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.
©1970 Dorothy Gilman (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC
Introduces the character through a solid story line. Good reading.
Old fashioned but chilling spy novel with many twists
It could never happen. Not from the moment Emily Polifax walked into Langley to the moment she returned home again, but it was rather fun to listen to regardless. I'm not planning on purchasing a sequel until next year, perhaps, but....
If you want some completely lightweight amusement, you may enjoy this trip into fantasyland (not as in Lewis Carroll).
entertaining, charming, feisty
Yes and no! I appreciated the hints that even in the worst times, it would all work out ok!
I don't want to spoil the plot!
You are never too old!
I love books read by Barbara Rosenblat. She reads a lot of books about independent women who don't need a man to tell them what to do. Gotta love it!
Although written in 1966, the year I graduated high school, I was pleasantly surprised it held my attention and stood the test of time.
The Mrs. Pollifax mysteries are an old favorite of mine. I first heard them when I checked them out from the library in the 1990s. I was new to audio books back then and I did not fully appreciate what good writing and what a great performance I was experiencing.
Ms Gillman's writing is entertaining, concise, and fast moving. The stories are full of action and suspense. And, for me, now and forever Ms Rosenblat is the voice of Mrs. Pollifax.
I am collecting them all and I am pleased to have this great collection in my library permanently. Hearing them again is like having a great visit from a long lost friend. This is truly a classic mystery series.
I've had this series on cassette tapes for years, but they're so much trouble to listen to that way, although I did. I'm thrilled to find them all here at Audible, and all but one in the series is narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. She brings the stories and characters to life, as in any book that she narrates. Thank you, Audible! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
yes, it is a great book,
all the twists and turns in the book it keeps you in your seat
yes, she is great in all the books she reads
I had read several of these books but never checked out the first. Although this was clearly written at a time when spy stories were the latest fad, it does not feel outdated. It introduces most of the characters that I was familiar with and provides the motivation for Emily's further adventures. Typical of the time, the story had Communists as the protagonist, but the setting was unique (how many stories have you read set in Albania?). All in all, a great start to the series, and Barbara Rosenblat's narration is excellent. I am planning on buying the entire series in audio.
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