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I love it when you read a series that becomes better as you move into it Better because you becomeattached to the characters,invested in their development, and payattention 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 I love it when you read a series that becomes better as you move into it Better because you becomeattached to the characters,invested in their development, and payattention 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 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 suspensef 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 An entertaining mystery with Mrs Pollifax, the retired widow turned sleuth It warrants 4 stars, but also an extra star for the location, Zambia, where I lived in the years in which the story takes place Cairo Road and the Assembly building in Lusaka, Kafue National Park, the Kafue river they all evoke fond memories. 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 o 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, muchof 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 ( DOWNLOAD BOOK ) ♫ Mrs. Pollifax on Safari ♀ Now the incredible Mrs Pollifax has been sent on a safari to smoke out a very clever international assassin whose next target is the president of Zambia Just take a lot of pictures of everyone on that safari, the CIA man told her One of them has to be our man It sounded simple enough But it wasn t Because 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 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 rud to be living in Zambia, so she hopes to look him up as well But neither of those intentions go ac 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 rud 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 adventureI 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 evenexciting 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 AF 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.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 60sthis 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 timesBishop uses a computer for the first time in this installment in the seriesand 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 ButI 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 More of the same and that s not necessarily a bad thing My spouse really likes the series, and, to the extent we ve already purchased them, I ll probably keep reading them but, alas, not at the same pace at which my spouse consumes them Specifically, I m highly disinclined to read them back to back, and I m confident I find thempalatable when they re only occasionally sprinkled in among my other reading As someone who has lived abroad and traveled worked extensively in other More of the same and that s not necessarily a bad thing My spouse really likes the series, and, to the extent we ve already purchased them, I ll probably keep reading them but, alas, not at the same pace at which my spouse consumes them Specifically, I m highly disinclined to read them back to back, and I m confident I find thempalatable when they re only occasionally sprinkled in among my other reading As someone who has lived abroad and traveled worked extensively in other countries, I do find the travelogue aspects of these books entertaining In that context andbroadly , I m particularly struck by the period piece or time machine aspects of the stories For example 1 it s a lot easier fastercomfortable to fly to Southern Africa these days for example, you can fly direct to Accra, Ghana, from Washington DC or just about anywhere in Africa with only one stop, typically in a major European capital 2 well, let s just put it out there living in the Internet mobile phone era, it s remarkable how complicated life used to be and 3 digital photography OK, and mobile phone and iPad photography makes film based photography plot lines feel increasingly archaic Of the five books in this series I ve read so far, this one felt the shortest and, at times, most rushed, least well developed More so than some of the others, I found the extraordinary number of loose ends and unaccounted for or unresolved characters distracting frustrating disappointing, but I m guessing by the time she got to this one back when she was writing , Gilman realized she had a successful serial on her hands, and she felt less pressure to ensure that the individual books stood on their own but, of course, that may simply not be the case.Ultimately, a quick, fun entertaining read particularly if you enjoy the series but alas nothing particularly special That grandmotherly spy Mrs Pollifax, with her penchant for flamboyant hats and her friendly interest in everyone she meets, heads to Zambia in this fifth installment of Dorothy Gilman s series devoted to her espionage adventures Her mission, while on safari, is to take photographs of all of her fellow travelers, as Mr Carstairs and the CIA have it on good authority that one of them is an international assassin known as Aristotle Things rarely go as planned on a Mrs Pollifax mission however, That grandmotherly spy Mrs Pollifax, with her penchant for flamboyant hats and her friendly interest in everyone she meets, heads to Zambia in this fifth installment of Dorothy Gilman s series devoted to her espionage adventures Her mission, while on safari, is to take photographs of all of her fellow travelers, as Mr Carstairs and the CIA have it on good authority that one of them is an international assassin known as Aristotle Things rarely go as planned on a Mrs Pollifax mission however, and soon our redoubtable retiree finds herself kidnapped by some very dangerous peopleI have always enjoyed Mrs Pollifax on Safari, since first reading it along with the rest of the series then in publication as an adolescent First, there is our eponymous heroine, with her cheerful, upbeat, hopeful view on her fellow human beings I am no expert on spy novels these are, in fact, the only ones I have read but it strikes me that this must be unusual, in the genre Second, there is the poetic description of Zambia, and the beauties of the natural world, which would make any reader long to go on safari herself As another reviewer has noted, the travelogue aspect of this series is one of its great charms Third, the reader gets to witness the happy reunion with John Sebastien Farrell, whom Mrs Pollifax met and befriended in her first adventure, The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax , and who is a favorite character Fourth, Mrs Pollifax s new view spoiler beau, and eventual second husband hide spoiler , Cyrus Reed, debuts here These factors all make this an engaging addition to the series I see that some other reviewers felt that Dorothy Gilman failed to grasp the geopolitics of the region, during this period, but while their criticisms may indeed be just, as someone not conversant with the history, I feel ill equipped to judge Still, those who do knowabout the subject might want to keep that in mind, when approaching the book With that proviso, I recommend this one to anyone who has read and enjoyed the previous books in the Mrs Pollifax series 2019 reread via Recorded Books audiobook narrated by Barbara Rosenblat 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 ofhistorical interest But the characters still shine 2019 reread via Recorded Books audiobook narrated by Barbara Rosenblat 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 ofhistorical interest But the characters still shine This entry of the Mrs Pollifax series introduced Cyrus Reed On safari, Mrs Pollifax has the assignment of simply taking photos of everyone in the group, as the CIA thinks that a hitman might be using the safari to make plans for his her next assassination And then things happen.What I really like about Mrs Pollifax is the fact that she never just accepts her situation She always tries to come up with some kind of plan Whether it works or not, at least she isn t just sitting there waiting to be killed.Another quick and fun read.