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A day in the life with Agnes Agatha Odboddy by Elaine Faber

mrs-odboddy-undercover-courierMy name is Agnes Agatha Odboddy. I live with my Siamese cat, Ling-Ling, and my granddaughter, Katherine. She lost her fiancé last year at Pearl Harbor but there’s a new doctor in town, and things are heating up in the romance department. Katherine works at the Curls to Dye For Beauty Salon and does the hair and make-up at the Whistlemeyer Mortuary, here in Newbury. We live close to the ocean and I serve a shift at the watchtower every Wednesday. Last year there was quite a to-do when I spotted a Japanese air balloon bomb. These days, every citizen is a home front warrior and must be alert to Nazi-Jap conspiracies and spies.

Thanks to the way I handled the balloon-bomb affair, Colonel Farthingworth asked me to carry a package to President Roosevelt, since Katherine and I were headed to Washington to join Mrs. Roosevelt on her Pacific Island tour. Naturally, I assumed the package contained secret war documents too sensitive to travel through the mail. What better way to get them delivered than in the hands of a plump, red-headed, elderly, eccentric old gal like me?

I fully expected evil-doers to get wind of our plans. As an experienced WWI undercover agent, I felt confident that I could thwart any attempt on the part of a Nazi spy intent on stealing the package.

Mrs. Odboddy Undercover Courier mostly takes place on the train between California and Washington, D.C. and the people we meet, the risks I’m forced to take and the consequences of pitting my intuition and unlimited experience against the most diabolical enemy agent. Along the way, we befriend two soldiers headed for training as Tuskegee airmen and face the Jim Crow laws in Tennessee. We meet the insensitive caregiver to a delightful child who steals Katherine’s heart, and experience first-hand J. Edgar Hoover’s bigotry toward Mrs. Roosevelt. The rotten scoundrel!

All that may sound pretty dull, but I assure you, there is a laugh a minute throughout the book. Katherine says my wild imagination always gets me into trouble but I’m never wrong. . .well. . .mostly never wrong. I know a Nazi spy when I see one. . .usually. There was that one time when I thought there was a Nazi plot involving stolen ration books. . .but that’s another story. (Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot)

Mrs. Odboddy Undercover Courier is a hysterical romp on a train across the U.S.A. during WWII as I prove, yet again, that even old ladies can be home front warriors. In the exciting conclusion, when I come face to face with the enemy agent, determined to steal my package, I’m forced to acknowledge my own vulnerability when dealing with younger, stronger enemy forces. Are my undercover warrior days over?

Not on your tintype! Not as long as there’s henna in the shampoo jar and breath in this old body. Look for another adventure next year with Mrs. Odboddy – And Then There Was a Tiger!

You can read more about Agnes in MRS. ODBODDY UNDERCOVER COURIER, the second book in the Mrs. Odboddy WWII mystery series.

Asked to accompany Mrs. Roosevelt on her Pacific Island tour, Agnes and Katherine travel by train to Washington, D.C. Agnes carries a package for Colonel Farthingworth to President Roosevelt.

Convinced the package contains secret war documents, Agnes expects Nazi spies to try and derail her mission.

She meets Irving, whose wife mysteriously disappears from the train; Nanny, the unfeeling caregiver to little Madeline; two soldiers bound for training as Tuskegee airmen; and Charles, the shell-shocked veteran, who lends an unexpected helping hand. Who will Agnes trust? Who is the Nazi spy?

When enemy forces make a final attempt to steal the package in Washington, D.C., Agnes must accept her own vulnerability as a warrior on the home front.

Can Agnes overcome multiple obstacles, deliver the package to the President, and still meet Mrs. Roosevelt’s plane before she leaves for the Pacific Islands?

Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier is a hysterical frolic on a train across the United States during WWII, as Agnes embarks on this critical mission.

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About the author
Elaine Faber is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inspire Christian Writers, NCPA, and Cat Writers Association. She has elaine faberpublished three cozy cat mysteries and two WWII mystery-adventures. Elaine’s award-winning short stories are included in eight anthologies and various magazines. Elaine’s humorous mystery/adventure WWII novels, Mrs. Odboddy Hometown Patriot, and Mrs. Odboddy Undercover Courier are available at Amazon in print and e-book ($3.99).

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Mrs. Odboddy Undercover Courier is available only at Amazon.

Introducing Mrs Agnes Agatha Odboddy by Elaine Faber

Mrs. Odboddy Home Town PatriotElaine’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 elaine faberMysteries. (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.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a kindle copy of Mrs. Odboddy – Hometown Patriot. The giveaway will end March 11, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

Black Cat Bares Soul by Elaine Faber

Black Cat and the Accidental AngelWhen I woke up in a busted cat carrier and realized I’d been left behind following an MVA, I was shocked to find a lovely feline with eyes the color of mustard and stripes the color of marigolds by my side. I had a conk on my noggin and no memory of my name or my former life. Then she said, “You can call me Angel. I’m here to take care of you.” Wasn’t it just too good to be true? Left behind on a deserted road with a beautiful female and I figured I was already dead.

Angel convinced me I was still very much alive and it was her intention to keep me that way.

We began a journey to find home and a surprising turn of events brought us to an Emu ranch and vineyard somewhere west of Reno, Nevada where we were taken in by John and his daughter, Cindy. In spite of this Garden of Eden-like setting, babbling brook, virgin vineyard surrounded by tall pine trees, and caring persons to feed us, trouble began almost as soon as we arrived.

John’s ex-wife is giving him grief, wanting to take Cindy, and the bank began foreclosure proceedings. Even more troubling, someone started messing with the Emu’s ‘soon to be hatched’ eggs, John’s only hope of fending off foreclosure until his vineyard’s first harvest. When John was nearly shot in the vineyard, I was convinced. . .We had landed in a peck of trouble.

I have only wisps of memories of my former life and for some reason, Angel won’t share any information. Where had we met? Why does she claim to be my bride? I would have thought I was a dedicated bachelor, but maybe not. It is a mystery. . .and she is cute as a button.

So here we are, our new persons facing financial disaster and increasingly dangerous pranks that are beginning to endanger Cindy. In spite of my insistence we get back on the road and find home, Angel put her nose up and her paw down. She won’t leave. She is convinced destiny brought us here to help John and Cindy. Since she is my only link to my past, I let her convince me to linger.

I like it here but I can’t help but wonder. Are our real persons looking for us? Will I ever recover memories of my former life? Will we ever go home again? Will John’s faith be rewarded and his prayers answered? I shudder to think what terrible things could happen before his problems are resolved.

Somehow I feel that Angel may be right. There is no question, destiny brought us to this place, but unless we receive divine intervention, how can a couple of lost cats help this troubled family?

You can read more in Black Cat and the Accidental Angel, the third book in the “Black Cat” mystery series, published by Elk Grove Publications. The first two books in the series are Black Cat’s Legacy and Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer.

Tell your truth a different way. . . Black Cat and the Accidental Angel is a story of faith, love, loss, grief, and hope, with a touch of the divine. Very human truths told in a way you’ve never seen before…through the eyes of a cat.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on July 9 for the chance to win an e-book version of Black Cat and the Accidental Angel. The giveaway is open to everyone. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
Elaine Faber is an active member of Sisters in Crime, Inspire Christian Writers and Cat Writers Association. Her cat ElaineFmystery series features Thumper (Black Cat), the cat, who, with the aid of his ancestors’ memories, helps solve mysteries. Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel are all available at Amazon.

Elaine lives in northern CA with her tolerant husband and four house cats, including a tuxedo cat who looks a lot like Thumper! Another three feral cats are welcomed at the back door night and morning. A portion of the proceeds from the Black Cat mysteries aids cat rescue organizations.

Elaine’s Website: www.mindcandymysteries.com

A Day in the Life of Thumper by Elaine Faber

Black Cat and the Lethal LawyerThumper’s the name. We just got to Grandmother’s Texas ranch and I met this babe…a cream tabby vixen with eyes the color of mustard and stripes the color of marigolds. Yowza! It was love at first sight. We were hanging out by the river together and overheard Grandmother’s lawyer and the stable master plotting murder. They were upset to learn that she plans to change her beneficiary from the Children’s program he sponsors to either my person, Kimberlee, or her cousin, Dorian. Worse yet, he intends to frame one of them for the murder!

Well, let me tell you, it was enough to twitch the whiskers off a striped skunk! Noe-Noe and I vowed to keep the old gal safe, even though Grandmother’s reason for bringing the family together isn’t what it was all cracked up to be. Well, no matter, we’ll protect the old lady, even if we don’t like her very much. She is family after all, and isn’t that a cat’s duty?

This vacation was supposed to be a fun family reunion, but it’s turned into a series of cat-astrophies that shouldn’t happen to a dog. Speaking of a dog, Dorian brought her dog to Texas too, and good thing she did. He was with Kimberlee out on the desert when she almost stepped on a rattlesnake. Yikes! Good thing I wasn’t with her. I’d rather face a killer any day of the week. A rattlesnake? … not so much.

With the aid or my ancestor’s memories, I could clue you into some of the mysteries around here. There’s the stable master, for instance. Could he really be someone involved with a cold case murder? And what about Grandmother’s sinister plot regarding Kimberlee’s little girl?

I can’t wait to go home to Fern Lake. Only thing is, I’ll have to say good-by to Noe-Noe. Sigh. There is that.

You can read more about the adventures with Thumper in Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, the second book in the “Black Cat” mystery series, published by Elk Grove Publications. The first book in the series is Black Cat’s Legacy.

Meet the author
Elaine Faber lives in Northern California with four cats, and her husband. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, California Cat Writers, and Inspire Christian Writers, where she works as the club librarian and an editor for their annual anthology. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society Discover Shop and with the Elk Grove Friends of the Library. She enjoys speaking in retirement homes and on author panels, sharing highlights of her novels. Her short stories have appeared in national magazines and multiple anthologies.

Black Cat’s Legacy is a tale of intrigue and murder. With the aid of his ancestors’ memories, Thumper helps pursue a cold case murder.

Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer takes Thumper’s family to a horse ranch near the Mexico border where they confront wild horses, embezzling, false identities and attempted murder.

Visit Elaine at www.mindcandymysteries.com or on Facebook