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- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publisher: Elk Grove Publications (January 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AYKYXJ4
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- Lending: Enabled
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Mrs. Odboddy, Hometown Patriot: A WWII tale of chicks and chicanery, suspicion and spies. (Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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!
Agatha lives with her granddaughter Katherine, or rather her granddaughter lives with her. Agatha's husband and son both died in WWI. Agatha has a few secrets that no one knows, save those who were involved, and to her contrition and delight, one of those secrets shows up on her doorstep.
While this book is well-written, my one major complaint about it is that there seems to be a discrepancy about Agatha's age. The book makes it very clear that Agatha is 70 years old. However, it also implies that 24 years earlier, she was young and working as an undercover agent during WWI. It speaks of the youth she’s lost during that quarter of a century. Given that she’s 70 in the book I figure that during WWI, Agatha would have been in her early 40s, not exactly a spring chicken.
This is a lovely, feel good tale about people doing their best to fight the war as best they can on the home front. It's filled with period words, products, and activities, so it adds a nice, heaping helping of nostalgia for those who appreciate it. I do, so I found this a highly enjoyable read.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy, humorous books.