Matt Royal is a lawyer, but right now he is enjoying his life, relaxing on
the beach in Florida. Until his girlfriend, JD, calls to let him know that
her aunt Esther has been arrested for murder. Matt and JD know that
there is no way that Esther would kill anyone. So Matt puts on his
lawyer suit and travels to the little city of Sumter to find out what is
Apparently, a woman was found dead in the middle of the square and
for some reason, certain people are blaming Esther for the murder. The
victim is Olivia Lathom, a writer in town to sign her newly published
book. So why would someone want her dead, especially Esther, who
doesn't even know her? The problem started way back when Esther
wrote a mystery book, showed it to her friend Ruth, who told her the
book was bad. Are Ruth and Olivia connected in some way?
The more Matt digs into this investigation, the more strange things
keep turning up. First, there is no record of Olivia in any database. Matt
keeps searching, knowing in his gut that someone is lying about what
I truly enjoyed VINDICATION by H.
Terrell Griffin. Talk about different twists and turns! I was completely
shocked at the ending and spent most of the book thinking the
murderer was someone else. Griffin describes the hot and humid
Florida setting so well, I felt like I was sitting outside on a deck while
reading this book. I loved the relationship between Matt and JD.
Hopefully, there will be more books in the Matt Royal series soon. A great mystery, perfect
for summer reading!
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.