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Subject: Hey Mrs. Pollifax fans
Date Posted: 12/19/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Did you know that Dorothy Gilman wrote another series as well as stand alone books? Theres the Madame Karitska books (ok there are only two but still) about a clairvoyant starting with Clairvoyant Countess and then Kaleidoscope then there are six stand alone books A Nun In The Closet, Tightrope Walker, Uncertain Voyage, Incident at Badamaya, Caravan and Thales Folley.

So if you have read all of the Mrs. P books and your missing Mrs. Gilman's humor you could try them out. I just ordered the two Madame Karitska books so Im waiting impatiently for them.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 12/19/2008 8:46 PM ET
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 Thanks, Chris!  You are actually the one who got me interested in Mrs. Pollifax and I absolutely adore her!  I'm trying to read them slowly, but now that I know ther eare other books out there written by Gilman, I'll be looking for those, too.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 10:44 PM ET
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I love Dorothy Gilman's writing!  Especially Mrs. P.

She also did some YA fiction: The Girl in Buckskins, or something like that...

Thanks for pointing out her other books, Chris!

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 1:47 PM ET
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I had a patron at the library loan me her own copy of the first Mrs P book, and I happened to see a new copy at borders of the same book (they had not been their 3 weeks before when I was looking for it..LOL) So I bought the new copy and gave both back to the lady because she loved to reread the series and her original copy (1st edition) was getting rather worn.  She was so happy but how else can you thank someone for introducting you to a great new series of books.  I am slowly reading the series (up to book 4- and yet to read it), its great for when I want something easy, funny and a mystery. 

I knew she had written other stuff but had yet to look into it but I will be sure to pass it along to my patron incase she does not know :)

Mary (rxkicker) - ,
Subject: Mrs Pollifax in audio: wonderful
Date Posted: 12/26/2008 11:29 AM ET
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Mrs Pollifax on paper is wonderful. Mrs Pollifax in audiobook form is oh, so wonderful. Barbara Rosenblat narrates/reads/acts. Fortunately, my library has audiobooks of most of Mrs P. When I can't find something new to try, I check out Mrs P again.

The other audiobooks I listen to repeatedly are _The Sheep Pig_ (source for the movie "Babe), _Bank Shot_ (Donald E Westlake) and _Hey, Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky_ (Baxter Black).

Madame Karitska... I wish there were more.

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 7:54 AM ET
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Thanks for the info, Chris!  My sister is a big fan of the Pollifax series and although I haven't yet read her, the series is on my list for future reading.

Date Posted: 12/31/2008 9:49 AM ET
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I always enjoyed The Nun in the Closet.  I suppose it's kind of silly but I liked it.

It was an old book when I lent it to an older coworker who was devout Catholic.  I still smile when I remember her saying with surprise that it was really funny.  (I assume these are not realistic nuns, lol.)  I don't know what she was expecting.

The best of the Dortmunder novels by Donald E. Westlake have something of the same feel to me for some reason (I know - on the surface they don't seem the same).