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Emily “vacations” at an opulent Swiss resort in the hope of locating nine pounds of hijacked plutonium intended for an atom bomb.

©1973 Dorothy Gilman (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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Cozy mystery, but weak

Mrs. Pollifax is in Switzerland to help find some missing plutonium. No one takes her seriously, including Interpol and the bad guys! But with the help of a jewel thief, a little boy, and an invalid, she saves the day! This is one of the weakest of the Mrs. Pollifax books. A cute story, but unlikely enough to make it absurd. Still, it has the charm of all the books, but with few laugh-out-loud moments. And no hats! Barbara Rosenblat does her usual excellent job of narration. Worth the credit if you love Mrs. Pollifax like I do.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 05-17-13

Mrs Pollifax is a delight

I started reading the Mrs. Pollifax series back in the middle 1960s. I have read them off and on whenever I came across a book. I understand the Dorothy Gilman died in February 2012 so there will be no more books. In this book Mrs. Pollifax is off to Switzerland to a spa hotel for a "rest from the flu" as a cover for her spy job for the CIA. Mrs. Pollifax is a retired teacher, she was bored so applied to the CIA for a part-time job. She is looking for missing plutonium. Of course, she solves the case in a delightful, sometimes funny way but the book is also full of action, suspense, murder, kidnapping, and at times a bit of how did she do that. The book is a great change of pace and leaves one feeling good. Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite narrators and she did her usual great job.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy J
  • Tornado Alley OK
  • 04-16-13

Delightful, As Usual


A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax provides another delightful adventure for that most unlikely of spies, Mrs. Emily Pollifax. In her fourth mission for Carstairs of the CIA, the middle-aged widow from suburban New Jersey goes to a Swiss luxury clinic/resort in search of stolen plutonium believed to be in the area. At the spa, she encounters a large cast of widely varied characters, some good and some bad.

Not surprisingly in a Mrs. Pollifax story, a number of things go wrong with Mrs. P's mission. She must overcome adversity with the help of several of her new acquaintances in order to complete the mission and she triumphs in the end. While the skeleton of the plot may seem to be rather bland and dull, Dorothy Gilman peoples her books with such wonderful characters that the stories are interesting and charming.

As usual, Barbara Rosenblat gives an excellent performance as narrator.

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  • betty
  • Walkersville, MD, United States
  • 12-11-12

I love the character, plot, and performance

What made the experience of listening to A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

It is a good book in and of it's self but I enjoy the fact that it is a series. I enjoys how characters grow in a series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mrs. Pollifax is my favorite. She is wise, kind, straight forward, and brave.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

I like Mrs. Pollifax's voice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Cozy Mystery

What did you love best about A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax?

Mrs. P is a good read for clean, cozy mystery. Nobody does her better than Barbara Rosenblat. I believe this is the 5th in the series. You can read them out of sequence but it helps to have read Book 1, the Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. I love the series and wish there were more.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 01-21-17

Even better when narrated by Ms Rosenblat


There's no need to recap the story as the publisher's blurb gives adequate hints. I find any of this series to be a look into a different time, one without sat phones or laptops to make investigation and communication easy. While the countries and politics are different, they are also much the same. Mrs. Pollifax is a singular woman, over 60, very good at logic, and possessed of that rarity: common sense. Each of the characters is definitely believable.
This is a reread for me, and I think that Barbara Rosenblat is excellent as narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
  • 01-24-16

Mrs Pollifax is extraordinary!

Emily Pollifax is a woman who inspires all women. She is a brave soul who travels the world to right wrongs and carry out tasks to make the world better. She is spunky with her karate classes, she is well read and familiar with current events. She makes friends easily and inspires others to do better.

Emily Pollifax even has a ton of adventure in her life, even though her neighbor thinks Emily doesn't know adventure at all.

Very few swear words, no sex and a very fun read. Some creative writing and suitable for the entire family.

We giggle along with Emily's actions and comments. She is a doll!

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  • Heather
  • Forest Hill, MD, United States
  • 06-01-15

Very entertaining series

Me and my husband have listen to this series and have really enjoyed these books they are very entertaining and very fun, and the audible performances have been fantastic in these books.

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  • Marcia
  • largo, FL, United States
  • 05-02-15

Love it! Still fun to listen to.

the years have not tarnish the joy of listening to her books as well as the adventures of Mrs Pollifax.

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fun story. great narrator

can't wait to get the rest in the series. charming characters. great unusual settings are fun