Elaine’s latest novel, Mrs. Odboddy-Hometown Patriot a WWII tale of chicks and chicanery, suspicion and spies is a riotous romp with Agnes Odboddy, a self-appointed scourge of the underworld. Agnes fights WWII from the home front, collecting cans, volunteering at the Ration Stamp office and knitting argyles for the troops, while seeing conspiracies and Nazi spies around every corner. When Mrs. Roosevelt unexpectedly comes to town to attend a funeral, Agnes is called upon to prove she is, indeed, a hometown patriot.
Mrs. Odboddy – Interview
My friends call me Agnes. I live with my Siamese cat, Ling-Ling, and my granddaughter, Katherine. She lost her fiancé last year at Pearl Harbor. She works at the Curls to Dye For Beauty Salon and does the hair and make-up at the local Whistlemeyer Mortuary, here in Newbury. Clyde Hoffelmeister just passed away. He fell off the roof trying to save a cat. Don’t worry. The cat survived. Clyde didn’t.
I spend my time volunteering. I go several times a month to the USO at the Boyles Springs Military Base USO, just up the Northern California coast. I also roll bandages at the hospital and collect paper on the paper drive. Our ladies’ group at the church knits socks for the military. Probably my favorite service is at the ocean watch tower every other Wednesday watching for a Japanese invasion, and let me tell you, that becomes quite an adventure.
As I’m sure you’re aware, these days, every citizen is a home front warrior and must be alert to Nazi-Jap spies. They’re everywhere! Speaking of Nazi spies, I told Chief Waddlemucker, the Chief of Police, that I’m convinced that Sofia Rashmuller from our knitting circle at the First Church of the Evening Star and Everlasting Light is a Nazi spy. I know it’s true because of the awful shade of red she dyes her hair.
Oh, yes, MY hair is also red. Quite natural, I assure you. Oh, I may freshen it from time to time with a henna rinse but I would never dye it, because only fast women and European spies do that. I should know. I saw enough of them during WWI as an undercover agent for the US government. My stars, yes! We saw some action, but I never hurt anybody. Well, there was that one time. . . Of course, I can’t talk about the details. If I did, I’d have to kill you.
Did I mention that I also volunteer at the Ration Book Center, sending out the ration coupon books to the neighborhood? This week, while addressing ration books, I’m sure I ran across a Black Market conspiracy. Someone is stealing ration books from the mailboxes at empty houses. We’re planning a secret mission to catch the thief in the act. How exciting!
Now that we’re at war, we must all endure rationing. Imagine! Only one pound of coffee per adult every six weeks! And the price of eggs! Actually, I’ve solved that problem. I’m getting six chickens this afternoon. I’m not quite sure what we’ll do with them. Guess we’ll just stick them in the bathroom until we can get a coop built this Saturday. They’re just chickens, after all. What could possibly go wrong?
Mrs. Odboddy – Hometown Patriot is Elaine’s latest novel, publlished February 2016.
About the author
Elaine lives in Elk Grove, CA, with her husband and four house cats, the inspiration for her Black Cat Mysteries. (The cats, not the husband).
Elaine Faber is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inspire Christian Writers and Cat Writers Association. Mrs. Odboddy – Hometown Patriot is her most recent novel. The Agnes Odboddy character is a figment of Elaine’s vivid imagination and not at all based on her own quirky personality. Visit Elaine at mindcandymysteries.com, Amazon page and Facebook. You can also email Elaine here.
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