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Bitter Legacy (Matt Royal Mystery #5)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  313 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 20th 2010 by Oceanview Publishing (first published September 18th 2010)
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Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Teresa Whitehead
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I really like reading the Matt Royal series! I call Florida my home state because I lived there the longest. Spending much time in the areas that are mentioned in the book, I can relate and visual the scenes as they are written. Matt Royal is in a pickle again. Someone took a shot at his friend and now those persons are coming after him. There is something he supposed has that they want but Matt does not know what. As the pieces come together, Matt and his friends go after the guy and find there ...more
Denis La Force
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart and edifying. The end comes several times and you will find many words that will fill the blanks in your crossword puzzle.

Other authors are offering Matt Royal types as protagonists who live in the everglades. I think that I like the way Mr. Griffin spins his yarn from the premise of an actual historical event, and little know people, as the basis for a possible major shift in the economic future of certain negros. His acknowledgement at the end is to be reflected upon in light of the pres
sharon gima
Typical tough guy Sam Spade (ok, so I'm old) type book. Reminded me somewhat of the John MacDonald color coded series. May or may not read another by the author-have to be in the right mood.
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
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bitter Legacy: A Matt Royal Mystery by H. Terrell Griffin

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
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Carl Brookins
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Starr Gardinier
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Ishmael Seaward
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Henry Lawrence
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jacquelynn Fritz
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Teresa Michael
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Naomi Blackburn
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Walt Mccluskey
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Barbara Nutting
Jun 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
There is only one John D MacDonald and one Travis McGee - this is a trite copy cat. I live in Sarasota and felt like I was on tour of my own city - from Fruitville to Longboat!! This book just dragged on and on - no redeeming qualities. I didn't finish it!!
Harold Kasselman
Jan 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
The book reads like it was written by the Longboat Key tourist bureau. The plot is silly and the characters are equally inane
Charles Thibos
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
interesting history lesson not a very believable story too simplixtic
Sandy thyer
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Jim Sharp
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is my first Matt Royal mystery. Enjoyed it. Have downloaded another Matt Royal book. In the to be read shelf.
Sherri Vigil
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.

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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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Matt Royal Mystery (10 books)
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