by H. Terrell Griffin


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Premier adult community with everything you could possibly want, need, or dream of doing in your retirement years is just a golf cart ride away—now the scene of a murder

In this John Grisham style mystery, Matt Royal, the retired lawyer-turned-beach-bum is called back into the courtroom to defend his girlfriend J. D. Duncan's Aunt Esther, who lives in the sprawling North Central Florida retirement community of The Villages. A best-selling author has been murdered after a book signing, and Aunt Esther has been arrested. Matt has a history with the local sheriff—one which may not bode well for his client.

Matt reluctantly suits up for the courtroom, and J.D. takes a leave from the police department to go undercover. A bizarre specter from the past haunts their investigation every step of the way. As they delve further into the case, the pieces of the puzzle refuse to fall into any kind of coherent pattern. Jock Algren arrives with his special skill set to expose the real murderer and free Aunt Esther, but to no avail. Not until the case goes to trial and the evidence is revealed does the truth emerge—and a strange kind of justice prevails.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608093328
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Series: A Matt Royal Mystery Series , #11
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 454,948
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

H. Terrell Griffin, a former board-certified civil trial lawyer and soldier, is the award-winning and best-selling author of ten Matt Royal mysteries set on the Florida Gulf Coast island of Longboat Key, and now Vindication , which takes place in The Villages in Central Florida. He and his wife, Jean, divide their time between their homes in Maitland, Florida, and Longboat Key, Florida.

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Vindication 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
tschnitzler More than 1 year ago
This must be a series, but this is the first book I have read. I immediately liked Matt Royal, and throughout the book, I am trying to nail down the real relationship between J.D. and Matt. They appear so perfect for each other, but we do not really get to know J.D. The thoroughness of Attorney Royal's work is beyond reproach, and if I was ever in trouble, I'd sure want him in my corner! The process of getting to the truth in this story was probably easier than in real life, but overall, a good read. More detail on legal procedures than I needed, but still informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book.Could not put it down till the very end. I can not wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept you guessing the whole time. At one point I even thought that maybe aunt Esther was guilty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story and full of drama
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy all of his books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, intriguing murder mystery that takes many a curve and turn with interesting characters. The characters intertwine and keep the readers interest
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can’t wait for the next book. I have read them all and each is better than the one before!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, a little slow, not like his other Matt Royal novels. No action, kind of fluffy being a story about odd balls in the Villages. Missed the Long Boat Key connection and the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matt Royal, the lead character, retires from practicing law and settles in Longboat Key, FL. An urgent request from his girlfriend, J.D. Duncan, brings Matt out of his beach bum lifestyle to help her aunt Esther, suspected of murder in a retirement community called The Villages. Fun, interesting ride through the Villages, FL, filled with suspense as the crime unfolds. Interesting plot, crazy characters, and the trial keeps the reader engaged in the story. “Vindication” is a really good mystery – you will look at white vans with intrigue! Be careful, you may not be able to put this book down! If this is your first Matt Royal Series book, you will be happy to know there are (10) more legal mystery books written by H. Terrell Griffin.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Griffin is an author that leaves bread crumbs along a path for the reader to follow. Excellent crime drama with likable characters that travel through the pages in a smooth and entertaining format. This being the eleventh book in the Matt Royal series it has no problem being a stand alone. Matt is a retired lawyer who has found the spice of life as a beach bum. His girl friend J.D's aunt Esther has been arrested for murder and Matt is putting his shorts away to come to her rescue. Loved the way that Griffin left clues but kept the mystery moving till the very last page. All the evidence was gathered and justice was served in this case. "A copy of the book was provided by Oceanview Publishing via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. All comments here are my honest opinion." Would not hesitate reading any of the others in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with a lot of twists and turns. Just what a great mystery should contain.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Matt Royal is a retired lawyer -turned beach bum. He finds himself called back into the legal system when his girlfriend's aunt is arrested for murder. Aunt Esther lives in a retirement community in Florida. She is accused of murdering a sort - of friend who lives in the same area. She was shot in the back and dumped in a parking lot. The victim was a best-selling author and had just finished a book signing. Things don't look good for Aunt Esther. The murder weapon is found in her house with her fingerprints all over the gun and bullets. She was heard saying that she was going to kill the victim the day before she was shot. Matt has his hands full, as well as trying to find a way to beat these charges. The local sheriff and Matt have a history ... and not a good one. And there are people who aren't who people believe they are. It is only when Esther goes to trial that the puzzle pieces begin to fall in some kind of order. I really enjoy a good legal thriller ... especially when it is well-written and not a Perry Mason moment anywhere to be seen. Matt Royal is a great character, as is his girlfriend, J. D. who is also a law enforcement officer. I love how they interact with each other, as well as with their friends. One of them is Jock, who's a sniper for an unnamed company. Murder is serious, but there's always room for a little humor and the author writes it well. This is book 11 in a series .... and it does well as a stand alone. I have read some of his earlier books and found all of them to be engaging, filled with twists and turns and surprising endings. Many thanks to the author / Oceanview Publishing / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.