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The author of the book: Dorothy Gilman
Edition: Ballantine Fawcett Gold Medal
Date of issue: September 1991
ISBN 13: 9780449147603
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Mrs. Pollifax heads to Morocco and the Western Sahara, to help a very secret offshoot of the CIA, whose sympathies lie not with Morocco but with the Polisarios of the Western Sahara. She has a list of informants, with photographs, and needs to make sure that all of the men match their names and faces, as it's rumored that there's an impostor somewhere among the chain. She isn't alone in this mission, but is paired with another agent who is quite a bit different from most of the colorful, unforgettable people she meets on her missions. This guy, to put it simply, is an insufferable jerk.
As they head south into the Moroccan desert, though, things start happening quickly, and from there, it is another roller-coaster ride, fraught with danger, excitement, and wonder. Mrs. Pollifax shines, and despite her own misgivings at the beginning of the story (worrying that Carstairs may have finally thought her too old for adventuring) she definitely proves that that isn't the case!
Yet again, I am stunned by Dorothy Gilman's attention to detail. I really wish I could've met her, because she seems to have shared my passion for the world, for exploring different places. I was intrigued by her descriptions of Morocco because it's a place I haven't studied very much. And although the book is 22 years old, I was absolutely amazed when I Googled some details and looked at some maps, just how right-on she was. For those of you who like travel, as I do, this book makes you feel almost like you're really there.
Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish reminds me a lot of the first book, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax...maybe because of the military police presence, and the constant flight from the authorities, moving onward because to stay in one place would be to be captured. Among the action, there are those little gems, those moments that provide a perfect, pensive counterpoint to all the action. Namely, Mrs. Pollifax's conversations with Sidi Tahar, as well as the part where they camped in the desert, under the stars, on their way to Rouida.
It was also very satisfying to close the loop on Mornajay - a character from the previous book, and awesome that he finally deduced Mrs. P's identity as a fellow agent. Nice bit of continuity, there!
This is another rousing Mrs. Pollifax adventure which delivers wonderfully, and Mrs. P herself is the feather in the cap, of course.
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Read information about the authorDorothy Gilman started writing when she was 9. At 11, she competed against 10 to 16-year-olds in a story contest and won first place. Dorothy worked as an art teacher and telephone operator before becoming an author. She wrote children’s stories for more than ten years under the name Dorothy Gilman Butters and then began writing adult novels about Mrs. Pollifax–a retired grandmother who becomes a CIA agent. The Mrs. Pollifax series made Dorothy famous. While her stories nourish people’s thirst for adventure and mystery, Dorothy knew about nourishing the body as well. She used to live on a farm in Nova Scotia, where she grew medicinal herbs. Her knowledge of herbs comes through in many of her stories, including A Nun in the Closet, in which a nun treats a man’s wounds with the herbs growing nearby. Many of Dorothy’s books, including Caravan, feature strong women having adventures around the world. Dorothy spent much of her life in Connecticut and Maine. She died at age 88 of complications of Alzheimer's disease.
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