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
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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