Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Mystery- Dorothy Gilman

As a young mother with a husband who drove truck and was gone days at a time, I turned to my favorite hobby- Reading. Those years we were short on money but I had a library card. I would visit the library once week and take home three to four mystery books. At that time I would find an author I liked and read every book the library had by that author then move on to another author.

One of those authors was Dorothy Gilman and her Mrs. Polifax books.  I enjoyed the older character, the fact she was a member of the garden club and the CIA. The exotic settings were a great way to learn about other countries. And the mysteries were always interesting.

Some facts about Dorothy Gilman. She was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her father was a minister. She married teacher Edgar Butters in 1945 and divorced twenty years later. They had two children. She passed away in 2012 at the age of 88 from Alzheimer's disease.

Ms. Gilman started writing children's stories and had fouteen published. The first one was published in 1949 and the last one in 1983. She also wrote 9 non-series adult mysteries and fourteen Mrs. Polifax mysteries.

If you have read a Dorothy Gilman book which one was it and/or what was your favorite of her books?

Mrs. Polifax and the Whirling Dervish was my favorite Mrs. Polifax book. I enjoyed the setting of Morocco and the plot.


Sandie said...

I haven't read any of her books, but it looks like I'll be making a trip to the library soon! Thanks for the introduction to her work.

Paty Jager said...

Sandie, You're welcome. I think you'll enjoy the books.

bn100 said...

I haven't heard of this author before. the books sound interesting.

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Paty Jager said...

Bn, The books are well worth the reading. Enjoy!