Ivy Is A Weed
Mysterious Book Report No. 417
by John Dwaine McKenna
Author Robert Roseth is a man with a strong sense of humor, an ear for sarcasm and a talent for satire. He puts all of those elements together in his first novel, Ivy Is A Weed, (Self-published, $13.99, 336 pages, ISBN 978-0-578-62246-0) a tongue-in-cheek, hysterical behind-the-scenes look at the foibles, follies and free-for-alls that go on in today’s so-called institutions of higher education . . . and it’s all neatly wrapped around a mysterious death on the campus of a major university.
The novel begins when a man named Mike Woodsen, the university’s public affairs officer, is rousted out of his girlfriend’s bed in the middle of the night by a member of the campus police, who informs him that “A body has been found on campus.”
“Where,” the groggy Woodson asks.
“Near main central . . .”
Right near my office, the now wide-awake PIO thinks. “I’ll be there as fast as I can get dressed.”
Jeremy Ronson, a top-ranked university official, has fallen to his death from a fourth floor window at his office. The question is of course: How? Did he jump, or was he pushed? The campus police claim that his death was an accident. The administration is fine with that . . . they want the problem to disappear as fast as possible so they can get back to what really matters most . . . grubbing for money.
Mike Woodsen however, doesn’t buy into the university’s make-it-go-away ASAP policy. He decides to conduct his own investigation on the down low, while keeping up a cynical and often hilarious commentary on the absurdities of campus life in the early years of the new millennium. If you’re craving some relief from the god-awful state of the news and world affairs Ivy Is A Weed is just the ticket. It’ll leave you grinning like the Cheshire Cat himself!
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