Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief (Mrs. Pollifax Series #10)

Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief (Mrs. Pollifax Series #10)

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by Dorothy Gilman, J. Charles, Tom Casaletto, Dick Hill
     
 

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The assignment is a snap: Mrs. Pollifax just has to shoot some pictures at a quiet funeral outside Washington and take them to Sicily, where her old friend Farrell — a former CIA agent turned art dealer — anxiously awaits them.



But like all Mrs. P's assignments, so ostensibly suitable for the CIA's favorite garden club member, this one

Overview

The assignment is a snap: Mrs. Pollifax just has to shoot some pictures at a quiet funeral outside Washington and take them to Sicily, where her old friend Farrell — a former CIA agent turned art dealer — anxiously awaits them.



But like all Mrs. P's assignments, so ostensibly suitable for the CIA's favorite garden club member, this one quickly turns lethal. Her welcoming committee in Palermo includes a most unlikely CIA agent and several unseen enemies. Unfriendly eyes also observe Mrs. P's rendezvous with Farrell in a secluded mountain village and weapons are soon displayed. With mysterious forces hot after them, she and Farrell scurry for safety to a fortified country villa, where the bizarre chatelaine, once a star on Madison Avenue, is almost as unnerving as the dangers she's protecting them from.



So, though the sun shines brightly, the food is delicious, and romance is in the air, Mrs. Pollifax is too busy handing out karate chops and playing catch-me-if-you-can with an assassin to enjoy the amenities . . . .



"Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a rival to reckon with." — The Toronto Star

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
That dignified New Jersey grandmother with the wicked karate chop embarks on her 10th CIA assignment, after Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish , in this sunny Sicilian adventure. Former colleague John Farrell, hired to crack a safe and lift a document signed by Julius Caesar (who ``launched his attack on Africa in 47 B.C. from the town of Lilybaeum'' in Sicily) sends an SOS while dodging a professional assassin whom he and Mrs. P. jailed some years ago. Soon she too is ducking bullets and the old pals are forced to hole up in the Villa Franca--part farm, part medieval fortress and full-time residence of young CIA agent Kate Rossiter's eccentric aunt. Ancient artifacts, hair-raising chases, art forgery, arms traffic, a nighttime assault on the villa, mysterious millionaires, spectacular scenery and unexpected romance are some of the ingredients simmering in the plot. Gilman's smooth storytelling and slyly comic tone make it easy for readers to overlook a somewhat untidy ending. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Emily Polifax is a grandmother, garden club fan, and a part-time CIA operative who manages to hold her own in her assignments. In this outing, she is sent to Sicily to help rescue Farrell, a former agent who was shot while attempting to steal a document bearing the signature of Julius Caesar. Polifax teams up with another agent, Kate Rossiter, who is vacationing in Sicily. Upon finding Farrell, they become embroiled in a scheme involving art forgers, secret cartels, and professional killers. This is a delightful romp, with the quick pacing and well-drawn characters that mark Gilman's series (e.g., Mrs. Polifax and the Golden Triangle , Audio Reviews, LJ 11/15/93). The narration by a full cast of readers is played for all its worth. Strongly recommended for all libraries.-- Susan B. Lamphier, Somerville P.L., Mass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423354512
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
08/04/2008
Series:
Mrs. Pollifax Series, #10
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy Gilman is the author of the Mrs. Pollifax series of novels, as well as several others. She divides her time between Norwalk, Connecticut, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Pollifax and Blasts from the Past   Mrs. Pollifax was looking forward to a few days at home alone when she gets the call from Bishop.  Farrell, a friend from two previous adventures, is in trouble in Sicily and he has specifically requested Mrs. Pollifax.  But first, she needs to go to a funeral and take pictures of the attendants.   That weird request out of the way, Mrs. Pollifax flies to Sicily, but she’s hardly made contact before she, Farrell, and their contact are being followed by multiple cars.  Farrell was in the country to confirm a signature reported to be from Julius Caesar, but after he glimpsed an old foe both he and Mrs. Pollifax know, he found himself in danger.  Was he correct in his ID?  Is that why he is being followed?  And what about that funeral?   This book starts out with quite a few seemingly random elements, but they all come together quickly for a story that is entertaining as always.  Unfortunately, the climax doesn’t quite work as well as it could, but overall this is still a fun book.  The characters are vivid and charming.  Plus there is just enough of a dash of humor to really liven things up.   While not the best the series has to offer, this is still an adventure that Mrs. Pollifax’s fans will enjoy.  I do recommend starting with earlier books since there are spoilers for them included here.
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