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4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Comes Marching Home - To Murder, 3 Sep 2003
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Mark Baker (Santa Clarita, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Decorated for Murder (Homefront Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
When John Groover left town to enter the Marine, it was to avoid prison for his part of an armored car robbery. Now, a year and a half later, he is returning home a hero, having been wounded three times at Guadalcanal.
But not everyone has forgotten what he did in town before he left and a few people don't consider him a hero. While Kate Fallon and Beatrice Bradshaw are busy planning the festivities to honor him on his return to Robinsville, PA, trouble is brewing behind the scenes. Will the town’s people forgive his past, or will he be forced to face it again.
This is the third book in the Homefront Mystery series, and each entry gets better. This book offers a twist on the usual formula by presenting the story in a series of flashbacks that Scrappy MacFarland tells a young reporter. This provides some interesting insights into what happened and how that time period is looked at 60 years later.
Most of the story takes place in 1943, and the author still does a good job of transporting us back to that era. Kate shares the spotlight more then ever in this book, but we still get plenty of her perspective. The story moves at a brisk pace, and I had a very hard time putting it down.
There was one thing that really bothered me, however. The timeline in this book, while internally solid, contradicts the timeline of the series, placing book 1 a year before it actually took place. I realize I'm being nit-picky at this point. After all, it really is minor.
If you're looking for a good historical mystery set in the US during World War II, this is the series. You'll want to start with the first (Victory Dance Murder) because this book mentions the solutions to the first two cases.
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Decorated for Murder (Homefront Mysteries)
Decorated for Murder (Homefront Mysteries) by M. T. Jefferson (Mass Market Paperback - July 2002)
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