Dorothy Gilman, the author of the popular espionage thrillers featuring Mrs. Pollifax, has died. It's been a very long time since I read her books, though I remember enjoying them a lot when I read them; perhaps it's time to dig out one of her early books, which surely qualifies by now as a classic, for a review here. Mrs. Pollifax, according to the New York Times obit, " is very likely the only spy in literature to belong simultaneously to the Central Intelligence Agency and the local garden club." Going on the theory that a kindly-looking grandmother would never be suspected of being a CIA agent, Mrs. Pollifax has quite a number of adventures in the course of 14 novels published between 1966 and 2000. The Times obit has many more details. Dorothy Gilman and Mrs. Pollifax will be missed.
Hat tip: Alice Ann Carpenter of the Grave Matters bookstore.