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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Comedy of Terrors by Ingrid Darzins

Comedy of Terrors by Ingrid Darzins
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Short (135 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Rose Hill's life is about to change when she is forced to take on a student teacher who is terrified of her own shadow. It's not helping that a serial killer is on the loose, either.

Comedy of Terrors is a farcical jaunt through a contemporary classroom; It's bound to puzzle, amuse, and perhaps even annoy any reader.

Teacher Rose has a sarcastically funny mind, a Mr. goody-two-shoes principal, and an inept student teacher named Ms. Figgy Puddy. Life is far from ideal.

Then the parents start complaining… and when a preacher gets into the act, Rose instructs her student teacher (Figgy) to leave lurid details out of the history lessons, no matter how much it improves the interest level. (“If they want sex, they can thumb through National Geographic like everyone else…”)

It takes a long time to begin get any sense of story from this odd compilation of characters, who seem to be working at odds (both to one another and to reason.) Author Ingrid Darzins (via teacher Rose) sees absolutely everything in a funny way. From a moment in the staff lounge to the infamous student-teacher meetings, this is one mini-disaster after another. Finally, when a parent ends up dead, we begin to get a sense that we are going somewhere. This is not a terrifically long story, and there is not one dull or slow moment in it.

Strange though this certainly is, it does move right along and it is incredibly funny. I have to think if you are a teacher, or have ever been, you pretty much laugh (or cry) from one end of this story to the other. Comedy of Terrors is a worthwhile diversion.