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Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish (Mrs Pollifax #9)

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Mrs. Pollifax is on hand in Morocco to back up an inept CIA agent, and it's a good thing. Their first informant is killed, and Mrs. Pollifax begins to get the idea that her colleague is not who he says he is. Still, she forges ahead, checking out suspicious informants, and coming to the conclusion that someone is an imposter and someone wants her dead....
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Turtleback Books (first published 1990)
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Jesse
Aug 26, 2012 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Pollifax heads to Morocco and the Western Sahara, to help a very secret offshoot of the CIA, whose sympathies lie not with Morocco but with the Polisarios of the Western Sahara. She has a list of informants, with photographs, and needs to make sure that all of the men match their names and faces, as it's rumored that there's an impostor somewhere among the chain. She isn't alone in this mission, but is paired with another agent who is quite a bit different from most of the colorful, unforge ...more
Julie
May 04, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Emily Pollifax is pondering the idea that she may finally be too old. It's been ages since she's heard from the CIA and she suspects that they no longer think her capable. Just as she starts to feel terribly sorry for herself the phone rings, and the next day she is off to Morocco. Her job is to accompany another member of the CIA on a simple journey across the country to locate and identify seven men who are working as informants. False information has been leaking out of Morocco and there is c ...more
LJ
MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE WHIRLING DERVISH (Spy Novel-Mrs. Emily Pollifax-Morroco-Cont) – G+
Gilman, Dorothy – 9th in series
Fawcett Books, 1990, US Paperback – ISBN: 0449147606

First Sentence: They had been waiting among the low dunes for two days, a few goats feeding nearby on an impoverished growth of desert grass.

Emily Pollifax’s husband is away and she’s feeling bored. That soon ends when she is sent by the CIA to Morocco. She is to connect with another agent to locate and identify seven undercove
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Loraine
Aug 16, 2013 Loraine rated it really liked it
Another very good cozy mystery involving Mrs. Pollifax on another assignment from the CIA. Seven Moroccan informers for the CIA but one of them has been replaced by an imposter. Wending her way from one end of Morocco to another, Emily Pollifax, finds herself in all sorts of precarious situations as she tries to verify which one of the informers is indeed an imposter.
Sherri
Jan 31, 2009 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YOU GOTTA LOVE THIS HEROINE. READ ALL THE POLLIFAX NOVELS. SHE IS TOTALLY COOL. A CROSS BETWEEN HERCULE POIROT (ACE MAN!) AND MISS MARPLE: WITH A DASH OF 'MURDER SHE WROTE'... GREAT STUFF!
Shena
Jan 09, 2010 Shena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dad introduced me to the Mrs. Pollifax series awhile back. It's an old series - about a Grandma who becomes a spy - SOO fun and full of interesting info! I got them all and loved them! (=
Julie
Mar 04, 2009 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another exciting Mrs. Pollifax book. It is always good to know there is at least one more to read so I know for sure she survived her adventures.
Andrea
Another fun outing. Mrs Pollifax is neither a quailer nor kickass (for all she's picked up some martial arts skills) and gets by on caution and good luck.
An Odd1
Mar 16, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, mystery
Series hooks from start with real memorable people. 'Hero' is human in despair, boredom. We share excitement of travel, feel spirit of new country, are befriended by strangers. Quirky personal details, like yens for cheery cherry import and home baking, draw us into a warm circle of honor, loyalty, courage. Re-reading, surprisingly #1 had nothing happens trivia to skip, by #9 we start in the desert waiting with two rebels, plunge into mortal danger. (view spoiler) ...more
Jan
Mar 06, 2017 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Another great adventure for Mrs. Polifax
Dolly
May 12, 2016 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Dorothy Gilman
I'm a little more than halfway through the Mrs. Pollifax series and I really like the stories. The stories are fun, dramatic and adventurous and I love the fact that a retired widow (newly remarried, of course) is the heroine of a spy novel. I think of it as a Jessica Fletcher-meets-John le Carré kind of tale.

I really enjoyed the first few books in the series and I was eager to read more about this entertaining character. This book takes us to Morrocco and Mrs. Pollifax does not fail to deliver
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Tricia
Cyrus is off visiting his daughter and newly arrived grandchild while Emily is suffering a case of January blahs. Just as she begins to dwell on a creeping suspicion that Carstairs might consider her too old, Bishop calls and she commits to do a 'simple' mission in Morocco. As usual, the simple mission turns out to be much more treacherous than anticipated.

As in Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle, the descriptions of the landscape and people made me want to visit the location - in this case,
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Jennifer
Sep 18, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the whirling dervish in this book. Mrs. Pollifax stays only one-step ahead the entire time.
Liz
Aug 07, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dorothy-gilman
Ah, the improbable and dauntless Mrs. Pollifax, thrown this time into the politics of my early adulthood, forced to outwit hostile forces in Morocco. First she is accompanied by the (false) Max Janko, and eventually meets up with the real but terrible inexperienced Max Janko, as they travel through various villages to confirm the identities of seven informants in an attempt to root out one imposter. Along the way, they acquire a young boy named Amahl, who saves them from the bad guys by running ...more
rabbitprincess
Nov 01, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: veterans of Pollifax
Shelves: pilfered, 2009
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Joan
Feb 13, 2017 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just love Mrs Pollifax! Such a fun read.
Tiffany
Feb 21, 2016 Tiffany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: morocco
I am always searching out lightweight mystery novels that are set in places I know and love, so while I wouldn't otherwise recommend this novel, I have to say that I got a thrill simply because the characters mostly sidestep Marrakech and Casablanca and instead focus on some very obscure parts of Morocco that I happen to know well.

Some warnings: descriptions of Moroccan life--from education to roads to the place of women in society--are often out of date or based on offensive stereotypes; expla
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 Olivermagnus
This spirited mystery featuring part-time secret agent Emily Pollifax shows the kindly grandmother at her resourceful best. Her superiors in the Atlas Group (an unofficial branch of the CIA) have dispatched Emily to Morocco to provide a cover for another of their agents, Max Janko. Emily will pose as Max's aunt to make the pair look like tourists, while in reality they will be trying to identify all seven agents in order to ferret out the mole who has recently infiltrated the Atlas network. Emil ...more
Wendy
Feb 10, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love gentle, kind, clever Mrs. Pollifax and her not-always-gentle adventures as a CIA spy back in the days of the Cold War. I learn something new about whatever country she's in with every book, and that makes me wish I had encountered Mrs. Pollifax back when the books were originally published, so that my first experience of them were contemporary rather than nostalgic and slightly dated.

Barbara Rosenblatt is a fantastic narrator, able to represent an entire cast of characters—most of them m
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Shauna
Apr 20, 2012 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good episode in the Pollifax adventures, although perhaps not my most favorite one. Here she heads to Morocco and travels with a decidedly grumpy co-agent, and trouble, as usual, ensues.

There is a lovely quote later in the book that struck me as poignant, talking about Mornajay: "…it was simply one of those unexpected moments that engraved itself upon a person's soul and he was grateful to be touched by it. For so many years of his adult life he'd been an obsessed man, sternly protecting
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librarian4Him02
Plot: The old Mrs. Pollifax is back, self- sufficiency and all. This tie she must identify seven informants throughout Morocco. As usual things don't go as planned, but she finds help in unexpected places.

Why I picked it up: I'm knee deep in the series and couldn't stop now.

Why I kept reading: The old Mrs. Pollifax is back, self-sufficiency and all. Since there are more books to come, I knew she'd get out safe, but I had to know just how.

In the end: I love that she put in more scenes between Ca
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Chris
Oct 15, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual Mrs. P is put into a supposedly harmless mission that she should be safe doing but from the get she is in trouble. It's a familiar formula for Mrs. P but it works, I've never disliked a Mrs. P book and I doubt with only four left in the series that I'll find one I don't like. They are like your favorite old thread bare but comfortable sweatshirt or mashed potatoes and gravy, they are familiar and comfortable, and comforting for that matter. It gets a five out of five and I'll continue t ...more
Emma
I thought the book was really good at giving you the impression you were traveling with her in Morocco: the landscapes, and I had heard enough before of the Atlas mountain to know that this sounded quite authentic, the social milieu, and the rich smells of the country! I almost wanted to go there!

It’s a good and simple detective story, nothing scary or over the top, actually a nice little easy read. I regret it was the 9th book of the series, but I don’t think it was a problem – except that...

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Roxanne
Jun 20, 2007 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
original review (11/3/06): I held out on reading this for a while because I wanted to save it. I *love* Mrs. Pollifax. This time, she had to escape a tricky double agent and travel across Morocco in a beat-up truck dressed like a peasant in order to save the freedom fighters. Mrs. Pollifax is the best!

re-read 6/10/15: I wanted something light and fun to read on my business trip, and I ended up reading the entire book on my outbound flight instead of doing any of the work I had brought. Now I onl
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Argum
A simple job of taking some photos to an agent in Morocco. There is a secret network of rebels keeping Americans in the loop but the information has started to be off so each photo is to be matched to the purported person in place. Emily is to meet an agent who speaks Arabic. However, the man is very brusque and Emily is meant to go as his aunt to smooth over the rough edges. The man she meets is awful and insists on all photos now and no her tagging along. Emily gives the information piecemeal ...more
Shannon
May 09, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon by: Pearlanne
Shelves: thriller
This was my first Mrs. Polifax. I found it to be enjoyable and short with some brief insights into life in/the history of Morocco. My 5-year-old son has a friend from Morocco and he listened to parts of the recorded book with me, inspiring me to pick up some more books on Morocco on the way home from the library. The allusions to the past books have made me want to attempt to read the series from the beginning.

I listened to the recorded version and the reader did a great job. I got a kick out of
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Mark Baker
Sep 02, 2013 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, mystery
Carstairs has doubts about the agent they are sending to Morocco to verify a network of spies, so he sends Mrs. Pollifax along to help smooth things over. But when the first spy is killed an hour after they identify him, Mrs. Pollifax realizes she's in deep trouble.

While the last couple of books in the series aren't quite up to bar, this is a return to form in most ways. Mrs. Pollifax is a resourceful and charming as ever, and the plot is as fun and fast paced as it is improbable. A perfect esca
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Shawn
Apr 26, 2016 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After thinking that the CIA finally thinks Mrs. Pollifax is too old for the job since it's been a while since they called, she finds herself whisked to Morocco to do some light spy work, but nothing is ever light when Mrs. Pollifax is involved.

I'm not used to a series going on for this long and still maintaining quality, but Dorathy Gilman managed to do it. This book is still just as good as the others. Mrs. Pollifax is still surprisingly adept and clever and Morocco is a wonderful backdrop.
Ashley
Nov 11, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, the CIA has come to ask one Emily Pollifax to take on what is seemingly a simple in-and-out mission. This time, the adventure will take place in Morocco, home of desert nomads and find Berber rugs. This time, she is meant to accompany another agent as they track down and confirm the identity of several informants, one of which may be a snake in the garden. However, when her contact turns out to be working for the bad guys, Mrs. Pollifax will have to think fast as she dons the native ...more
Linda
Feb 21, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite of the Pollifax series, and it was fun to reread it. I read it ages ago, and all I remembered was that I liked it, and a throw away line Mrs. Pollifax has about the direction of U.S. foreign policy.
There are certain inviolable rules in the world of Mrs. Pollifax: Kindness is ultimately rewarded; one's true nature is revealed by the small ways we (mis)treat one another; true love, adventure, and mastery of karate can be achieved in one's late sixties. It's not a part
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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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