It's a gloomy January day, and Mrs. Pollifax is feeling depressed. More than anything, she's wishing for an assignment from Carstairs. And just then, Bishop calls asking if she is available. They have an agent all set to journey through Morocco visiting seven members of a spy chain they have making sure that none of them have been replaced by an imposter. But something about the agent's picture doesn't sit right with Carstairs, so he wants Mrs. Pollifax to go along and help smooth any rough edges.
When Mrs. Pollifax arrives, she is not met at the airport and finds her co-agent most disagreeable. They identify the first agent in the network, but he is dead within the hour. Can Mrs. Pollifax trust her co-agent? Will she get out alive?
This was my introduction to Mrs. Pollifax many years ago, and it remains a personal favorite. Even reading it in order, it stands out from the two previous books in the series. This is Mrs. Pollifax doing what she does best - getting in way over her head and somehow managing to battle the odds. Along the way we get a look at the culture and scenery of the country. That can slow things down a little, but never for long and it helps set the book in time and place.
Speaking of which, this book in the series originally came out in 1990. As with all books in the series, it is set in the "current" time period, so read accordingly.
It is always a pleasure to visit Mrs. Pollifax and take another wild ride with her. Fans of the series will be delighted with this romp.