2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 1998
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.
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.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 1999
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.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 1999
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