Mrs. Pollifax

17 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 16,422 ratings

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,583
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,127

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

    • By Barbara on 01-14-12

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 2

    • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story, perfect narration!

    • By Coffee Lover on 09-08-11

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,231
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233

    Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Delightful Adventure

    • By Nancy J on 03-17-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 4

    • A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 940
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 941

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Cozy mystery, but weak

    • By Sassy1980 on 10-15-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 5

    • Mrs. Pollifax on Safari

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 928
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 926

    A safari expedition in Zambia is the disguise Emily employs in order to locate a professional assassin among her fellow explorers. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary man named Cyrus.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • At last!

    • By Got My Book on 05-14-11

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 6

    • Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,087
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089

    Posing as a tourist, Emily makes her way to China with the job of protecting a CIA treasure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful!

    • By Nancy J on 07-13-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 7

    • Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 807
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 715
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 720

    Emily’s tranquil domesticity with new husband Cyrus is interrupted when she is called to Hong Kong in pursuit of a vanished agent.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not as "light," but still Mrs. Pollifax

    • By Lisa on 01-30-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 8

    • Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 620
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 548
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 553

    A relaxing holiday in Thailand turns into a nightmare when Emily loses Cyrus to kidnappers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mrs. Pollifax to the Rescue!

    • By Sassy1980 on 10-19-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 9

    • Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 805
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 722
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 723

    All Mrs. Pollifax has to do is help a bumbling CIA agent confirm the identities of seven undercover informants in Morocco. A simple assignment. But right away, things go wrong. The first informant is murdered just after Mrs. P. identifies him in Fez. Worse, she has the frightening sensation that her associate is not who or what he says he is.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mrs. Pollifax rules!

    • By Coffee Lover on 12-05-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 10

    • Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    The one and only Mrs. Emily Pollifax is a part-time CIA operative and full-time garden-clubbing grandmother from New Jersey. In this adventure, she is off to the Sicilian countryside on a daring mission to rescue John Sebastian Farrell, a former CIA comrade, who was shot while trying to track down a document that allegedly bears the signature of Julius Caesar.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • FINALLY

    • By Jenn on 09-18-08

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief

    • Mrs. Pollifax, Book 10
    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 518
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 457
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 457

    A former CIA operative turned art dealer waits in Italy, wounded and in hiding, for the cavalry. According to his SOS, only Mrs. Pollifax will do....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not As Good As The Others I Read

    • By Lady M on 05-15-15

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 11

    • Mrs. Pollifax Pursued

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: multivoice
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    Kadi Hopkirk has been hiding in Mrs. Pollifax's junk closet for two days. Kadi spills out an improbable story - that since a chance meeting with a childhood friend she has been followed by persons unknown in a sinister van. A little experiment on Mrs. P's part proves at least this part of the story correct. What began as a dash for safety and a call for help expands into an assignment that leads to hair-trigger violence in exotic places.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • NOTE THE DIFFERENT NARRATOR!

    • By Mallory on 06-12-12

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    • Mrs. Pollifax Pursued

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 469
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 427
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 423

    A missing salami leads Mrs. Pollifax to a shocking discovery: a woman is hiding in her house. Even more unsettling is the revelation that ever since the young woman had a chance encounter with the heir to the throne of Ubangiba, she has been followed by deadly hit men. What do these men want?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun change of plot for Mrs P novel

    • By Jan on 02-15-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 12

    • Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: J. Charles
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    In response to a desperate SOS, Kadi Hopkirk flies to the African country of Ubangiba, where her childhood friend, Sammat, is soon to be crowned king. Mrs. Pollifax, reluctant to allow the girl to venture alone into what she fears may be grave danger, crashes the party.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I miss Babara Rosenblat

    • By Steven on 04-14-09

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 453
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 408
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 409

    Emily Pollifax accompanies her young friend Kadi back to Africa, where a mutual friend is to be crowned king of his small country. But when several people are slashed by murderous lion claws and Kadi disappears, Mrs. Pollifax must begin a perilous investigation. Fortunately for all, staunch determination and polished karate skills are on her side.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I must not be smarter than the average bear...

    • By Vicki Fox on 01-07-16

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 13

    • Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 411
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 409

    Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist whisks the gray-haired agent into a perilous web of intrigue that spreads across the drifting sands of the volatile Middle East. An old CIA friend, Farrell, must collect an inflammatory manuscript smuggled out of Iraq into Jordan. Farrell has a simple request for Emily—provide cover during his trip to Jordan by posing as his fun-loving elderly cousin. But before the plane even lands, danger begins stalking the sprightly Mrs. Pollifax.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mrs. Pollifax is my heroine

    • By Alice on 06-27-15

    Regular price: $18.89

  • Book 14

    • Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled

    • By: Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated by: Sharon Williams
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 353
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 307
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305

    Seven weeks ago, a young American woman, Amanda Pym, faced down hijackers on board a flight to the Middle East and saved the lives of more than two hundred passengers. In a blaze of celebrity, she stepped off the plane in Damascus and was whisked away in a waiting car. Since then, NOTHING. The CIA believes she was kidnapped and murdered. Whose plans has the apparently ordinary young woman interfered with? The machinations of the mukhabarat, Syria's dreaded police?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not the performance we are used to hearing.

    • By Lucille 1978 on 02-24-15

    Regular price: $17.47