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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Cross Jane Marple with an American widow and the CIA during the Cold War and you have Mrs Pollifax. This elderly widow volunteers for a job as a spy because her life seems to have no purpose, and is soon very far over her head but determined to do the right thing if it kills her (it comes close but doesn't). An enjoyable romp with an unlikely heroine in nasty circumstances.
The firdt, not the best, but somewhat necessary to all of the rest, which once the premise has been set, are stand alone and do not need to be read in order
Mrs Polifax is my new favourite sky/detective heroin. Her attitude and use of her life experience is refreshing and sometimes surprising. I had a smile on my face through the whole book and enjoyed it immensely. Can't wait to "read" the next one!
I actually laughed out loud numerous times listening to this book. I can't say what in particular I loved most about the characters, but I know that, thanks to the charm and wit with which they were written, they will stay with me for a good long time.
The last act started to drag on a bit for me, but she managed to add interesting touches to it until the characters FINALLY found some relief.
Maybe the plot won't win any awards, but with the humour and the occasionally touching moment sprinkled throughout, it was easily one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a while.
Also, Barbara Rosenblat will now be the new bar for mature female sleuths in my mind.
I really enjoyed listening to 'The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax'. I especially like the narrator Barbara Rosenblatt. I'm just sorry that she didn't narrate the last book in the series. I've listened to the series several times and plan to do so in the future.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
This was great! I'm a woman in my 50s and I could really resonate with this character and her dreams. A fantastic mix of spy thriller, humor, and something ineffably touching. My daughter and her husband love it as much as I do, and they are less than half my age. I'll listen to them all!
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
Yes, Mrs. Pollifax was definitely unexpected, continually and wonderfully. This is a fun read, although Mrs. Pollifax is often having the very opposite of fun. I love this author and will probably read many of her titles. The narration is excellent!
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