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The last thing Mrs. Pollifax expects to find in her closet is a young woman hiding. Kadi Hopkirk insists that that she’s being pursued by two men in a van. Under the cover of darkness, Mrs. P. tries to drive Kadi 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 tThe last thing Mrs. Pollifax expects to find in her closet is a young woman hiding. Kadi Hopkirk insists that that she’s being pursued by two men in a van. Under the cover of darkness, Mrs. P. tries to drive Kadi 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 important 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…...

Title : Mrs. Pollifax Pursued
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ISBN : 9780449149560
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Mrs. Pollifax Pursued Reviews

  • Andrea
    2018-11-29 04:22

    A big jump here from the first book, but the eleventh in this series retains much of the charm and verve of the first book. It's a pity most of these aren't available to me in audio.

  • itchy
    2018-12-15 08:17

    insert calliope music herewhat!? emily got upstaged!?

  • Nancy
    2018-12-17 08:17

    I love the Mrs. Pollifax books, and have been a fan for many years. I found the first Mrs. Pollifax books in the Reader's Digest Condensed books. I bought a paperback sent of five of her books, many years ago. I have since bought several of her books from audible, and I like to listen to them as I go to sleep. I love the idea of a little old lady working for the CIA. 14 February 2015I like to listen to books before I go to sleep, so I played this book again. I put it on the timer, and go to sleep while listening. The next night I put it back a little, and play it on the timer again. 16 March 2015

  • Susan Bernhardt
    2018-11-26 11:23

    Dorothy Gilman, always at her best. A reread for me.

  • Kathleen
    2018-12-03 11:10

    A very fun Polifax case. She spent most of the book in the US, but it was as interesting as ever. I am almost finished with the series and will be bummed to say goodbye to this plucky CIA operative.

  • Cindee
    2018-12-18 10:12

    Once again, Dorothy Gilman delights with more adventures for the wonderful Mrs. Pollifax. For those of you unfamiliar with Emily Pollifax, she is a senior citizen, member of the Garden Club... and operative with the CIA. This installment finds Mrs. Pollifax discovering a young woman hiding in her pantry after noticing a white van passing her house repeatedly. The young woman tells Mrs. Pollifax that the van began following her after she ran unexpectedly into a childhood friend. He managed to tell her that he was under guard before secretly giving her a package to hold for him. Naturally, Emily decides to help her. They sneak out of the house and onto the highway, only to be followed relentlessly by another car. Mrs. Pollifax enlists her friends at the bureau to take them out of harm's way... and the fun begins. I listened to the audio version of this book and I have to give a shout out to Barbara Rosenblat, who does a marvelous job as narrator. Her many characters spring to life with her every inflection. This was a most enjoyable read!

  • Mark Baker
    2018-12-03 07:12

    The last thing Mrs. Pollifax expected to find that day was a young woman hiding in her closet. Kadi is afraid of the men who have been driving by in a van for the last couple of days, and Mrs. Pollifax’s efforts to sneak her out of the house end with both of them on the run. A call to Carstairs at the CIA leads them to an unusual safe house and another mystery. Are the two related?This is a bit of an unusual entry in the series since it takes place mostly in the US and Carstairs plays a much more active part in the story. However, I like it for that change of pace. The plot relies a bit more on coincidence than is normal for the series (which is saying something), but all the various threads do wind up playing a part in the end. Overall, another great entry in the series.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Ryan
    2018-12-05 05:16

    I prefer Mrs. Pollifax before she remarried - Cyrus seems to get in the way, and always has to be gotten out of the picture. I re-read this one because I remembered the reference to Leopold and the Congo. It is interesting to see how the bad guys change over time (like James Bond's villains), but reassuring that Mrs. Pollifax handles them all with lots of spunk and ingenuity.

  • Mary
    2018-11-30 11:18

    I enjoyed the story. I have been listening to the audio book on my drive to work. It made me laugh and escape from the real world for awhile. For me that is what a good book will do. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Sara
    2018-11-22 10:11

    Not an exotic location but an exotic mise-en-scene, a carnival on the east coast of the United States - snake handlers, contortionists, etc. However there is an African connection...a fictional country this time but true to the history of several real countries.Some fun characters and wild plot twists. Satisfying ending.Memorable but not her absolute best - the happy ending seems implausible. But there is a well-run African country - Botswana - so perhaps it could be real.

  • Jesse
    2018-11-28 05:05

    Instead of Mrs. Pollifax setting off to find adventure, this time, the adventure comes to her. Cyrus is off at a convention, a mysterious and conspicuous van keeps showing up around the neighborhood, and a young woman shows up in Mrs. P’s house, begging for help. After a fast-paced car chase, Mrs. P and her new companion Kadi need to find a place to go to ground and get rid of their pursuers…so it’s a good thing she has “connections.” The CIA get her to a safe house, no questions asked—at first. But when the questions do come, it appears that Mrs. P may have stumbled upon something that is a lot bigger than she had first assumed.This book had a lot going on. A lot. Far too much, if you ask me. The Mrs. Pollifax series is one of my favorites, but this book is the weakest one so far, in my opinion. There are lots of good ideas, but they’re all jumbled together in a way that doesn’t really make the sum of the whole greater than that of the parts. There were several story ideas in here – a kidnapping of a wealthy businessman, the political drama of a developing African nation, life in a carnival – to name a few, and they just did not mesh well together.First – much of the action (more than three-quarters of the story) took place within the United States. This is a departure from previous adventures which are international in nature, and feature Mrs. Pollifax, and American agent, going abroad to many colorful, exciting, and exotic destinations (to the American palate). That was the audience these books were written for, and up until now they have done well with that. It is exciting to think of Mrs. Pollifax going off the beaten path in Turkey, or to mountain lookouts in Bulgaria, or to the jungles of Thailand or the far reaches of mainland China, but…Massachusetts? Maine?! Something just…falls flat, although it is not the destination itself. This is something I gave a fair amount of thought; one of the pillars of Mrs. Pollifax adventure stories are the exotic destinations and the colorful people she meets. Could it work as well on home territory? I think it could, but it just didn’t, here. What about exploring a remote, secluded part of the Grand Canyon? Or the Badlands? Or the Everglades? Or the creepy cemeteries of old Louisiana? There is no shortage of exotic locales here within the USA, but for me, a carnival in rural New England just didn’t cut it.And about the carnival. Reading this book, it seems to me that Dorothy Gilman probably wanted to work a carnival, and the carnival life, into a book somehow. Any writer, amateur or professional, sometimes has something cool or interesting happen in their lives, or they see something while they’re out and about, and they think “Hey! I need to work that into a story.” Though I am by no means comparing myself to Dorothy Gilman, I’ve had that same thought hundreds of times. But sometimes it just doesn’t work, and this was one of those times. I say that objectively and not just because the carnival life is not really all that interesting to me (which it isn’t, at least not in a Mrs. Pollifax adventure). There was a great description of the life behind the scenes, of what it’s like to be on the working end of a carnival, and in true Dorothy Gilman style there are unforgettable, vibrant characters and even some new vocabulary words to learn. But I was shaking my head in confusion when Mrs. P and Kadi arrived at the carnival, and was still shaking my head when they left.(view spoiler)[For example, the whole sub-plot with the other agent Lazlo, and the episode where he was stabbed, seemed far-fetched to begin with, but then when it ended up being Jasna the knife-thrower and her supposedly-blind “father” who was really her husband, it totally lost me. And by the end of the book, did any of that matter anyway??Not to mention the Inglescu connection with the guy who ran the carnival. I understand that it was another attempt to provide some continuity to the overall series, and remind you of past adventures with Mrs. P, but it just didn’t fit… (hide spoiler)]The carnival scenes made me feel like someone had changed the channel in the middle of a film that I was just getting into, and now I was stuck watching something I didn’t really want to watch but had to because I didn’t have any other choice.(view spoiler)[While it was neat to see Carstairs get out of his office for once, that left me scratching my head, too. All manner of hell has broken loose before, with circumstances that were much more dire than this, and he remained calmly behind his desk. Now, all of a sudden he decides to jet-set to Africa with Mrs. P and an entourage? But when he gets there, he really doesn't do a lot, anyway. Anticlimactic, if you ask me. (hide spoiler)]By the end, there were a lot of loose ends to tie up…and very few of them really got tied up. I know that the next book focuses on some of those loose threads because this story isn’t over, but at the end of this book I was left with wanting more out of this installment than there really was. This wasn’t about Mrs. P saving the day; she just happened to get caught up in a big multi-plot whirlwind of stuff and she didn’t even really have a huge hand in how things turned out. A bit disappointing, that, as I always look forward to Mrs. P outsmarting the bad guys and saving the day.

  • Cyndy
    2018-12-12 06:58

    Another good read by Dorothy Gilman. Mrs. Pollifax is once again right in the middle of things only this time quite by accident. The story mostly takes place in the U.S. and then in Africa. All the usual characters are in the story to help it along except I missed Cyrus in this one. A good cozy mystery before there were cozy mysteries.

  • Karen
    2018-12-13 11:23

    #11 in the Mrs. Pollifax series. Short & cute mystery that begins with a missing salami and sardines. Mrs. Pollifax has to call in her crime fighting friends to save a struggling African nation. Light reading for sure.

  • Ruth
    2018-11-27 03:20

    A very enchanting mystery on foreign soils. It was a fast moving story that had some unbelievable twists and turns. I was told about this series and managed to pickup #11 in the series. It read quite well even though it was #11.

  • Isaiah Vianese
    2018-11-24 11:19

    A fast-paced, fun read. The Mrs. Pollifax novels are consistent in quality, and Pursued is no exception. Also, the domestic setting was a nice twist on the Mrs. P formula--especially for a book late in the series. Highly recommended for cozy fans.

  • Shirley
    2018-12-16 10:05

    When Mrs P finds a girl hidden in her home, she calls for help. Then there is a carnival - literally. Lots of different pieces and too many characters for my taste. Interesting change. Once again Cyrus is off somewhere. Poor man never in the same place as his wife.

  • Leann
    2018-12-13 04:13

    A fun mystery made more enjoyable as an audiobook. The narrator did a great job with the different voices for each character.

  • Jan
    2018-12-06 11:23

    Another good plot.

  • Helen
    2018-12-17 03:22

    A very good read for a hot afternoon in August.

  • Margaret Osburn
    2018-11-29 04:17

    Love Mrs. Pollifax. Great mystery. Fun characters. Great ending. Short and interesting. Read and enjoy.

  • Joan
    2018-11-19 09:27

    As usual Mrs Pollifax gets herself into a situation and ingeniously gets herself out. Just plain fun reading.

  • Alisa
    2018-12-04 09:13

    To be honest, this is a 2-3-star book. The outcome was predictable with a couple deus ex machina, but Mrs Pollifax was her usual entertaining self so I ended the book happily.

  • An Odd1
    2018-12-01 08:06

    Emily Pollifax finds girl Kadi Hopkirk 19 hiding in her junk closet from followers. Kadi's friend Sammy is son of assassinated president of African country Ubangiba, gives her "sacred royal gold ring" p 166. Why does artifact easily faked prove valid birth certificate to 'common people'? Emily speedily drives Kadi away. CIA Carstairs installs Emily and Kadi in a safe house - a carnival already protecting one injured agent. Soon everyone feels at home. Kadi is art student; her drawings identify guilty parties. Dirty white van labelled CHIGI SCAP METAL after Emily and Kadi was also at kidnapping of rich Henry Bidwell, hauled out of East River, driver killed p 139. "President-for-Life Simoko is dead" p 140 murdered. Boozy Tim "to identify the person who stepped on his foot two nights ago he would soon become conspicuous .. watching like that" p 133. Emily sees danger for Tim, so do I. Tim is drugged, put in place of target for knife thrower Jasna, really Olga, wanted by Interpol. (view spoiler)[Jasna's "bearded blind 'father' .. husband Tamas" of Olga p 157. Bidwell fakes kidnap, pays to buy Ubangiba coutry. Clue that King Leopold of Belgium 1865-1909 bought Congo is remote - unnecessary? Hiding in the carnival, small trailer of Emily and Kadi is searched, nothing stolen, true identities revealed.(hide spoiler)]Kadi pretends to be Emily's daughter Katherine; Emily pretends to be sister of Carstairs, who pretends to be have "once visited Mr Hopkirk, the mission doctor here" p 174. New King Sammat, "from university in the United States after four years away" p 174 shares car "offer of hospitality .. leave together" p 175 despite villain "Lecler furious" p 177.The climax comes when Carstairs tears speech pages written by Achille Lecler for Sammat "into shreds .. confetti" p 182. Kadi closes balcony doors to roar of crowd at Sammat speaking impromptu. Attaché case holding $50M in unmarked bills will be foreign aid, not purchase price of country. Emily pulls back curtain to show Bidwell, missing "nine days" p 185. Bidwell and Lecler wanted to mine coal with cheap labor. Lecler draws 9 mm Smith and Wesson, threatens "None of you will leave this room alive" p 185. All are too far away from Lecler (view spoiler)[except soldier. Joseph "in his scarlet uniform who moved up behind Lecler as soundlessly as a cat .. turned him around and hit .. his jaw" p 185 broken. Bidwell faints.(hide spoiler)]"Conrad's Heart of Darkness brought it [Belgian King Leopold's 1905 purchase of Congo] clearly to the world - Europe did nothing, nothing at all" p 192. I read Conrad, but did not know underlying politics.

  • David Freudenburg
    2018-12-02 10:22

    One of the most popular genres today is the "Cozy Mystery." This book is similar to those books, but I would call it a "Cozy Spy Novel." It has all the hallmarks of a spy story: disguises, exotic foreign lands, good guys and bad guys, mysterious identities and disappearances, karate, and even a handgun. Unfortunately it is so cozy that it is hokey and unbelievable. Although it is written for adults, the level of suspense, terror and emotional power is more at the level of a book for elementary school children.

  • Christine Keleny
    2018-12-16 03:12

    This author was recommended to me by one of the beta-readers of my Agnes book. I picked up an audio book, since I needed something to listen to in my car when I get tired of the radio.Stats: Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat, 5 discs, 6 hours worth. Print book was published in 1995, 240 pagesBlurb: (Goodreads) Emily Pollifax finds a surprise in her junk closet, girl Kadi Hopkirk hides from followers. Kadi's friend Sammy, is son of assassinated president of African country Ubangiba and gave her a secret. CIA Carstairs installs Emily and Kadi in a safe house - at a carnival. Was dirty white van labelled CHIGI SCAP METAL also at kidnapping of rich Henry Bidwell?What I liked: It's an entertaining story overall. I haven't read any of the other Pollifax stories so I didn't know the character, but that didn't matter, other than it might have explained why Mrs. P's husband didn't seem to care she left home and eventually the country! unannounced. Picking a circus as a hiding place was great for Ms Gilman. Always interesting characters in a circus! What I didn't like: Not too much. The scenes in the African country seemed a bit far-fetched (two men scheming to take over a whole country, as small as it may have been) and I wasn't sure why Mrs. Pollifax and the young woman have to tag along. It also wrapped up pretty neatly and quickly, but it was still an entertaining story.Rating: 4/5 or 3.5 I can't seem to decide

  • Liz
    2018-12-05 10:59

    I read this one during a long day at the Emergency Room, waiting for test results with my dad. (He will be getting a pacemaker in a couple of days, because his 90-year-old heart needs a little help. He was having periods of extremely low heart rate, causing a lot of dizziness.) I kept him entertained by providing incident-by-incident updates in the story, like, “Ah, they’re going to be okay now! They’ve reached the safe house, which is on the ground of a carnival!” and “Uh-oh! There seems to be somebody hiding behind the curtains in the palace of the newly-restored kingdom of Ubangiba!” Of course, it’s another improbable but exciting story from the life of Mrs. Emily Pollifax, widow-turned-spy. This time, she finds a young girl hiding in a closet at her home, and soon both of them are on the run from some men in a white van, who seem bent on killing young Kadi, who, it seems, is the friend of a young man of the royal line of the tiny African country of Ubangiba. Mrs. P. enlists the help of Carstairs and the CIA to find a place they can hide, and, at the same time, Carstairs and Co. are untangling the threads of the kidnapping of an American businessman. Both roads lead, of course, to Ubangiba. I’m happy to see that the next Mrs. P. mystery continues the story, since it really can’t be this simple to set a struggling third-world country to rights!

  •  Olivermagnus
    2018-12-03 10:02

    When her second husband, Cyrus, takes a trip to the American Bar Association meeting, Mrs. Pollifax expects that the most exciting thing on her agenda will be the upcoming garden club meeting. However, her curiosity is aroused when she keeps seeing a van drive by her country home. Even more surprising, she finds a young woman hiding in one of her closets. While trying to sneak Kadi Hopkirk away from the house, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself followed. With nowhere to turn, she calls Carstairs at the CIA, who whisks her away to a most unusual safe house with a mystery all its own. Unlike most books in the series, this one takes place almost completely in the United States. We only leave the country at the end of the book. The plot moves forward quickly with several seemingly unrelated threads coming together in the end. I prefer the stories where Mrs. Pollifax goes to a different country, but overall this was really interesting. If you've enjoyed other Mrs. Pollifax mysteries you are sure to enjoy this one as well. I understand the next book, Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Hunter, goes to the fictional African country of Ubangiba and continues the characters we met in Mrs. Pollifax Pursued.

  • Joyce
    2018-12-09 05:00

    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.

  • Theshrewedshrew
    2018-11-27 04:00

    I've been reading a few reviews, I think laying down sleeping and trying to read a few chapters managed to outpace myself and I've encountered a few holes or maybe they were just me skimming a bit or maybe I just found the part forgettable. But after talking to Tim till the next day, mrs Pollifax and kadi talk about things that happened... And I remember nothing except at Langley. Reading such this book has almost the same pace. Maybe even a better one. I believe there were 2 counts of murder against our villian, 4 counts of attempted murder... Maybe 5 I you count the first one twice, I would. Kidnapping, tax evasion, (surely there is some law about owning and using a fake passport), not to mention any number of laws broken by keeping the prince held hostage in Yale. All could be added as a conspiracy charge and given equal sentences to our villains. For starters. And his lack of ignorance of such affairs. Goes to show why the CIA doesn't act inside America. Also they could try the Casey Anthony route and force him to pay for the FBI and local law enforcement's time.

  • Kate
    2018-12-15 08:04

    I've been re-reading Mrs. P via audiobooks. This one, a performance by several actors from Brilliance, is the worst audio book I've read, perhaps just because Barbara Rosenblat is so good at the others. I suppose you could listen to it on purpose if you have always imagined Carstairs sounding like Jack Nicholson. Otherwise get a different version. Gilman rarely disappoints, even though Emily was getting a bit stale by the mid-nineties. Here, after dropping Cyrus off for a conference, she finds a terrified girl hiding in their house and Mrs. P and Kady must evade Kady's pursuers while trying to figure out why she's in such danger. The sweet part is that they end up in a carnival, which is quite fun. However, Mrs. P suffered once her audience was no longer so ready to believe in new ageyism, and the character herself was never quite the same after being tortured way back in Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha.