Dorothy Gilman’s books are lighthearted spy stories. These tales are not at all like the plot of The Americans. Mrs. Pollifax is a woman of a certain age who wants to help her country and experience adventure. These are fun reads that were first published in the mid-60s. If you crave an easy read, the series is worth considering.
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent. This time, the assignment sounds as tasty as a taco. A quick trip to Mexico City is on her agenda. Unfortunately, something goes wrong, and our dear Mrs. Pollifax finds herself embroilied in quite a hot Cold War–and her country’s enemies find themsleves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady.
The Mr. and Mrs. North books are set in New York. They remind me of nothing so much as the Thin Man movies. The books were originally published in the 1940s and 1950s. I think that they were out of print for awhile. Mr. and Mrs. North solve their cases pretty much between martinis. As is true for Mrs P above, the series is a light, relaxing one.
So, there you have it…bargains and nostalgia both!