I love the Mrs Pollifax books. They are charming right through. I love that the heroine of these books is an old lady...it's a nice change. It's a little bit Angela Lansbury, I suppose, but charming all the same. I think that Mrs Pollifax has a good bit of spice in her that perhaps Murder She Wrote didn't have.
The books were all written some time ago, so there's still the Iron Curtain in Europe, and Communists are still a threat, but that makes it all the more interesting, to read these as period pieces.