Monday, March 23, 2009

Mrs. Pollifax on Safari

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mrs. Pollifax is deceptive, both the person and the book.

At first
Mrs. Pollifax on Safari seems like a travelogue with a little bit of story mixed in. You can almost visualize the author, Dorothy Gilman, going on a vacation trip and writing about it along the way. What a tax writeoff! If there were business tax writeoffs back then.

But about forty percent into the book, the story picks up. The bad folks kidnap Mrs. Pollifax.

The story, as always, involves who is not what they seem to be. Mrs. Pollifax's job is to figure that out and save the world (or some country) again. And again, her distinctive straw hat plays a part in the whole thing.

This story takes place in Zambia. The book was first published in 1976.

Mrs. Pollifax is great fun. I'll have more to say when I have finished the last of the three books in this one volume. We got the three-book volume, Around the World with Mrs. Pollifax, from Mystery Guild. It is great fun to read.

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