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Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer [School & Library Binding]

Dorothy Gilman
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January 1997 0613292995 978-0613292993
In response to a desperate SOS, Kadi Hopkirk flies to the African country of Ubangiba, where her childhood friend, Sammat, is soon to be crowned king. Mrs. Pollifax, reluctant to allow the girl to venture alone into what she fears may be grave danger, crashes the party. On arrival, Kadi and Mrs. P. soon discover that Sammat has dangerous enemies. Rumors are springing up that he is a sorcerer who is responsible for a rash of shocking murders in which the victims appear to have been clawed to death by a lion. These crimes are especially terrifying because there are no lions in Ubangiba. So Mrs. Pollifax wades into the fray, hunting for the source of the bloody terrorism that threatens Sammat and Ubangiba - not to mention Kadi and Mrs. Pollifax. . . .
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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The elderly investigator assists a young man who is about to be crowned king of an African country.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Gilman has a fiercely loyal following, so this latest entry in her highly popular Mrs. Pollifax series is sure to be a hit. Emily Pollifax, the intrepid undercover agent, is off to Africa with newfound friend Kadi Hopkirk, the daughter of martyred African missionaries. Kadi's lifelong friend Sammat is in line to become king of Ubangiba, the country where Kadi's parents were murdered in the dangerous days before a series of political coups brought young Sammat to power. But Sammat has run into serious problems, and it looks as if he may not be crowned king after all. A trio of brutal murders where the victims are supposedly clawed to death by a lion has generated rumors that Sammat is an evil sorcerer who's somehow causing the deaths. With the Ubangiban people terrified and suspicious, Sammat begs Kadi to come back to Africa to provide moral support, and naturally, Mrs. Pollifax goes along to see if she can help put Sammat's enemies behind bars. Silly enemies--don't they know that no one can outwit Mrs. Pollifax? Emily Melton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars More adventure for Mrs. P. Oct. 1 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gilman's charming spy is back, this time in a book that is more of a sequel than another series entry. Even if you don't normally read series books in order like I do, I strongly suggest you meet Kadi and friends in MRS POLLIFAX PURSUED before reading this one. Now our beloved Emily Pollifax is traveling to Kadi's home turf, Ubangiba, to untangle a web of political intrigue with her usual clever style.
There was a noticeable lack of CIA presence in this book that made me wonder if Emily had made a copmlete break from the agency, but then I noticed INNOCENT TOURIST and UNVEILED both come after this one and seem to involve the CIA again. I found the clues a little easier to spot in this book than in earlier stories, but it was great fun putting them together for a satisfying conclusion. All in all, another great Mrs. Pollifax adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to "Mrs. Pollifax Pursued" May 1 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
In Dorothy Gilman's previous book, "Mrs. Pollifax Pursued", she introduces us to Kadi, the daughter of Ubandiba missionaries, and her college friend Sammy, who is now trying to rule the country after many years of dictatorship. Sammy calls upon Kadi for help and Mrs. Pollifax decides to accompany her. There have been a series of violent deaths at the hands of a "lion killer", one who dons a lion costume, and Sammy's enemies have accused him of being behind the murders. When Kadi arrives in Ubandiba, she becomes the target of an old enemy, and Mrs. Pollifax does her best to protect the young girl. A potential archaeological dig and the hint of romance for Kadi combine with political intrigue and murder to create another satisfying story of Mrs. Pollifax.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ubangiba may elicit yawns July 18 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While the story is interesting and Gilman does a good job of describing an African nation in the shaky position between "President for Life" and new king, the amount of attention paid to daily life in Ubangiba was a little boring for me. Toward the end of the book the story picked up a little and I was more interested, but "Lion Killer" is definitely not Gilman's best work. Still Mrs. Pollifax is a charmer and a Pollifax book that rates four stars is still head-and-shoulders above many five star mysteries by other authors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling mystery worth reading May 21 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read this story and many other Mrs. Pollifax books by Dorothy Gilman. This story is full of mystery and action while taking you to a foreign land. It will keep your attention through the entire book. It is full of suspense. When I was reading this book I didn't want to put it down. I highly recommend this book for those that like mystery books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ubangiba may elicit yawns July 18 2001
By Bradley Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While the story is interesting and Gilman does a good job of describing an African nation in the shaky position between "President for Life" and new king, the amount of attention paid to daily life in Ubangiba was a little boring for me. Toward the end of the book the story picked up a little and I was more interested, but "Lion Killer" is definitely not Gilman's best work. Still Mrs. Pollifax is a charmer and a Pollifax book that rates four stars is still head-and-shoulders above many five star mysteries by other authors!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to "Mrs. Pollifax Pursued" May 1 2003
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:School & Library Binding
In Dorothy Gilman's previous book, "Mrs. Pollifax Pursued", she introduces us to Kadi, the daughter of Ubandiba missionaries, and her college friend Sammy, who is now trying to rule the country after many years of dictatorship. Sammy calls upon Kadi for help and Mrs. Pollifax decides to accompany her. There have been a series of violent deaths at the hands of a "lion killer", one who dons a lion costume, and Sammy's enemies have accused him of being behind the murders. When Kadi arrives in Ubandiba, she becomes the target of an old enemy, and Mrs. Pollifax does her best to protect the young girl. A potential archaeological dig and the hint of romance for Kadi combine with political intrigue and murder to create another satisfying story of Mrs. Pollifax.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a way to pass the time Sept. 18 2005
By Elizabeth Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I hadn't read the previous book, Mrs. Pollifax Pursued, where she apparently meets Kadi and Sammy, her main cohorts in this story. Kadi finds out that Sammy is having difficulties and so she and Mrs. Pollifax hop on the first available flight to Ubandiba, where Sammy is the current ruler. The people are terrified by the rumors and murders of the Lion Killer, all of which point to Sammy. Kadi, daughter of murdered Ubandiba missionaries, becomes a target of the Lion Killer and Mrs. Pollifax must use her resources and ingenuity to save them all. I listened to this book, and it was a pleasant diversion on a long drive.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More adventure for Mrs. P. Oct. 1 2000
By Christina P. Branson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gilman's charming spy is back, this time in a book that is more of a sequel than another series entry. Even if you don't normally read series books in order like I do, I strongly suggest you meet Kadi and friends in MRS POLLIFAX PURSUED before reading this one. Now our beloved Emily Pollifax is traveling to Kadi's home turf, Ubangiba, to untangle a web of political intrigue with her usual clever style.
There was a noticeable lack of CIA presence in this book that made me wonder if Emily had made a copmlete break from the agency, but then I noticed INNOCENT TOURIST and UNVEILED both come after this one and seem to involve the CIA again. I found the clues a little easier to spot in this book than in earlier stories, but it was great fun putting them together for a satisfying conclusion. All in all, another great Mrs. Pollifax adventure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy Gilman's works are the best! Sept. 9 2012
By Mariah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
All Dorothy Gilman's works are wonderful. I so appreciate what she brought to millions of us before she passed to Spirit this year...what a treasure trove she left behind. All the Mrs. Pollifax's books and her other great offerings were fun, touching, humourous and very educational. She blended life experience, travel, research on ancient cultures, psychology, parapsychology and spirituality from around the world into her work. Thank you, dear Dorothy! Book was received in good condition and in a timely manner.
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