The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman #BookReview #Farrago #MrsPollifax1 #4*


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Mrs Emily Pollifax is a 60-ish widow wanting more from life than teas and garden club meetings.

In search of adventure, she decides to offer her services to the CIA — who, after all, would spot a suburban grandmother as a cold war secret agent? — and adventure she finds.

Her first assignment, in Mexico City, doesn’t sound dangerous – until something goes wrong.

She suddenly finds herself abducted across the world, embroiled in quite a hot Cold War… and her abductors find themselves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady. 


Armed with only an open mind and a little karate, Mrs Pollifax is the most lovable and most unlikely of international spies.


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Fun & Adventure!      stars 4


Mrs Pollifax is easily described – she is a woman of substance never to be underestimated!

Emily Pollifax, widow, has two grown up children and grandchildren who she keeps in touch with, but that doesn’t fill her days. Even with all her clubs and volunteering, she longs for a bit of excitement in her life then she recalls her younger self’s desire to be a spy. Now who better to approach to offer her services in that field than the C.I.A.? Confident in her abilities, she quickly finds herself with her very first assignment – straightforward with exacting instructions so nothing can go wrong – can it?

There is a lot of fun in this mystery, but a fair bit of dangerous excitement too! I received my copy just as I was on my annual break and it fitted into my holiday reading perfectly. Mrs Pollifax is one gutsy woman who I really took a shine to. I’m thrilled that this is the first of many mysteries featuring her. Expertly created by the late Dorothy Gilman, this was a smashing read with a bit of fun mixed in with intrepid adventure. Smoothly written and fully enjoyable, I look forward to Mrs Pollifax popping up in my kindle again in future. If you like to immerse yourself in a good cosy mystery, then this is one for you. Please note that this is a new edition of an older book. Well worth the four stars I’m happy to give it.

My thanks to Farrago Books for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: cosy mystery
  • Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio cassette
  • Size: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Farrago
  • Publication Date: 23 July 2020
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Author Bio


Dorothy Gilman


Dorothy Gilman was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to minister James Bruce and Essa (Starkweather) Gilman. She started writing when she was 9 and knew early on she was to be a writer. At 11, she competed against 10 to 16-year-olds in a story contest and won first place. She attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and briefly the University of Pennsylvania. She planned to write and illustrate children’s books. She married Edgar A. Butters Jr, in 1945, this ended in divorce in 1965. Dorothy worked as an art teacher & telephone operator before becoming an author.

She wrote children’s stories for more than ten years under the name Dorothy Gilman Butters and then began writing adult novels about Mrs. Pollifax–a retired grandmother who becomes a CIA agent. The Mrs. Pollifax series made Dorothy famous. While her stories nourish people’s thirst for adventure and mystery, Dorothy knew about nourishing the body as well. On her farm in Nova Scotia, she grew medicinal herbs and used this knowledge of herbs in many of her stories, including A Nun in the Closet. She travelled extensively, and used these experiences in her novels as well.

Many of Dorothy’s books, feature strong women having adventures around the world. In 2010 Gilman was awarded the annual Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Dorothy spent much of her life in Connecticut, New Mexico, and Maine. She died at age 88 of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by two sons, Christopher Butters and Jonathan Butters; and two grandchildren.


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