A former CIA operative turned art dealer waits in Italy, wounded and in hiding, for the cavalry. According to his SOS, only Mrs. Pollifax will do....
©1993 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1993 Recorded Books
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.
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!
An old friend needs help desperately - so Mrs. P heads to Sicily. Then finds that there are quite a few people following her, and interested in her doings. An old adversary shows up, and then things really get interesting! Once again, laugh-out-loud moments are interspersed with touching moments, and nothing is ever just the way it seems. Mrs. Pollifax even gets to ride a bicycle! Excellent narration makes this adventure even better.
I found Book 10: "Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief" even too far fetched for a Mrs. Pollifax mystery to be truly entertaining.
Mrs. Emily Pollifax is sent to Italy in response to former CIA Farrell's SOS. There she finds John Sebastian Farrell wounded and needing to be kept out of sight. Her assigned Italian companion turns out to be a young woman of many talents as Emily soon learns while outrunning and out-maneuvering the string of cars following them.
There's a plethora of characters. Sometimes it's hard to keep their different roles in mind while mentally picturing what is happening and why. She and Farrell run into a former nemesis, a hired assassin Mrs. Pollifax had met in Africa on safari. Emily and Farrell were responsible for his imprisonment in France; where he should still be. "So, how could he be in Italy?"
Barbara Rosenblat gave a sterling performance, as usual. In my opinion she carried the story.
I love Mrs. Pollifax, but for those contemplating one of her stories, I would forgo this one.
Ms. Rosenblatt reads well and does different voices/accents superbly.
While I have immensely enjoyed the Mrs. Pollifax series, book 10 The Second Thief was not that good. The plot was all over the road and really, really hard to believe. The thing I like best about the series is the return of characters from previous books and the personality of Mrs. Pollifax herself. In this book, she returns John Farrell from books 1 an 4 and for some reason she has altered his personality. In book 1, I was half in love with the seriously injured, almost dead Farrel locked in a prison, slinging out the witty one-liners. In the first chapter of this book, Farrel is whining and moaning because a bullet grazed his ankle? And Mrs Pollifax's character that typically likes people is cranky at times. Gilman is not consistent with the personality of her repeat characters in this book which was a real disappointment to me. However, I will still listen to the rest of the series.
Better and better. Love this series. This is one of the best so far. My advise: read them in order. Interesting characters and intricate plots. Made all the better superb narration.
These books are so fun and entertaining they are clean and would be perfect for a vacation that the whole family can listen to in the car, The whole premise of a elderly woman becoming a spy and having everything turn out good at the end is fun and fascinating. These books are fast-paced enough to keep my interest and I really enjoy the main character, I would recommend the series to anyone,
She is alway resourceful and relentlessly courage. What a charming series of books. I own many and will buy the rest. The narrator is excellent.
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