Mrs. Pollifax Pursued (Mrs. Pollifax Series #11)

Mrs. Pollifax Pursued (Mrs. Pollifax Series #11)

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by Dorothy Gilman
     
 

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This time, trouble finds Mrs. P. instead of the other way around. On a quiet spring day, when all she wants to do is plant basil in her Connecticut greenhouse, a missing salami leads her to a shocking discovery: a young woman has been hiding in her junk closet for two days, undetected by the ever-watchful Mrs. P. Kadi Hopkirk spills out an improbable story. Since a…  See more details below

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This time, trouble finds Mrs. P. instead of the other way around. On a quiet spring day, when all she wants to do is plant basil in her Connecticut greenhouse, a missing salami leads her to a shocking discovery: a young woman has been hiding in her junk closet for two days, undetected by the ever-watchful Mrs. P. Kadi Hopkirk spills out an improbable story. Since a chance meeting in New Haven with a childhood friend, Kadi has been followed by a dirty white van, the legend CHIGI SCAP METAL misspelled on its side. She's sure the men inside are hell-bent on finding her, and a little experiment performed by Mrs. P. proves Kadi correct. But when, under the cover of darkness, Mrs. P. tries to drive Kadi back home to Manhattan, a dark green sedan gives them a run for their money and - Mrs. P. begins to suspect - for their lives. When Kadi confides that her friend is the son of the assassinated president of Ubangiba, that a guard was escorting him around New Haven, and that this friend, Sammy, passed her something under the table during their meeting, Mrs. P. decides that she does not want those men to catch up with them. Mrs. P. puts in a call for help to her CIA crony, Carstairs, who's got a bee in his bonnet about Henry Bidwell, a wealthy financier kidnapped a week earlier. Before Mrs. P. knows it, what began as a dash to safety expands into an assignment that leads to hair-trigger violence in exotic places. As always, Mrs. P.'s karate is impeccable, and in an affair that grows ever more awful, she remains a lady to the bone.

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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.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568950884
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Mrs. Pollifax Series, #11
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
197
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.47(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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Mrs. Pollifax Pursued 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Pollifax on the Run in the US When her husband, Cyrus, takes a trip to the American Bar Association meeting, Mrs. Pollifax expects that the most exciting thing on her agenda will be the upcoming garden club meeting. However, her curiosity is aroused when she keeps seeing a van drive by her country home. Even more surprising is finding a young woman hiding in one of her closets. While trying to sneak Kadi Hopkirk away from the house, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself followed. With nowhere to turn, she calls Carstairs at the CIA, who whisks her away to a most unusual safe house with a mystery all its own. Can she make sense of what is happening there? What have she and Kadi stumbled into? Being Mrs. Pollifax, she’s stumbled into quite a lot. Coincidence might be a little higher than normal in this book, but that’s always been a staple of the series, and it didn’t really bother me here. It does appear to be wandering with no point for a while, but everything does come together at the end. Carstairs and Bishop play a higher than normal roll in the book, and I enjoyed seeing them in action. All the characters are wonderful, new and old alike. I seem to remember being a bit disappointed when I first read the book almost 15 years ago, but I can’t figure out why now. Maybe it was because Carstairs drove the climax and Mrs. Pollifax didn’t? If that was the case, it was actually set up that way from the beginning of the book. Or maybe it was because most of the book takes place in the United States with them just leaving the country for the climax. Now, I like it for the break in the formula. Whatever the case, I enjoyed it very much on this reread. Fans of Mrs. Pollifax will delight in another wonderful adventure.
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This Mrs. P story was a nice change. On US soil instead of off somewhere else.