The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman

I had listened to Mrs. Pollifax’s 6th adventure (Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station) and liked it enough to try this third installment, originally published in 1971. Mrs. Pollifax is off to Bulgaria for another secret mission for the CIA, smuggling eight false passports in her specially constructed new hat. Gilman really captures the sense of dread and foreboding that was life in many ways behind the Iron Curtain before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Spies, secret police, underground patriots and overbearing government employees abound in this story but Mrs. Pollifax, aided by an American flower child and the Bulgarian underground pulls off her assignment and more. I listened to the book on CD and the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, really created radio theater with her excellent performance.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh

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