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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (March 12 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449208400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449208403
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.5 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My grandmother is a big fan of the MRS. POLLIFAX mysteries by Dorothy Gilman. I was at first hesitant
to try the books, because I wasn't sure if I'd be able to relate to mysteries featuring a suburban grandmother
working for the CIA. But because my grandmother's taste in literature has always been impeccable,
I decided to delve into Mrs. Pollifax's adventures. I began with THE UNEXPECTED MRS. POLLIFAX, the first
in the series, and immediately found them delightful. Mrs. Pollifax is just the kind of grandmother I'd
love to have: resourceful, intelligent, somewhat sly, and, of course, a secret CIA operative. Her
adventures take her to all corners of the globe: from an authentically described communist China
(MRS. POLLIFAX ON THE CHINA STATION) to an exhilarating safari across Africa (MRS. POLLIFAX ON
SAFARI). I've thoroughly enjoyed joining her on her adventures, and intend to read them all. I recommend them
to everyone who's interested in learning about different countries and cultures--and, obviously, espionage!

--Malinda Lo, Editorial Assistant

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on Aug. 5 2003
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I really enjoyed Mrs. Pollifax and the China Station. For folks who don't know who Mrs. Pollifax is, she's a 'sweet little old lady' who just happens to work for the CIA and have a brown belt in Karate. The stories are always filled with adventure, suspense, and yet, are for the most part wholesome and 'cozy.'
In this installment, Mrs. Pollifax is sent to China disguised as a tourist, to help rescue a prisoner from a labor camp. Armed with very minimal information and a secret partner, Mrs. Pollifax and friends, must find a way to extricate Missing Mr. " X" from China, without getting arrested, detained or worse... Killed!
This was a great installment in the Mrs. P. series. Although some of the minor characters were irritating: i.e. Jenny, and 'perfect all-knowing' Iris, I liked seeing Mrs. Pollifax in action, and her interaction with her co-agent was amusing.
Definitely a must for Mrs. P. Fans.... A fun, light mystery sure to entertain just about everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19 1999
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All of the books in the Mrs. Pollifax series (as well as the whole of Mrs. Gilmans' works) are truly delightful. The reader will be swept away by the adventure, humor and intrigue, all the while learning about the customs and history of foreign lands. You can start with any book in the series, but if you have the chance, read them all. They are not to be missed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HannahR on Oct. 14 1999
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I'm a big fan of the intrepid Mrs. Pollifax and especially enjoy this book. The intrigue, adventure and characters are wonderful and I find real involvement with the plot. Don't miss a chance to live the spying life vicariously through Emily Pollifax - especially the earlier novels which I have found are much better than her more recent additions!
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Dorothy Gilman rarely ceases to amaze with her talent at keeping the pages turning. In "Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station," Gilman once again creates plausible situations that never fail to catch the reader off guard. Again it is nearly impossible to decide whom to trust. A very fun read!
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Fun, Light Hearted Mystery Aug. 5 2003
By Serene Night - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed Mrs. Pollifax and the China Station. For folks who don't know who Mrs. Pollifax is, she's a 'sweet little old lady' who just happens to work for the CIA and have a brown belt in Karate. The stories are always filled with adventure, suspense, and yet, are for the most part wholesome and 'cozy.'
In this installment, Mrs. Pollifax is sent to China disguised as a tourist, to help rescue a prisoner from a labor camp. Armed with very minimal information and a secret partner, Mrs. Pollifax and friends, must find a way to extricate Missing Mr. " X" from China, without getting arrested, detained or worse... Killed!
This was a great installment in the Mrs. P. series. Although some of the minor characters were irritating: i.e. Jenny, and 'perfect all-knowing' Iris, I liked seeing Mrs. Pollifax in action, and her interaction with her co-agent was amusing.
Definitely a must for Mrs. P. Fans.... A fun, light mystery sure to entertain just about everyone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Charming and Entertaining - Mrs. Pollifax on assignment in China! Aug. 5 2006
By That Chatty Gal - Published on Amazon.com
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This was the second Mrs. Pollifax novel I've read and I was not disappointed. If you're at all a fan of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple - I think you'll really enjoy Mrs. Pollifax. If you've never read Mrs. Pollifax - begin with the first in the series so that you understand how she came to be working for the US Goverment - that book is: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. This book, is charming overall. The author does an excellent job hiding the identity of Mrs. Pollifax' accomplice - and enemy - until the time is right for us to know. The suspense is very good. I love the small unfolding romances as well. My only complaint, if you can call it that, is that Mrs. Pollifax is able to resolve something tricky (I won't tell you which thing and ruin it for you - don't worry) by almost luck at one point - I would have prefered her to use her brains and resourcefulness more in some instances. But - it is a minor quibble - she's so charming - I'm eager to read more of the series! Hope you enjoy it too. :)
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Mrs. Pollifax in search of Mr. X April 3 2003
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mrs. Pollifax is thrilled when Mr. Carstairs, her boss at the CIA, gives her an assignment to China. As luck would have it, Mrs. P. has recently completed a course in Chinese history, so she is primed and ready to go. She joins a tour group and is told that one of the other group members is actually a CIA agent who will become her partner later on. She tries unsuccessfully to detect her future partner and is very surprised when the agent's identity is revealed. She sees a lot of interesting Chinese countryside and tries to get acquainted with other tour group members. Later in the book, she rides a runaway horse and encounters some rough stuff from a Russian spy. This book, as the others in the series, is charming, and a little romance adds some pizzazz to this one.
The unlikliest spy June 6 2007
By Roger Long - Published on Amazon.com
It would be hard to imagine a more unlikely international spy and detective than the Emily Pollifax, garden club habitue, geranium raiser, suburban grandmother, and brown belt karate expert. But there you have it--and it all works just beautifully.

I've read about all of the Pollifax books, and so far this is the best. Mrs. Pollifax is contacted by her CIA superior and given the dangerous assignment of going to the Peoples Republic of China (during the Cold War) and rescuing a Chinese engineer who is in a remote-area labor camp/prison. In the tourist group with Mrs. Pollifax is another CIA agent, but Mrs. Pollifax is not told who he is. This secret is kept for about half the book.

The tour of China alone is quite good all by itself, especially when the tour group arrives at the Taklamakan Desert in western China. The other operative makes himself known to Mrs. Pollifax, and together they work to rescue the Chinese engineer--but not without great danger, a Soviet spy who intervenes because the USSR wants the engineer as well, and heroics on the part of the heroine. Miss Marple she is not, unless that spinster has learned to perform karate under extreme duress.

This book is satisfying on all counts: interesting plot, atmosphere, fine characterizations, and realistic dialogue. It is to be hoped that this book will remain in print for a long time.
Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station Oct. 17 2010
By screson1 - Published on Amazon.com
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ALL of the Mrs. Pollifax mysteries are great reading! There are 14 books with Mrs. Pollifax and I am not finished with all 14 just yet. I have 4 more to go and can't put them down! They move fast and keep you interested, making it difficult to pause! A friend loaned me eight of the books and I had to buy the other six! I just had to have them! I wish there were more! A little old grandmother, smart as a whip, and karate expert, too! Who'd guessed it? Picture of innocence - but not so! She's a woman to be reckoned with! And a true heroine, too! Not your typical international spy!


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