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Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief Hardcover – Oct 1993


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (Oct 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385471092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385471091
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,109,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can wholeheartedly recommend all other Mrs. Pollifax books, but this one left me wishing it hadn't happened. The plot was obvious and contrived - not her usual level of writing at all. While it was nice to see old friends, they were not as entertaining and funny as they have been both before and since. I'd pass on this one.
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By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Sep 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mrs. Pollifax was looking forward to a few days at home alone when she gets the call from Bishop. Farrell, a friend from two previous adventures, is in trouble in Sicily and he has specifically requested Mrs. Pollifax. But first, she needs to go to a funeral and take pictures of the attendants.

That weird request out of the way, Mrs. Pollifax flies to Sicily, but she’s hardly made contact before she, Farrell, and their contact are being followed by multiple cars. Farrell was in the country to confirm a signature reported to be from Julius Caesar, but after he glimpsed an old foe both he and Mrs. Pollifax know, he found himself in danger. Was he correct in his ID? Is that why he is being followed? And what about that funeral?

This book starts out with quite a few seemingly random elements, but they all come together quickly for a story that is entertaining as always. Unfortunately, the climax doesn’t quite work as well as it could, but overall this is still a fun book. The characters are vivid and charming. Plus there is just enough of a dash of humor to really liven things up.

While not the best the series has to offer, this is still an adventure that Mrs. Pollifax’s fans will enjoy. I do recommend starting with earlier books since there are spoilers for them included here.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 1999
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stop! before you read this book, read the first book first! (The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax.) it will let you get to know the funny and "unexpected" grandmother turned CIA agent. This series by dorothy gilman, has got my hooked to the effervescent mrs. pollifax. this is one of my favorites so far. the worst book would have to be the Amazing Mrs. Pollifax. all the others are winners. i have read the whole series twice, and am looking forward to perhaps another book. For those of you who have read the first books, and are about to start this one: enjoy. Those of you who haven't read any Pollifax books yet, save this one for later, but dive right into the series. I promise you won't regret it.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 1999
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i thought the plot had interesting directions. not the best mrs. pollifax book, but definately one of them. i think farell is my all-time favorite character. (besides the wonderful mrs.p, of course) a must read for pollifax fans
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Different voice? 1 Feb 2005
By Virginia Hammon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dorothy Gilman is one of my favorite mystery writers. I've read all of her first nine books many, many times, and highly recommend them. In this book and the ones that follow the author's voice shifts so completely, I wonder if she is actually the one continuing to write them. Mrs. Pollifax's character changes, she is "cross" several times in the first few chapters and the old Mrs. Pollifax was curious and philosophical and observant. This philosophical bent disappears entirely from these later books.

The adventures no longer sizzle along. An early chase in this book is poorly crafted; as it happens it is described without enough detail to make it interesting or suspensful and we are told Mrs. Pollifax looks back on it as a "nightmare," when there is no basis for this in the story. The earlier Mrs. Pollifax would roll with the punches and reserve "nightmare" for full fledged torture. These later books are so disappointing because the first nine are so wonderful....
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A disappointment 1 Sep 2003
By Serene Night - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished listening to Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief on audio, and I must say, I was disappointed. I had to force myself to listen to it all the way through. This is definitely the worst Mrs. P, book I've listened to.. Why? Too many irritating minor characters. Not enough suspense, and, unbelievably stupid villains. Usually I can expect a TAD more realism than this from a Gillman book, but, this book was just plain silly and tried too hard to be cute.
Yes, it starts out okay, with Mrs. P, getting involved in the rescue of an old friend, Farrell, who owns an art gallery. We are led to believe that Farrell is some sort of super-agent, and super handsome, but instead he's just super annoying. Mrs. P, teams up with a spunky blonde agent, soon find themselves embroiled in a mystery surrounding an ancient roman scroll, art theft, and murder. Can Mrs. P and her gang of friends save the day?
By the end of this novel, I just didn't care. Farrell, was the world's most irritating character.All he does is whine and complain. The spunky blonde agent who was Mrs. P's sidekick would never pass any Intelligence Agency's background check with a family like hers... And Aristotle? This villain was silly, *choke* get real.
Overall, I'd give this one a pass. I've listened to much better Gillman books, and this one was beyond disappointing.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Recent books disappointing 24 April 2001
By C. Dong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first 4 or 5 books in the Pollifax series are wonderful. This is the worst of those that follow. I think the problem that I am having is that Mrs. Pollifax no longer seems to be the author of her own success. Lucky chance may be the reason she wins through in the end, or some individual she meets up with does it all for her. And I don't care for these partnerships, especially with Farrell. The wonderful thing in the past was how Mrs. Pollifax would come to a case with lovely excitement and by being herself assemble a group of unusual people around her and inspire them to great things. The recent Pollifaxes have seem tired and dependent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A surprising disappointment... 1 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can wholeheartedly recommend all other Mrs. Pollifax books, but this one left me wishing it hadn't happened. The plot was obvious and contrived - not her usual level of writing at all. While it was nice to see old friends, they were not as entertaining and funny as they have been both before and since. I'd pass on this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
CALLING MRS. POLLIFAX FANS! 13 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
stop! before you read this book, read the first book first! (The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax.) it will let you get to know the funny and "unexpected" grandmother turned CIA agent. This series by dorothy gilman, has got my hooked to the effervescent mrs. pollifax. this is one of my favorites so far. the worst book would have to be the Amazing Mrs. Pollifax. all the others are winners. i have read the whole series twice, and am looking forward to perhaps another book. For those of you who have read the first books, and are about to start this one: enjoy. Those of you who haven't read any Pollifax books yet, save this one for later, but dive right into the series. I promise you won't regret it.
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