The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs Pollifax #3) by Dorothy Gilman

The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs Pollifax #3)

While waiting for a view of her night-blooming cereus, the mild-seeming Mrs. Pollifax received urgent orders for a daring mission to aid an escape. Soon, the unlikely-looking international spy was sporting a beautiful new hat that hid eight forged passports....


Details The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs Pollifax #3)

TitleThe Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs Pollifax #3)
ISBN9780449215234
Author
Release DateSep 1st, 1987
PublisherBallantine Fawcett Crest
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, Adventure
Rating

Reviews The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs Pollifax #3)

  • Carolyn Hill
    2012-03-05
    I was in the middle of this book when I read of Dorothy Gilman's recent death. Losing one of my favorite authors makes me sad, knowing that there will be no more books with that voice, wisdom, and wit. Dorothy Gilman is best known for her Mrs. Pollifax series, but it was actually her other novels that I preferred. My late mother-in-law was a devoted Mrs. Pollifax fan, and perhaps I stupidly relegated the series to old ladies who liked Murder She ...
  • Book Concierge
    2016-05-14
    In book three of the series, the CIA’s least likely courier is sent on a mission to Bulgaria. She’s to deliver some forgeed passports to a group of underground operatives. The CIA has given her a wonderful custom-made hat, in which she can hide the documents. All she has to do to shake her Balkantourist “keeper” and order a particular garment at a local tailor shop. But her CIA supervisor, Carstairs, should know better. Emily Pollifax has...
  • Dolly
    2013-02-22
    When I first saw one of the books in the Mrs. Pollifax series, I assumed it was another cozy mystery. I was expecting an American Miss Marple. Then as I read the story, I realized that it was a fun spy novel. I think of it as a Jessica Fletcher-meets-John le Carré kind of tale. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series and I was eager to read more about this entertaining character. This book takes us to Communist Bulgaria and Mrs. Polli...
  • Suzanne
    2017-02-20
    3.5 stars rounded up - Mrs. Pollifax is the perfect example of how to age well.
  • Jane Stewart
    2014-02-21
    Kept my interest, but I’m not excited enough to continue the series. This would be good for mystery lovers and teens.This is book 3 in the series. A lady in her 60s periodically acts as a courier for the CIA. In this book she is sent to Bulgaria to deliver fake passports to the underground. While there she discovers a young American put in jail to be killed. She wants to help. By the end of the book, some major things have happened for the good...
  • Teri-K
    2013-10-05
    It's possible that this is the best Mrs. Pollifax book ever. The challenge she faces is enormous and her ingenuity is at its best, the side plots create all kinds of complications and confusions, and what's at stake is a young man's life. I also love the fact that the reader gets a sense of Bulgarian history and geography, too. But the best part is, as always, the interaction of Mrs. Pollifax with everyone she meets, from a bossy Balkan Tourist g...
  • Jenny Yates
    2011-01-15
    Mrs. Pollifax starts out a little slow in this spy thriller set in Bulgaria. At one point, I was asking, “ Mrs. Pollifax, what were you thinking?” But then she gets up to speed, and you just can’t help but love her, with her flowered hat, karate chops, and willingness to improvise. Bond is oh so predictable next to her.
  • Anna
    2017-05-08
    A reread, I remembered most of this one. The story is not quite as logical and the side characters not quite so congenial as in the previous two Mrs Pollifax books. I actually was not sure that I even liked Mrs Pollifax as well. But it is still exciting and a quick captivating read.
  • Jesse
    2011-08-05
    Mrs. Pollifax is off to Bulgaria this time, with eight passports concealed in her hat to help some political prisoners escape the country. What starts as another very straightforward mission ends up very complicated. Mrs. P saves the day, as always, and it's more of the same good stuff: high adventure, suspense, great characters, and intriguing scenery.I love the way this story starts, with a group of Mrs. Pollifax's friends gathered in her apart...
  • Sara
    2017-08-12
    Actually the third in the series and I finished it sometime ago, read it before re-reading #2, The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax. Catching up now.Scene - Bulgaria. An unforgettable character, Tsanko."They sat quietly together, the sounds of the night encircling them: the shrilling of cicadas, the call of a whippoorwill, a murmur of rustling leaves from the forest. It was extraordinary how fond she had become of this man, thought Mrs. Pollifax, and she re...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2010-07-26
    I don't know if I should explain with each one of these how I came to be listening to them. For a long time I tracked down audio books for my late wife. I would often listen to them also as I had a profession that involved spending a lot of time behind the wheel...often I preferred an audio book to recorded music or the radio...sometimes my attitude was "any book is better than no book", so sometimes I listened to books I might not have read...th...
  • Sally
    2012-08-27
    Unexpected, Amazing and now, Elusive Mrs. Pollifax - Book 3 in this series by Dorothy Gilman has me still enchanted with this character and her adventures, incredible though they are. But, after all, this is fiction and anything can happen. I have the next two adventures queued-up on my iPod, expecting to accompany the delightful senior lady to other corners of the world.Although these early books were written in the 1970s and the CIA and interna...
  • Lauren Albert
    2016-08-29
    Another good Pollifax adventure. I was sorry to have to skip #2 since it wasn't available at the moment from the library, but this one was still good. I did feel I missed things in between the two books, but I could live with that.
  • Steve
    2017-10-11
    I've now read three (3) in the series, and they're entertaining enough. I still think that the first was the most entertaining, while, overall, the basic gist and the protagonist are sufficiently amusing to make the pages in the (relatively) short books turn pretty quickly. The travelogue (and naive American abroad) angle is fun, just as the Cold War, East versus West, spy-versus-spy theme is an interesting period piece/moment in time study.As fo...
  • Kate
    2018-02-25
    Mrs. Pollifax, fabulously hatted, heads to Bulgaria. More Cold War, more young people in need of direction, more unexpected heroes and helpers. Despite the appearance of Tsanko, I find this one less exciting than the first two.
  • Bea Charmed
    2017-05-21
    Some of the formatting is a little wonky but the story itself was well-done though a bit dated. Mrs Pollifax is a delight. I want to be her when I grow up :D
  • Emily
    2017-09-07
    another rollicking thriller with Mrs Pollifax! to be recommended :)
  • it'chy
    2017-08-03
    to going above and beyond the call of duty!it reminded me of my ma's night-blooming cereus
  • Kathleen
    2016-03-06
    I am very slowly making my way through the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman, and loving every book I find. There's just something about Mrs. Pollifax that gets me. They're like... cozy thrillers? Is that a thing? Like cozy mysteries are a thing, is there such a thing as cozy thrillers? Well, if there is, the Mrs. Pollifax books are it.Emily Pollifax is an elderly widow bored with her life until she remembers that, as a child, she wanted to ...
  • Julie
    2012-09-14
    This is a wonderful series. I came across a set of these at a library sale several years ago. The first book in the series didn't impress me a great deal at the time. But, after taking into consideration the era these books were written in, I've developed a healthy respect for Mrs. Pollifax. Published in the early 1970's, and written in "present day ", the cold war and communism provided a backdrop as Mrs. Pollifax is contracted by Carstairs to d...
  • Monica Willyard
    2009-12-28
    This is my favorite book in this series so far. It has a fresh, optimistic tone that I like very much. It's charming and funny, yet somehow reflects a genuine concern for people too. There is a depth in the book that I didn't experience with the two additional books I've read in this series. If you haven't read any of these books, they're worth checking out. These mysteries were written in the 70s when the cold war was still a real threat. Back t...
  • Marília Bonelli
    2016-08-20
    In this book, Mrs. Pollifax gets a "simple" assignment, gets distracted - sort of - and then everything goes crazy. With some quick thinking and a lot of scheming, though, Mrs. Pollifax is at it again. As always, unexpected and awesome secondary characters join her in her adventure. International intrigue at its most entertaining even when everything is seemingly disjointed.
  • Julia
    2014-10-14
    Mrs. Polifax #3
  • Diane
    2012-09-08
    Mrs. Pollifax is certainly a unique type of amateur sleuth. I am enjoying her adventures and look forward to the next installment.
  • Colleen
    2016-12-10
    I loved this one! I don't know why more so than the second one- the ending was still a smidge rushed and there is one semi "loose" end but oh, so good. I think perhaps it was the interplay of the older, wiser, but still learning Mrs. Pollifax with the young, ungrateful, but desperate to be useful Debby. For one thing, authors, even female authors, seldom get the age range Debby was truly right- especially when writing a "lost youth" as she was. T...
  • Janet Mahlum
    2016-12-14
    Another merry romp with the indefatigable Mrs. Pollifax. This edition contained some unnerving typos which caused some initial confusion and should have been corrected. However, the book itself is marvelous. Once again Mr. Carstairs must call on Mrs. Pollifax to do some courier duties - this time in Bulgaria, behind the iron curtain. But there are budget cuts and the CIA will not allow the expense of a courier just to deliver 8 passports. So, des...
  • Susan
    2017-05-18
    A fun romp with an unexpected spy. Mrs. Pollifax is a member of a garden clud, volunteers at the hospital, and is a CIA currier. On this adventure she is suposed to deliver 10 passports to dissidents in Bulgaria. At the airport she meets a young american who is traveling the world with friends he has met along the way and seems to be under the weather. She later sees him stopped by customs and is stopped from offering help by her Bulgarian Govern...
  • christina
    2017-05-20
    This series, a lighthearted Cold War spy romp, is so much fun. The widowed, hat-wearing Mrs. Pollifax, through a series of misunderstandings, was accepted in the first volume as a CIA courier. Her inexperience and big heart mean that those courier assignments always become more complicated than intended. She is a funny, endearing character surrounded by a strong ensemble. These stories always make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud. Eventually...
  • Donna
    2018-04-13
    Love these books! They are a step back in time to the world of Cold War espionage. Mrs. Pollifax is a woman of a "certain age" who could take on James Bond anytime! And she loves hats! Seriously, the book was well written, with an intricate plot, and good character development. It is not so far off from today, either, in its plot. The author, through the voice of Mrs. Pollifax, can be profound at times: "because you came very, very near to loosin...
  • Jessi
    2018-04-01
    When the CIA needs help getting resistance fighters in Bulgaria false passports, they need an unlikely courier. Mrs. Pollifax is called on to help out. Of course, she can't just smuggle the 8 passports in and get out without helping the resistance, rescuing an American student, foiling a blackmail plot, and aiding in not just one but two different CIA operations.Again, a fast, fun, and fluffy read that strains the bounds of credulity but is an am...