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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy Gilman Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mrs. Pollifax Series Release Date: January 1996 ISBN: 9781470324957
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In response to a desperate SOS, Kadi Hopkirk flies to the African country of Ubangiba, where her childhood friend Sammat is soon to be crowned king. Mrs. Pollifax, reluctant to allow the girl to venture alone into what she fears may be grave danger, crashes the party.

On arrival, Kadi and Mrs. P soon discover that Sammat has dangerous enemies. Rumors are springing up that he is a sorcerer who is responsible for a rash of shocking murders in which the victims appear to have been clawed to death by a lion. These crimes are especially terrifying because there are no lions in Ubangiba. So Mrs. Pollifax wades into the fray, hunting for the source of the bloody terrorism that threatens Sammat and Ubangiba—not to mention Kadi and Mrs. Pollifax.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The pace never flags, bolstered by the shrewd Mrs. P. and a host of well-defined characters (soothsayers, wise men, archaeologists) who all work their surprising wiles. Mrs. Pollifax may be recovering from the flu, but her story is strong and vigorous.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 2/20/2014

    " It wasn't as interesting as others in the series. Usually I can't put them down. Not the case with this. It got boring and I just wanted it to be over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 2/20/2014

    " Once again, classic Pollifax. It is fun to follow some of the recurring characters. Very suspenseful and a fun mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 2/17/2014

    " The saddest thing about this book is that I've now read all of the Pollifax books. This one is a continuation of the previous book so read it in order! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 2/15/2014

    " This story is a sort of continuation of "Mrs. Pollifax Pursued" in that Kadi and Sammat are back in the heart of it. Mrs. Pollifax is there trying to help Sammat fight terroriss in his country and unify it. It's got some interesting twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K D | 2/10/2014

    " My least favorite of this series. Contrived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 2/4/2014

    " It wasn't as interesting as others in the series. Usually I can't put them down. Not the case with this. It got boring and I just wanted it to be over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Carpenter | 2/4/2014

    " Mrs. Pollifax continues to keep my interested and reading. These books are short, fun and interesting. I like the characters and the exotic settings. No sex, but some violence (not graphic at all). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cnelsonquilt | 2/3/2014

    " today i am going to give mrs. pollifax a 4 because i like her "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/28/2014

    " Always good to see old characters. Besides the whole aging/time period this is set in, there's a lot of continuity between the books in this series. Past characters and adventures aren't forgotten. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K D | 1/20/2014

    " My least favorite of this series. Contrived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 1/20/2014

    " Ah, another great Mrs. Pollifax added to a list of my favorite in the series. This one is unique in that Carstairs and Bishop never show up in the book. This is all Mrs. Pollifax saving the day. Back to Ubangiba she goes with Kadi to help Sammie who is having a tough start to his kingship (although he technically doesn't get crowned in this book). Favorite moment- when Mrs. Pollifax buys a pistol at the black market. Hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 1/19/2014

    " A solid entry in the Mrs. Pollifax series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 afrikate | 1/18/2014

    " Not my favorite Mrs. Pollifax book. It's clear both the author and Mrs. Pollifax were getting old. Also, deeply irritated that all indications are that the fictional African country where the book is set is in West Africa south of the Sahara (a Niger-ish place) but the language is Chichewa, spoken in Malawi. These two places are a continent apart and it drove me fucking nuts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Jones | 1/18/2014

    " A fine tale. Just as good as all the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 1/11/2014

    " #12 Mrs. Pollifax in "Ubangiba," helping friends from previous book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Mesick | 1/7/2014

    " Not as clever as some. Kind of slow-going, actually. A bit of a disappointment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 1/6/2014

    " A little too violent for my tastes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 1/3/2014

    " A good, fast read. Not as compelling as I would have liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Jones | 12/29/2013

    " A fine tale. Just as good as all the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 12/24/2013

    " A solid entry in the Mrs. Pollifax series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 12/21/2013

    " Once again, classic Pollifax. It is fun to follow some of the recurring characters. Very suspenseful and a fun mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 12/13/2013

    " Having a hard time getting through this book, but we'll see how it goes... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 12/12/2013

    " Always good to see old characters. Besides the whole aging/time period this is set in, there's a lot of continuity between the books in this series. Past characters and adventures aren't forgotten. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 12/7/2013

    " A good, fast read. Not as compelling as I would have liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 12/2/2013

    " This story is a sort of continuation of "Mrs. Pollifax Pursued" in that Kadi and Sammat are back in the heart of it. Mrs. Pollifax is there trying to help Sammat fight terroriss in his country and unify it. It's got some interesting twists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/1/2013

    " I may be getting a little tired of this series but I am not willing to give up yet. At least it was a quick read which I need since I have this huge scary stack of books sitting on my closet shelf. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Read1000books | 11/29/2013

    " I see no reason to read any more of these. She's no Miss Marple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 11/8/2013

    " The saddest thing about this book is that I've now read all of the Pollifax books. This one is a continuation of the previous book so read it in order! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/31/2013

    " I enjoyed all of Mrs. Pollifax books that I have read. Maybe because I felt that she was about my age and was beginning a new exciting time in her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/19/2013

    " A little lacking when compared with my favorite Pollifax books, but it did serve to get a Pollifax fix in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 10/19/2013

    " #12 Mrs. Pollifax in "Ubangiba," helping friends from previous book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/18/2013

    " The Mrs. Pollifax books are very fun light reads, but they're even more fun to listen to. Hearing it read so well really adds a lot to enjoying the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 9/9/2013

    " This book contains quite the twist at the end! Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 8/29/2013

    " A little lacking when compared with my favorite Pollifax books, but it did serve to get a Pollifax fix in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 8/23/2013

    " Mrs. Polifax to the rescue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 7/28/2013

    " Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (Mrs. Pollifax Mysteries) by Dorothy Gilman (1996) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 6/26/2013

    " The Mrs. Pollifax books are very fun light reads, but they're even more fun to listen to. Hearing it read so well really adds a lot to enjoying the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri Jewel | 5/27/2013

    " I have been reading Mrs. Pollifax books forever! My mother-in-law introduced them to me back when I was first married. Digging through my book boxes I found this one I had picked up from somewhere. Glad to have found it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/11/2013

    " Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (Mrs. Pollifax Mysteries) by Dorothy Gilman (1996) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 3/24/2013

    " I enjoyed all of Mrs. Pollifax books that I have read. Maybe because I felt that she was about my age and was beginning a new exciting time in her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 3/19/2013

    " I love this series! A good clean mystery/detective book that's very entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/29/2012

    " I like this series because it is light reading but still a "who done it". Mrs. Pollifax reminds me of "Miss Marple", American style. Mrs. Pollifax has a lot more zip. Hope eternal for the young at heart. Could not wait to see what she would get into (and out of) next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane(Janelba) | 12/1/2012

    " A very enjoyable and cozy mystery. Set in the fictional country of Ubangiba in Africa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Mesick | 9/30/2012

    " Not as clever as some. Kind of slow-going, actually. A bit of a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 9/16/2012

    " This book contains quite the twist at the end! Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 9/16/2012

    " Mrs. Polifax to the rescue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/10/2012

    " This mystery was set in Africa. Again, a good story with descriptive narrative and a decently provocative plot. Grab a Mrs. Pollifax mystery for a clean, moral feel-good mystery. (Actually, Mrs. Pollifax is moral, but her 'bad guys' are not!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 9/8/2012

    " This one was the first where Carstairs and Bishop have not had a part to play. The book before this one , although it didn't start with them, included them at least halfway in. I have to say, I missed them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 8/6/2012

    " I love this series! A good clean mystery/detective book that's very entertaining! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 10/22/2011

    " I may be getting a little tired of this series but I am not willing to give up yet. At least it was a quick read which I need since I have this huge scary stack of books sitting on my closet shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/29/2011

    " This mystery was set in Africa. Again, a good story with descriptive narrative and a decently provocative plot. Grab a Mrs. Pollifax mystery for a clean, moral feel-good mystery. (Actually, Mrs. Pollifax is moral, but her 'bad guys' are not!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri Jewel | 5/2/2011

    " I have been reading Mrs. Pollifax books forever! My mother-in-law introduced them to me back when I was first married. Digging through my book boxes I found this one I had picked up from somewhere. Glad to have found it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Read1000books | 4/15/2011

    " I see no reason to read any more of these. She's no Miss Marple. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 3/8/2011

    " A little too violent for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cnelsonquilt | 2/8/2011

    " today i am going to give mrs. pollifax a 4 because i like her "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 1/18/2011

    " This book contains quite the twist at the end! Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 1/7/2011

    " My least favorite of this series. Contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/9/2010

    " This mystery was set in Africa. Again, a good story with descriptive narrative and a decently provocative plot. Grab a Mrs. Pollifax mystery for a clean, moral feel-good mystery. (Actually, Mrs. Pollifax is moral, but her 'bad guys' are not!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 3/16/2010

    " Not as clever as some. Kind of slow-going, actually. A bit of a disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/23/2010

    " I may be getting a little tired of this series but I am not willing to give up yet. At least it was a quick read which I need since I have this huge scary stack of books sitting on my closet shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 6/13/2009

    " A good, fast read. Not as compelling as I would have liked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/29/2009

    " Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (Mrs. Pollifax Mysteries) by Dorothy Gilman (1996) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/25/2009

    " I like this series because it is light reading but still a "who done it". Mrs. Pollifax reminds me of "Miss Marple", American style. Mrs. Pollifax has a lot more zip. Hope eternal for the young at heart. Could not wait to see what she would get into (and out of) next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 3/10/2009

    " A solid entry in the Mrs. Pollifax series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 3/8/2009

    " I love this series! A good clean mystery/detective book that's very entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 1/1/2009

    " Having a hard time getting through this book, but we'll see how it goes... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 5/31/2008

    " This one was the first where Carstairs and Bishop have not had a part to play. The book before this one , although it didn't start with them, included them at least halfway in. I have to say, I missed them! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 3/25/2008

    " A little too violent for my tastes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/20/2008

    " The Mrs. Pollifax books are very fun light reads, but they're even more fun to listen to. Hearing it read so well really adds a lot to enjoying the story. "

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About the Author
Author Dorothy Gilman

Dorothy Gilman (1923–2012) is the author of the Mrs. Pollifax series, which began with The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. In 2010 Gilman was awarded the annual Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.