The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax #1) by Dorothy Gilman

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For some strange reason, when I picked this off my Kindle to read, I had forgotten that it was a reprint. Only some chapters in did I suddenly realise that this was not a contemporary narrative. I do not know how this reflects on my detecting skills, but I hopefully made up for it by predicting the main twist towards the end (even if I have to convince myself of that)
Mrs Pollifax is feeling alone. She is a widow with children who have grown up and moved away. As she talks to her doctor about depression (this is where I assumed it was a story based in our time!), she gets the courage to follow through on a childhood dream to be a spy! She walks into the CIAs building, and after a comedy of errors, she is actually sent on a case. This is when the story gets interesting. Mrs Pollifax is an unassuming and honest woman. She leans into whatever her mind thinks is right and not in a pushy manner. This last point is important because elderly ladies, even as heroines, are sometimes shown to be pig-headed if obtuse. She was charming and won me over by the time she gets into trouble. How Mrs Pollifax rallies and the hardships she faces are shown in a hash enough light to change the narrative’s tone! I liked the writing style and was surprised that she did not need a passport to go to Mexico City (a new thing I learnt). If given a chance, I would pick up her further adventures. Once the story gets going, it is a quick read.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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