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Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (Mrs Pollifax #14)

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Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Ballantine Books (first published 2000)
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
It's always a little sad for me to come to an end of a long series of books where I have enjoyed a core of recurring characters. This book was no exception, but I did feel it was a satisfactory tidying-up of Mrs. Pollifax's very unusual international adventures. The whole lot was really unrealistic, but somehow made believable by the author's presentation of the plots and characters. These stories are not to be taken as real history or precise geography lessons, yet it feels as if they are. Than ...more
An Odd1
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
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
In this last book in the series Carstairs sends Mrs. Pollifax and Farrell to Syria in search of a girl who was kidnapped following her heroic act of stopping a hijacking situation. They are to find out if she is alive and, if so, bring her home. Farrell, Carstairs, Bishop, and Cyrus (all my favorites) were part of the story. I also enjoyed the action and suspense. This was a great end to the series. I'm having fun imagining what Mrs. Pollifax might be getting up to next.
This book was my book club's selection for the month of May. We have not yet met to discuss the book but here are my personal feelings about it. I have never read any of the other books from this series so I was happy to be introduced to a new author. The book is a quick read but I found it to be very easy to figure out and did not allow for any sense of wonder. I enjoyed the main characters in the book and their camaraderie but outside of that the book was just ok .
Nathalie S
I thought I had read all the Mrs. Pollifax mysteries but not so. It was nice to have a new story. I got hooked into the story right away, but then it seemed to meander with a lot of background story which got me a little lost---probably due to the fact I was listening to this story in my car. But we finally got back to the story and it did not disappoint!
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
Kelela Taufa
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
Very satisfying conclusion to the series. Quite ironic, too, given that Gilman published it in 2000, that it takes place in Syria and all the seeds of the ongoing current conflict are already there.
The last of the Polifax books! As usual, the loveable senior citizen, Mrs. Emily Polifax, is able to use her common sense and complete her task for the CIA. While on her escapades, she treats us to a detailed description of Syria so that you feel you are there yourself. Always enjoyable.
Janice Stribl
Mrs. Pollifax goes undercover with an old friend in Syria, to try and locate a kidnapped American girl. Interesting look into life in the middle east as they work their way across the country trying to find and hopefully save this girl. This book is the last in the series.
(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
Just an average book. I didn't dislike it but it did not hold my interest like some of the other Pollifax books.
Gena Lott
Love Mrs. Pollifax no matter where she is or what kind of scrapes she gets herself into.
Cynthia  Scott
Possibly the best of them all in this delightful series. I am sorry that is is the last.
Melanie Greene
Over the course of 2014 I've read / listened to this entire series. Sad it's over!
Sarah Southerland
So sad this is the last book and the series was never finished.
Fast Reading and set in the time of Iraq War.
One needs to read Mrs. P and her adventures with a grain of salt. It is incredibly unrealistic for a woman of her background, demeanor and female, to gad about in places like Syria. Get over that, and you get an interesting fun jaunt through Syria's culture, history, deserts, and people.
A few books ago, I questioned Gilman's low brow depictions of the Said county's denizens. This one appears to be better: more accurate and positive . I read this novel for my UN Challenge from a Mystery Group he
Re-read since I have it on Kindle now, have read it several times in paperback. Never noticed in previous reads: a lot is said about how, regardless of what you might think of the man and his methods, Hafez al-Assad was keeping Syria relatively stable and his death would be a serious blow to the region...this book was published in 2000, which is the same year that Assad died. Interesting timing, the author must have been quite frustrated when her book was published and then the man died right af ...more
Sandra Strange
Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow. Her children grown, tired of attending her Garden Club meetings, she wanted to do something different, but something that would allow her to serve. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent. This series is as delightful as this character sounds. Full of adventure, suspense, fun, even a bit of romance, and warm heartedness, the books are light and entertaining, and almost unfailingly warm and fuzzy.
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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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