Some of my favorite books are mystery series.
MRS. POLLIFAX SERIES by Dorothy Gilman
In the first book of this series, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, we are introduced to our unlikely heroine, Emily Pollifax, a lonely, older widow who is looking for some excitement in her life.
After an off-handed remark by her Doctor, she decides to do what she's always wanted to do...become a spy. This prompts a visit to the CIA and then the fun begins. What seems like a harmless assignment as a tourist in Mexico City, turns into an abduction and a trip to Albania. But then anything can happen with Mrs. P. involved, and it usually does.
Along the way she meets up with an unlikely cast of characters, but saves the day in the end.
BOOKS IN THE MRS. POLLIFAX SERIES
Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
Here's what they're saying about Dorothy Gilman and her Mrs. Pollifax novels...
"Mrs. Gilman has a nice, relaxed style and easygoing way of telling a story...Should delight whether you're looking for smiles or thrills." - The New York Times Book Review
"Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a rival to reckon with." - Toronto Star
MISS SILVER MYSTERIES by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Maud Silver, a retired Governess turned PI, sporting a simple wardrobe and a pair of ever-present knitting needles, seems an unlikely person to be called in to solve a crime. But under this facade lies the keen mind of a criminal investigator.
In this book, The Clock Strikes Twelve, James Paradine calls all his family together to confront them with the knowledge that one of them has stolen his company's valuable blueprints and plans to publicly humiliate the thief. But by midnight James Paradine will be dead. Enter Miss Silver who will need all her sleuthing skills to track down the murderer.
BOOKS IN THE MISS SILVER SERIES
What they're saying about Patricia Wentworth and Miss Silver...
"Score another triumph for the placid ex-governess who sticks to her knitting while she is solving crime problems" - The New York Times
"Like her heroine, Miss Wentworth is at the top of her form, and the result is highly satisfactory." - The New Yorker