The Language Of Love Has Never
Been So Intoxicating
Some say seeing ghosts is a gift,
but after losing her job,
Dumdie Swartz says "Hogwash".
Since she was a child, Dumdie has seen ghosts. Over the years, she developed several tics and quirks to hide the fact. When her boss witnesses several of these occasions, he fires her, thinking that she suffers from mental issues that could hurt his business. Without a job and money, Dumdie becomes just another old woman living out of her car. As winter approaches, her luck changes. Dumdie secures a room in a homeless shelter. But all isn't well. The ghost of the former owner of the converted mansion haunts Dumdie's room because she is distressed over her lost will. When the shelter is threatened with closure, Dumdie must make a decision. Does she continue to hide her gift or does she use her talents to save the shelter...and herself.
A heart-warming tale of hope and ghostly apparitions, The Ghost In The Closet is author M K Theodoratus on fine form. Making every word count, her characters are delightfully observed and immediately endearing for their eclectic foibles and the peculiarity of the circumstances they find themselves in. Short stories are Theodoratus’s forte and her tale is both well-conceived and entertaining, but as with Noticing Jamilla there is an undeniable undertone of social commentary which engenders reflection. In this respect, the paranormal overtures are more of a plot device to bring these to the fore. Theodoratus uses it to grab the readers attention with a particularly atmospheric scene, but there is no threat and attention quickly turns to the plight of her protagonists. To how much they have to lose from an untimely turn of events and the kernel of hope that has come from a change in their previously dour circumstances.
M K Theodoratus certainly has a gift for writing short stories and The Ghost In The Closet is sure to entertain. It is strongly recommended!
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