Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot: A WWII tale of chicks and chicanery, suspicion and spies

Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot: A WWII tale of chicks and chicanery, suspicion and spies

by Elaine Faber

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Since the onset of WWII, Agnes Agatha Odboddy, home town patriot and warrior on the home front, suspects conspiracies around every corner, stolen ration books, German spies running amuck, and a possible Japanese invasion off the California coast. This seventy-year-old, hometown patriot would set the world aright if she could get the local police chief and military base commander to pay attention to the goings-on on any given Meatless Monday.

Never fear, Mrs. Odboddy is on the case. She’ll bring the criminals to justice, all while keeping chickens in her bathroom, knitting socks for the boys on the front lines, and preparing for an impromptu visit from Mrs. Roosevelt.

All of her intuitive skills are put to the test when her long-lost WWI lover, searching for a million dollars in missing Hawaiian money, shows up on her doorstep. If she can keep her wits about her, and her heart under control, she might succeed at the

Since the onset of WWII, Agnes Agatha Odboddy, home town patriot and warrior on the home front, suspects conspiracies around every corner, stolen ration books, German spies running amuck, and a possible Japanese invasion off the California coast. This seventy-year-old, hometown patriot would set the world aright if she could get the local police chief and military base commander to pay attention to the goings-on on any given Meatless Monday.

Never fear, Mrs. Odboddy is on the case. She’ll bring the criminals to justice, all while keeping chickens in her bathroom, knitting socks for the boys on the front lines, and preparing for an impromptu visit from Mrs. Roosevelt.

All of her intuitive skills are put to the test when her long-lost WWI lover, searching for a million dollars in missing Hawaiian money, shows up on her doorstep. If she can keep her wits about her, and her heart under control, she might succeed at the biggest challenge of her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940781136
Publisher: Elk Grove Publications
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Series: Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries , #1
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 909,239
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot: A WWII tale of chicks and chicanery, suspicion and spies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
World War II Historical Mystery with Older Female Sleuth I Received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. A fan of both cozy mysteries and historical fiction, I jumped at the chance to read and review Mrs. Odboddy: Hometown Patriot, the first book in Elaine Faber’s Mrs. Odboddy Mystery series. Set in a small town on the Southern California coast, Mrs. Odboddy is a book filled with traditional American themes, a couple of intriguing mysteries, and the reminder that everyone, regardless of one’s age, needs to be willing to make whatever sacrifice is needed by your country. If you like cozy mysteries or historical fiction, this is a book you will enjoy. Ms. Faber does a good job introducing and developing Agnes Odboddy, the seventy year old heroine of her story, right from the start. A woman who has sacrificed both a husband and son in her country’s defense during WW1, Agnes knows more about the cost of freedom than most people. Having served as a spy during WW1 herself, Agnes is determined to do what she can to help the war effort now that WW2 has begun. I liked Agnes character, and liked the fact that the heroine of the story is older, though I did worry about some of the risks Agnes took at her age. The secondary characters were well developed and I especially liked Katherine, Agnes’ adult granddaughter, Chief Waddlemucker, though he did think Agnes was crying “wolf” and tended to ignore her reports, and I even liked most of the members of her knitting group, though one of them was not to be trusted. There are actually two mysteries within the story, one having to do with stolen ration books and the other with stolen money, and even one Nazi spy. The story’s pace is fairly even, though things definitely sped up as the story got closer to the end. I enjoyed Ms. Faber’s voice as a writer and while there were a couple of issues; I couldn’t tell if Agnes just needed a better hearing aid or if she was beginning to suffer from a too vivid imagination. Overall, I think Ms. Faber did a good job with this cross genre story and enjoyed it overall. I will be curious to see how Ms. Faber continues to develop Agnes, and her granddaughter Katherine, as the series continues. Are Agnes suspicions about a possible Nazi spy correct? And what about her suspicions regarding ration books and the black market? And just how does Eleanor Roosevelt figure into Agnes life? You’ll have to read Mrs. Odboddy: Hometown Patriot to find out.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Odboddy is a comforting, nostalgic read. Set in Northern California during WWII, this story embraces the feelings and events of that time in small town America. Agnes Odboddy is in her seventies, but that doesn't stop her from bustling her way into the thick of things, including a mystery. She's a bumbling and suspicious, yet likable, character, one who is far from perfect, but who is trying her best to do the right thing. She's a little naive when it comes to crime and sleuthing, but she's also not experienced in that area. I enjoyed the characters and found them all a bit eccentric. Their names are all quirky, such as Haggenbottom, Odboddy, Waddlemucker, etc. but these outlandishly named characters only added to the story. The pacing is gentle, and the story unfolds in a natural and gradual way, with unique situations cropping up occasionally. I've recently said that I would love to live in the 1940s or 50s, but after reading this and the in-depth way of life during this time, I'm not so sure. Rations for everything and stipulations on purchases wouldn't be a fun way to live. These people are so good-natured and patriotic, handling it all in stride. I liked seeing the mystery unfold. There are a few intense moments, as well as several hilarious moments, but overall, this is a cozy mystery that leaves a reader with the warm fuzzies. Content: mild violence; mild religious elements; very mild romance (implied affair). *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*