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The assignment is a snap: Mrs. Pollifax just has to shoot some pictures at a quiet funeral outside Washington and take them to Sicily, where her old friend Farrell — a former CIA agent turned art dealer — anxiously awaits them.But like all Mrs. P's assignments, so ostensibly suitable for the CIA's favorite garden club member, this one quickly turns lethal. Her welcoming coThe assignment is a snap: Mrs. Pollifax just has to shoot some pictures at a quiet funeral outside Washington and take them to Sicily, where her old friend Farrell — a former CIA agent turned art dealer — anxiously awaits them.But like all Mrs. P's assignments, so ostensibly suitable for the CIA's favorite garden club member, this one quickly turns lethal. Her welcoming committee in Palermo includes a most unlikely CIA agent and several unseen enemies. Unfriendly eyes also observe Mrs. P's rendezvous with Farrell in a secluded mountain village and weapons are soon displayed. With mysterious forces hot after them, she and Farrell scurry for safety to a fortified country villa, where the bizarre chatelaine, once a star on Madison Avenue, is almost as unnerving as the dangers she's protecting them from....

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ISBN : 9780449149058
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief Reviews

  • itchy
    2018-12-09 21:33

    surprise, surprisea dozen total karate casualties!what a turkey shoot

  • Nancy
    2018-11-22 22:50

    I read this book five years ago. This time I listened on an audible book. I love the Mrs. Pollifax books. I started reading them many years ago with Reader's Digest books. I enjoy the narrator of these books as well. Dorothy Gilman creates interesting characters, and makes us care about them. The stories take place all around the world, and we learn things about those places. In this book we have little lessons on art. Emily Pollifax is a gardener, and belongs to a garden club at home. Where ever she goes, shoe describes the flowers, and her surroundings. Mrs. Pollifax is an older lady, who works for the CIA, and is called on once in awhile on special assignments. She had helped catch an assassin in another book, and he is out of prison, and has been spotted by Farrel, who asks for her, to help identify him. I listened to this book once more. I enjoy these books very much. 2015 April 10

  • Ledayne Polaski
    2018-12-19 20:37

    I wasn't feeling well yesterday so I pulled this book from the shelf for some light reading. This may be the worst "spy novel" I have ever read. The interwoven plots are simply silly, the characters are unbelievable, the writing is simplistic and there is nothing compelling about any of it. It reads as if Gilman, having forgotten or ignored a looming deadline, sat down one afternoon and filled up 200 pages to send off to her editor. Spare yourself!

  • Disco
    2018-12-16 02:55

    I didn't read the series in succession so the quality between the first 3 or 4 books and this one was quite jarring. Not only is this badly edited, but then there are things that contradict the first few books. Series spoilers: Mrs. Pollifax already killed a bad guy in book one, now she uses unloaded guns to "wave around?" Why? That horse has already left the barn. Series spoilers: Mrs. Pollifax is meeker and stupider in this book than in the first 3 or 4 and suddenly she can't sleep on airplanes when she used to be able to? Bad editing in this book pg 95: ""Actually," said Mrs. Pollifax, "I was waked up in the night by the sound of a truck..."""Waked up?" Bad editing pg 109: "Mrs. Pollifax sighed, rather overpowered by so many dates and kings..." 2 paragraphs later: "Mrs. Pollifax sighed, and removed her gaze.."We get it, she sighed. This book just isn't as clever as the early ones in the series and there's less detail. Gilman probably didn't want to be anachronistic, but I don't think it would've been too difficult to throw in some car makes and models.

  •  Olivermagnus
    2018-11-20 01:39

    Mrs. Pollifax's former colleague, John Farrell, has been hired to go to Sicily and steal a document signed by Julius Caesar. He sends an SOS while, at the same time, dodging a professional assassin whom he and Mrs. Pollifax jailed some years ago. Mrs. Pollifax, the grandmotherly karate expert who is also a member of the Garden Club, has discovered a talent for spying. In this novel she pairs up with a freckle faced gun-toting young woman named Kate Rossiter, and goes to rescue her old friend Farrell in Italy. Farrell is on the run for his life, even though he's staying at an amazing villa, coincidentally owned by Kate's eccentric aunt. This is a nice and perfectly predictable book by Dorothy Gilman. Add to it ancient artifacts, hair-raising chases, art forgery, arms traffic, a nighttime assault on the villa, mysterious millionaires, spectacular scenery and unexpected romance and you have the perfect cozy and humorous way to spend the afternoon.

  • Vitor Frazão
    2018-12-04 02:49

    Li este livro porque uma agente da CIA em part-time pareceu uma ideia deliciosamente ridícula, incapaz de ter sido feita com outro objectivo que não a comédia. Contudo, a obra nem sequer consegue entrar na categoria de “algo tão mau, tão mau que chega a ser brilhante”. Numa narrativa demasiado apressada, previsível e repleta de clichés, somos apresentados aos agentes da CIA mais excitáveis do mundo (acho que nunca vi um diálogo com tantos ponto de exclamação), vemos assassinos internacionais serem apanhados por um grupo de labregas com um facilidade que envergonharia uma criança de 5 anos e temos de aturar uma história romântica completamente tirada da cartola.Ainda estou para entender como é que Mrs. Pollifax conseguiu gerar 14 livros?

  • Ashley
    2018-12-08 20:57

    Hat? Check. Scarf? Check. International bad guys? Double check. Mrs. Pollifax returns to us as she packs up and heads for Sicily, the jewel of the Mediterranean, to drop off some photos for our returning rogue, Farrell, and enjoy the Grecian sun. As usual, things don't go according to plan when, right out of the gate, she and her companions are pursued by a squadron of bad guys, including a notorious assassin. Can Mrs. P work her magic and pull another rabbit out of her hat? Find out in Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief.

  • Valerie
    2018-12-19 02:45

    I remember thinking that this book was the most boring of the series when I was younger. Now, I don't think it was the most boring but definitely not my favorite. Just a little slower moving in parts and the whole Farrell and Kate love story seemed unreal. Even in my old age the difference between a 26-year-old and a 41-year-old seem immense. I have also realized that there often "swarthy" faces and answering "tartly", and "amused glances" in the Mrs. Pollifax books.

  • Elgin
    2018-12-14 23:59

    We (unfortunately) got ahold of this as a "book on CD" on a recent drive from Denver to Iowa. It is set in Sicily so we thought it would be good to listen to in anticipation of our trip this Summer. This has to be the stupidest story I have read (or heard) in years and I learned nothing about Sicily from it.The writing was trite and amateur. Should have listened to NPR instead.

  • Karol
    2018-12-06 23:39

    This was not my favorite of the Mrs. Polifax books. In quite a few books in the series, I get a few belly-laughs, and/or surprises as the plot twists. Although I had neither as I read this one, it was still enjoyable.

  • Ruth Hyland
    2018-12-08 22:36

    My husband and I have loved listening to Mrs. Pollifax on road trips. this either wasn't one of her better ones or we have matured and grown beyond her or we didn't much care for the narrating/acting.

  • Susan Bernhardt
    2018-11-24 00:42

    A reread. You can't go wrong with any Mrs. Pollifax books or for that matter, any Dorothy Gilman mysteries. All are exciting and thrilling.

  • Sara
    2018-12-08 19:43

    Another five-star. Sicily is beautifully explored here, I think of Andrea Camilleri's books in this connection, showing the desperate condition of Sicilian villages and the resourcefulness of the people despite pervasive corruption. Maybe too optimistic but why not, it's fiction...Very well plotted, this one, with the reappearance of a villain from the past and a surprising psychological twist at the end.

  • Shirley
    2018-12-04 23:46

    Another assignment goes sideways in a comical fashion. High drama hijinks ensue. Lots of mountain car chase and veritable parade of tail cars in the countryside. Red herrings had me fooled on the bad guy identity. Side love stories were entertaining.

  • Mimi
    2018-11-26 02:31

    For the Read Harder Challenge category of a book with a female protagonist over the age of 60. Mrs. Pollifax is a retired, yoga-practicing karate expert who gets an assignment from the CIA now and again. A series of silly books, really, but fun to read.

  • Kathy
    2018-12-07 23:44

    I really enjoy her books. A good clean mystery, and I get a kick out of Mrs. Pollifax

  • Connie Mollo
    2018-11-19 01:49

    Typical Mrs Polifax, you know spy verses spy with a little romance. Cute book

  • Joan
    2018-12-06 00:58

    What can I say, except she's the best. I just love Mrs Pollifax!

  • Anna Schubert
    2018-12-01 01:58

    This one was a little less all-action all the time, but still kept up an excellent story. Gilman's characters are just enjoyable all around.

  • Linda
    2018-11-23 01:43

    Cute, not great. I love Mrs. p and the setting was Sicily

  • Karen
    2018-12-10 02:43

    This is the tenth book in the Mrs.Pollifax series. I prefer to read a series in order but I have to take what is available to read at the livrary and I love this character so no complaints.Long time friend and occasional partner in spying, Farrell, sends an urgent request for Emily Pollifax and Cyrus to come to Sicily to help him. So off Mrs. Pollifax heads, while Cyrus is in Chicago helping his nephew. Mrs. Pollifax is excited to see her friend again but is confused as to why he insists she come. Imagine her dismay when she finds he has been shot in the foot and he swears an assassin that is in prison in France is on the island of Sicily. Farrell knows he is not crazy but he. needs Mrs. Pollifax to verify the assassin is not where he should be. Not sure exactly who is involved in this mess, Mrs. Pollifax and Farrell end up staying with the aunt of another CIA agent who owns an estate that is far from modern and is soon apparent some things are notias they seem. Can Mrs. Pollifax figure out what is going on and locate the assassin before he locates her? What a great character Mrs. Pollifax is and she ;as developed more with each book. From learning karate, falling in love and using her ability to understand other people, she has proven that she makes an excellent spy and a woman to be admired. This book and whole series is a quick read to enjoy a hero that shows gender nor age matter

  • Alisa
    2018-11-18 23:32

    The Pollifax formula was a little too obvious in this book, but at this point I don't care. I love Emily Pollifax. I love that she is livid when an assassin behaves rudely. I love the way she embraces new experiences and people. She has become one of my treasured fictional friends.

  • Rachel Sinclair
    2018-12-18 18:43

    Not Mrs p's best by any means, but still and enjoyable read for a cold night curled up with a cup of tea.

  • Jesse
    2018-11-28 18:56

    A mysterious SOS from Mrs. Pollifax's good friend and former comrade John Sebastian Farrell has her traveling to Sicily. She, and the CIA, has few clues about why Farrell is in trouble or what is at stake, but from the moment she touches down in Sicily, trouble and adventure seem to follow Mrs. P's every step. Add young, fiesty agent Kate Rossiter, her eccentric aunt, a handful of countryside villas, and an unwelcome friend from the past, and you have another fast-paced adventure.Though there was plenty of moving from place to place in Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief, a decent bit of the action - and mystery - centered around Villa Franca, the estate belonging to Kate's Aunt Franca. As Mrs. Pollifax settles in, using the villa as her home base in her adventures with Kate and with Farrell, she quickly discovers that very little is as it seems. And Villa Franca doesn'r have just one big has several.Mrs. Pollifax is really becoming the professional here. There's a certain calmness, a surety, that she has under pressure, which is very satisfying in a way. At the beginning of the series, she sort of bumbled along, always resourceful but without experience; now, you can see that experience, and it's character development at its finest.One of my favorite parts of this book was Villa Franca - the mysterious country house, full of secrets, that Mrs. P can't help but explore. She has the same spirit of exploration, adventure, and curiosity as I have myself, so it's a delight to read, because I would have done exactly the same thing in her shoes.And the siege! I won't give away too much here, but this was my favorite part of the book. Good old-fashioned sieges like this, with the walls defended and the gates barred, are often seen in good historical and/or fantasy books, but rarely in a story that takes place in a modern setting. It was exciting, intriguing, and of course, Mrs. P kicks *** as normal.

  • An Odd1
    2018-11-26 20:42

    A second thief sneaks in after the first thief has passed guards, unlocked traps, frightened away from treasure, suspected by John Sebastian Farrell 41 p 217 retired CIA agent. Farrell was , invited to Sicily by wealthy art collector Ambrose Vica to authenticate document bearing Julius Caesar's signature. Farrell opens safe in supposedly empty house, races limping from bullet in ankle, telegrams for help to CIA for Emily Pollifax and new husband Cyrus Reed, unavailable. First she secretly photographs funeral guests, without knowing why. Agent Kate Rossiter 26, fluent in Italian, picks up Farrell, hungry, from root cellar hole. To flee three trailing cars of unknowns, she hides them in her aunt Franca's villa. The bored flamboyant paintert has a variety of bright wigs, a well-fortified compound and her own secrets.Farrell recognized invisible assassin here, needs Emily and Cyrus saw Aristotle too in Zambia #5 "Mrs Pollifax on Safari". Why does he shoot at Emily and miss? Gives us a clue. (view spoiler)[ Mr Beems hides in wagon to Emily away from greedy wife. He prefers quiet cell alone, plotting perfect crime. Franca supports village by faking paintings and digging up real treasures. Vica has been proposing for decades, buys Franca's work to keep her out of jail.(hide spoiler)]

  • Lucy Takeda
    2018-11-19 22:49

    Mrs. P. Is such fun! She gets called regarding an S.O.S. from her friend Farrell in Sicily. She is assigned a rather new co-worker. Of course, with Emily, numerous complications are involved, including art, forgeries, and an assassin---not to mention a guy sent to check on her and romance.

  • K'sennia
    2018-12-07 22:34

    I would mark this book as an extremely cozy espionage mystery. I was angry because all of the books action appears off screen. Even the romantic subplot appears off screen. Mrs. POllifax is the viewpoint character, so everything in the book is something she bears or sees, mostly what she hears.I didn't find her interesting at all. Kate was interesting, Farrell was interesting. The main criminal was interesting, but Mrs. Pollifax doesn't do anything interesting except karate chop a few people.Her character is just so passive. Very little detecting goes on at all. The criminal they're looking for goes to them so they don't even have to find him, and all Mrs. P does is stand guard and peer into windows. No actual detection or solving of any mysteries occurs. The answers are just given to them in the end.The story idea was grand, but the execution, at least in my mind was quite poor. Perhaps it was mislabeled as a mystery?I think it was meant to be a lighthearted and funny book, but frankly the bumbling of the CIA, and the stupid subplot of the terrible CIA agent who couldn't even follow her correctly annoyed me as well.

  • Liz
    2018-11-29 23:52

    Sicily is the setting this time, but it isn't mobsters Mrs. Pollifax is chasing. It's her old friend John Sebastian Farrell, no longer a CIA agent, who needs her help, and an old nemesis of them both who is the danger. They thought "Aristotle" was locked up safely in a French prison after attempting an assassination (thwarted by Mrs. Pollifax and her husband Cyrus) some years before, but now he seems to be on Farrell's trail in Italy. Artwork, forgeries, and a little feudal village high in the mountains all figure in, as does love for Farrell and possibly another pair. But unraveling the good guys from the bad guys isn't easy, as evidenced by the karate chop Mrs. P. lays on the hapless agent Carstairs has assigned, unbeknownst to her, to “keep an eye on her”! (He isn’t the first on either side of the law to complain, “This Pollifax looked such a gentle, harmless little lady!” after meeting her and finding her a worthy agent of the Central Intelligence Agency and accomplished in karate, besides.)

  • Calilibrarian
    2018-12-07 22:46

    Im not sure why I picked up this book. Yes I do know, it's because Mrs Polifax goes to Sicily. Sounded intriguing. I am drawn to this series because the protagonist, Mrs. Pollifax is an older woman rather like Miss Marple in Agatha's books and depends on who she is to get herself out of her situations. She is pretty well developed as a character and I like the fact that you can understand her point of view clearly. She acts on what she is rather than disconcerting the reader by acting contrary to her nature ( a pet peeve of mine...did you guess? heh) The wierd thing about these books is that they are like eating a cookie. Small not too much fat not too many calories. The writer Dorothy Gillman, she does a pretty good job keeping her main group of characters pretty tight; only introducing a manageable handful to populate her story. I read the Pollifax books every few years or so...I have to go back and get the Safari one where she meets Cyrus. I know, Im a hopeless romantic. Gotta fix that!

  • Kim
    2018-12-12 22:51

    I'm a really big fan of Mrs Polifax! I had so much fun reading the first book that when I found this one, I just had to read it. Granted, at the time I thought I was reading the second in the series (with the "second thief" in the title and all). It wasn't until I updated my Goodreads reading list that this is already the tenth book in the series. My autistic alter ego who likes to read everything in the right order was appalled. My laissez faire side thought: "Yay, more Mrs. Polifax books to read!"I must say, I do feel like I missed some of the winks to the previous books but you can still read this book out of order. I must say I was suprised that Mrs Polifax has become such a professional. Luckily she has not lost her charm.The story was simple and not really mind blowing, but hey, I'm not reading these books for the story, I'm reading them for Mrs Polifax! So on to the previous 8 books I would say!PS. I still can't grasp that Mrs Polifax is married! How did I miss that (well, fairly Obvious how I missed it, but still)