Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax - Classic Mystery Review


Goodreads:  The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax #3) by Dorothy Gilman

Rating: Loved It!
Source: Purchased

Description:  While waiting for a view of her night-blooming cereus, the mild-seeming Mrs. Pollifax received urgent orders for a daring mission to aid an escape. Soon, the unlikely-looking international spy was sporting a beautiful new hat that hid eight forged passports....

Genre: Mystery - Classic

Why I Picked This Book:  I have been loving this series so of course I had to pick up the next book!

My Impression:  I'm so torn on this series!  I'm not sure if I desperately want to meet me Mrs. Pollifax because she is absolutely fantastic in the most practical good sense kind of way or if I really really don't want to meet Mrs. Pollifax because there is always total chaos around her.  I do know that if I am ever caught up in some kind of International Incident I definitely want her with me.  

There was nothing I didn't love about this book.  I loved seeing Mrs. Pollifax with her Garden Club friends.  I loved seeing her deal with the Bulgarian government.  I loved her relationship with the American tourist and the Bulgarian underground.  I loved reading the interaction between Carstairs and Bishop.  I loved the pacing.  I loved the story.  I loved the ending.  Seriously, this was so much fun.  Is it realistic?  Not in the slightest - it's hard to see how it could be less realistic.  However, Gilman walks an amazing line between not leaning into the comedy of the story and not taking the story too seriously either of which could have ruined the book.  While I think it is better to read at least the first book in the series so you can understand just how Mrs. Pollifax got entangled with the CIA this book can definitely be read on its own if you want a fun read and are okay with suspending belief.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I've already got the next one on my shelf.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  If you're in the mood for something light this would be a perfect read.  


  1. This one is on my Classics Club list and high on my TBR list!! REALLLLLY want to read it. Think I'm going to look for it today and just get it!

    Glad you enjoyed it so much.

    Elza Reads

  2. Definitely not realistic but oh so good. I'm glad you're enjoying the series; it's one of my faves.

  3. I've read all of these and really enjoyed them too.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. I need to add this series to my list of classic mysteries to try! :)

  5. Realistic is highly over rated! Mrs Polifax sounds like a great character. Love the hat and passports.

  6. I haven't red this series before but it sounds like a great read.