A Palm For Mrs Pollifax Author:Dorothy Gilman Karate, Garden club, yoga, a save-our-environment committee, a little spying on the side...not quite the usual assortment of hobbies for a widowed grandmother from New Jersey. But then Emily Pollifax is not quite the usual widowed grandmother. Her unconventional forays for Mr. Carstairs of the CIA have been so successful, it's only natural for ... more »him to ask her help in tracking down some stolen plutonium.
He despatches her to a psh resort-clinic in Switzerland, where he believes the radioactive contraband has been hidden. Among her fellow guests, Mrs. P. meets a charming young Englishman whose credentials aren't quite in order, a retired Grench general, a mysterious entourage from an oil-rich Mid-East nation, a beautiful Belgian from UNESCO, a not-very-sociable Egyptian in a wheelchair and assorted jet-setters.
Not a moment too soon, she discovers a brace of unexpected allies who help her deal with murder and attempted murder, an undignified exit from an anciant castle, and a monutaintop climax, where the mastermind of an insidious plot gets a homey surpise.
In short, this novel offers the same netertaining bland of humor, charm and suspense that has earned Mrs. Pollifax her legions of devoted and delighted followers.« less