Search Results: "Dorothy Gilman"


BOOK REVIEW

MRS. POLLIFAX UNVEILED by Dorothy Gilman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"This time, Mrs. Pollifax is searching for Amanda Pym, who foiled an airline hijacking only to vanish among a sea of popping press flashbulbs after her plane touched down in Damascus."
Gilman returns from the fairy-tale purlieus of Thale's Folly (p. 107) to the more-well-trodden paths of Emily Pollifax, whose status as unlikely secret agent is being seriously undermined by her durability (this 14th title ties her with Ian Fleming's James Bond). Read full book review >

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A PALM FOR MRS. POLLIFAX by Dorothy Gilman
Released: April 1, 1973

"The following will be after this — in a single bound."
That alter ego of hearthside matrons takes care of espionage, murder and sinister Arabs holding countrymen as hostages (a coup back home) in a luxury convalescent hotel in Switzerland. Mrs. Pollifax's mission is to find a cache of plutonium, which she does of course, but her contact is murdered, and when she becomes curious about a frightened Arab boy, enemies tighten the net. Read full book review >

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KALEIDOSCOPE by Dorothy Gilman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2002

"Madame Karitska is an appealing figure, and Gilman handles the psychic aspects of these episodes with refreshingly down-to-earth practicality, but Kaleidoscope remains an uneven collection of short stories, ranging from the sentimental to the melodramatic."
In a departure from her Mrs. Pollifax series (Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, 2000, etc.), Gilman revisits Madame Karitska, a psychic from a previous novel (The Clairvoyant Countess, not reviewed) whose full name, Countess Marina Elena Provotchnichet Gaylord Von Domm Karitska, reflects her exotic and checkered past. Read full book review >

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CARAVAN by Dorothy Gilman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Gilman's best—and a tribute to the artful power of simple, old-fashioned storytelling in the hands of a master."
In another departure (Incident at Badamya, 1989, etc.) from the author's Mrs. Pollifax mystery series, an exotic background again takes a leading role—this time, a role shared by 16-year-old Caressa Horvath. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 5, 1983

"With lots of scenery that somehow never really comes alive: very much the usual—for true-blue Pollifaxers."
Two-thirds sightseeing, one-third suspense—as Mrs. P. is sent by US Intelligence on a secret mission to China: she will play a key role in rescuing Wang Chen, an engineer with border-fortifications knowledge, from a labor camp. . . Read full book review >

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Released: March 4, 1966

"We won't spoil the fun, but it's very well done and Oh, Mrs. Pollifax, another case please!"
The incredible Mrs. Pollifax...the intrepid Mrs. Pollifax...the delightful Mrs. Pollifax. Mrs. Pollifax the spy! Read full book review >

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INCIDENT AT BADAMYA by Dorothy Gilman
Released: April 19, 1989

"Gilman's skill and imagination make it all work—to the reader's pleasure and satisfaction."
An intriguing mix of high adventure and fantasy marks one of the author's rare departures from her Mrs. Pollifax series (Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE TIGHTROPE WALKER by Dorothy Gilman
Released: June 1, 1979

"Gilman (of Pollifax fame) never finds quite the right tone for all this—it wavers somewhere between cute and pretentious—but Amelia's a disarming narrator, and everything moves along with free-form jauntiness."
When rich, withdrawn orphan Amelia Jones impulsively buys a Pennsylvania junk shop, she finds a message crammed into an old hurdy-gurdy: "They're going to kill me soon. . . . Read full book review >

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A NEW KIND OF COUNTRY by Dorothy Gilman
Released: Aug. 4, 1978

"Quietly, cumulatively engaging."
As her youngest son left home, the creator of Mrs. Pollifax, anticipating "an unemployed heart," bought a small house on the Nova Scotia coast, venturing upon a girlhood dream of independence and self-reliance. Read full book review >

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A NUN IN THE CLOSET by Dorothy Gilman
Released: Jan. 10, 1974

"Sister John's pansy cheer is a bit hard to take."
Those who remember E.G. Robinson in the movie Brother Orchid will find this apple-checked tale about a Mafia-hit rescued in nun's clothing a frail substitute. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING MRS. POLLIFAX by Dorothy Gilman
Released: Feb. 20, 1970

"Among other things, Mrs. Pollifax makes a fast exit via helicopter—as very amateur pilot."
Mrs. Pollifax is as amazing in this as she was unexpected (The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, 1966) before. Read full book review >

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Released: June 25, 1990

"Despite the CIA's anxieties, a sense of urgency is missing here, and the reader is left to wonder—was this trip necessary?"
Intrepid Emily Pollifax, heroine of several daring forays in the service of the CIA (Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle, etc.), is showing her age in this new mission, which has sent her to Morocco. Read full book review >