Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin

Before the review, I feel that some explanation is in order. At the start of this year, I was very frustrated with the amount of books I had read in the previous year. Despite my kind of reader apathy, I resolved to become a better reader. I had a copy of Bitter Legacy, which I had won months earlier on GoodReads, so I decided to finally read it. Before I knew it, a day had passed and I had compulsively finished the novel. Invigorated by my sense of accomplishment, I came up with the staggering goal of reading at least one book each week. I don't hesitate in saying that without this novel, this blog would have never been born. I have been amazed at all of the positive feedback and helpful comments I have received. I would never have imagined that this blog would gain such a diverse and loyal following. In a form of thanks to all readers, I am pleased to offer a re-post of my very first review, and a giveaway of this fun mystery novel. 

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!

Giveaway Rules: (Closed)
1. Use the link above to read the Amazon review. At the end of the review, indicate "YES" this review was helpful.
2. Leave your email address in the comments of this post, and indicate that you have completed the above step. 
3. This giveaway will continue to May 12.
4. US and Canada entries only.
5. Two winners will be selected

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8 Responses to “Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin”

  1. I had a very similar epiphany when I read A.J. Jacobs My Year of Living Biblically (don't ask how). I vowed that I would read at least 25 pages a day every day. That was four years ago and I have not broken my vow yet.

  2. Sign me up, Ethan! I've hit the button on Amazon and everything. Eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners.

  3. I visited Amazon, thanks for the giveaway :)
    malibu311 at gmail dot com

  4. I visited Amazon and clicked that the review was helpful.

    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

  5. Clicked review was helpful!! :)
    thanks for a chance to win

    lzamudio02 @ hotmail .com

  6. Voted "yes" the review was helpful

    laurenalexis at gmail dot com

  7. "Yes" very helpful. Thanks again ,

  8. Congratulations to Khairu and Pauline! They will each receive a copy of Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin. Thanks to the publisher for making this giveaway available, and thanks to all who entered. Be sure to check this site for future giveaway opportunities.


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