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Virginia's Ghost Paperback – September 11, 2014
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I relished Caroline Kaiser’s skillful use of gothic details to instill and deftly heighten a sense of dread. The protagonist, Virginia Blythe, is appropriately isolated late on a blustery night in the “dark, damp basement” of the auction house where she works, cataloguing Royal Doulton figurines when she first hears whimpering somewhere in the dark behind the piled up mounds of furniture. The author’s control of her narrative is so perfectly in tune with Victorian technique that I had the sensation of reading Poe, Henry James or R.L. Stevenson. The unfolding of events succeeds in darkening the mystery surrounding the beautiful ghost from the flapper era, Blythe’s reading of her diary, and the murder that shakes up the auction house. Despite the ghost, this book often felt like a film noir. The author is adept at description, demonstrating a fine eye for detail. The employees in the auction house are realistic and somewhat dysfunctional, as befitting the stresses and pretension of the art world. I liked the character development. I also enjoyed having two threads to follow, for they intertwined and came together at the end. The cover is really good: modern and creepy at the same time. I liked the picture of what seemed to be the auction house on the back cover. Kaiser is a careful writer and I did not see any faults in grammar or punctuation.
--Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
About the Author
Caroline Kaiser worked for nearly fourteen years as an antiques cataloguer and appraiser at a busy auction house, where she headed the glass, ceramics, silver, and toy departments. She has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with both old things and old Hollywood movies. She now earns her living as a freelance fiction editor. A native of Toronto, she hasn’t yet decided to live somewhere else. Virginia’s Ghost is her first novel.
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A nervous Virginia shares her ghost experience cautiously with her different work colleagues, all of who are interesting characters, if somewhat hypocritical and dysfunctional as a team. They appear in and out of the story, adding snippets of gossip, rumour and innuendo. The plot thickens and reaches a climax when the overpowering, Brian Gable III boss, an alcohol addict and bully, discovers some very valuable porcelain antiques are missing just before an important sale event. Virginia is held responsible for finding the items, or else. I will leave the rest of the story for the reader to discover.
The author Caroline Kaiser has enriched the setting for Virginia’s Ghost enormously and very credibly, with her previous first-hand experience working in an auction house. Her current expertise as a fine editor results in a book that is beautifully written, meticulously edited, easy to read, informative and entertaining. I have no hesitation recommending it to readers and allocating it a 5 star rating.
Virginia's Ghost by Caroline S Kaiser is set in two times, a modern Toronto auction house and the society of late 1920s Toronto society. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The story, in brief, revolves around Virginia (who works for the auction house) and Constance (a ghost who haunts an art deco settee getting ready to be auctioned.) The ghost gives a journal to Virginia, but never speaks; she only cries and moans. The strange disappearance of several items from the auction house, a murder, and other events in the real world are skillfully mixed with the story of the ghost’s final months of life. Can Virginia find out what message the ghost of Constance is attempting to tell and will she be able to solve the mystery? The book is a fun read and I rather hope that the settee ends up in the apartment of Virginia and that we see Constance return to help solve mysteries. If no sequel develops, it will be a shame.