Saturday, March 25, 2023

Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish - Classic Mystery Review

Goodreads: Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish (Mrs. Pollifax #9) by Dorothy Gilman

Rating: Loved It! (5 Stars)
Source:   Library

Description:  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....

Genre:  Mystery - Classic

Why I Picked This Book:  I love this series and have been slowly working my way through them.  When I started to hit a bit of a reading slump I just knew Mrs. Pollifax was the answer - and of course she saved the day!

My Impression:  It's been awhile since I visited Mrs. Pollifax and I didn't realize how much I missed her until I started this book!  Mrs. Pollifax is trimming her geraniums in a bit of a slump when her old friend Bishop shows up and sends her off to Morocco.  Because this is Mrs. Pollifax nothing is as simple as it seems and because she is is Mrs. Pollifax she is unfailingly pleasant, curious and resourceful.  
Getting to the bottom of just what is going on was fascinating and entertaining with a bit of 1980s Moroccan politics and lots of danger and intrigue.  There's a cameo by a reoccurring character that I enjoyed  seeing and watching Mrs. Pollifax get herself and the people she collects along the way out of trouble is always a delight.
This book reads perfectly fine as a standalone but is definitely enhanced by reading the series in order.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Of course.  Gilman is one of my favorite authors and I always enjoy her books.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  If you're in the mood for a fun adventure series with the most likable main character of all time you really should try this series.


  1. I love a series and the more books in them the better. Glad you are makiing your way through this series!

  2. I love the setting and you've made me curious about the series.

  3. This is indeed a wonderful series. I've reread a couple of times. Glad they are still available and not out of print!

  4. Dorothy Gilman is great! Her books are always so fun and humorous. :D

  5. I used to read Mrs. Pollifax and just loved her!

  6. I love Mrs. P

    Anne -Books of My Heart

  7. Sounds like Morocco was just perfect for getting both yourself and Mrs Pollifax out of a slump.

  8. What a terrific series. I love that you're reading these classic series.

  9. Ooh this sounds fun. I really want to read more mysteries- I've been reading a lot of psychological thrillers lately but I like a good old fashioned mystery too!

  10. It's great to have series books that you know will be slump busters! ☺