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.
I loved this book and especially its main character, she is an old woman really smart, funny and ironic, the ideal grandmother. This story is set during World War II and, while the American soldiers fighting overseas, Agnes tries to defend the American homeland by spies and conspirators. She's however disappointed when her beloved President Roosevelt issued an arrest warrant for all the Japanese on the US territory, even if they are American citizens. As Agnes's dear friend Lily, a very good woman. This is a wonderful mystery that is very well written with a great pace. With a plethora of well defined, complex characters, an engaging plot, an interesting historical reconstruction this is a fantastic story to get lost in, is a total page turner. I look forward to reading the next adventure of Agnes If you are looking for a great humorous mystery this may be perfect for you!
Mrs. Odboddy’s character is based in no way on Elaine’s quirky personality. Two more Mrs. Odboddy adventures will publish in the near future. Many of Elaine’s short stories have appeared in magazines and multiple anthologies.