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September 12, 2018


Deb Romano

There were 14 Mrs Pollifax books?? That means I have a few more to read! Hurray! I highly recommend them to anyone who has not yet read them!


I'm a slight fan of Mrs. Pollifax. (As you might have guessed from my blog's name.) But I must confess I haven't read any of her other books. I bought several of them, and I need to read them at some point.

I will highly highly second the recommendation for the Mrs. Pollifax books. They are such fun!

Susan Neace

The Clarvoyant Countess is wonderful and The Nun in the Closet almost perfectly captures the 1960s for me. I love Mrs Pollifax. All of her books are on my keeper shelf.

Art Taylor

A couple of things here, Toni --
First, so sorry about the books that got ruined! But second, appreciate the silver lining you found there and glad you've enjoyed rediscovering Gilman.

Most importantly, though, I'm struck by the anecdote you shared from the book and by your own feelings of inadequacy at Bouchercon. It's understandable (more on that in a moment) and I know you're not fishing for compliments but I just want to emphasize how great your books are--fun plots, fine writing, and, as you point out, some pertinent themes woven in throughout at time. Needless to say, you shouldn't feel the way you said you felt--which is easy enough to say when you're not inside that feeling, of course....

But at the same time, I'm saying this from inside the same feeling. I don't think I've ever gone to a writing conference and haven't left with a feeling of some inadequacy myself--about what I've written, about what I'm not writing, about where I am in all that. Such greatness on all sides, it seems, and such struggles within in various directions.

This isn't meant to be "woe is me" either (your "Don't get me wrong" line): I'm proud of what I've written, and I've been so so so fortunate in so many ways with the reception it's received. But there's something about all of it (and all of us as writers) that still nags at the conscience or prods along the inner critic or.....

Well, I don't know that I'm articulating any of this well, but just wanted to say I understand, been there myself, and sending good wishes your way. Glad Mrs. Pollifax was there to save the day! Again!

Elaine Viets

So sorry about your books, Toni. Count me as another Dorothy Gillman fan.


I'm another Dorothy Gilman fan. As much as I love the Mrs. Pollifax books, my favorite of her novels is THE TIGHTROPE WALKER. I'm sorry some of your books got wet and damaged, but I'm glad you re-discovered this wonderful writer.

Toni LP Kelner

Lucky you! Fresh Pollifax books to read. Of course, it's been so long since I read them, they're nearly new books for me!

Shame on you for not sampling Gilman's other books! I never read the young adult stuff she did, but I think I've read all the adult books.

You're so right. Though it does amuse me when she speaks of Women's Lib, instead of feminism.

You pretty much nailed it.

Given how many people are going to losing most of their belongings because of Hurricane Florence--and in the fires tonight in Massachusetts--I'm not going to complain about a dozen paperbacks. (Except that signed William Gibson--that one hurt.)

I adore THE TIGHTROPE WALKER. It was the first book I read where I thought, "That protagonist is me!" Not any more, but when I read it... I remember being shocked when I realized the book quoted in it--THE MAZE AT THE HEART OF THE CASTLE--is a real book. Gilman herself wrote it. (And I have an autographed copy!)

Triss Stein

A late thanks for the reminder about Mrs. Pollfax. It's been years. What fun to reread. And what you wrote about the plot of Incident reminds me of at least 2 real-life anecdotes I've heard about Georgette Heyer -seemingly epitome of frivolous - helping bple through WW 11 POW situations. Stories do that, and I think it's an important truth.

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