This book has everything a cozy should have- danger, odd characters, unusual circumstances, wacky names. With a name like Odboddy you expect it to be silly. The book delivers with a punch and so much more!
I loved the description of life during supply rationing days. Not just the wonderful pitch-in things the propaganda wants you to believe in and follow. Mrs. Odboddy, ("warrier on the home front and the self appointed scourge of the underworld," ) now in her seventies and perhaps with a slight hearing disorder, stays on top of what needs to be done and how best to get things done.
"She wasn't exactly equiped to take on a spy ring and an enemy by herself." However she does consider it her CIVIC DUTY to report every suspicious activity she notices, and not much escapes her notice.
While I am not quite as old, the scene about mixing up Oleo margarine had me laughing aloud, because it is so real. She also has a few points of view that are relevant today, such as feeling uncomfortable with the federal government being in charge of personal information and data lists.
Just as rationing brought on all kinds of "unintended onsequences," so do other forms of government regulation. Not that this is a political book. These are observations used to set the environment. I also enjoyed the noir phrasing, such as "the game is afoot."
Although Mrs. Odboddy proclaimes herself an old woman, she is still not immune to the charms of a man. When an old heart throb from a quarter century past reappears in her life, her heart does begin to flutter again. And could Dr. Dew-Wright be the one to bring Katherine's heart back to life?
Whenever you hear words such as "How much trouble could it (or they) be..." or "isn't this a good idea?" you know you'd best prepare yourself for an adventure. Mrs. Odboddy always has such good intentions. "I just don't know where I go wrong." Which of us hasn't had those thoughts?
Come for the silly, fall in love with the main character even with her flaws, learn some history while you are entertained!
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