Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska Series #2)

Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska Series #2)

by Dorothy Gilman
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Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska Series #2) by Dorothy Gilman

Next to the incomparable Mrs. Pollifax, Dorothy Gilman’s best-loved character is the mysterious Madame Karitska, who is blessed with a powerful gift of clairvoyance that attracts to her a stream of men and women craving help with their misfortunes, desperate to know what the future holds. . . .

When a brilliant young violinist dies in a horrific accident, Madame Karitska has only to hold the victim’s instrument in her hands to perceive the shocking truth. But when an insecure wife asks whether her husband will abandon her to join a sinister cult, Madame Karitska–as wise as she is lovely–chooses not to reveal all that she foresees. And when an attaché case is suddenly dropped into her lap by a man fleeing a crowded subway, she knows it’s time to consult her good friend Detective-Lieutenant Pruden.

A nine-year-old accused of murder, a man dying a slow death by witchcraft– for the hunted and the haunted, Madame Karitska’s shabby downtown apartment becomes a haven, where brilliant patterns of violence, greed, passion, and strange obsessions mix and disintegrate with stunning, kaleidoscopic beauty.

Once again Dorothy Gilman exercises her own uncanny power to render readers spellbound.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307415745
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Series: Madame Karitska , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 68,192
File size: 574 KB

About the Author

Dorothy Gilman is the author of fourteen Mrs. Pollifax novels, including The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (the series debut), Mrs. Pollifax Pursued, Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer, Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist, and Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled. She is also the author of many other novels, among them Thale’s Folly. She lives in Westport, Connecticut.


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Kaleidoscope 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have loved the Mrs. Pollifax series, Dorothy Gilman does not disappoint with Kaleidoscope and the Clairvoyant Countess. Even though there are several characters, one does not get lost in the story. It is very well written, so for Dorothy Gilman fans it is a "must read."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just 'everyone' may not enjoy this book. On the other hand, I love a good mystery - -throw in a little clairvoyance for good measure, and I had a great read. What a pleasure !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much of a plot but interesting. Lots of little stories.
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
Although the main character is an interesting one, there are too many story lines in my opinion. Mrs. Polifax spoiled me I guess because those books were so very entertaining.
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kcjenson More than 1 year ago
I have loved Dorothy Gilmans books for years. If you like this one you will love her "Mrs Pollifax" series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Madam Karitska is an extremesly sensitive heroine, who is able to "read" people and thus helps them to solve problems in an interesting way. Her background is mysterious, and leaves the rerader to imagine a romantic and yet dangerous past life for this woman. Dorothy Gilman writes a fascinating story that captivates the reader from page one to the end.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Madame Marina Karitska lives in a shabby brownstone in a rundown neighborhood of Trafton. In her window lies the sign ¿Madame Karitska, Readings¿, which on first look will mean to solicit readings like any con artist, but on first meeting her client will know that Madame Karitska is legitimate as she contains psychic powers such as clairvoyance and psychometry.

Her readings are so good that even the Trafton police can be counted on as one of her clients when a case stumps them. Detective Luden Pruden is her biggest fan even using her in one week to help him catch two killers and a bank robber, and break up a cult. She also tries to help her walk-in and regular clients with their needs.

This is the first new Madame Karitska novel in over a quarter of a century and the lovable psychic remains as fresh as she did when she first appeared in a Dorothy Gilman novel. KALEIDOSCOPE reads like a series of vignettes with the heroine starring as the glue that keeps the book coherent. Ms. Gilman needs to realize fans like this reviewer are too old to wait the same time span for the next tale starring the delightful Madame Karitska.

Harriet Klausner