Friday, April 25, 2008

Mini Review: The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax

Time for another mini review. This time, we're looking at a reread, The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman (link takes you to a full review.)

Grandmother, widow, garden club member, and part time CIA agent is off again. This time, she's smuggling passports into Bulgaria in a bird's nest, I mean a hat that looks like a bird's nest. To complicate matters, she will be under the watchful eye of Bulgaria's tourist board at every turn. Can she meet her contact without arousing suspicion? And what other mischief might Mrs. Pollifax make while there?

The thing to remember about this series is that each book takes place around the time it was written. So the fact that this book was published in 1971 helps explain why Mrs. Pollifax is smuggling those passports. Bulgaria was still behind the Iron Curtain.

The books in this series are predictable and unrealistic. I freely admit that. But they are also so much fun I can't resist. Plus Mrs. Pollifax is a great characters who is fun to be around. And they are a great way to get a glimpse of another time and culture.

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