Emily Pollifax is a retired woman in New Jersey whose children live out of state. She participates in various volunteer projects, but nothing seems to satisfy her. She’s bored. So naturally, she decides to live out her childhood dream: to become a spy for the CIA.
This cozy spy novel introduces Mrs. Pollifax, an absolutely endearing character who is indeed unexpectedly full of surprises. The fact that she gets sent on a mission at all is hilarious and ridiculous and I sincerely hope that the real-life CIA is far better organized than this fictional version. The stakes never feel very high, but that’s not the point of this. The reader is meant to curl up with this book and fantasize about being friends with Mrs. Pollifax, joining her on her adventures, and asking her in for tea afterward. It’s delightful, though obviously a product of its time, having been written during the Cold War. Have a seat and enjoy this book. You won’t be disappointed.
Review by Jessica A.