Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison published by Recorded Books, 2005.
First off, I was very impressed with this audio production. Jessica Almasy brings an excited, breathless quality to her reading that fits the protagonist's quirky, effervescent personality. With funky costumes, wigs and an irrepresible optimism, Gilda is someone I'd love to be, although I'm a little too shy to pull it off.
In the opening book of this series, Gilda finagles a trip to San Francisco and ends up investigating a cousin's suicide.
The POV was omniscient third which allowed the reader to have a better understanding of everything going on.
As for the sidekick relationship in this one, Juliet acts as Gilda's sidekick in a completely platonic relationship, providing the skeptical, logical approach to balance Gilda's more mystical outlook.
Gilda has a strong voice and her longing for her late father move this book into the literary mystery category.
I'm eager to read the other books in this series.