A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax

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Ballantine Books, Jul 12, 1985 - Fiction - 191 pages
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"Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a rival to reckon with."
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 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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Review: A Palm for Mrs Pollifax (Mrs Pollifax #4)

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I always enjoy Mrs. Pollifax and the way amateurs get drawn into her quirky orbit as a spy. I even enjoy the slight datedness of the stories with goofy hippies and so forth. This one was a little weaker than the others perhaps. But still most enjoyable especially as an escape. Read full review

Review: A Palm for Mrs Pollifax (Mrs Pollifax #4)

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One of the things that I like Mrs. Pollifax is that she evaluates each person on his or her "self," not by ethnicity or religion. It wasn't all that common when the books were written. In this fourth ... Read full review


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About the author (1985)

Dorothy Gilman was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on June 25, 1923. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Under her married name, Dorothy Gilman Butters, she began publishing children's books in the late 1940s including Enchanted Caravan and The Bells of Freedom. In 1966, she published The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, which became the first novel in the Mrs. Pollifax Mystery series. The series concluded in 2000 with Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled. The series was the basis of two movies: the 1971 feature film Mrs. Pollifax - Spy starring Rosalind Russell and the 1999 television movie The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax starring Angela Lansbury. Her other works include The Clairvoyant Countess, Incident at Badamya and Kaleidoscope. A Nun in the Closet won a Catholic Book Award. She died due to complications of Alzheimer's disease on February 2, 2012 at the age of 88.

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