Book Review: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman


Book Review: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
Medium: Paperback

I loved this book. It’s the first in a popular series that stars Mrs. Pollifax. Mrs. Pollifax is a lovely lady who loves her children and grandchildren but since becoming a widow is feeling a bit like she doesn’t matter. She lives a nice life in New Jersey but hasn’t ever really been out of her comfort zone. She’s not a seasoned traveler and doesn’t even have a passport. She ends up getting hired by the CIA for an easy courier job that requires a 3 week vacation in Mexico. All goes well up until the time she’s initiates the planned visit to pick up the “package” for the CIA.

Adventures beyond her wildest dreams, or nightmares, ensue as she’s wisked across the globe where her every fiber is tested in ways she could never even imagine.

I gave this book 4 stars. The writing in this book is superb. There were a few twists and turns and a lot of laughs. Mrs. Pollifax is such a wonderful character. She’s you typical grandmotherly type and is east to relate to. I felt as if I were on the adventure with her watching as she realized just how strong and full of potential she truly is. One of my favorite things about her is the fact that she has a conscious. Whenever she has to do anything remotely shady she thinks of what her garden club and pastor might think of her if they knew.

Even the minor characters in this book were memorable. Locations were easy to visualize with details described through Mrs. Pollifax.

I liked how the author tied up all the loose ends at the end.

If your enjoy The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, I think you with definitely enjoy this book.


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