Bitter Legacy: A Matt Royal Mystery

Bitter Legacy: A Matt Royal Mystery

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by H. Terrell Griffin

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After a week away, Matt Royal's ready to get back to the Longboat Key good life good fishing, good food, good beer, and more good fishing. But Matt comes back to bad news: while he was away, a sniper tried to kill one of his best friends. Even worse, now that Matt's back, someone's trying to kill him. And whoever is trying to kill him is trying really hard.With no…  See more details below


After a week away, Matt Royal's ready to get back to the Longboat Key good life good fishing, good food, good beer, and more good fishing. But Matt comes back to bad news: while he was away, a sniper tried to kill one of his best friends. Even worse, now that Matt's back, someone's trying to kill him. And whoever is trying to kill him is trying really hard.With no clue who's after him or why, Matt soon finds he's at the center of a mystery involving a lawyer's murder, a tourist left for dead, a ruthless biker gang, a reclusive billionaire with nothing to lose, and an ancient document that could bring ruin to some of the most entrenched financial interests in Florida.Between solving the mystery and staying alive, Matt's got his hands full. But he'd better watch out or his hard-charging ways could get him sideways with the newest member of Longboat Key's police force, the undeniably attractive Jennifer Duncan.For Matt, it's shaping up to be a really long week.

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Publishers Weekly
A one-dimensional protagonist and frequent plot contrivances sink Griffin's so-so fifth mystery thriller featuring retired lawyer Matt Royal (after 2009's Wyatt's Revenge). When a sniper shoots Royal's closest friend, Logan Hamilton, in broad daylight on a Sarasota, Fla., street, Logan luckily survives what should have been a fatal chest wound. In order to make the would-be assassin believe that he succeeded, Longboat Key police chief Bill Lester arranges for Hamilton to be transported to the morgue. The plot thickens when Jason Blakemoore, an ex-jock turned mediocre attorney, is gunned down. Soon, Royal himself becomes a target. After barely surviving multiple attacks, Royal begins to suspect that he and his friends "were being stalked by true evil." A plot thread dealing with the history of the Black Seminoles amounts to a failed effort to make the violence have some greater significance. (Dec.)

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Oceanview Publishing
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Matt Royal Mystery , #5
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H. Terrell Griffin is the award winning author of seven Matt Royal mysteries set on Florida's Suncoast. Prior to succumbing to his lifelong yen to write, he earned degrees in history and law from Mercer University and was a board certified civil trial lawyer based in Orlando for thirty-eight years. In his youth, Terry served three years in the U.S. Army, much of it as a medic in an Armored Cavalry regiment on the East German border.

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Bitter Legacy 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Retired lawyer Matt Royal has been away from his beloved fishing and beer at Longboat Key, Florida. When he finally comes home he is stunned with what has happened to friends. An assassin shot in the chest Logan Hamilton on a busy Sarasota street, Logan survived, but Longboat Key Police Chief Bill Lester, expecting a second attempt of the sniper knows his target lives, sets up a bit of misdirection by having the "victim" taken to the morgue. Soon after that attack, that same professional kills attorney Jason Blakemoore. Not long after that Matt finds himself in the crosshairs of a determined diligent killer. Matt has no idea who and why anyone is gunning down him and his friends; however, he plans to find out and end the marauder's murdering assault even if that alienates police officer Jennifer Duncan. This is an engaging low key thriller in which the targets are clueless as to why the perpetrator is after them. The story line is fast-paced from the opening murder attempt and never slows down. While the motives is low brow, the plot is entertainingly delightful; when the motive ties to the past and the Black Seminoles, it loses its edge as that feels forced to provide a powerful rationale. Still fans will enjoy Royal's latest tale (see Blood Island, Murder Key and Longboat Blues); as unlike his last outing (see Wyatt's Revenge) in which he was shot on two continents, he only becomes target practice on one. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone familiar with the Longboat Key/Sarasota area, H. Terrell Griffin's books are a must read. In the same style asJohn Grisham, John McDonald and Robert Parker, these books are fun, exciting and extremely accurate in its descriptions of the settings. The only problem with the Matt Royal series of books is that there are enough of them.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading.just couldnt get into it.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Well now I have read all seven of the Matt Royal Mysteries. Now I will have a long wait for the next one. Hope it is not to far away. Matt Royal is a retired lawyer turn beach bum who gets into a lot of messes with people trying to kill him many times. They have never suceeded. Matt is a loyal friend and in return has good friends too. Someone tried to kill his friend Logan than they tried to kill him. He has no clue for who wants him dead this time. His good friend Jock shows up to help him with all his skills and contacts. Jock works for a top secret goverment agency. He can pick up a phone and call the President of the U.S.A. The body count rises of all the ones who are sent into kill Matt & Logan. They were both trained in the vetnam war and were heros. So the rest of the world see that Matt is a retired lawyer and Logan retired in business both early. They were trained to lead. Logan was a sniper and chopper pilot. Matt was an L.T. special forces. They both drink too much and eat out a lot. They care about the people around them and help where they can. Thier community returns thier feelings and let them know when they hear something that can help them. I bought this ebook on Amazon.
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
Taking a hint from other authors, such as Carl Hiaasen and Jeff Lindsay, H. Terrell Griffin sets his story in a fascinating Florida, that sets the tone for this wildly entertaining mystery. Matt Royal, retired soldier, lawyer, and occasional fisherman and beer drinker, becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy when an attempt is made on his life, and the life of his best friend, Logan. Royal, assisted by the chief of police, Logan, and his buddy Jock, a high up member of a secretive government agency with considerable influence and resources, embarks on a cat and mouse chase to find the people who want him dead. The small town Florida setting allows Griffin to juxtapose his protagonist and supporting characters, all of who seem to possess that rare quality found only in small town, working class America, with the cold corrupt tone of the rich greedy villains. On top of the attempts at his life, Matt Royal is also forced to learn to work with the new female detective, J.D. Duncan, who not only threatens to disrupt the "good ole boy" cooperation between Royal and the Longboat Key Police Department, but also stirs feelings somewhere deeper in Royal's heart. Duncan is a great fish out of water, by the book, contrast to Royal's more maverick ideals. Through J.D. Duncan, Griffin manages to produce a surprisingly believable, romantic subplot. This is the fifth novel to feature Matt Royal, but as this was the first novel I read, I don't think it is important to read the other installments in the series before reading this one. From the moment I began reading this book, I could not put it down! The novel takes place over a weeklong period of time, and is divided into sections by the different days of the week(it seemed oddly fitting that I read this weeklong story as the first novel in my Book A Week challenge). With the fairly short chapters and quick pacing, this novel had me flying through the pages and kept me engaged to the very end. As a fan of great mysteries, interesting characters, and beautiful settings, I found Bitter Legacy to be a great read!
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Carl80 More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth in the Matt Royal series. It's a punchy, hard-bitten thriller that starts at a run and accelerates from there. If the runner tires a bit toward the end of the marathon, well, that's not so surprising. If readers are looking for a tightly wound, very male trio of protagonists, here they are, all interesting characters with strong back stories mostly hinted at. They are three buddies who have each other's back with little question, regardless of circumstances or how big and evil is the adversary. Principal operator here is Matt Royal, our narrator. He's a retired lawyer, living a pleasant life on Longboat Key down in the Florida Islands. He's just coming back in town from a week of sun, seafood, sex, and beer, with a fine example of American womanhood. Meanwhile his second best friend, Logan Hamilton, has been plugged by a sniper. Town's in turmoil, several unknown thugs are apparently gunning for Royal, and a citizen Matt met once wants his help with an unknown but possibly valuable law suit. The plot is not very complicated but it is eminently satisfying for readers who like this sort of thing. The framework gives the narrator plenty of opportunity to comment on various societal ills and the author uses those opportunities. He uses them well, and I never felt as if the story had been set aside for a few pages while the author expounded. All the details enriched Matt Royal's character and never were a distraction. I lost track of the number of attempts on Royal's life, all of which ended badly for the professed killers, but there were several, varied, inventive and fun. The novel is aptly named and roars to a satisfying conclusion with almost no missteps. Smoothly written, I enjoyed the novel immensely. This is a strong thriller with every attribute one expects in the genre.
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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Wyatt's Revenge, which was also written by Mr. Griffin in 2009, I was extremely happy to see another Matt Royal mystery come across my desk. Unfortunately, although there is a storyline throughout that is interesting, another also appears that leaves something to be desired. For readers unfamiliar with the main character, Matt Royal is a former attorney, as well as a former member of the Special Forces in Vietnam. After quite a full, slightly frightening past, Matt settled down in Longboat Key, Florida where the most stressful parts of his life include fishing, eating, and drinking. ( be Matt Royal). As we begin our tale, Matt has just gotten home from a long sailing journey where he spent many relaxing days at sea with a beautiful woman who has gone back to her life in Europe. Not beside himself with tears over this, Matt is actually quite excited about getting back to his life of peaceful freedom. The information he finds out upon his return, however, is anything but peaceful and serene. A sniper chose to shoot Matt's dear friend, Logan Hamilton, in broad daylight on a busy Sarasota street. The man, thank goodness, survived the deadly attack, but a plan cooked up between him and Bill Lester, the police chief, has sent Logan into hiding so that the assassin can continue to think that he has succeeded in his work. As the story goes deeper down the 'thriller' avenue, more bodies pile up. Included in these new mysterious happenings are a lawyer who is working on authenticating an ancient document that deals with the Seminole Indians and their 'stake' in the state of Florida; a tourist who was left for dead; a very lethal biker gang; and, a lonely, isolated, eccentric billionaire who is extremely entertaining. While he's trying desperately to solve these mysteries and stay alive, Matt also finds that he, too, is a target but doesn't know why. He also gets tied up with Jennifer Duncan, an extremely beautiful woman who is the newest member of the Longboat Key police force, who ends up being knee deep in his investigation. As I said at the beginning of this review, I am a fan of Mr. Griffin's book called Wyatt's Revenge. This book featured the same characters that I fell in love with the first time around but, to me, this story was somehow lacking in substance. I did, however, really like a chapter that centered on Matt learning about evil that prepared the reader for a very well-written Vietnam experience. This experience in Matt Royal's life really showed the difference between the guy with the pitchfork that the church tells people evil is all about, and actual real, live evil that the world gives out ten-fold. Quill says: If you're interested in a hard-to-solve mystery, this is definitely a book for you. Be aware, however, that there is a storyline that delves deeply into the Seminole Indians. Although I completely agree with the authors point of view regarding the horrible bias that still exists in the world today regarding the Seminoles, I don't believe it added very much to the actual storyline that the author was shooting for. Alas, it became more of a "lesson" than a work of thrilling fiction.