, for which I am glad. I tend to feel cheated when clues and facts are only added after-the-fact.
But, as usual, Mrs. Pollifax is made to sound as though she were in her 80s...but though I work with a large number of extremely active octogenarians, I doubt if even one of them could swing their legs high enough to perform some of her "karate" moves. Perhaps the way she "sounds" is directly attributed to the narrator (Rosenblat), but I would imagine the author had some say...and if not, then she should!!
I also criticize Gilman in this book for her unspoken racism. What is the purpose in describing someone's hand as "black" when speaking of an African? She didn't resort to it too often, but often enough that it caught my attention.
Rosenblat, as a narrator must be commended for the wide range of voices she brings to her work. But I still find myself constantly wondering if she wears false teeth or is constantly sucking on a piece of hard candy. The shlurping sound that accompanies many (most? all?) of her voices is irritating.
Still, I am sure I will be reading another Pollifax mystery next year!
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