Saturday, January 27, 2024

Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer - Classic Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer by Dorothy Gilman

Rating: Liked It! (3.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  In response to a desperate SOS, Kadi Hopkirk flies to the African country of Ubangiba, where her childhood friend, Sammat, is soon to be crowned king. Mrs. Pollifax, reluctant to allow the girl to venture alone into what she fears may be grave danger, crashes the party.
On arrival, Kadi and Mrs. P. soon discover that Sammat has dangerous enemies. Rumors are springing up that he is a sorcerer who is responsible for a rash of shocking murders in which the victims appear to have been clawed to death by a lion. These crimes are especially terrifying because there are no lions in Ubangiba. So Mrs. Pollifax wades into the fray, hunting for the source of the bloody terrorism that threatens Sammat and Ubangiba—not to mention Kadi and Mrs. Pollifax...

Genre: Mystery - Classic

Why I Picked This Book:  I've been reading through the Mrs. Pollifax series and this was the next one in order.

My Impression: I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Mrs. Pollifax and following along her adventures.  In the previous book Mrs. Pollifax visits Ubangiba for the first time so I was curious to see how the follow up visit would go.  

This was Mrs. Pollifax's first unofficial adventure and was probably my least favorite of the series so far.  It turns out the official part of Mrs. Pollifax's adventures really helps with the pacing of these books.  Carstairs and Bishop give Mrs. Pollifax the parameters and drops her in some country and things go from there.  In this case Mrs. Pollifax meets up with people from her last visit, talks to a lot of people, gets uneasy about things that are happening and goes from there.  This wandering slows down the pace a bit and while I enjoyed the story it wasn't as fun as I usually find these books.

I'm sad that I'm almost at the end of the Mrs. Pollifax series but am looking forward to to reading the last few books.  This wasn't a bad book it was just the weakest in the series so far.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I've really enjoyed everything I've read by this author.

Would I Recommend this Book?  I would definitely recommend this author and this series but I wouldn't recommend starting this book.  At the very least you should read the book right before this one to get all the setup.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I've enjoyed many mysteries with Mrs. Pollifax. Glad this was a fun one.

  2. I've only read one Dorothy Gilman book, but my mom and sister love her Mrs. Pollifax mysteries, and have read them all many times. :D

  3. I read this a million years ago and love everything Mrs. Pollifax.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. Well she sounds like a very daring woman going into these African countries.

  5. There often is a weakest book in a series. I am still glad you liked this one even if it wasn't the best. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!