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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,209 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 1995 ISBN: 9781470324988
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The last thing Mrs. Pollifax expects to find in her junk closet is a young woman hiding. Kadi Hopkirk insists that she’s being followed by two men in a dirty white van. Under the cover of darkness, Mrs. P tries to drive Kadi back home to Manhattan, only to have a dark green sedan give them a run for their money—and, Mrs. P. begins to suspect, their lives.

Finally Kadi shares the startling truth: her friend, Sammy, is the son of the assassinated president of an African country, and unbeknownst to the young man’s bodyguard, he passed her something under the table during a recent meeting. Ever resourceful, Mrs. P puts in a call for help to her CIA colleague, Carstairs, who installs them in a safe house—at a carnival! Before Mrs. P knows it, a dash to safety expands into an assignment that leads to hair-trigger violence in exotic places.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat, Gilman, a deft stylist, adroitly resolves her plot’s mysteries, finally bringing together a stabbing at the carnival, Kadi and Sammy's story and the abduction of a wealthy executive.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Warm, witty, charming, and fun, Emily Pollifax’s latest outing will delight her growing cadre of fans.” 

    Booklist

  • “Narrator Barbara Rosenblat is at her best here, portraying the elderly, the young, and speakers of an obscure African language…This delightful Pollifax mystery has the added bonus of being set mostly in the U.S.” 

    AudioFile

  • “This fast-moving tale sports a lively, energetic style, much like its heroine, and should prove popular.” 

    Library Journal

  • USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 2/18/2014

    " Different to my usual mysteries "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/17/2014

    " The Mrs. Pollifax book are fun, fast, light reads. Perfect reading for an "up north at the cabin" weekend. I especially enjoyed this one. Who can't be intrigued with the colorful characters and unique experience of life with a carnival. Very fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this one a little more in that Mrs. Pollifax is not assigned a case, but picks one up anyway, after finding a girl hiding in her closet. I like that in the end they still get to travel, and I loved that Carstairs gets to go too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nessa Miller | 2/14/2014

    " I have read and reread almost all the books in this series so many times! Best Medicine ever when I have the doldrums or am sad. Spunky Mrs Pollifax and the people she meets and simply the idea of what life can bring when we step out and take chances and follow our dreams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 2/1/2014

    " Mrs. Polifax books are wonderful reading that doesn't strain ones brain or insult ones intelligence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/31/2014

    " This one was a little different the all the other ones I read - not quite so suspensful! But I enjoyed it all the same! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandi Murphy | 1/29/2014

    " Every few years I re-read Mrs. Pollifax. I adore her and the stories are interesting and relaxing. Gilman has an old fashioned-ish, very charming writing style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/23/2014

    " I must say the Mrs. Pollifax books are better when they are set overseas. Part of the charm is reading about the different areas and cultures. A little corny without that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 1/20/2014

    " fun because it takes place partly near my hometown in Maine. a gentle, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Hansen | 1/17/2014

    " 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 proves at least this part of the story correct. Kadi soon confides the rest of the story - a close tie with an assassinated foreign president and an item in her possession that makes both her and our sleuth moving targets for - someone. When Mrs. P puts in a call for help to her old CIA crony Carstairs, he's wrapped up in the kidnap of a wealthy financier. Before she knows it, what began as a dash for safety and a call for help expands into an assignment that leads to hair-trigger violence in exotic places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/17/2014

    " Maybe because it took place largely in the US, I didn't find the background of this story as good as others. I did like the idea of a carnival as a "safe house" for the CIA. That made a certain amount of sense. Mrs. Pollifax is helping a young woman from Africa help her young friend regain control of his country. Which is just kind of a stretch from a carnival side show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cnelsonquilt | 1/16/2014

    " fun simple adventure you gotta love mrs p "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/16/2014

    " This book is different than the others in that trouble comes to Mrs. Pollifax and not Mrs. Pollifax to the trouble. I liked the interaction between Mrs. Pollifax and Kadi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 1/14/2014

    " Still fun. Tho I probably should note, it's all about the character and not about a good plotty mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 1/8/2014

    " I enjoy the main character in these books. Mrs. Pollifax always seems like such an unlikely undercover agent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/8/2014

    " Not one of my favorites, I have read a few of the Mrs. Pollifax series and this is not one that I do not recommend. "

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

    " neat twist on usual Mrs. Pollifax, not as twisted plot or neat of a place (United States carnival) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/4/2014

    " I enjoy this series with a quick witted and humorous older spy and her CIA exploits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/3/2013

    " I enjoy this series with a quick witted and humorous older spy and her CIA exploits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 11/30/2013

    " Mrs. Pollifax was about to jump off the roof of her apartment building when she ended up working for the CIA - improbable and wonderful. The series starts with the Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 11/28/2013

    " I'm reading this, and must say it's one of my favorites! I love strong woman characters, for some strange reason... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Brand | 11/28/2013

    " This is a very cute and entertaining read. Good for airplane trips, beach visits, hospital stays, any place where you want to read something and not work too hard. I did enjoy it and yet I did kind it very unbelievable. "

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

    " Different to my usual mysteries "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandi Murphy | 11/5/2013

    " Every few years I re-read Mrs. Pollifax. I adore her and the stories are interesting and relaxing. Gilman has an old fashioned-ish, very charming writing style. "

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

    " fun simple adventure you gotta love mrs p "

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

    " Always fun, is Mrs. Pollifax! Delightful characters and unexpected twists definitely bring a smile. "

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

    " Not one of my favorites, I have read a few of the Mrs. Pollifax series and this is not one that I do not recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 8/16/2013

    " 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 Carmelle | 7/15/2013

    " A little different (and welcome) plot than the other books of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 6/26/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this book. Easy reading and the plot moved at a good pace. I think, now that I've read book 11, I'll check out book 1 and try to read the series in the correct order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/20/2013

    " 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 Maura | 5/12/2013

    " Still fun. Tho I probably should note, it's all about the character and not about a good plotty mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/25/2013

    " This book is different than the others in that trouble comes to Mrs. Pollifax and not Mrs. Pollifax to the trouble. I liked the interaction between Mrs. Pollifax and Kadi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 4/18/2013

    " I enjoyed this one a little more in that Mrs. Pollifax is not assigned a case, but picks one up anyway, after finding a girl hiding in her closet. I like that in the end they still get to travel, and I loved that Carstairs gets to go too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/29/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this book. Easy reading and the plot moved at a good pace. I think, now that I've read book 11, I'll check out book 1 and try to read the series in the correct order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/28/2013

    " Another quick and entertaining Mrs. P read...:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/12/2013

    " We have listened to all the Mrs. Pollifax books on CD or tapes as we travel. We have enjoyed every one of them! Great entertainment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 2/18/2013

    " I'm reading this, and must say it's one of my favorites! I love strong woman characters, for some strange reason... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 10/1/2012

    " Still enjoying these. This one was pretty different in plot. It was nice to see Carstairs in action too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K D | 9/11/2012

    " A fun book, realistic setting created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 8/31/2012

    " OF COURSE I loved it! It's Mrs. Pollifax! Actually, this was one of my favorites. I loved the twist at the beginning of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 8/5/2012

    " I love how the trouble finds her in this one! Also really enjoyed the little tie in with the gypsies again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 6/27/2012

    " Still enjoying these. This one was pretty different in plot. It was nice to see Carstairs in action too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K D | 3/20/2012

    " A fun book, realistic setting created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/8/2012

    " We have listened to all the Mrs. Pollifax books on CD or tapes as we travel. We have enjoyed every one of them! Great entertainment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/26/2011

    " neat twist on usual Mrs. Pollifax, not as twisted plot or neat of a place (United States carnival) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmelle | 5/20/2011

    " A little different (and welcome) plot than the other books of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 4/27/2011

    " Always fun, is Mrs. Pollifax! Delightful characters and unexpected twists definitely bring a smile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 2/3/2011

    " I'm reading this, and must say it's one of my favorites! I love strong woman characters, for some strange reason... "

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

    " I love how the trouble finds her in this one! Also really enjoyed the little tie in with the gypsies again. "

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

    " A fun book, realistic setting created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/27/2010

    " Another quick and entertaining Mrs. P read...:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 8/28/2010

    " Not one of my favorites, I have read a few of the Mrs. Pollifax series and this is not one that I do not recommend.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/14/2010

    " This book is different than the others in that trouble comes to Mrs. Pollifax and not Mrs. Pollifax to the trouble. I liked the interaction between Mrs. Pollifax and Kadi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 3/12/2010

    " Still fun. Tho I probably should note, it's all about the character and not about a good plotty mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 8/29/2009

    " I must say the Mrs. Pollifax books are better when they are set overseas. Part of the charm is reading about the different areas and cultures. A little corny without that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 7/8/2009

    " We have listened to all the Mrs. Pollifax books on CD or tapes as we travel. We have enjoyed every one of them! Great entertainment! "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/21/2009

    " This one was a little different the all the other ones I read - not quite so suspensful! But I enjoyed it all the same! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 2/1/2009

    " Mrs. Pollifax was about to jump off the roof of her apartment building when she ended up working for the CIA - improbable and wonderful. The series starts with the Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. "

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About the Author
Author Dorothy GilmanDorothy Gilman is the author of the Mrs. Pollifax series of novels, as well as several others. She divides her time between Norwalk, Connecticut, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.