Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mrs.Pollifax, Innocent Tourist by Dorothy Gilman

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Mrs.Pollifax, Innocent Tourist
by Dorothy Gilman

ISBN: 0-449-91137-3
Hardback: 205 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Released: 1997

Source: Used book sale at lbrary.

Book Description from Google Books:
Working with her retired CIA friend John Farrell, Mrs. Pollifax must smuggle a manuscript out of Jordan, a document that encodes the shocking truth of Saddam Hussein's reign.

Hardly are the two airborne when the coils of Middle Eastern intrigue begin to unwind. Mrs. Pollifax's seatmate is not the affable Arab businessman he pretends to be. It is not imagination that persuades Mrs. P. that wherever they go, she and Farrell are followed. To elude their pursuers in such a politically volatile country isn't easy. In fact, it can be downright deadly. . . .

My Review:
Mrs.Pollifax, Innocent Tourist is a suspense/spy novel that doesn't take itself to seriously. Apparently, this book is the thirteenth in the series, but you can follow the story without having read the previous books, and this book didn't spoil details of the previous novels.

The characters were interesting and engaging. There wasn't a lot of detail to the action, but there was some nice setting detail. While this would qualify as a spy novel, they didn't have neat gadgets nor were they sneaky. They're extremely careful to do everything needed to look like innocent tourists, but then they talk about CIA connections and other suspicious details in front of their previously unsuspecting tour guide. It's also a suspense novel, but it was hard for me to take the physical danger to the main characters seriously. The suspense (for me) was more about would the guy with the manuscript make it, and would they manage to connect up with him?

There was a fair amount of explicit bad language. There was no sex. Overall, it's a fast, fun read.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Excerpt: Read an excerpt using Google Preview.


Laura Fabiani said...

Every time I read one of your suspense novel reviews I get the itch to read one myself. It probably wouldn't be this one but the urge is there nonetheless.

Genre Reviewer said...

Laura, nice to know. :) I enjoy suspense novels, too, obviously, and I'm glad I tend to review ones that sound interesting to you.