Mrs. Pollifax Pursued

Mrs. Pollifax Pursued

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by Dorothy Gilman, Barbara Rosenblat
     
 

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All Mrs. Pollifax wants on this spring day is the peace and quiet of her Connecticut greenhouse. Then she discovers that a young woman, Kadi Hopkirk, has been hiding in her junk closet for two days. Kadi spills out an improbable story - that since a chance meeting with a childhood friend she has been followed by persons unknown in a sinister van. She's convinced… See more details below

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All Mrs. Pollifax wants on this spring day is the peace and quiet of her Connecticut greenhouse. Then she discovers that a young woman, Kadi Hopkirk, has been hiding in her junk closet for two days. Kadi spills out an improbable story - that since a chance meeting with a childhood friend she has been followed by persons unknown in a sinister van. She's convinced that the henchmen inside are hellbent on finding her. A little experiment on Mrs. P's part proves at least this part of the story correct.

Kadi soon confides the rest of the story - a close tie with an assassinated foreign president and an item in her possession that makes both her and our sleuth moving targets for - someone. When Mrs. P puts in a call for help to her old CIA crony Carstairs, he's wrapped up in the kidnap of a wealthy financier. Before she knows it, what began as a dash for safety and a call for help expands into an assignment that leads to hair-trigger violence in exotic places.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her 10th adventure, the observant and unflappable Mrs. P. discovers a young woman hiding in a closet of her Connecticut home on the same day that she observes a suspicious white van patrolling the neighborhood. Kadi Hopkirk says the men in the van have been following her ever since she met Sammy, a childhood friend from the African country of Ubangiba, in New Haven, where he told her he was being guarded and secretly gave something for safekeeping. Mrs. Pollifax hides Kadi in the car and takes to the highway but is unable to shake the van until she calls on two former colleagues at the CIA, who send a helicopter to whisk them away to a traveling carnival in rural Maine. Mrs. Pollifax, last seen in Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief (1994), poses as a journalist, and Kadi becomes the lower half of the woman who is sawed in two, while the CIA pals find out who Sammy is and why he is being so heavily guarded. Like a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat, Gilman, a deft stylist, adroitly resolves her plot's mysteries, finally bringing together a stabbing at the carnival, Kadi and Sammy's story and the abduction of a wealthy executive. Mystery Guild selection. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief, Fawcett: Ballantine, 1994) discovers a young woman in her hall closet hiding from some men in a white van. Eager as always, she elicits the girl's story, eludes the villains, and enables the CIA to resolve the situation, which involves kidnapping, shady investments, attempted murder, and the grandson of Ubangiba's last king. Agents actually consult reference books for essential background information, and a few literary allusions build character or relate to earlier Pollifax appearances. This fast-moving tale sports a lively, energetic style, much like its heroine, and should prove popular for light reading. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/94.]
Emily Melton
The beloved Mrs. Pollifax is back, this time in an adventure that takes her on a nostalgic visit to an old-time carnival. When the intrepid undercover agent finds young Kadi Hopkirk hiding out in her storage closet, she doesn't stop to ask questions about the improbable but chilling story the young runaway tells her about being pursued by strange men in a white van. Instead, Mrs. Pollifax calls her friend Bishop at the agency for help. Bishop arranges for Mrs. Pollifax and Kadi to go underground as carnival workers until Mrs. P. can find out what has Kadi running scared. Imagine Mrs. Pollifax's surprise when she finds herself involved in kidnapping, international intrigue, and the crowning of an African ruler! Dauntless in the face of danger, cool in every crisis, and unflappable in the midst of mayhem, Mrs. Pollifax solves yet another mystery, and everyone--except the villains, of course--lives happily ever after. Warm, witty, charming, and fun, Emily Pollifax's latest outing will delight her growing cadre of fans. A Mystery Guild Main Selection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781428143111
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Series:
The Mrs. Pollifax Series

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