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Bitter Legacy (Matt Royal Mystery #5)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  188 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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 wh ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published December 20th 2010 by Oceanview Publishing (first published September 18th 2010)
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Eric_W
Enjoyable Matt Royal mystery. For some reason, killers are out to get Matt and Logan, his good friend, (the only thing that saved him was a paperback copy of Atlas Shrugged or some other Randian tomb, although how he ever got the book into a pocket escapes me,) but they have no idea why. Does it have some connection to an old islander who had been beaten up while trying to contact Matt? And why are their digs being ransacked? Who wanted Jason Blackmore, a down-in-the mouth lawyer dead?

Matt gets
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Patricia
Matt Royal is in big trouble which is nothing new to Matt but this time someone is trying to kill him and he has no idea why. Matt is not the only target. Matt’s friend Logan Hamilton is shot in the chest as he heads toward a lunch date with Bill Lester, the chief of police of Longboat Key.

Matt had just returned to Longboat Key after spending a week boating around southwest Florida with Jessica Connor. Matt had met Jessica in Europe months before and she had come to Longboat Key for a visit and
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Patricia
Logan Hamilton gets shot in the very first sentence on the very first page of the very first chapter in this fifth entry to H. Terrell Griffin’s Matt Royal series. For those who have been reading this series in sequence, we know exactly how much this incident will upset the proverbial applecart in Matt Royal’s world. But Matt doesn’t know about it; he is out on his boat with his soon-to-be-ex-lover and has actually been gone for about a week.

And because Matt wasn’t home when Abraham Osceola (see
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Starr Gardinier
Just as the motor moves along character Royal’s boat Recess on Florida’s waters, author H. Terrell Griffin propels the reader forward to Bitter Legacy’s conclusion. Chapter by chapter and line by line, Griffin snags the reader’s attention and doesn’t let go.

Retired attorney Matt Royal wanted nothing more than to spend carefree days on Longboat Key. Unfortunately, they are not as relaxed as he imagined; instead he is shot at and practically blown up. Royal and his longtime friend Logan Hamilton a
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Dashlin
After a week away from home, Matt Royal’s ready to get back to the Longboat Key's great life including some good fishing, good food, good beer, and more good fishing, but unfortunetly Matt comes back to really bad news. Hes found out that a hired sniper tried and almost killed one of his best friends, but even worse, coming back, hes discovered that someone wants him dead and whoever is trying to kill him is not giving up so easily.. With no clue or evidence on who’s after him or why, Matt soon ...more
Rhonda
Bitter Legacy: A Matt Royal Mystery by H. Terrell Griffin
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 hi
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Janice
May 06, 2011 Janice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This book is one of H. Terrell Griffin’s Matt Royal Series. I read Wyatt’s Revenge in the same series and wanted to read more about Matt Royal and his adventures. Matt is a retired attorney and former Special Forces member who now lives in Longboat Key, Florida and enjoys his new life, fishing, and handing with his friends. But Matt’s life is not very quiet when his best friend, Logan is shot. Though Logan survives, Matt and another friend, Bill Lester, the police chef send Logan into hiding and ...more
Carl Brookins
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 ...more
Ethan
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 ag ...more
Henry Lawrence
Matt Royal and his friends come under attack for unknown reasons. It seems to be connected with a Black Seminole named Abraham Osceola who claims to have found a document that would make the Black Seminoles very rich.
I was able to predict some of the character connections, but not the total story.
The author takes too long at the end of the book tying up the loose ends, but it is still a great read.
I wish the author didn't dwell on flashbacks to Vietnam in such depth.
Suze
BITTER LEGACY

BITTER LEGACY

This is the third Matt Royal book I have read, I am not reading them in order - but it doesn't matter- each one is self-contained and very complete. Bitter LEGACY had everything, mystery,intrigue, sexual innuendos, deep friendships and loyalties. Very, very good book.
Walt Mccluskey
Bitter legacy

Written as well as I have come to expect from Griffin with a lot of twists and turns throughout. Interesting use of interaction between the story as one group saw it and their adversary version. One fact that amazed me was the short time line for the whole tale.
Kat
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Ishmael Seaward
The plot started off okay, but became more and more improbable as the story unfolded. The unlying premise, about the Seminoles and Black Seminoles, treaties, etc. is fine. But the new female deputy? Basically a cardboard cut-out who apologizes for her actions. Some friend who fortuitously shows up, works for an unnamed supersecret agency, who calls in his agency buddies for help? Get real. All kinds of people getting shot? by the protagonist and his buddies? and his actions go unquestioned by th ...more
Jacquelynn Fritz
This is the first book I've read in the series, but I plan to read more. I love the setting and it reminds me of when I lived in Key West. The main characters are great friends who back each other in solving the mystery. They are trying to find out who is trying to kill Matt and why. It would be a great summer read as it easy to read.
Kaija
I really enjoy this series. I have been reading it out of order, but I enjoy the mysteries they have, and the way the story is told. I did find there was a lot of attention to detail in this book compared to Wyatt's Revenge though. It was interesting to learn a small bit of the history of Florida during this book too.
Teresa Michael
Terry Griffin does not disappoint in this Matt Royal mystery. Someone is trying to kill him and he doesn't know why. Go on the journey with Matt, Logan, Jock, and the new detective in town, J.D., as they figure out how a strange old man, an albino woman, a Black Seminole Indian, and a biker gang fit into the story.
Naomi
This is really striking me as a "guys" mystery. Plus, there is a little too much drama in it for me...The main character and scenes almost out of the show "The Glades", so if you like that show, you will like this series.
Sandy thyer
New author for me. I liked the characters and story. It was a compelling read and I liked the townie Florida feel. I recommend it is worth your time.
Sherri Vigil
Another very good one by Griffin. Also very interesting plot. I'm liking all the characters alot and am excited to read all of Griffin's books.

Harold Kasselman
The book reads like it was written by the Longboat Key tourist bureau. The plot is silly and the characters are equally inane
Jim Sharp
This is my first Matt Royal mystery. Enjoyed it. Have downloaded another Matt Royal book. In the to be read shelf.
Al Stoess
Interesting. Not Griffin's best. High on violence as his boosks usually are.
Andy Plonka
gives a giid feel for how native Floridians view outsiders
Sandee Franz
Sandee Franz marked it as to-read
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Award-winning novelist H. Terrell Griffin is a board-certified trial lawyer who practiced in Orlando for thirty-eight years. He and his wife, Jean, divide their time between Longboat Key, Florida, and Maitland, Florida. Griffin is also the author of Blood Island, Murder Key, and Longboat Blues. Blood Island was named an award-winning finalist in the 2008 National Best Books Awards, Fiction & L ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Matt Royal Mystery (8 books)
  • Longboat Blues (Matt Royal, #1)
  • Murder Key (Matt Royal Mysteries)
  • Blood Island: A Matt Royal Mystery
  • Wyatt's Revenge
  • Collateral Damage (Matt Royal Mystery #6)
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