Kaleidoscope by Dorothy Gilman
A Countess Karitska Novel

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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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About Dorothy Gilman

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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.
Published December 18, 2007 by Ballantine Books. 258 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality, Romance. Fiction

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In a departure from her Mrs. Pollifax series (Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, 2000, etc.), Gilman revisits Madame Karitska, a psychic from a previous novel (The Clairvoyant Countess, not reviewed) whose full name, Countess Marina Elena Provotchnichet Gaylord Von Domm Karitska, reflects her exotic and che...

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Here Madame Karitska and her friend on the Trafton police force, Detective Lieutenant Pruden, share a series of adventures in which they confront the heartless killer of a talented young violinist, save a deaf-mute child from the accusations of her supposed benefactress, help a spoiled heiress fi...

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The Countess Madam Marina Elena Provotchnichet Gaylord Von Domm Karitska lives in a shabby brownstone on Eighth Street in Trafton.

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