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A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax (1973)

de Dorothy Gilman

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" Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a rival to reckon with." TORONTO STARA 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....… (mais)
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I had to force myself to start this one. I dreaded the formula and just, well, wasn't that interested. But, as soon as I got past the first 2 chapters, I was hooked.

This one I liked more than the others. It was less unrealistic action, more Agatha-Christie-esque in character. Definitely had plot holes. And, as always, she does a fantastic job of creating secondary characters that you love and are therefore devastated when they are killed 1/3 of the way in.

I'll pick up the next one. Eventually. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
So fun to meet Robin for the first time again. ( )
  Wanda-Gambling | Feb 18, 2021 |
The inimitable Mrs. Pollifax returns here for her fourth adventure, this time finding herself at a ritzy convalescent hotel in Switzerland, on the hunt for some stolen plutonium. While searching for this dangerous contraband, she also befriends a charming young British man with a mysterious past and a young Arab boy who is apparently terrified of his companions. As is so often the case with Mrs. Pollifax, the friends she makes along the way to reaching her objective prove to be useful allies, and some of their stories end up being more than a little germane to the central conspiracy she winds up confronting...

Although I would not describe A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax as being quite the equal of its three predecessors - The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax and The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax - in terms of either hilarity or narrative excitement, it had more than enough of both to make it an engaging entry in the series. I enjoyed Robin Burke-Jones' character, and his amusing exchanges with Mrs. Pollifax, as they both learnt that the other was not what or whom they had thought, were quite humorous. The adventure with Hafez at the castle was also most engrossing, and the climb down the medieval latrine was entertaining. This was written in 1973, as terrorism in the Middle East was just beginning to become more religious, rather than nationalist in nature, so the conclusion, in which the villain, a Muslim zealot intent on creating a worldwide theocracy, escapes, presumably to carry on with his scheming, was also fascinating. I finished the book, written so many decades ago, thinking of how Islamist terror has since become one of the gravest troubles facing our world, and wondering what Gilman (who died in 2012) made of it all. Did she think of this story at all, after 9/11? Did she see any parallels between her villain and figures like Osama bin Laden? I certainly did.

Leaving such musings aside, this was an entertaining addition to the series, even if it has never been one of my personal favorites, and I recommend it to anyone who has read and enjoyed the first three Mrs. Pollifax books. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 15, 2020 |
I enjoyed the first three books in this series for the fun, improbable stories they tell – a older woman who becomes a most unlikely operative for the CIA. She gets into impossible predicaments that she manages to escape,and her life has some amazing coincidences in it. Having said that, I didn't appreciate this book as much as the earlier ones. Same improbable plot, different country – that was okay. But in this one, she claims that Jihad as a holy war is one of the 5 pillars of the “Moslem” faith. Jihad can mean a holy war but many who practice Islam also practice Jihad in much gentler, kinder ways, not holy war. The one-sided view made me not appreciate this book as much as I had hoped. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Dec 14, 2019 |
2019 reread via Recorded Books audiobook narrated by Barbara Rosenblat ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 20, 2019 |
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" Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a rival to reckon with." TORONTO STARA 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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