Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish (Mrs. Pollifax Series #9)

Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish (Mrs. Pollifax Series #9)

by Dorothy Gilman

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Mrs. Pollifax is on hand in Morocco to back up an inept CIA agent, and it's a good thing. Their first informant is killed, and Mrs. Pollifax begins to get the idea that her colleague is not who he says he is. Still, she forges ahead, checking out suspicious informants, and coming to the conclusion that someone is an imposter and someone wants her dead....

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ISBN-13: 9780449147603
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1991
Series: Mrs. Pollifax Series , #9
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)

About the Author

Dorothy Gilman (1923–2012) was the author of 14 Mrs. Pollifax novels, including The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, the series debut; Mrs. Pollifax Pursued; Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer; Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist; and Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled. She was also the author of many other novels, among them Thale’s Folly.

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Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish (Mrs. Pollifax Series #9) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
justchris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish takes place in Morocco. This time, her job is to courier photos of informants to the local operative who will verify their identities, since it is clear there is a leak somewhere. But Emily and the local agent do not hit it off. Once again, dead bodies, prisoners of the bad guys, fugitives, given up as dead, etc. This time there's a little bit of torture for our plucky heroine. And once again she turns out to be the experienced operative giving advice. No marriages that I can think of in this story, but she does facilitate other sorts of connections, in this case between a Sufi holy man and a new disciple. Mr. Mornajay plays a key role in this story, after he appeared for the first time in Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You can see the changing world state in the progression of this series. Here Mrs. Pollifax enters Morocco. I love the way Mrs. Pollifax's instincts and even personality traits stand her in such good stead all the time. This book is reminiscent of her adventures in Turkey and even in Albania - just how many times has she gone into hiding as a native woman, draped in voluminous robes??
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had read and enjoyed several of the books in this series as a teen, and then not revisited Mrs. Pollifax for many years before I re-read the opening book in the series again last year and found it just as entertaining as I had remembered it. So when I spotted Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish on the shelf at the library, I decided that maybe it was time to try another.I think of these books as cozy mystery meets James Bond, and this one is no different. It is one of the later books in the series; our heroine has picked up a husband and been shaken by trauma in the meantime. The book opens with Mrs. Pollifax, after an extended period without any assignments, worrying that she¿s washed up as agent. But opportunity soon knocks, and she is sent off on what is expected to be a short, safe little mission to Morocco. Of course, the assignment quickly turns out otherwise.Overall I found this book somewhat disappointing. People and factions are very much black and white, and snap judgements unerringly prove correct. Coincidence is consistently called upon as a plot device. None of which keeps me from admitting that the heroine¿s ultimate triumph over long odds left me with at least a vague sense of satisfaction. The setting and the depiction of Moroccan history and culture were the most interesting things about the book. Fans of the series will probably enjoy this book, but I wouldn¿t recommend it as an entry point for new readers.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Carstairs has doubts about the agent they are sending to Morocco to verify a network of spies, so he sends Mrs. Pollifax along to help smooth things over. But when the first spy is killed an hour after they identify him, Mrs. Pollifax realizes she's in deep trouble. While the last couple of books in the series aren't quite up to bar, this is a return to form in most ways. Mrs. Pollifax is a resourceful and charming as ever, and the plot is as fun and fast paced as it is improbable. A perfect escape.