Mrs. Pollifax is a lovable grandmother type who just happens to be a secret CIA operative! Just as she is settling in for tea, she receives an urgent call from Mr. Carstairs, an agent at the CIA, asking her to leave immediately for Istanbul to help rescue a secret agent. Amid concerns that she will miss next week’s Art Association tea, she agrees to help the CIA since she longs to be useful and loves the exhilaration of the dangerous missions. Far from being a trite caricature of a bumbling, older woman, Mrs. Pollifax is intelligent, resourceful and admired by friends and foe. In her missions, Mrs. Pollifax teams up with several unexpected allies to overcome danger and complete her assignments. The tales are delightful and often give insight into different countries and cultures since her assignments send her to the far corners of the world. The novels are several years old, but are still relevant, charming and entertaining. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys an intelligently written, fun mystery!