Mrs. Pollifax and the second thief

Dorothy Gilman, 1923-

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New York : Ballantine 1995.
1st Ballantine books ed
Item Description
Originally published: 1993.
Physical Description
197 p. ; 18 cm
Main Author
Dorothy Gilman, 1923- (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

That dignified New Jersey grandmother with the wicked karate chop embarks on her 10th CIA assignment, after Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish , in this sunny Sicilian adventure. Former colleague John Farrell, hired to crack a safe and lift a document signed by Julius Caesar (who ``launched his attack on Africa in 47 B.C. from the town of Lilybaeum'' in Sicily) sends an SOS while dodging a professional assassin whom he and Mrs. P. jailed some years ago. Soon she too is ducking bullets and the old pals are forced to hole up in the Villa Franca--part farm, part medieval fortress and full-time residence of young CIA agent Kate Rossiter's eccentric aunt. Ancient artifacts, hair-raising chases, art forgery, arms traffic, a nighttime assault on the villa, mysterious millionaires, spectacular scenery and unexpected romance are some of the ingredients simmering in the plot. Gilman's smooth storytelling and slyly comic tone make it easy for readers to overlook a somewhat untidy ending. (Oct.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Photographing a quiet Washington funeral in an assignment for an old friend in Sicily, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself the target of an unlikely CIA agent and a host of unseen enemies, and is forced to take refuge in a country villa. Reprint.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Emily Pollifax, a suburban New Jersey grandmother and part-time CIA agent, is sent to Sicily to investigate an ancient document, leading her into a deadly confrontation with international arms dealers

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 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.So, though the sun shines brightly, the food is delicious, and romance is in the air, Mrs. Pollifax is too busy handing out karate chops and playing catch-me-if-you-can with an assassin to enjoy the amenities . . . ."Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a rival to reckon with." -- The Toronto Star