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Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska, Bk 2)
Kaleidoscope - Madame Karitska, Bk 2
Author: Dorothy Gilman
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345448200
ISBN-10: 0345448200
Publication Date: 1/2/2002
Pages: 256
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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Spuddie avatar reviewed Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska, Bk 2) on + 412 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Dorothy Gilman is most well-known for her Mrs. Pollifax mysteries which I like--but I like Madame Karitska even better and wish she would do a few more books featuring this main character. Madame Karitska is a true clairvoyant who sets up shop in an interesting neighborhood and of course encounters a murder plot. Enjoyable and easy to read with a very likable main character.
dburge64 avatar reviewed Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska, Bk 2) on + 63 more book reviews
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In this carefully calibrated mystery, Madame Karitska makes a very clairvoyant reappearance. After a violin prodigy dies in an apparent accident, the countess-seer begins to piece together the real story from psychic clues. To deal with all the thorny complications, she enlists the help of Detective Lieutenant Pruden to investigate a sinister cult. But even her prescience and his help can't keep this likable immigrant out of danger's path. Gilman's Karitska mysteries aren't just paranormal gimmickry. They feature winning and frequently quirky characters, fast-breaking action, and well-timed plot surprises.
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This novel features the Countess Karitska, whom we met in The Clairvoyant Countess. She is as unique and busy as ever; helping solve crimes, match-making romances and helping her friends - both those old and new with their lives. Kaleidoscope is as funny and well-written as the first and a wonderful book to read.
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A Madame Kariska mystery. She is back blessed with her powerful gift of prophecy who attracts a stream of men and woman desperate to know what the future holds
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miss-info avatar reviewed Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska, Bk 2) on + 386 more book reviews
Like the first book in the series, Kaleidoscope is a light, fun read. There is no need to read The Clairvoyant Countess first; we are reminded who the characters are, but otherwise the plots are self-contained.

Book one was published in 1975 and book two in 2003, and this causes the only complaint I have about Kaleidoscope. In the story line, one year has passed, but I'm not sure the author knew what year to set the second plot. I think she wrote it set in 1976, realized it was out of date, and went back in to add 'modern' touches, like the mention of Y2K, computers, and hackers. Unfortunately she forgot to take out other details specific to 1976. For instance, a young woman has a mother born in 1921, another girl is asking if she can get a good job because she did well in shorthand in high school. There is no mention at all of cell phones, and people still walk to the corner to use a pay phone (because absolutely nobody owns a cell, and the business doesn't have a land line, either). I didn't realize pay phones still existed in this century.

Other than constant confusion over the year, I liked this book, and would get a third if there was one.
poodlelov avatar reviewed Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska, Bk 2) on + 48 more book reviews
Great book. Lovely characters and story line. A must read
libri-diligo avatar reviewed Kaleidoscope (Madame Karitska, Bk 2) on + 6 more book reviews
Superb sequel to the The Clairvoyant Countess, with recurring characters from the original book. I recommend it to all Gilman fans.