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)
Release DateSep 1st, 1987
PublisherBallantine Fawcett Crest
GenreMystery, Fiction, Adventure

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

  • Carolyn Hill
    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
    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
    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
    3.5 stars rounded up - Mrs. Pollifax is the perfect example of how to age well.
  • Julie
    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...
  • Kathie
    Another fun book in this series. Can’t wait to read the rest of them.
  • Jane Stewart
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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)
    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
  • Sally
    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
    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
    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...
  • Julie Barrett
    The series hasn't jumped the shark yet. Still a marvelous lead character and an entertaining, fast paced plot. The Iron Curtain setting is neat, too. Ah, back when the Russians were the bad guys instead of Middle Eastern villains!
  • Kate
    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
    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
  • Nanosynergy
    Book #3. Mrs. Pollifax accepts a CIA courier job to Bulgaria and, of course, ends up doing so much more. And a bit of romance for Mrs. Pollifax.
  • Laurel Wicke
    I’m sort of in love with this series. Mrs. Polifax is a gem!
  • Emily
    another rollicking thriller with Mrs Pollifax! to be recommended :)
  • it'chy
    to going above and beyond the call of duty!it reminded me of my ma's night-blooming cereus
  • Amy
    Mrs. P does it again!
  • Mary
    Very good. You have to pay attention to lots of characters ( I was listening to audio).
  • Kathleen
    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 ...
  • Monica Willyard Moen
    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
    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
    Mrs. Polifax #3
  • Diane
    Mrs. Pollifax is certainly a unique type of amateur sleuth. I am enjoying her adventures and look forward to the next installment.