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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 attach#65533; 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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Ballantine, c2002.
ISBN: 9780345448217
Call Number: GILMAN
Characteristics: p.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.


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Jul 26, 2017

My favorite author. Her story plots consistently have a different bent to them. It's unfortunate that she is no longer with us as I suspect that she could have continued writing many more unique story lines.

Sep 11, 2011

Dorothy Gilman's mysteries are not like the challenging multiple character complex mysteries like Patricia Cornwell's, or Elizabeth George's, or Michael Connelly's are. They are rather simple, but fun.

The reader doesn't have to work so hard and can just relax and enjoy a captivating little tale. In between the more intense mysteries, it's fun to read one of her books, or the books by Lilian Jackson Braun, of "The Cat Who" mystery series.

Dorothy Gilman's "Mrs. Pollifax" mystery series is also very delightful. To a woman who is almost 60, it's nice to see a woman of retirement age become expert in Karate, who can go on challenging adventures for the CIA.

This second book about the intriguing and mysterious Madam Karitska, is quite interesting and I hope Dorothy Gilman writes more about this capable and intelligent psychic who cares deeply for her clients. I just hope it doesn't take her another 27 years to write the 3rd book about Madame Karitska!! The 1st book about Madame Karitska was written in 1975, entitled, " The Clairvoyant Countess."


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