Friday, August 15, 2008

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

I just recently rediscovered Mrs. Pollifax and am enjoying a judicious reread of the series.

I love The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, the first in the series: Mrs. Pollifax is widowed, has several grown children, a number of charities, prize-winning geraniums, and she is more than a little bored.

Deciding this won't do, she dusts off her childhood dream, walks into the CIA an announces that she is willing to volunteer as a spy.

They need a courier, she fits the bill.

Things get complicated.

Mrs. Pollifax rises to the situation.

It's fun. She's an unexpected and delightful heroine, resilient, good-humored, and unwilling to quit.

And I periodically return to the books--or at least some of them. The later ones aren't quite as good as the early ones, and the last two or three, as far as I can recall, really aren't about Mrs. Pollifax at all, which is quite disappointing.

But I highly recommend this one, and also Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief and A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax, and, really, any of the earlier ones. Read away!

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