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Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (Mrs Pollifax #14)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,527 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
After facing down hijackers on a flight to the Middle East and saving the lives of the passengers on board, a young American woman steps off the plane in Damascus in a blaze of celebrity and disappears. The CIA believes Amanda Pym was kidnapped, possibly murdered.

Masquerading as Amanda Pym’s worried aunt, Mrs. Pollifax begins her determined search, slipping through Damascu
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published 2000)
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Mark Baker
Nov 11, 2016 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Mrs. Pollifax and her friend Farrell are off to Syria to try to find out what happened to Amanda Pym, who vanished after stopping the hijackers of a plane diverted from Egypt. They are constantly being watched and much evade their followers before they can even make contact. With the thinnest of leads, can they find the missing young woman?

This is Mrs. Pollifax, so that means we are off on another wild and fun adventure. Set in the world of 2000, it’s interesting to read this take on the politic
Oct 11, 2012 Jesse rated it it was amazing
In her latest adventure, Mrs. P heads back to the Middle East—destination: Syria, this time. A very mysterious set of circumstances surrounds a plane hijacking that was averted from danger by a young American girl who walked up to a hijacker and asked for his gun, which was instrumental in freeing all of the hostages. And then, she gives a very nondescript, taciturn interview at the airport in Damascus, gets into a car—the wrong car—is whisked away and is never heard from again.

Enter Mrs. Pollif
Oct 08, 2012 Valerie rated it really liked it
I actually read this a few months ago but am now just getting around to writing my review. Ah, the end of the series so it is bitter sweet. It actually ends pretty satisfyingly although the author didn't intend for it to be the end. She just died before she could write another one. I really do wish that Farrell could have found someone right for him.

What I liked most about this book was actually the author interview that happened at the end. This interview took place 8 years before Dorothy Gilm
The last of the Pollifax books, and it's been an enjoyable ride. I wouldn't quite call this 'cosey espionage' - Mrs Pollifax goes through some hard things - but she is a person who possesses a great deal of kindness and optimism (leavened by a salty dash of wry awareness) - and most of all enormous good luck. Recommended to those who want an enjoyable bit of tourism adventure.

[Note: different narrator for this one and while this narrator was competent, it really made me aware of just how good th
Althea Ann
Apr 07, 2011 Althea Ann rated it liked it
Last one in the series... and I have a sad feeling that it will remain the last one. It was published in 2000, Gilman's most recent book was published in 2002, and she's 87. Sigh.
Still, as with all of these, it was fun (and quick) to read. In this installment, Mrs. Pollifax is off to the Middle East again, this time to investigate the possible kidnapping of a young American woman. As usual, inquiries lead to dangerous and adventurous events...
Jun 23, 2009 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
I've read every book in the Mrs. Pollifax series and enjoyed them all. Credible? No. Not the point. The idea of a darling little senior citizen with her flowered hats capturing villains and saving the world is fun, especially if you're a senior like me! I'd love to be hanging out with handsome sheiks, fellow secret agents and other good-lookin' dudes! Can I? Would I? Of course not ... there's the fun of it.
May 27, 2014 Francisco rated it liked it
You read these books long enough and you began to believe that if you drove up to Langley, you would find Carstairs and Bishop talking with Mrs. Pollifax about another courier job that turns into something estraordinary.
This is the last book in the series. And its a fitting farewell to Mrs. Pollifax with one last adventure with Farrell.
Jun 11, 2017 Lynda rated it really liked it
This series is such fun, as well as being exciting, and each book gives you a look into another culture. Love them. Wish there were more.
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2015
Believing an American woman has been captured or killed in Syria, the CIA calls on Emily Pollifax and free-lance agent, John Sebastian Farrell to travel to Syria and investigate. Rumors suggest that Amanda Pym is still alive after having been kidnapped six weeks earlier. When Mrs. Pollifax and Farrell arrives in Damascus and checks into the hotel, Mrs. Pollifax finds a message that directs them to go to the Citadel. Things really heat up as Farrell gets taken into police custody. Traveling the f ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This is the final book in the Mrs. Pollifax series. I read and enjoyed all of them. They were not all as good as the first book, which was my favorite. I enjoyed the series very much. Although by reading them one after the other I noticed a pattern in the mysteries that had I read other books in between I may not have picked up on, I am not sure - but it didn't keep me from reading the next book in the series nor was I disappointed.
These are not the most cliff hanging, page turning, suspense fi
Aug 07, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dorothy-gilman
This is the final Mrs. Pollifax mystery. The author, Dorothy Gilman, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease twelve years after this volume’s publication in 2000. I’m assuming that Dorothy Gilman’s illness prevented her from bringing Mrs. P’s adventures to a conclusion. I very much enjoyed this last story, in which Mrs. Pollifax and John Sebastian Farrell travel to Syria in search of an American girl who thwarted a terrorist attack, then disappeared. Amanda Pym has been written off as dead ...more
This was a challenge read and I just thought it was okay. This is not my kind of mystery book. I appreciated the effort put into the research for when this was written. For me, that was the most interesting part.

It was the 'everything else', that just left me saying, "meh." The characters were so 1 dimensional. There was obvious back story on the main characters that was assumed. Since I haven't read any other books in this series, I didn't know what the back story was and to be honest, I really
Barbara ★
This is a cozy mystery series featuring an older (think senior citizen) lady who believe it or not, works for the CIA. Here latest adventure takes place in Syria where she is asked to discover if a kidnapped American, Amanda Pym is in fact still alive and being held captive by terrorists. Of course, the story is slightly ridiculous (an elderly lady overcoming tried and true terrorists) but it's fun and quick to read. Don't get me wrong there is evident danger and Mrs. Pollifax and John Farrell g ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I really enjoy these books the way I enjoy good candy. No, they aren't anything really substantial, but they are fun while they last and leave me wanting another one.
Janet Mahlum
May 31, 2017 Janet Mahlum rated it really liked it
Mrs. Pollifax and her co-hort, John Sebastian Farrell, are off to Syria to rescue an American girl who may or may not have been kidnapped and who may or may not even be alive. At least this time Mrs. Pollifax has a partner and they were warned this could be a very dangerous mission. Jacoby is at the American Embassy in Damascus and I worried that he might be the same Jacoby in the Golden Triangle who was supposedly a spy, but really a traitor and was supposed to have been killed. But apparently ...more
Jun 19, 2017 Melissa rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this light spy-rescue novel. Amanda Pym saves a planeful of passengers from highjackers, and then walks off the plane and is kidnapped herself. But who is she? Details about her past are sketchy in the extreme. And where is she?

Mrs. Pollifax is sent to Syria to find and rescue Amanda, with her good friend Farrell has back up. The plot goes about as you might expect.

What was interesting was the perspective on Syria from 2000, when Assad the elder was still in power. One or two lines seem
Lucy Takeda
Jun 11, 2017 Lucy Takeda rated it liked it
A nondescript young woman walks up to a hijacker on a plane and asks for his gun. She ends up rescuing the entire crew and all the passengers---but is promptly kidnapped when they land. So, Emily and Farrell are sent off to Syria to try to learn if the woman is still alive and why she was kidnapped.
I enjoyed this, but not as much as the other books in the series. Farrell ends up with evidently torture shock, and wants to retreat. In fact, several characters in the book want to give up, which bo
May 31, 2017 Genarti rated it it was ok
Ouch. Read this once, and firmly determined to put it out of my memory and focus on the earlier, stronger books. Very much a faded carbon copy of the sparkle and charm of earlier books, with all the ongoing flaws brought strongly into the light accordingly. Do yourself a favor, and reread The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax instead.
Jun 16, 2017 Kathy rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Mrs Pollifax books. I love how she takes karate lessons once a week. Good mystery. The characters are very believable.
Jun 10, 2017 Shirley rated it really liked it
Fun story. Farrell is great guest star in any book. Escape from the desert is a great scene. Hijinks and such are always fun. Will miss this series
Feb 16, 2017 Karlen rated it liked it
Another light bit of fluff.
Feb 04, 2017 Liz rated it really liked it
Thrilling spy drama as always. I'm sad this was the last in the series, as it didn't give a sense of closure.
An Odd1
Dec 02, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Different than rest of series, because more feelings than tour of foreign country. I'd like better with less politics, whether true or made up. Summarizes hardships and rewards of Emily's espionage career. This series I read over and over.

After saving passengers on a flight to the Middle East from hijackers, a young American steps off the plane in Damascus, and disappears. The CIA believe Amanda Pym was kidnapped, hear "reliable" "bazaar rumors" she is "still alive" p 17, and send Mrs Pollifax
Nov 27, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
I re-read the book and enjoyed it in the same ways as before - odd because often my reaction to books is different depending on my current perspective. Apparently, I was in the same mood as the last time I read this one.

Mrs. Pollifax books often start with her sense of not feeling useful, of boredom with what retirement provides - and she is a pretty active person if you look at her list of activities. But I get the desire for something exciting and meaningful, though I doubt I woul
Debbie J
Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, a cozy upending of the usual Mata Hari-ish femme fatale spy tale, unfortunately hasn’t stood well the test of time. Its storyline, based in the politically volatile Middle East, is dated enough to require utter suspension of disbelief for readers now facing post- 9/11 realities.

Writer Dorothy Gilman’s character development is poor, especially for the kidnap victim whose confessed motivation makes her resemble a looking glass world’s Patty Hearst. Perfunctory plotting also
Apr 09, 2016 Argum rated it it was amazing
Mrs Pollifax is off to the Middle East with Farrell again. A hijacking has occurred and while negotiating on the tarmac in Damascus a young American girl walks up to the first of two terrorists and tells him to give her the gun. In the stunned silence, a military man overtakes the second terrorist and the first is shot in the crossfire. She is rather quiet and unassuming afterwards and then disappears in the wrong car. Rumors say she is still alive in the Syrian desert. Farrell and Pollifax are ...more
Georgia Carvalho
Feb 11, 2016 Georgia Carvalho rated it liked it
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Kelela Taufa
Oct 26, 2010 Kelela Taufa rated it really liked it
What a good and interesting book i read! My book was basicly just talks about how there was a plane crash and this girl comes out of the plane alive, and the guys in Syria kill everybody, but didn't kill her at all so they took her away, so now everybody back at home thinks she died when really she didn't, so the bishop in her church sends two family members on a case to find out what had really happened to her, and where she had disappeared too! At first when i looked at the cover i thought i w ...more
Jul 15, 2016 Marilyn added it
Recommends it for: Mrs. Pollifax fans
I enjoyed the entire Mrs. Pollifax series and listened to the audiobooks narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. I knew the characters by the accent she used for each one, so was frustrated to to have a different narrater for this final book of the series. Sharon Williams did an okay job of narrating this final book, but I felt Barbara Rosenblac did a superior job reading all the previous books. I was also sad that the final book came to such an abrupt end to the series. An epilog to the series would hav ...more
Jul 28, 2008 Darla rated it liked it
(Genre: Fiction/Adventure-suspense) I really wish that we could give 1/2 stars because this one would be 3 1/2. It was quite an enjoyable read. Mrs. Pollifax is a senior citizen CIA agent that is sent to Syria to search for a missing American who is rumored to being held in the desert. She poses as the aunt of said American. Plot is fairly simple and straight forward. I kept expecting big mystery/twists to the plot that never happened. That is what stops it from being a 4-star book for me. But I ...more
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Dorothy Gilman started writing when she was 9. At 11, she competed against 10 to 16-year-olds in a story contest and won first place. Dorothy worked as an art teacher and telephone operator before becoming an author. She wrote children’s stories for more than ten years under the name Dorothy Gilman Butters and then began writing adult novels about Mrs. Pollifax–a retired grandmother who becomes a ...more
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