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Bitter Legacy: A Matt Royal Mystery    by H. Terrell Griffin order for
Bitter Legacy
by H. Terrell Griffin
Order:  USA  Can
Oceanview, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Wow! A new Matt Royal Mystery! What more can one ask? Matt Royal, the protagonist in H. Terrell Griffin's series, lives on Longboat Key on the eastern coast of Florida. If you haven't read any of his previous Matt Royal novels, shame on you. Each one is well worth a read. As is Bitter Legacy, the next one in this very popular series.

Matt's friend Logan is shot. Fortunately, he survives. The story picks up here and continues at a ferocious speed, with dead bodies littering the ground and ocean as liberally as leaves falling from a tree. Matt enlists the help of another friend, Jock, who has connections to some bureau in D.C. that few know about.

They encounter a murderous crew, determined to exterminate them all, as well as a female detective from the Longboat Key police department. Managing to dodge the inept killers leads them to a biker bar where real mayhem takes place. The plot is tightly wound and leads readers down a path where they are sure they have the solution. Hah! Fooled you again.

Griffin is a master of his craft. He also uses his forum to expound on matters that he obviously feels strongly about. Don't skim his pages, hoping to get to the juicy parts. Read and contemplate what he has to say. Worth taking a moment to reflect.

I do hope the author is at this moment enjoying the balmy breezes on Longboat Key while he writes another Matt Royal mystery. Thank you, Mr. Griffin, for a good read.

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