Mrs. Odboddy: And Then There Was a Tiger: (Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries)
by Elaine Faber
A WWII tale of conflict and carnivals, turmoil and tigers.
About the Book
Mrs. Odboddy: And Then There Was a Tiger (Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries)
WWII tale of conflict and carnivals, turmoil and tigers.
3rd in Series
Elk Grove Publications (July 25, 2018)
Print Length: 349 pages
Digital ASIN: B07FXDV1C6
While the ‘tiger of war’ rages across the Pacific during WWII, eccentric, elderly Agnes Odboddy, ‘fights the war from the home front’. Her patriotic duties are interrupted when she is accused of the Wilkey’s Market burglary.
A traveling carnival with a live tiger joins the parishioner’s harvest fair at The First Church of the Evening Star and Everlasting Light. Accused again when counterfeit bills are discovered at the carnival, and when the war bond money goes missing, Agnes sets out to restore her reputation and locate the money. Her attempts lead her into harm’s way when she discovers a friend’s betrayal and even more about carnival life than she bargained for.
Granddaughter Katherine’s turbulent love triangle with a doctor and an FBI agent rivals Agnes’s own on-again, off-again relationship with Godfrey.
In Faber’s latest novel, your favorite quirky character, Mrs. Odboddy, prevails against injustice and faces unexpected challenges . . . and then There Was a Tiger!
Praise for Mrs. Odboddy: And Then There Was a Tiger: (Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries)
by Elaine Faber A WWII tale of conflict and carnivals, turmoil and tigers.
The story does keep you on your toes, and you never see what is about to happen, and the setting is WWII, and even Mrs. Roosevelt is back. A don’t miss read that will make you want more once that last page is turned!
- Tell us a little bit about yourself I think someone said, “I’m a little bit older than my teeth.” Others say, ‘when I look in the mirror, my mother looks back.’ For me, both are true. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother and at this printing, a new great-grandmother. Mostly I write short stories and novels. That’s pretty much what I do, therefore, who I am.
- What are three things most people don’t know about you? I’m terrified of dentists though I force myself to go twice a year. I don’t like movies or books where ‘people’ abuse one another, either physically or emotionally. Having had a brief run-in with breast cancer, I volunteer at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop.
- What is the first book you remember reading? Probably a Dick and Jane book in the first grade.
- What are you reading now? Joanne Fluke – Carrot Cake Murder. I like cozy mysteries.
- What made you decide you want to write? I always wrote poems and short stories, even in grade school and high school. I still have some faded typewritten pages of short stories.
- Do you have a special place you like to write? Not really. I write at my office computer. I don’t have a laptop for other locations. I need complete silence to think and write.
- Where do the ideas for your books come from? I suppose they come from my muddled, convoluted brain. Sometimes, the characters in my books have a mind of their own. Sometimes I have no clue where I’ll end up as they lead me from pillar to post.
- What books have most inspired you? Paul Gallico’s Silent Meow inspired me to write a story where the cat ‘tells his own tale,’ as I’ve done with my three cozy cat mysteries, Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel. John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath inspires me to strive to describe scenes in a way to make the reader shiver with each experience. The Bible inspires me to be a better Christian.
- Is there anything about writing you find most challenging? It takes thousands of hours to write and complete a novel. It is most challenging to one’s self-esteem, wondering why more people won’t buy and enjoy our books. A writer writes not for the glory or even the money, but for the praise. One is encouraged, however, by the sales.
- What do you think makes a good story? An interesting plot, a character that convinces the reader enough that she is willing to ‘go with them’ on their journey. The reader must be satisfied by the ending. There must be a combination of humor, adventure, suspense, and a story is never a ‘good story,’ unless there is a cat.
- Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you? Odboddy is closest to my age, and perhaps has a bit of my snarky sense of humor, but Black Cat (from my cozy cat series) is close to my heart. I think there must be a bit of me in every character.
- Why did you pick your particular genre? I read cozy mystery, or mystery fiction. I suppose since I know that best, it would make sense to write in one’s favorite genre.
- What makes your books different from others out there in this genre? Many aspects would likely be similar to other books in this genre; a good plot, fun characters, humor. However, in Mrs. Odboddy’s adventures, I’ve involved Agnes with little known historical facts from WWII, as well as much detail about life as it was in a small town during the war years. Throw in a hysterical, older female protagonists and I think my stories stand out from other cozy mystery/adventures.
- What’s next on the horizon for you? I have completed a fourth cozy cat mystery, now in editing phase, probably TBP next year, and I’m currently working on a fourth Mrs. Odboddy adventure where she is involved with ‘saving the tiger’ you will meet in Odboddy- And Then There was a Tiger. The title refers not only to the carnival tiger, Shere Khan, but to the ‘Tiger of War’ that America faced during WWII.
About the Author
Elaine Faber lives in Northern California with her husband and two feline companions. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, California Cat Writers, and Northern California Publishers and Authors. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. She enjoys speaking on author panels, sharing highlights of her novels. Her short stories have appeared in national magazines and multiple anthologies. She has published seven books. In addition to the Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries Elaine writes the Black Cat Mysteries.
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