A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

Dorothy Gilman has brought the world to her readers through her novels featuring unlikely spy Mrs. Pollifax.

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A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman


  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.53 x 6.86 x 4.20
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reissue edition (April 1995)
  • ISBN: 0449208648

    From the Publisher
    My grandmother is a big fan of the MRS. POLLIFAX mysteries by Dorothy Gilman. I was at first hesitant
    to try the books, because I wasn't sure if I'd be able to relate to mysteries featuring a suburban grandmother
    working for the CIA. But because my grandmother's taste in literature has always been impeccable,
    I decided to delve into Mrs. Pollifax's adventures. I began with THE UNEXPECTED MRS. POLLIFAX, the first
    in the series, and immediately found them delightful. Mrs. Pollifax is just the kind of grandmother I'd
    love to have: resourceful, intelligent, somewhat sly, and, of course, a secret CIA operative. Her
    adventures take her to all corners of the globe: from an authentically described communist China
    (MRS. POLLIFAX ON THE CHINA STATION) to an exhilarating safari across Africa (MRS. POLLIFAX ON
    SAFARI). I've thoroughly enjoyed joining her on her adventures, and intend to read them all. I recommend them
    to everyone who's interested in learning about different countries and cultures--and, obviously, espionage!

    --Malinda Lo, Editorial Assistant

    Book Description
    "Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a rival to reckon with."
    A secret agent like no other, Mrs. Pollifax was leading a very full life: Garden Club, karate, yoga--and a little spying now and then. This time the mysterious Mr. Carstairs sent her to Switzerland--to a famous health resort where the world's intelligence agents had gathered. Her mission: to track down a missing package of plutonium--just enough to make a small atomic bomb. It was a job that suited Mrs. Pollifax's talents. She's good with people and even better at sniffing out their secrets. But it was not until she became enchanted with Robin, the young jewel thief, that her new adventure really began....

    Reader Reviews
    Good Clean Fun!, August 13, 2003 Reviewer: ladynaava from Sunny California Mrs. Pollifax an intrepid senior citizen who works for the CIA, is sent to a Swiss medical clinic to investigate stolen Plutonium. Along the way, she gets involved with a mysterious jewel thief, a precocious child, and sunbathing diva. Can Mrs. Pollifax discover WHO is smuggling the plutonium, and WHY? Or is she destined to be just another casualty at the health spa? I really enjoyed "A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax." Mrs. Pollifax, is a kind, engaging character whose outgoing personality and homey adivce, endear her to friends and enemies alike. In particular I enjoyed the character of Hafez and his grandmother. This was a great edition to the Mrs. Pollifax series, sure to delight readers young AND old.

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