About the Book
Genre: Mystery, #1 Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries
Publisher: Elk Grove Publications (January 21, 2016)
Paperback: 258 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01AYKYXJ4
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 villians, 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.
Agatha Odboddy and her granddaughter, Katherine, both lost their men to the war and now they are on their own. Neither woman is looking for romance, although Agatha would like nothing more than to see her granddaughter happily married and starting her own family, but Katherine will have none of that. For now, the women are content to volunteer their services to their country on the home front. Agatha is into everything from knitting socks to working at the Ration Stamp office.
Unfortunately, Agatha Odboddy sees conspiracies everywhere she goes. She’s reported so many of them that the police no longer listen and the town thinks she’s short a few marbles, to say the least. Even her granddaughter can no longer defend her grandmother’s strange actions, no matter how much she loves and respects the older woman. Honestly, who can believe there are German spies in their small town? Or law abiding citizens stealing ration books? Or a Japanese invasion right in their own hometown?
To add to the craziness, Agatha decides owning chickens is a great way to save money on eggs and an old flame returns to make Agatha’s heart flutter. Oh, did I mention that the First Lady, Mrs. Roosevelt, shows up to attend the funeral of a local man? Agatha is determined to be there for that event.
Agatha is quite the character – she’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s full of spunk, spirit and determination. Nothing gets her down, even when the entire town thinks she’s nothing more than a crazy lady. I fell in love with her from page one. She’s the heart of the story. She reminds me very much of Lucy in the old “I Love Lucy” series.
The author does a wonderful job of painting a picture of the era and transporting the reader back in time. I truly felt the hardship of the timeframe. At the same time, I felt the hopefulness of the future.
When I first saw the synopsis for this mystery, I was intrigued. I love the WWII setting. It’s a very different take than I’m used to in my mysteries. This book is everything I hoped for – mystery, romance, humor, and a setting that I find fascinating. The author does a nice job of mixing it all together in one epic story. Plus, the book brought a smile to my face. What more can you ask for?
I can’t say enough good things about this unique book. I’m looking forward to the next one in this series.
For reading challenges:
Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge 2016
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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