Vivien Marchand's book cover
|Children||Penny Marchand (daughter)|
|Appearances||He's Dead, She's Dead|
|Portrayed by||Patricia Tallman|
Vivien Marchand was a celebrity psychic with a significant reputation.
She apparently once had a meeting with Richard Castle where she correctly predicted that a beautiful woman would move into his loft and never leave (Castle reflecting later that Vivien neglected to mention that the woman in question would be his mother). She also claimed that she had used her abilities to help the police catch various criminals, but a check with the police departments stated that they had never heard of Vivien (although Castle speculated that they may have been lying to maintain their image).
Attempting to regain her old standing, Vivien threatened to reveal another murder, but was killed by the murderer she was about to expose. However, the team were able to deduce what had happened thanks to Vivien's contact book, some advice from her daughter Penny - who claimed to have inherited some degree of her mother's gift - and a letter that Vivien had apparently sent before her death detailing the circumstances surrounding her murder.
Although Kate Beckett remained sceptical of Vivien's psychic powers even after the case was solved, Castle noted that the letter's contents and the time that it would have to have been sent by made it unlikely at best that the killer would have been able to write it and include all the necessary information before the evening mail was collected ("He's Dead, She's Dead").
Continuing the show's long running tradition of working oblique references to sci-fi tv into its stories, the part of Vivien was played by Patricia Tallman, the actress who also played the part of the powerful psychic Lyta Alexander in Babylon 5.