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Publisher's Summary

A former CIA operative turned art dealer waits in Italy, wounded and in hiding, for the cavalry. According to his SOS, only Mrs. Pollifax will do....

©1993 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1993 Recorded Books

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Not As Good As The Others I Read

I found Book 10: "Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief" even too far fetched for a Mrs. Pollifax mystery to be truly entertaining.

Mrs. Emily Pollifax is sent to Italy in response to former CIA Farrell's SOS. There she finds John Sebastian Farrell wounded and needing to be kept out of sight. Her assigned Italian companion turns out to be a young woman of many talents as Emily soon learns while outrunning and out-maneuvering the string of cars following them.

There's a plethora of characters. Sometimes it's hard to keep their different roles in mind while mentally picturing what is happening and why. She and Farrell run into a former nemesis, a hired assassin Mrs. Pollifax had met in Africa on safari. Emily and Farrell were responsible for his imprisonment in France; where he should still be. "So, how could he be in Italy?"

Barbara Rosenblat gave a sterling performance, as usual. In my opinion she carried the story.

I love Mrs. Pollifax, but for those contemplating one of her stories, I would forgo this one.

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Great series

Would you consider the audio edition of Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief to be better than the print version?

Absolutely loved this whole series. Narration was great except for the last book in the series. Loved the locations and the detailed description about the people, customs, and traditions. Mrs. Pollifax character was a delight and loved her. Listened to the series twice through I enjoyed it so much. The narrator was so good, I can't imagine that reading the books would have been nearly as enjoyable.

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Mrs. P in Sicily

An old friend needs help desperately - so Mrs. P heads to Sicily. Then finds that there are quite a few people following her, and interested in her doings. An old adversary shows up, and then things really get interesting! Once again, laugh-out-loud moments are interspersed with touching moments, and nothing is ever just the way it seems. Mrs. Pollifax even gets to ride a bicycle! Excellent narration makes this adventure even better.

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Worst Mrs. Pollifax

Ugh. Terrible. I love Mrs. Pollifax, but this was awful. No plot development, poor character development, and random love stories thrown in that made no sense. Don’t waste your time on this one.

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always fun!

Loved the book and the reader. Yet another great adventure with Mrs Pollifax, an old friend, and new ones.

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The Karate-Chopping Mrs Pollifax

If you are not a fan by now, you should start from the first book. And if you are, then I don’t need to tell you how much fun Mrs Pollifax’s adventures are. Suspend any skepticism about the plot, though this time at least she didn’t need to camp out for days, and the “roughing it” was more like a quaint B&B with only a generator and no connection to an electrical grid (the estate should be turned into something for ecotourism - we even hear about some of the food and it sounds wonderful). So, in some ways it is more credible than some of her other adventures. I love these books and am already beginning to mourn for the end of the series. I reduced the usually superb reading by Rosenblat by one star because this time I felt like she sometimes slipped with her different voices and accents. But that’s really so minor. I was never confused about who is speaking.

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great installment

another great romp featuring Mrs Pollifax. Great story and great narrator
I just love these books. Fun and worth a listen

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Over the top, even for Mrs Polifax. Loved all of the series so far though

I was disappointed in this book in the aeries. It was just to unbelievable. Looking forward to the next one though!

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Very entertaining. Lots of surprises!

I really enjoyed this book! Barbara Rosenblat and her heroin Mr. Pollifax doesn't disappoint.

Many surprises. Liked that they ended up in a protected compound. Highly recommend!

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good

just the right amount of suspence and thrill for sure.will keep you on your toed.

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Great characters as always.

Gotta love the interesting characters you meet on an adventure with Mrs Pollifax! Suspense, danger and mystery keep you listening.