The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (by Dorothy Gilman) was an unexpected pleasure to read. I was a bit concerned that the book might feel out of date when I saw the copyright was 1966, but the characters were fresh, the plot line (taking into effect the end of the Cold War, etc.) was believable, and I loved Mrs. Emily Pollifax. Gilman created a wonderful character in Mrs. Pollifax, one who is both naïve and resourceful, trusting and ruthless, and able to rise to the occasion, no matter what that occasion may be.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Mrs. Pollifax books (and there are fourteen of them), Emily Pollifax is widow in her sixties from New Jersey who finds herself bored to tears. Her children are all grown and her volunteer work leaves her feeling useless and old. She remembers that she once dreamed of being a spy and so she heads to Washington to volunteer her services to the CIA. Through a mix-up, she ends up being chosen to be a courier and is sent to Mexico City. And that is where the adventure begins.
I don’t know why it has taken me this long to discover the Mrs. Pollifax series, but now that I have, you can be sure I will be reading the rest of them very soon!