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Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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"Mrs. Pollifax is an enchantress."THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWMrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent. This time, the assignment sounds as tasty as a taco. A quick trip to Mexico City is on her agenda. Unfortunately, something goes wrong, and our dear Mrs. Pollifax finds herself embroilied in quite a hot Cold War--and her country's enemies find themsleves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady.
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mcipher
Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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When you‘ve had a work week (2 of them actually) like mine has been, you have a beer, eat homemade pizza, watch Clue on Amazon Prime, comfort read Mrs Pollifax, and maybe finally wrap your #letsgetcozy stuff to mail on Saturday. And you firmly refuse to remember that it‘s not actually Friday even though you need it to be.
Here‘s s hoping everyone else has a suuuuuper chill week to counteract the energy mine is putting out into the world! 😒

batsy Love that cover! 3mo
mcipher @batsy I‘m slowly collecting these and Mary Stewart with the classic 60s covers. They are my favorite! 3mo
Avanders 🧡🍁📖☕️🔪🎃♥️ 3mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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Mehso-so

Mrs. Pollifax has always wanted to be a spy, but life got into the way. Now, with all her children grown up, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime to be one. But a spy's life is always unpredictable and full of dangers, and very soon she is left at the mercy of very dangerous people in an unknown country where she must rely solely on her wits to get out of there.

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mabell
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Pickpick

There was really just one thing I didn‘t like about this book. Namely, that this is a book to be finished in one sitting, and I could not listen to it all at once! 🤣

A grandmother, tired of her volunteer work at the hospital and garden club, walks into CIA headquarters to apply for a job as a spy. An fortuitous mix-up occurs, and the most unbelievably believable series of events occurs. Mrs. Pollifax is wonderful, and yes, “Unexpected.”

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mabell
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I am so excited to have a couple hour drive! Why?
Because I am loving this introduction to Mrs. Pollifax! ❤️

sprainedbrain I love how audiobooks make things I used to hate (long drives, cleaning, laundry) something fun to look forward to! 6mo
Aimeesue I did laundry for an hour and a half tonight because I wanted to keep listening to my book. 😂😂😂 6mo
mabell @sprainedbrain So true! The hard part is hitting pause and not finding more *highly necessary* busy work as an excuse to keep listening! 🤣 6mo
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mabell @Aimeesue That‘s awesome! Stretch out as long as you can! 👏😂 I have that audiobook too! The description sounded terrific! I‘m glad it‘s entertaining enough to get through the laundry 🤣 6mo
Blueberry Love Mrs. Pollifax. 6mo
mabell @Blueberry Oh my goodness, I haven‘t been this hooked on a book in a long time! I‘m halfway through, and I am completely entertained and riveted! 6mo
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esurient
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Low pick. It oscillated between wildly charming parts and sometimes rather boring bits, but was delightfully light: 1960s madcap spy adventures, starring a sensible old lady. 'Red Russians! Red Chinese! Get the microfilm at all costs!'

#vacationread No. 1, train ride.

esurient And I was SURE she'd come home with that parrot. 8mo
rretzler I remember reading a lot of these from the Reader‘s Digest Condensed Books that my Mom, Aunt and Grandmother subscribed to. My preteen self thought they were lots of fun, but I‘m not sure 45+years later I would enjoy them as much. 8mo
esurient @rretzler Definitely a blast from the past. 8mo
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silentrequiem
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Pickpick

Is there such a thing as a cozy thriller? Because I think this applies. I stayed up way too late last night reading this and I'm going to pay for it today. But it was so good. Funny and charming. It's a bit dated (written in 1966) and the use of "Oriental" and "Red China" was a bit jarring. But did make sense for the time.

I will definitely continue the series. Because who doesn't love a grandmother who volunteers to be a spy for the CIA?

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silentrequiem
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Starting a delightful spy mystery featuring a retired grandmother who volunteers to be a spy for the CIA. (Also ignoring all my partially-read books. Ha!)

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michiganvol
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Three days til Christmas and my time off has officially started! Cozy morning with Mrs. Pollifax; not going to complete #readharder this year due to busy personal life, but I'll get a couple more in before the end of the year 😊

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Blueberry
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1. Daughter of Fortune
2. Dorothy Gilman
3. Dead Poet's Society
4. Dessert with dates

#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho 💖💖💖 1y
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Bookwomble
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Pickpick

A mash-up of the spinster-detective and cold-war spy genres, Mrs Pollifax is naïve, but it's clear she has steel inside her. Some big coincidences are involved in starting her off, but these don't persist, so credulity isn't excessively strained. Mrs Pollifax is endearing and eccentric, and I felt her actions were natural for an ordinary, resourceful person thrown into extraordinary situations, helped by the necessary sprinkling of luck of course.

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Kaye
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1 An Old recipe. Just read that it was Harry Truman‘s favorite dessert, and Bess would make it herself for him when they lived in the White House. Really good ,easy. When I make it, I crumble the crunchy part up and layer it with colored whip cream. Very pretty.
2 old lady spy mystery
3 still there
4 Lets see if anyone can guess my favorite cartoon. 😁
5 Age of Aquarius......age of Aquarius, Aquarius. 🎶

@MinDea #humpdaypost

jenmoody23 I‘ve never heard of Ozark Pudding but it sounds really good. I will have to try it sometime. 2y
Kaye It‘s very tasty and doesn‘t take many ingredients. When you make the crunchy part, you‘ll think something is missing because it turns out strangely flat looking, not like a cake. Also, it doesn‘t serve a lot of people, so if you make it for more than 3 or 4, you‘d need to double it. @jenmoody23 2y
jenmoody23 Good to know. Thank you for the tips @Kaye 2y
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AmyG That looks delicious. Too bad my husband won‘t eat nuts. His loss. 2y
Kaye You can make it without but I like it with. Also add extra nuts when I layer it with whipped cream. @AmyG 2y
AmyG I love nuts. I may make this for when he kids come home. He can just eat whilped cream. ;) 2y
Kaye Yep. That‘s an idea. He gets the whipped cream by itself. 😁. @AmyG (edited) 2y
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Blueberry
Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💕💕💕 2y
vkois88 😊😊😊 2y
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Bluebird
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A widow with grown children is bored with her life so she decides to offer her assistance to the CIA. Mrs Pollifax certainly made the most of her #goldenyears. #septembowie

Cinfhen This has your name all over it @Lizpixie 😊💕 2y
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rabbitprincess
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Mrs. Pollifax will always be my go-to choice for a senior citizen protagonist. Because my Pollifax books are at my parents' place, here's a picture of Angela Lansbury playing Mrs. P in a 1999 TV movie.
#anditsaugust day 21: senior citizen

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Blueberry
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My collection of Mrs. Pollifax books! 😄 💜💙💚

@NataliePatalie
#welllovedreads #riotgrams

quietjenn Aw, I'm so excited to see another fan of Mrs. Pollifax on here! 3y
Blueberry @quietjenn 💕💕 3y
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A little nighttime reading. Trying not to wake hubby so I'm using a book light and trying not to laugh too hard at Mrs. Pollifax.

LeslieO I love Mrs Pollifax! I listened to them on audio and my fav narrator read them. Mrs P is a charmer 3y
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Blueberry
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My most reread books are the Mrs. Pollifax series, a feel good mystery about an elderly woman who joins the CIA.

@NataliePatalie
#mostreread #feistyFeb

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CorleyMullins
Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. There were parts of the plot that were too "convenient," but the excitement kept me hooked. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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#booktober #setinsouthamerica well sort of. Mrs Pollifax is my favorite mystery series and this is the first book. Mrs Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick NJ is a widow with grown children and her volunteer work and Garden Club meetings aren't enough to staunch the ennui of her life. Her doctor suggested she try something that she'd always wanted to do. So she joined the CIA of course. Her first assignment is to Mexico City.

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iamnotabookworm
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i have to read this again for a post on my blog. i was reminded how i loved dorothy gilman & this famous, resourceful & intuitive character ms. pollifax. i loved reading this again just like the first time. this is how mrs. pollifax became a spy for the CIA.We're never too old to follow our dreams.