Posing as a tourist, Emily makes her way to China with the job of protecting a CIA treasure.
©1983 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1990 Recorded Books, LLC
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
In this sixth adventure of Mrs. Pollifax, she is sent by Mr.Carstairs, her CIA boss, on a tour of the People's Republic of China with the objective of locating a particular man in a particular barber shop in a warren of alleyways outside the walls of a historic Chinese city. Once she finds the man, she is to attempt to get information from him about the exact location of a particular work camp where dissidents are held.
Written in 1983, this book deals with China in a period of very tense relations between the US and China, when the Chinese government kept an iron fist over the Chinese people, and foreign tourism was tightly restricted. As a result, a large part of Mrs. P's mission was to get away from the tour long enough to locate the man in question, get the information from him, and get back to the tour group without being caught in any suspicious behavior. Then she was supposed to hand the information over to another member of her tour group and her mission was finished. Of course, Emily Pollifax can never simply do her job and withdraw -- she will always want to help any person who could use assistance. And so she gets more deeply involved than was intended.
One of the best parts of Mrs. Pollifax stories is not the mission she is sent on, but the people she encounters and becomes friends with. In this book, the members of her tour group are a varied bunch of Americans, and there is a lot of personal emotion going on in the group. Mrs. P becomes personally involved with several of the group, advising young people about relationships, and not-so-young people about life in general. She forms an emotional attachment to the young American agent she was sent to help, and as a result becomes more emotionally involved than in some other adventures.
Emily Pollifax is such a delightful, amusing and caring little old lady that the books written about her are warm, funny, suspenseful and heartwarming all at the same time. They always provide a lovely escape from the everyday lives we lead.
As usual, Barbara Rosenblat is amazing in narration, providing Emily with the absolutely perfect sweet little old lady voice while also providing spot-on portrayals of Americans fvrom various regions of the country and of Chinese characters, both male and female. If you see Mrs. P books read by someone else, avoid them -- only Rosenblat will do!
I really like the Mrs. Pollifax books, but they are weirdly old-fashioned, so if that's a problem for you, you won't like this series. The politics are out of date, the CIA guy is a one dimensional stereotype, and most of the female characters are silly and act like they don't have control over anything, although that may be made worse by the breathy way the narrator voices them. But I like this series, Mrs. Pollifax and the stories. This one is exciting because you can imagine the consequences of getting caught doing anything you shouldn't in China at the time this was written.
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 goes to China - and manages to make friends even with the police! She is supposed to help another agent free someone from a labor camp and get them out of the country. A tall order, but Mrs. P is determined not to let Carstairs down. Mayhem and mirth ensue. And Mrs. Pollifax, as usual, goes far beyond her mission objectives. Well worth the credit!
First of all Barbara Rosenblat is an excellent performer. She brings Mrs. Pollifax to life as well as the other characters. I have all of Ms. Gilman's books and this is one of my favorites. I'm totally addicted to all of Mrs. Pollifax's adventures. I like the surprises in the books and in this case who is the villain in the tour group that Mrs. Pollifax is the group leader of. The place comes to live and one can believe that one is actually there.
Looking for good murder mysteries that don't consist mostly of cheesy love stories. Example of what I am looking for, J Deaver & JA Jance.
No, once is enough. It was clear and complete.
Cute story. A little bit of mystery and humor to make it an enjoyable listen. Might listen to another in the series.
The story didn't feel quite as complete as the first book that I read about Mrs. Polifax, but it was still a lot of fun. I'd listen again!
I've enjoyed some of the later books in this series. Was disappointed to find this so contrived and poorly written. The reader didn't have much to work with but managed to make it worse.
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