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Ballantine, Jan 2002, 21.00, 256 pp.
ISBN: 0345448200

    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
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Kind of investigator    -   psychic investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   long lived adults Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions    -   clairvoyant    -   can see into the future

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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