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Mrs. Pollifax Pursued (Mrs Pollifax #11)

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Emily Pollifax finds a surprise in her junk closet, girl Kadi Hopkirk hides from followers. Kadi's friend Sammy, is son of assassinated president of African country Ubangiba and gave her a secret. CIA Carstairs installs Emily and Kadi in a safe house - at a carnival. Was dirty white van labelled CHIGI SCAP METAL also at kidnapping of rich Henry Bidwell?
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 29th 1995 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1995)
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Mar 17, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dorothy-gilman
I love the Mrs. Pollifax books, and have been a fan for many years. I found the first Mrs. Pollifax books in the Reader's Digest Condensed books. I bought a paperback sent of five of her books, many years ago. I have since bought several of her books from audible, and I like to listen to them as I go to sleep. I love the idea of a little old lady working for the CIA. 14 February 2015

I like to listen to books before I go to sleep, so I played this book again. I put it on the timer, and go to slee
Mark Baker
Jul 17, 2015 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2015
The last thing Mrs. Pollifax expected to find that day was a young woman hiding in her closet. Kadi is afraid of the men who have been driving by in a van for the last couple of days, and Mrs. Pollifax’s efforts to sneak her out of the house end with both of them on the run. A call to Carstairs at the CIA leads them to an unusual safe house and another mystery. Are the two related?

This is a bit of an unusual entry in the series since it takes place mostly in the US and Carstairs plays a much mor
Apr 22, 2011 Cindee rated it really liked it
Once again, Dorothy Gilman delights with more adventures for the wonderful Mrs. Pollifax. For those of you unfamiliar with Emily Pollifax, she is a senior citizen, member of the Garden Club... and operative with the CIA. This installment finds Mrs. Pollifax discovering a young woman hiding in her pantry after noticing a white van passing her house repeatedly. The young woman tells Mrs. Pollifax that the van began following her after she ran unexpectedly into a childhood friend. He managed to tel ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the story. I have been listening to the audio book on my drive to work. It made me laugh and escape from the real world for awhile. For me that is what a good book will do. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it liked it
When her second husband, Cyrus, takes a trip to the American Bar Association meeting, Mrs. Pollifax expects that the most exciting thing on her agenda will be the upcoming garden club meeting. However, her curiosity is aroused when she keeps seeing a van drive by her country home. Even more surprising, she finds a young woman hiding in one of her closets. While trying to sneak Kadi Hopkirk away from the house, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself followed. With nowhere to turn, she calls Carstairs at the ...more
Christine Keleny
Dec 09, 2015 Christine Keleny rated it really liked it
This author was recommended to me by one of the beta-readers of my Agnes book. I picked up an audio book, since I needed something to listen to in my car when I get tired of the radio.

Stats: Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat, 5 discs, 6 hours worth. Print book was published in 1995, 240 pages

Blurb: (Goodreads) Emily Pollifax finds a surprise in her junk closet, girl Kadi Hopkirk hides from followers. Kadi's friend Sammy, is son of assassinated president of African country Ubangiba and gave her a secre
Apr 24, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it
I prefer Mrs. Pollifax before she remarried - Cyrus seems to get in the way, and always has to be gotten out of the picture. I re-read this one because I remembered the reference to Leopold and the Congo. It is interesting to see how the bad guys change over time (like James Bond's villains), but reassuring that Mrs. Pollifax handles them all with lots of spunk and ingenuity.
Jul 06, 2014 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
The trend of the Mrs. Pollifax mysteries has been to place her in a foreign (non-US, that is) country, with exposure to different cultures along the way. We don't get any out-of-the-country travel in this one until the very end, but the culture exposure is that of a traveling carnival. The carnival is peopled with what seems like your stereotypical characters - knife thrower, snake charmer, carnival game hucksters and such - but they present some pretty good red herrings for the mystery. I wonde ...more
An Odd1
Oct 09, 2014 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Emily Pollifax finds girl Kadi Hopkirk 19 hiding in her junk closet from followers. Kadi's friend Sammy is son of assassinated president of African country Ubangiba, gives her "sacred royal gold ring" p 166. Why does artifact easily faked prove valid birth certificate to 'common people'? Emily speedily drives Kadi away.

CIA Carstairs installs Emily and Kadi in a safe house - a carnival already protecting one injured agent. Soon everyone feels at home. Kadi is art student; her drawings identify g
Sherrill Watson
Dec 16, 2015 Sherrill Watson rated it liked it
Interesting stereotypical carnival characters in the 1930's, that overlap into today's circuses.

"Willie's Traveling Amusement Show" is the "safe house" for Mrs. Pollifax, Kadi (and friend Sammy)) with Jasna the Knife Thrower, the Snake Woman of Borneo, Boozy Tim, El Flamo the Fearless Fire-Eater, etc. Some insight into the workings of (former) carnivals / side shows. "Hey Rube!"

Mrs. Pollifax and Kadi end up there, trying to solve the mystery, not get killed. waiting for rescue by Carstairs ("W
Oct 27, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
Mrs. Pollifax finds a young girl hiding in her closet. This begins a whirlwind case of pursuit, deception and, of course, spies. Mrs. Pollifax calls on her friends in the CIA who whisk her, and her friend, off to a safe house - a carnival in Maine. There she finds that there has been an attempt to murder another CIA informant so they aren't safe. But she soon has things in order, even when she has to travel across the world to get the job done. Mrs. Pollifax has been one of my favorite character ...more
Jenn Estepp
Feb 15, 2015 Jenn Estepp rated it really liked it
Loved this installment of the Pollifax series. In a slight change of pace, this time the Mystery comes to Emily, in the form of a scared girl hiding out in her closet. Turning to her CIA compatriots for help ends up with Pollifax and the girl, Kadi, hiding out with a traveling carnival, while back in Virginia, Carstairs makes some intuitive connections between their problems and a recently kidnapped billionaire AND political turmoil in a small African country. Yeah, it's a lot going on and it's ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Sibyl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
I love Mrs. Pollifax and reading this book was like finding out what an old friend has been up to. That having been said however, I have enjoyed other Mrs. Pollifax books more - my preference is to watch Mrs. Pollifax be extraordinary and rise to the occasion. I saw too much of Mr. Carstairs and not enough of Mrs. Pollifax. But there were some fun new characters introduced that may pop up later. And I will certainly come back and visit with her again. I listened to the book, mostly while driving ...more
May 16, 2016 Shawn rated it really liked it
Mrs. Pollifax is not working for the CIA right now. She's running from some men trying to catch the girl who's been hiding out in her hall closet without her knowledge.

After ten books of CIA missions going astray, this was a breath of fresh air. The pace was different, the tone was different and Mrs. Pollifax was on her own from the beginning, surprising Bishop when she calls him for assistance instead of the other way around.

This brought new life to a series that was just starting to feel contr
May 24, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-series
I read this one during a long day at the Emergency Room, waiting for test results with my dad. (He will be getting a pacemaker in a couple of days, because his 90-year-old heart needs a little help. He was having periods of extremely low heart rate, causing a lot of dizziness.) I kept him entertained by providing incident-by-incident updates in the story, like, “Ah, they’re going to be okay now! They’ve reached the safe house, which is on the ground of a carnival!” and “Uh-oh! There seems to be ...more
This series doesn't disappoint. Summary: All Mrs. Pollifax wants on this spring day is the peace and quiet of her Connecticut greenhouse. Then she discovers that a young woman, Kadi Hopkirk, has been hiding in her junk closet for two days. Kadi spills out an improbable story - that since a chance meeting with a childhood friend she has been followed by persons unknown in a sinister van. She's convinced that the henchmen inside are hellbent on finding her. A little experiment on Mrs. P's part pro ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Jesse rated it it was ok
Instead of Mrs. Pollifax setting off to find adventure, this time, the adventure comes to her. Cyrus is off at a convention, a mysterious and conspicuous van keeps showing up around the neighborhood, and a young woman shows up in Mrs. P’s house, begging for help. After a fast-paced car chase, Mrs. P and her new companion Kadi need to find a place to go to ground and get rid of their pursuers…so it’s a good thing she has “connections.” The CIA get her to a safe house, no questions asked—at first. ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Theshrewedshrew rated it it was ok
Shelves: mrs-pollifax
I've been reading a few reviews, I think laying down sleeping and trying to read a few chapters managed to outpace myself and I've encountered a few holes or maybe they were just me skimming a bit or maybe I just found the part forgettable. But after talking to Tim till the next day, mrs Pollifax and kadi talk about things that happened... And I remember nothing except at Langley.

Reading such this book has almost the same pace. Maybe even a better one.

I believe there were 2 counts of murder ag
Apr 25, 2016 Argum rated it it was amazing
A new twist in the series, Mrs Pollifax is at home and she is the one calling for help. Cyrus is out of town and Emily finds a stowaway in her house. She decides to trust the girl's story of being pursued and hiding for reasons unknown. When they are followed, she calls Bishop for help and he stows her at a carnival. The carnival has just had another visitor stabbed and Emily is asked to help discover why and how. Meanwhile Carstairs is digging into a kidnapping. All these threads of course conn ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mrs-pollifax, afica
I have read, and then listened to both versions of Mrs. Pollifax Pursued. I was prepared not to like the narration of this book, because I like the other version so much. This version has a male narrator, who carries the story a long. Mrs. Pollifax has a voice, and we hear what she is thinking at times. There are different voices for each character, and they do a good job. The acting out of parts, gives the story a little different flavor.
Jun 30, 2009 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I've been re-reading Mrs. P via audiobooks. This one, a performance by several actors from Brilliance, is the worst audio book I've read, perhaps just because Barbara Rosenblat is so good at the others. I suppose you could listen to it on purpose if you have always imagined Carstairs sounding like Jack Nicholson. Otherwise get a different version.

Gilman rarely disappoints, even though Emily was getting a bit stale by the mid-nineties. Here, after dropping Cyrus off for a conference, she finds a
Nov 29, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, mysteries
Liked this but not as much as other one. Learned more about Carnivals and how the magician saws a person in half. Interesting story, but the country in Africa is made up. I guess that is easier than getting all the history correct of a real country.
Gena Lott
May 19, 2015 Gena Lott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, favorites
I have loved Mrs. Pollifax so much-- but am afraid to try some of Gilman's other work for fear it won't live up to my expectations.
Think I will have to throw caution to the wind, since Mrs. Pollifax has evidently retired!
I thoroughly enjoyed this volume of the Mrs. Pollifax books. This time Mrs. Pollifax faces danger, intrigue, and an odd safe house right here in America. It was a great change of pace for the series. Highly enjoyable.
An oldie but goodie that I enjoyed in an audio format! If you have never read the Mrs Pollifax series it is well worth checking out. I especially love the audio versions done by Barbara Rosenblatt!
Katie F
May 27, 2015 Katie F rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Typical Mrs. Pollifax read: unrealistic, wrapped up just a little too neatly and yet thoroughly entertaining. At least no one got married after only knowing each other a week this time.;)
Melanie Greene
Another fun Mrs. Pollifax - and this time we got to see a lot more of Carstairs & Bishop, which I've been wanting.
May 06, 2008 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/1995/5 CD's
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #10 in Mrs. Pollifax series
TIME/PLACE: 1990's/New England
CHARACTERS: Mrs. Pollifax/Sr Citizen CIA agent

COMMENTS: Barbara Rosenblatt, as always, great narrator. Mrs. Pollifax discovers a young woman, Kadi, hiding out in her closet. She is being followed due to her relationship to a childhood friend from a small African nation. She uses her connections to protec
David Vanness
Sep 18, 2015 David Vanness marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-i-have
my copy is unabridged 4 cassettes read by Barbara Rosenblat.
Dec 11, 2014 Pam rated it it was ok
Co-incidences used to move plot. Light mindless read for the summer.
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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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