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Mrs. Pollifax has been sent on safari by the C.I.A. and told only to take pictures of all of her companions, in order to find the international assassin whose next target is the president of Zambia. It sounded so simple, but shortly after Mrs. Pollifax started taking pictures, someone stole her film. And right after that she was kidnapped by Rhodesian terrorists. And rightMrs. Pollifax has been sent on safari by the C.I.A. and told only to take pictures of all of her companions, in order to find the international assassin whose next target is the president of Zambia. It sounded so simple, but shortly after Mrs. Pollifax started taking pictures, someone stole her film. And right after that she was kidnapped by Rhodesian terrorists. And right after that--well, read for yourself.......

Title : Mrs. Pollifax on Safari
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ISBN : 9780449215241
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Number of Pages : 223 Pages
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Mrs. Pollifax on Safari Reviews

  • Shauna
    2019-03-07 07:55

    I love it when you read a series that becomes better as you move into it. Better because you become more attached to the characters, more invested in their development, and pay more attention to the writing. I find Dorothy Gilman's writing to have lovely poetic glimpses and thoughtful moments. I also enjoy the specific time settings (cold war era) that nevertheless have a timeless feeling. They are "dated," but in a good, comfortable way.In this book, I loved Mrs. Pollifax having a real romantic interest, but also not knowing for sure whether he was a good guy or a bad one.

  • Jesse
    2019-03-21 09:46

    Mrs. Pollifax is sent on assignment to Africa - on safari, as we already know from the title - with instructions from the CIA to photograph everyone in her safari party, as one of them is an international assassain with the code name of Aristotle. So she stops at Abercrombie's to get properly outfitted, and heads off to Zambia. As an added bonus, her old friend John Sebastian Farrell is now rumored to be living in Zambia, so she hopes to look him up as well. But neither of those intentions go according to plan, when her casual questions about Farrell stir up a great deal of shock, and her film starts disappearing after she takes snapshots of the fellow safari guests. And that's only the beginning of the adventure...I've said it before, but I really love the glimpses into Mrs. Pollifax's "non-CIA" life at the beginning of each story. While to Mrs. P, that side of her life would be the everday, boring side, it provides a great counterpoint - and a great basis of comparison to make her adventures even more exciting - to her "secret" life as a spy. And she's a character that you can't help but love, and get invested in, so getting a glimpse into her New Brunswick, New Jersey apartment again is like stopping by to visit an old friend.Mrs. Pollifax has a way of viewing life, and viewing the world around her, with such excitement and interest that it is both endearing and contagious. It strikes a chord with me, because I understand where she's coming from so well. I loved the mention of how she adored going to the old Tarzan movies, and even when her son outgrew them, she still went alone, to revel in the excitement and danger of them. Man, is Mrs. P awesome!! And I also loved the description of her going to Abercrombie's (the old outdoor goods supplier, not the current A&F of our present day, of course) to get her clothes and gear for her adventure. It reminded me so much of how I'd approach the same adventure, if it were me, that it only served to endear her to me even more.After the last installment (A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax, which was a little weak in my opinion) Mrs. Pollifax on Safari was like a good shot of adenaline. As someone who loves international travel and seeing new, exciting places that are off the beaten path, it is a thrill to go along with Mrs. P as she sees some amazing places that the normal tourist doesn't get to see. It was intensely exciting to follow along with her as she travels to a new continent, and observes a new country (literally a new country, in this case). It is also interesting to read about the political climate in Africa at the time that the book was written (mid-1970s) and of course how it has changed today.Also unspoken is that this is the beginning of where we have to "shift" time forward in our fictional universe (or backward, depending on how you look at it). The first book was written in the mid-'60s...this one was written ten years later but only 4 years have passed in the fictional universe. Maybe none of the other readers think about this, and it isn't really a critique on the writing as much as just an interesting conundrum that writers must deal with when a series spans three decades yet the character only ages a handful of years. Technology is of specific importance in this book, so of course the CIA and Mrs. Pollifax will always want to keep up with the times...Bishop uses a computer for the first time in this installment in the series...and references to many of the characters (Carstairs, Farrell) having been of service age during WWII in the first few books is now sort of "forgotten" since, we're approaching the 1980s and they just wouldn't have been the right age for that.This story also marks the appearance of Cyrus Reed, who, for some reason, I can't help but picturing as a rugged Christoper Plummer type. He's likeable enough, but I have to admit that I feel sort of jealous toward him, because he quickly sets about claiming our Mrs. Pollifax for his own. Yes, the romance angle is sweet and makes me smile, and obviously I'm happy for Mrs. P that she finds this romance in her later years. But...I don't think that anyone is less in need of an overprotective man in her life as Mrs. Emily Pollifax, who can most certainly take care of herself! Part of what I love about her adventures is that she starts out, at least, on her own, exploring strange new lands and getting around quite capably all by herself. But now Cyrus comes in, and even though it goes unmentioned at times, the characters subtly defer to him as the "leader" of the situation. (view spoiler)[ Such as the part near the end, while they're waiting at the campfire for Sikota, and Farrell hands his gun to Cyrus instead of Mrs. Pollifax? Come on, who is the agent here, Cyrus or Mrs. P? I had to balk at that. (hide spoiler)]The pacing of the story was decent. Better than the last installment, and although the beginning of this one (particularly once Mrs. P arrived in Africa) was a bit slow, there was enough suspense and intrigue to keep me interested, as well as a few surprises at the end which greatly improved my opinion of the end of the story. But as for denouement, it was still lacking. I guess I'm still wistful for the endings like the first few books in the series, where Mrs. Pollifax has a satisfying conversation with Carstairs to tie everything up in a neat bow. That didn't happen here.Still, overall, it is another solid addition to what is one of my most favorite and beloved series. No matter how many times I read these books (this was at least my fourth time reading this one) they are always enjoyable, and I quite literally can't put them down!

  • Ching-Bing-Ping
    2019-03-22 05:43

    Somehow for a long time, I have got disconnected with the spy fiction genre. It’s strange but in fact it was this genre and the writings of Frederick Forsyth, Colin Forbes and Robert Ludlum that made me realise my unhealthy addiction towards thrillers. But, somehow I don’t feel the same affinity with the modern spy thrillers. With their over use of gadgets and other technology I feel left out. And also the whole concept of one man fighting terrorist and uncovering political conspiracy over and over again without his cover as a spy being blown, is not digestible. For me a spy thriller served as standalone novel is the best way.Mrs. Pollifax and her “spy” thrillers though fall in the category of a series, but still manage to hold my attention till the last page. The reasons being, a fast plot with a nice twist in the end, a very modern style of writing without extra long paras or flowery language. Even the methods used by Mrs. Pollifax to solve the crime or ferret out the criminal are traditional without much emphasis on the use of gadgets. And, lastly for the protagonist, Mrs. Pollifax herself. Not a spy in the traditional sense, much more of a information collector in this book, she gets embroiled in the thick of things and uses her skills a\to come out of the whole affair unharmed and victorious. For me she represents a perfect example of what Miss Marple would have been like had she lived in USA in the 1980s.Though not as well read in recent times as these books by Dorothy Gilman should be, the writer and her series does form an integral part of any crime fiction lover’s bibliography. A thoroughly enjoyable and fast read, like most of the books in the series.

  • Susan
    2019-02-27 08:59

    I continue to really enjoy this series. They provide good, light-ish, amusing reads and this one is no exception. In this book I appreciate that Mrs. Pollifax continues to grow and find her own grove in her spying activities. I also appreciated the addition of a romantic element, and especially that this part of the book was included judiciously as an added element rather than taking over the overall story. I also appreciate that the story gave me a few good chuckles but still also the suspenseful adventurousness I expect from these books. I will definitely read the next in the series to see where it all goes, and because I really do enjoy these books.

  • Mo
    2019-03-07 12:48

    2 1/2 starsThis was much too similar to the first book in the series for me to really enjoy it. Been there, done that.

  • itchy
    2019-03-05 07:03

    simon goes out like a light!best of the series so farjust, wowi remember reading this way back in my elementary days, kudos to reader's digest condensed books and to my ma for bringing out the bookworm in mep45-46: she pointed to her suitcase next the door and he picked it up and led her out to the hotel drive.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-01 05:59

    I enjoy revisiting the Mrs. Pollifax books. I listened to this book on audible. The narration is excellent. Mrs. Pollifax is an older woman, who joined the CIA. She gets into dangerous situations, but she finds her way out of them, and helps save other lives. Mrs. Pollifax is a fun character.

  • Sara
    2019-03-08 10:54

    Fifth in the series. One of my favorites because in it she meets her soulmate. Gives one hope.

  • Colleen
    2019-03-13 11:45

    There were things I definitely enjoyed in this book. I was fearful at how Africans would be portrayed but felt the author treated everyone as people, not badly drawn caricatures. While I felt a love interest was unnecessary for Mrs. Pollifax (and may in fact, be detrimental in future books), I didn't mind Cyrus's character- fair, sturdy and broad, but open to an adventurous woman, though he is perhaps a tad too protective for my taste. I liked the daughter's love story better to be honest- coming back to herself once away from the shambles of a broken relationship. I also enjoyed seeing our buddy Farrell again.My biggest problem was the ending. I had actually guessed the right guy all along and I thought the misdirect with the female nationalist was clever. BUT they never explained really WHY the final guy did what he did- it was just left hanging with little closure. I"m never a fan of that. Overall this book just lacked in comparison to the others- it didn't fall together as nicely and was clearly more focused on introducing Cyrus than it was on the adventure at hand.

  • Dolly
    2019-03-19 09:08

    When I first saw one of the books in the Mrs. Pollifax series, I assumed it was another cozy mystery. I was expecting an American Miss Marple. Then as I read the story, I realized that it was a fun spy novel. I think of it as a Jessica Fletcher-meets-John le Carré kind of tale. I really enjoyed the first few books in the series and I was eager to read more about this entertaining character. This book takes us on safari to sub-Saharan Africa and Mrs. Pollifax does not fail to deliver an exciting adventure. I really like the characters and the plucky courage with which Emily conducts herself. I like her devil-may-care attitude and her sense of wonder and ability to take in the sights as she dashes about on her mission. I am really looking forward to reading the sixth book in the series, Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station, next.interesting quotes:"Africa at last, and not a dark continent at all, she thought exuberantly, staring at the strange world below. From this height it looked as if the earth's skin had been peeled back and cooked into a dull-orange crust and then lightly sprinkled with green lichen. Oddest of all were the upheavals appearing her and there in the earth. Really, she thought, they looked just like bubbles in a thick stew on the stove." (p. 30)"She thought of the disciplines needed in this country to avoid sudden painful death and she acknowledged ruefully that survival here was a trifle different from crossing on the green light." (p. 78)new word: rondevaals

  • Dixie Conley
    2019-03-19 08:52

    The thing to remember about this series is that a slightly dotty grandmother is really a CIA spy. Not perhaps the most by-the-book or cliche kind of spy, but a damn good one despite that. In a very unconventional way. She makes things happen simply by being herself, as she does in this novel.Sent to Africa on safari to get photographs of every person involved with it (one of whom is supposed to be a master assassin), she is also directed to check up on an old friend of herself, Farrell from her first adventure, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. She first tries his bank, but when that doesn't help, she does the obvious and places a newspaper advertisement for him. Which, unknown to her, unleashes every kind of mayhem, all directed at her. The safari has several suspicious characters, and when her first roll of film is stolen, she knows that the assassin truly must be there. She secrets a second roll of film and starts on more when she's unexpectedly kidnapped by forces wanting to be able to match Farrell with a face. Naturally she refuses. This is also something of a love story as one of the participants is a canny retired judge who is attracted to Emily Pollifax and her scattered ways.Quite a lovely little interlude in the life of Mrz. Pollifax.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-13 12:58

    In this installment, Dorothy Gilman sends the lovable Mrs. Emily Pollifax into the heart of the dark continent. With an all-expenses paid Safari to look forward to, how could she not accept, especially when there is talk of spying on an international assassin! While there, she will see a plethora of native flora and fauna, as well as come to realize that the ruthless killer she is searching for may be even closer than she first suspected. As love blossoms among the group and old comrades are sought out, this is one mission Mrs. Pollifax of New Brunswick shall never forget.

  • Kyrie
    2019-02-28 07:58

    Mrs. Pollifax goes on a safari to take pictures, in hopes the CIA can find a potential assassin before he kills the president of Zambia. However, she gets kidnapped by Rhodesian terrorists, has her film stolen and meets Cyrus. Ferrell turns up again too. He's not as charming as Robin, but a good sidekick, even if he isn't meant to be a sidekick.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-28 11:09

    August 2016 reread -- I am increasing my rating from 3 to 4 stars. The Mrs. Pollifax books aren't great literature but they are a lot of fun and the best of them stand up well to rereading. Amazing how the world has changed since this was first published in 1976 - issues that were of great contemporary interest then are now of more historical interest. But the characters still shine :)

  • Teri-K
    2019-03-17 12:52

    One of the best in this series. Mrs P not only gets her man - a serial killer who destabilizes nations - but she gets a man. This is the book where she meets Cyrus Reed. :) There are some interesting details about camera safaris and enough adventure to satisfy just about anybody. Lots of fun!

  • Beth
    2019-03-06 11:45

    Second time around I really appreciated the scenery and the fast, evocative descriptions. I vaguely remembered who *didn't* do it although I had forgotten most of the details of the plot. I can't believe the artist missed the chance to draw the umbrella. At least they got the hat!

  • Gail W
    2019-03-18 10:41

    I typically do not give cozy mysteries a 5. But I had to on this one, just because of how it made me feel. I love any book that can make me at least chuckle, even make me a little tense but at the same time teaching me something. Mrs. Pollifax's adventures are usually out of the country (she's a "New Jersey girl"). Dorothy Gilman ddan excellent job of rolling Mrs. Pollifax's assignment in with the political and cultural history of the times and always adding local culture lessons into the mix.Another reviewer noted that this series just keeps getting better over time. I must agree and this book was where I really saw it. The prose for describing Zambia and the Zambian people she meets on the way can take your breath away. I simply felt good when listening to this!

  • Dora Carson
    2019-02-26 13:41

    I love the character of Mrs. Polifax so I was happy to read another book in the series, but the story in this installment falls a little flat. The action takes a long time to get underway. The ending is rather abrupt. While Mrs. Polifax's ability to handle difficult situations is usually the highlight, I thought the best part of this book were the descriptions of the safari. The one thing readers of the series can really look forward to is the reappearance of the character of John Farrell. Overall, this is my least favorite of the first 5 books in the series, but I wasn't disappointed enough not to read the next one.

  • Niki
    2019-03-07 07:59

    I gave this one 3 stars because of the abrupt ending. I liked the story and the characters were very interesting. I thought that throughout the book Emily seemed a bit less sure of herself due to having a love interest. I was relieved that she had regained some of her confidence and spunk by the end of the book.

  • Shirley
    2019-03-08 14:00

    I find this series so far fetched, but do enjoy the characters. Situations are unbelievable, but fun to read. I did like this one better than the last. Seemed pretty easy to figure out but a great setting

  • Jerri Rush
    2019-02-24 07:52

    So fun!Great reading! I really enjoyed this book. I love Africa and the description s of the animals and safari life were just enough to be interesting without being tedious! Wonderful plot twists!

  • Irene
    2019-03-17 09:45

    Loved it! Want to know what happens with Cyrus...

  • Sarah Pecinovsky
    2019-03-02 14:06

    My favorite book of the series.

  • Mary
    2019-02-21 11:01

    Really fun.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-14 07:58

    Best so far!

  • Caroline Hayes
    2019-03-01 07:48

    Exquisitely written with the perfect amount of humor and mystery!

  • Michele Benson
    2019-02-21 07:55

    Mrs. Pollifax saves the president of Zambia from assassination and gets a kiss under the African stars.

  • Anna Schubert
    2019-03-11 05:43

    I just love these books so very, very much.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-25 13:58

    Zambia looking for assassin. Entertaining.

  • Pelican Rapids
    2019-02-25 12:01

    This lady can get in such dangerous situations, but always manages to get out of them