Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.
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what a fun book! I'm glad I have found a new series. The book was well written and the narrator was excellent! well worth the price.
I love spy novels. Reluctantly listened to this book and by the second chapter I was looking to see if there were more. great character, great situations. actually a movie of this book I cannot wait to see. also a made for TV movie. wonderful narration.
British radio producer; storyteller, folk historian and book addict. I rely on audio books to help me fit in extra reading.
I have never read or listened to any of the Mrs. Pollifax stories before. I thought I'd start at the beginning. The story was charming. Not thrilling, even though thrilling things were happening in the plot . Perhaps because I am a dyed-in-the-wool lover of thrillers? I never had any doubt that Mrs.Pollifax would survive. That has something to do with the writing, I've read thrillers where I knew absolutley that the protagonist would survive, and yet still held my breath. No breath holding here. A jolly pleasant listen. The narrator was excellant. I'm not sure if I'll continue on with the series, I might. Those who love Agatha Christie might enjoy this.
Entertaining and thrilling at the same time. Not too cozy, but has a bit of that feel. At the same time I was often at the edge of my seat.
Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
I really enjoy the vocals of this reader, and she did a great job with this fun story. An elderly woman is bored with life - to the point of depression. Through curiosity, and accidents, she ends up being hired by the CIA to work a case in Mexico. Kidnapped, she keeps her sensible practical self focused on survival and succeeds.
I love mysteries, especially ones that 1) are clean, 2) have strong heroines, and 3) have a bit of humor. Mrs. Pollifax is a delightful middle-aged woman who fulfilled all three. Barbara Rosenblat captured her voice from the first page (or first few minutes, since I wasn't actually reading), and kept my interest throughout the book. There was just enough international intrigue to keep me listening, but not so much that I became bored with technical or political jargon or issues I didn't understand. Dorothy Gilman did a superb job of moving the plot along with dialogue and great characterizations. I just love Mrs. Pollifax, and I can't wait to experience the next book! I've already told two people about her, and they're off to the library to get their copies.
I've always been a fan of the Mrs. Pollifax novels. I borrowed them from my mother when I was a little girl.
Mrs. Pollifax is a wonderful, charming woman flawed in all the right ways to make her absolutely endearing. I just couldn't stop listening! I breezed through the entire recording in just a couple of days.
The voices of the narrator are wonderfully varied as well. I forgot by the end of the novel that there was only one person reading this. It's a worldly novel, dealing with foreign lands and spies, and she gets the accents spot on. I was very impressed!
If you're looking for a hidden gem with a strong feminine lead, lots of humor and witty quips, and a good narrator, I couldn't recommend this book more.
I return to this story. and this recording over and over again. i cannot recommend it too highly
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