The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax - Dorothy Gilman

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

By Dorothy Gilman

  • Release Date: 1985-01-12
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 65 Ratings


“Should delight you whether you’re looking for smiles or thrills.”—The New York Times Book Review

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown, married 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.

She takes on a “job” in Mexico City. The assignment doesn’t sound dangerous at first, but then, as often happens, something goes wrong. Now our dear Mrs. Pollifax finds herself embroiled in quite a hot Cold War—and her country’s enemies find themselves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady.

“Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple a rival to reckon with.”—Toronto Star



  • Best Mystery Ever!

    By Girly girl Parker
    Didn’t want to stop reading. I think I might read the whole series!
  • Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    By parmyr55
    Great read!
  • Finally an ebook

    By TRmoviefan
    Mrs. Pollifax is a gem, and it's great to finally have her first novel in ebook form. Enchanting, resourceful, and eminently practical, Emily Pollifax makes an excellent amateur courier for the CIA. Getting thrown into a more serious situation than she'd anticipated makes her feel more alive and useful than she's felt in years. Definitely a good read. Gilman does a great job in all her novels of describing the exotic places Mrs. Pollifax finds herself in. This is a book I reread every few years because Gilman is such an entertaining writer.