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Series: Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries #2
Published by Elk Grove Publications on February 8, 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Historical Fiction
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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.
Character Guest Post
My 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 look promising 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. Now that the country is at war, as home front warriors, we must all be alert to Nazi- conspiracies and spies. As a patriot, I’m anxious to do my part for the war effort.
That’s probably why Colonel Farthingworth asked me to carry a package to President Roosevelt, since Katherine and I were headed to Washington to join Mrs. Roosevelt’s 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 by a plump, red-headed, elderly, eccentric old gal like me? It was no surprise that a Nazi agent was on board the train, determined to steal my package. As an experienced WWI undercover agent, I felt confident that I could thwart any such Nazi attempt.
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 a diabolical enemy agent. Along the way, we befriend two soldiers headed for training as Tuskegee airmen who must deal with 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 and harassment of Mrs. Roosevelt. The rotten scoundrel!
All that may sound pretty routine, but I assure you, there is a laugh on every page. 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, I’m forced to acknowledge that even though my heart is in the right place, I’m not as young as I used to be. Katherine thinks my undercover warrior days are over. I told her, “Not by a long shot! Not as long as there’s breath in this old body.” Look for another adventure next year with Mrs. Odboddy – And Then There Was a Tiger!
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