Friday, June 17, 2016

Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot Book Tour Review #Giveaway

Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot
by Elaine Faber

A WWII tale of chicks and chicanery, suspicion and spies.
(Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries Book 1)

Publisher: Elk Grove Publications (January 21, 2016)
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940781136

Since the onset of WWII, Agnes Agatha Odboddy, hometown patriot and self-appointed scourge of the underworld, 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, model citizen would set the world aright if she could get Chief Waddlemucker to pay attention to the town’s nefarious deeds on any given Meatless Monday.
Mrs. Odboddy vows to bring the villains, both foreign and domestic, to justice, all while keeping chickens in her bathroom, working at the Ration Stamp Office, and knitting argyles for the boys on the front lines.
Imagine the chaos when Agnes’s long-lost WWI lover returns, hoping to find a million dollars in missing Hawaiian money and rekindle their ancient romance. In the thrilling conclusion, Agnes’s predictions become all too real when Mrs. Roosevelt unexpectedly comes to town to attend a funeral and Agnes must prove that she is, indeed, a warrior on the home front.

 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!

Elaine is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inspire Christian Writers and Cat Writers Association. She lives in No. Calif with her husband and four house cats (the inspiration for her three humorous cozy cat mysteries, Black Cat’s LegacyBlack Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, andBlack Cat and the Accidental Angel).
Mrs. Odboddys character is based in no way on Elaines quirky personality. Two more Mrs. Odboddy adventures will publish in the near future. Many of Elaines short stories have appeared in magazines and multiple anthologies.

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1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful review and blog post. Thanks so much for sharing my book with your readers. I know they would enjoy reading Mrs. Odboddy.


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