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Publisher's Note:

When Emily Pollifax answers the phone that Sunday morning, she quickly forgets all about her Garden Club tea that afternoon. For the voice on the other end belonged to a man she had never seen, a man from the CIA who asked her if she could leave immediately on a mission that would take her halfway across the world! What could Mrs. Pollifax say but yes?…

The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

by Dorothy Gilman

Overall Book Review:

The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax follows our favorite grandmother turned CIA agent to the farthest reaches of Turkey where her current assignment has her relying on new friends, and newly acquired karate skills, to get her mission accomplished.  Gilman has provided loveable characters once again along with a villain you’ll love to hate.  The plot twists and turns provide plenty of surprises as well as action.  Although this is the second book in this series, Dorothy Gilman writes this novel to stand on its own if need be.  You won’t be lost if you haven’t read the first book which, by the way, is entitiled The Unexpected Mrx. Pollifax.  The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax is  an enjoyable spy novel.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 31 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name.

The language rating for this book can be attributed to one character with a favorite phrase.

Violence/Gore:  Six verbal death threats; a report of a man purposefully killed with a car; a character is shot, but lives; a man is seen after he is shot, bullet hole in the chest described but no blood is mentioned; women is beaten during an interrogation, not described in detail; one character punches another and knocks him unconscious; a fight breaks out and a club is used, but no details are given.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

War; death of a family member.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Drug smuggling mentioned in passing; a character smokes cigarettes.

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About the Reviewer

I have learned through the years that what I read has a strong impact on the way I feel and how I look at life. I have learned to be wise about what I read. As a mother of four, I try to encourage my kids to choose good books. I try to help them to find favorite authors and explore new genres.