A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax

A Palm for Mrs Pollifax 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 fa

  • Title: A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax
  • Author: Dorothy Gilman
  • ISBN: 9780449234464
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 bombA 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.

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    1. I returned to this book this past week, as one of the best comfort reads I know. When the world is overwhelming, this series has been one of my best refuges, one of my favourite fictional universes to escape into when I have no energy to go anywhere new. (Other comfort reads include L.M. Montgomery, Robertson Davies and Spider Robinson books.)Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meanti [...]

    2. 4.5+ stars: For me, Mrs. Pollifax never disappoints, and of the four I've read so far, this was my favorite. Since I gave the 3 others 4 stars (for ratings of 3.5 to 4+ so this deserved more). This time Mrs. P heads off to a medical spa in Switzerland and instead of being a more passive agent as in the past, this time she was lent to Interpol to assist their English agent search for stolen plutonium at the facility. Mrs. P always has a colorful array of supporting characters and this time they w [...]

    3. More of the same, and that's just fine.Part Cold-War espionage and spy "thriller," part travelogue, part period piece, part accidental tourist/spy, part gee-whiz-it's-a-series-and-it's-familiar-so-why-not?, part good clean fun (with a little drama and some bite-sized mayhem), and well not much else?Left to my own devices, I'm not sure how much energy I'd put into the series, but my spouse (really) enjoys them, and, once we've bought one, it's free (to me), and it's fun to be able to share and [...]

    4. I love these Mrs. Pollifax books. My only complaint is that either they are too short, or I consume them too quickly.I am beginning to wonder if there is an autobiography written about Dorothy Gilman. I learned that she passed away in February 2012, a victim of Alzheimer's disease. I am curious about her research for the international intrigue she incorporates into these plots. This particular story made me pause, for there is mention of Jihad, the anti-Christ and the idea of using the threat of [...]

    5. I believe this may be my favorite Mrs. Pollifax, because I do so love the brilliant little boy Hafez and have always dreamed of overnighting in a museum. Emily visits a fancy hotel clinic in Switzerland to track down stolen plutonium, but something else is going on, and we get to rocket about the countryside and dawdle with the rich. She’s clearly a professional now, and although she does her usual collection of good people, this isn’t as repetitious as the earlier books can seem.

    6. A favorite character and series, the inimitable Mrs. Pollifax. A fiesty geriatric agent for the CIA? Always an intriguing mystery, great characters and the delightful witty approach to life and danger by Mrs. Pollifax. This read did not disappoint.

    7. I am really enjoying this series. I also appreciate the development of Mrs. Pollifax's character. I hope the books continue in this direction. I am looking forward to reading the next one.

    8. Mrs. Pollifax's fourth adventure takes her somewhere new (well, if you don't count her brief stop there at the end of the last book, but that was after the action was over) - Switzerland. And this mission is a promotion of sorts: instead of a courier assignment, this one is about reconaissance. Something strange is going on at the Hotel-Clinic Montbrison, and Interpol needs a hand, so they turn to their friends at the CIA and our dear Mrs. Pollifax takes it from there.I love the character of Mrs [...]

    9. Since a "palm" is not a date tree or facing hand-print, second read gives title probable meaning as a sleight of hand. White-haired Emily Pollifax, sent by CIA to Swiss health clinic for missing plutonium, trades it for 2 cans of peaches. Hazef 10, "very brown, very thin and wiry and leggy, with jet-black hair" p 31, hostage for his gran Madame Parviz's behavior, exchanges Madame's sleeping pills for Emily's aspirin, to waken the comatose patient. Re-read helps with title. 1* each for Robin 30is [...]

    10. 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 three books in the series and I was eager to read more about this entertaining character. This book takes us to Switzerland and the story is wrapped in a nuclear plot. The various characters se [...]

    11. [These notes were made in 1987:]. I approached Mrs. Pollifax, a new detective for me, with the more curiosity because she had been recommended by a friend who does not often indulge in light reading. And indeed Mrs. Pollifax is a little off-beat for a detective; she shares with Miss Marple her age, sex, and boundless curiosity, but Mrs. Pollifax's intelligence is more straightforward, and she is considerably more effective physically in her rather more threatening world. One cannot imagine Miss [...]

    12. I listened to this book on my kindle. I have been reading Mrs. Pollifax books for over 30 years. I started out loving the idea of an older woman working for the CIA, and being in dangerous situations. Emily Pollifax uses her wits and wisdom to carry out her assignments, and to get out of bad situations. On this assignment Emily goes to Switzerland to try to uncover stolen plutonium. Emily is in a hotel/hospital, and she sneaks around the hospital at night discovering a murder, and nearly gets ca [...]

    13. Another rollicking adventure with the unlikely CIA agent, Mrs. Pollifax ! This time she is sent to a sanitarium in Switzerland where a shipment of plutonium has been mailed under the guise of "medical supplies". She poses as a lady recovering from Hong Kong flu and is directed to just poke around and see what she can find. What she finds is murder and mayhem and adventures ! This is great "light reading" !!

    14. This is a fun re-read. I absolutely love this series. While this is not my favorite books out of the series, I would highly recommend people reading the first book "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax." Mrs. Pollifax is an unexpected spy. She is a little old lady that wanted to be a spy and so she became one. She is quirky and loves wearing strange hats.

    15. 3.5 stars.Good old-fashioned story telling with a zippy plot and amusing dialog. It reminded me of the old Audrey Hepburn/Cary Grant movie Charade (if Hepburn was a feisty septuagenarian.)

    16. This book is one of those weird cases where the disparate parts are great but the whole doesn't quite gel together as well as it should. I really enjoyed all the side characters- we see more of Bishop and Carstairs, Hafez- the precocious and terrified grandson trying desperately to find a "friend" to help, Robin the jewel thief clearly capable of reform, even Court who has sworn not to love are all enjoyable and feel real within in their larger-than-life context. The initial premise of sending o [...]

    17. This one is set in Switzerland. "He stared at the walls of the Clinic, thinking of all the people inside asleep but this only made him feel lonely. Even if they were awake, he thought, they wouldn't know, and if by some chance they learned what was happening they wouldn't 'believe.' It was the first time he had understood that a conspiracy existed among the living to wall out and reject what was disturbing. It took special people like Mrs. Pollifax and Robin to understand, he thought, and he sup [...]

    18. I loved this installment of Mrs. Pollifax! I don't think I can say it is my favorite of the four books I've read so far, as I think the third book, The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax, is my favorite thus far. In this installment, Mrs. P. goes to Switzerland. She is undercover at a clinic /spa resort of all places, and is on the hunt of stolen plutonium, of all things. Mrs. P as usual, ends up in a tangle and must employ, along with the help of a young boy, Hafez, and a suave and debonair English jewel th [...]

    19. Silly and quite ridiculous; Mrs. Polifax warms my heart. The series is a joyful romp through espionage and a softened view of the evils of the world. Dorothy Gilman allows me to escape deeper thought in the sometimes dreary world - much like the Howard Hawkes classic “Bringing Up Baby”. A guilty pleasure.

    20. Another fun story in the Mrs Pollifax series. A reread for me, but this one I remembered quite well. probably because it introduced my favorite character from the series (other than Mrs Pollifax herself of course), Robin Burke-Jones.

    21. Emily Pollifax, a geriatric agent for the CIA, never fails to amuse me. And I can alaways listen to Barbara Rosenblatt narrating a story.

    22. This is a guilty pleasure series, but such a lovely escape! Mrs. Pollifax is a delightful and unexpected spy, and the humor and kindness sprinkled throughout are most welcome right now.

    23. I find this series so far fetched, but do enjoy the characters. Situations are unbelievable, but fun to read.

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