The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs Pollifax, Bk 3)
The Elusive Mrs Pollifax - Mrs Pollifax, Bk 3 Author:Dorothy Gilman While waiting for a view of her night-blooming cereus, the mild-seeming Mrs. Pollifax received urgent orders for a daring mission to aid an escape. Soon, the unlikely-looking international spy was sporting a beautiful new hat that hid eight forged passports... — Mrs. Pollifax is sent to Bulgaria with a shipment of false passports for a group of r... more »esistance members who are in imminent danger of being arrested by the secret police. On the way, she speaks with a young man who is part of a group who are also going to Bulgaria. He seems not to want to go, but does so anyway.
Once there, she sets out to find her contact, and to find a way of evading the young woman who has been sent by the state travel bureau as her minder. She runs into the girlfriend of the young man she spoke with earlier, and it turns out that he has been arrested for espionage. He is the son of a Bulgarian emigrant who has done well for himself in America and is being held for ransom by a general who is trying to topple the government.
Soon, the two women are embroiled in a mad scheme to rescue the young man and several of the intended recipients for the passports from a high-security prison, aided only by a small group of aging resistance men and an American spy.« less
This series is excellent and surprising. An unusual book because it is about a CIA operative who is well past the age you would normally expect to find. This is because Mrs. Pollifax didn't start until after her kids were raised with kids of their own and she was a widow finding life dull and boring. Her life is anything but now as she circles the globe finding adventure and risk wherever she goes. This is the third book in the series.
This is such a fun mystery! Mrs. Pollifax appears to be a grandmotherly-type and she makes friends with various people who have talents that help solve the crime. This story is set in Bulgaria. I'm reading another of the series now.