From the best-selling author of the famous Mrs. Pollifax series comes another delightfully eccentric and sage female sleuth - the exotic Madame Karitska. Although she is a genuine countess, Marina Elena Provovnitchek Gaylord Von Domm Karitska is foremost a psychic. When one of her clients turns up dead, Madame Karitska makes the acquaintance of Detective-Lieutenant Pruden, and an uncanny partnership is born. Madame Karitska forms images with the psychic vibrations she picks up from personal objects. Her shocking visions are at odds with outward appearances and Detective Pruden finds it difficult to believe in them. But as Madame Karitska uses her amazing powers to help him solve case after dangerous case, even the skeptic becomes convinced. With The Clairvoyant Countess, Dorothy Gilman has used her own amazing powers to create a character who is both awe-inspiring and lovable. Ruth Ann Phimister’s keen sense of timing and characterization let you too believe in the wonder that is Madame Karitska.
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This one had been sitting on my Audible purchased shelf for a while so thought I'd tackle it. Interesting protagonist, and well-crafted stories, and one that might be better heard than read as the narrator does a good job with the voice of Madame Karitsa. Since the sequel isn't available as an audiobook, I've ordered a print copy. Written in the 60's, so folks call from pay phones with urgent messages, as well as mention of a guest bring a "portable television set" to a party for a special viewing (Madame doesn't own one herself).
X Files Freak
The main character Mme Karitska is a bit unusual, but very likeable. I enjoyed her method of approaching a problem and the humanness she exhibited in helping others resolve their problems.
Would like to see more books about Mme Karitska.
First off: WHY exactly is there no "Cozy" subcategory for mysteries in Audible???? Makes me very cranky. I do go outside the genre but there are times that only an actual cozy will do. Have written Audible to suggest they correct this oversight but so far no go. Perhaps others could do the same (hint hint)?
Now, to the book: charming and light, not a real mystery but more like a string of stories with many of the same characters and a bit of an overall arc. Not brilliant or evocative or fabulous writing, but totally the mystery version of comfort food, sweet and soothing, without being too hard to digest. Exactly what you'd expect from Dorothy Gilman, bless her soul.
The Clairvoyant Countess is essentially a story that contains several smaller stories or mystery cases that get solved. The Countess is aided by a police officer, Pruden. The police officer figures heavily in the stories and I would consider him the main character, not the Countess. The Characters in this book are not well developed. I started to get bored until the last hour of the book. The last case in the book was well developed and interesting. I think I enjoyed it more because the Countess and the police officer were working alongside each other, the case was a longer story and the plot itself more interesting than any of the other cases in this book. Overall, an average read. If you are a fan of Dorothy Gilman, you will want to listen to it. I do not reqret using my credit on this book but I would not listen to it again.
I am a fan of Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax series. I have also listened to other books by this author ( Tightrope Walker, Nuns in the Closet). Clairvoyant Countess was just an average audiobook.
The narrator read the book well. It is just a matter of what type of voice one likes to listen to. Ruth Ann Phimister would not be one of my top choices to listen to.
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