John Groover was a lookout for the armed robbery of the
armored truck that was delivering payroll for the steel
mill in Robinsville, Pa. Three other participants were
given hard time but Johnny was given a chance: jail or the
military. He chose the Marine Corps where he was in on the
mission to take Gauadalcanal. He acquitted himself
admirably, winning three purple hearts and getting wounded
The military plans to use the new hero as a spokesperson
for selling war bonds. He returns to Robinsville as a hero
and the town rolls out the red carpet for him. Not all the
people are glad he's back and one goes so far as to kill
him, leaving the body on the football field. It takes
amateur sleuth Kate Fallon five minutes to discover who did
it and then the cover-up begins.
DECORATED FOR MURDER is a little different from other books
in the series. Kate Fallon does not have a starring role
and the protagonist is a likable hero who represents Joe Q.
Public. Author M.T. Jefferson finds a clever way of
inserting himself into the story line, a gimmick that
works. Perhaps the real star of the book is the townsfolk
of Robinsville who are diverse group of people yet are
united in the war effort.