Emily Pollifax is an agent for the CIA.
Emily Pollifax is a 63-year old widowed mother of two grown children who volunteered every day at different charities in order to remain useful but found it sadly not fulfilling or, truthfully, not much fun. When her doctor declared her in excellent health but of diminished morale, he asked innocuously if there wasn't something else she had always wanted to do. Her response was, somewhat guiltily, that she had wanted from the time of her youth to be a spy. His gentle laughter was to be expected, she thought, but the remembrance of that old desire didn't leave her. After much thought, she decided to give it one good try and off to Washington she went from her home in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Mrs. Pollifax ages a bit as the series progresses, which is natural, but her love of adventure and her sense of wonder coupled with a lot of common sense stay every bit as strong. She may not get any new gray hair from her wild exploits, since she already has a full head of it, but those who are assigned to accompany her definitely get their share.
Thus begins the amusing and completely enchanting series of adventures that Mrs. Pollifax, the most unique woman ever to wear a cloak, has had over the years. In the thirty years she has been chronicled, she has been compared to virtually every elderly female character in fiction, especially Mrs. Marple, but I stick with my comparison to the intrepid Jessica Fletcher. And that is one heckuva compliment!
Oh, when you read the description of the each assignment, read them with a grin because the premises are so bizarre, they are a hoot. And don't let snooty critics scare you away from these books. Yes, they are not 'real' espionage. They are just fun!!!