Longboat Blues

Longboat Blues When his girlfriend s body is discovered on the balcony of his condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico Logan Hamilton is indicted for murder His friend Matthew Royal a burned out trial lawyer living o

  • Title: Longboat Blues
  • Author: H. Terrell Griffin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When his girlfriend s body is discovered on the balcony of his condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Logan Hamilton is indicted for murder His friend, Matthew Royal, a burned out trial lawyer living on an island paradise in Florida, reluctantly comes out of early retirement to represent Logan The tale twists and turns as Matt travels to the Midwest and South Florida tryiWhen his girlfriend s body is discovered on the balcony of his condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Logan Hamilton is indicted for murder His friend, Matthew Royal, a burned out trial lawyer living on an island paradise in Florida, reluctantly comes out of early retirement to represent Logan The tale twists and turns as Matt travels to the Midwest and South Florida trying to save Logan from the death penalty, which is being pursued by a hard nosed female prosecutor who never loses The secrets revealed in the climactic trial stun the people of the island and reverberate around the world It s a great ride from the pristine beaches of Longboat Key to the cities of South Florida and the Midwest The author spins a tale of mystery and intrigue, peopled with characters you won t soon forget.

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    1. I found this book in a house we rented near Longboat Key, and couldn't resist diving in, despite the rather cheesy cover. It was an enjoyable read, helped by the fact that we recognized many places mentioned and even went to eat at a restaurant (Marina Jack in Sarasota) because of a mention in the book. Longboat Blues is far better written than the average self-published book, and if the characters seem somewhat stock and/or wish fulfillment at times, it didn't detract from the experience a grea [...]

    2. Fantastic story with many spotlights on a beautiful place to live. The drama, mystery and lightly mixed in romance led me to the end, when another drama arose and tied any missing pieces together.Well written.

    3. This is the first book in the Matt Royal mystery series by H. Terrell Griffin and it has a copyright date of 2005. At the time of this review there are 8 entries in the series, which is set in the present day.Griffin’s main character, Matt Royal, calls himself a retired attorney. However, the reality is that he is a forty-ish burn out who had, several years prior, dropped out of the law game – and life – for two reasons. First, he could no longer reconcile the inequities between enacted la [...]

    4. When I was given “Wyatt’s Revenge”—also by Griffin—to review, I was unaware it was the last in a four-book series. Many times, you read a book and knowing a sequel or a trilogy is planned—much the way it is with movies—you worry the subsequent books won’t be as good as the original. When Terry Griffin writes a book, nothing could be further from the truth. Not yet having read the two in the middle—I just finished “Longboat Blues” the first in the series—I am filled with a [...]

    5. This book has been hiding on the shelf for several years. Embarrassing how that happens. This is Mr. Griffin's first mystery; I must imagine he has become better in the ten years since he published it and I bought it.It is subtitled "A Mystery", a more truthful subtitle than many. "Longboat Blues" belongs to the classic mystery genre, notably the ones featuring court room scenes. Here we have a middle aged retired lawyer whose best friend finds a corpse on his balcony one morning. The corpse is [...]

    6. the best in the series so far. this is the one the author terry sent me in the mail because i wrote and told him i couldnt find it. i agreed to give it to the library when i finished it (which i will do)this is one of the early ones, and the cia man is not in it. tho i like him very much!this one his friend logan is set up to take a murder rap. he finds a dead girl on his balcony when he wakes up in the morning after a drunk night. matt is trying his murder case even though he doesnt want to. he [...]

    7. I wasn’t sure I would like this book when I started reading it. But the man character, Matt Royal, grew on me the further I got into the story.This is a legal thriller, but Matt’s not your typical lawyer. He threw in the towel and retired to the island of the book’s title. But he’s drawn back into the law when a friend is accused of murdering a woman. From there, the story has many interesting turns (they’re not twists because they’re subtle and logical) as Matt looks to clear his fr [...]

    8. I picked this book up as a result of an recommendation. There are many reviews already that provide the story outline, so I won't repeat any of that material here. Summary: "Longboat Blues" is a legal mystery (my favorite genre) and very well written. I was engaged from the outset; the pacing was brisk; the descriptions, characters, and dialogue realistic; and the story line never disappointed me through to the end including serving up several unpredictable plot twists and turns. I thoroughly e [...]

    9. I love this author's books. In this one Matt's best friend, Logan is accused of killing his girlfriend and Matt comes out of retirement and starts practicing law again in order to defend his best friend in the murder trial. I think one of the reasons I like these book is because I grew up in Florida, but on the opposite coast. Not only are the characters so well developed that you feel you know them, but you can almost taste and smell the salt air, the smell of seafood cooking, and the feel of w [...]

    10. 4 STARSThis is the second Matt Royal Mystery now that I have read in the past 2 days. I liked it so much I am going to read another one next.Longboat Blues is more of a legal thriller that draws you in right away and keeps your attention all the way through. Like the characters, the drama. Some stronger language in this book especially from one character. It reminded me of a Perry Mason show with dramatic scenes in the courtroom.I bought this from amazon because I liked previous Matt Royal myste [...]

    11. This was a pleasant easy reading whodunit set in southern Florida. As with many in that setting, the state is almost one of the characters.Locals who meet regularly are shocked when one of their own is found murdered. Further shock happens when the body is discovered on the deck of one of the group. He goes to ground and solicits the help of a burnt out lawyer, Matt Royal. Matt plays private eye in an effort to defend his friend, and finds that much of what he thought he knew about these people [...]

    12. Good storyline I enjoyed the story. However, there was way too much information about driving places. Maybe you Florida folks find all that interesting about what highway he took to what highway, but I skimmed over it. The author also commented too often on other peoples weight, which I found unnecessary but whatever. There is too much wardrobe description for everyone, in my opinion. Last, there were some typo type errors such as statuteInstead of statue. Those things bug me, but the story I fe [...]

    13. I enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. Matt Royal is a retired attorney living on Longboat Key off the coast of Florida near Tampa. He and his friends work to solve a variety of murders over several books in the series. The characters are entertaining, the narrative is well done. Reading this book did make me want to read more in the series to find out more about what happened to Matt and his friends.

    14. Good story enjoyed the atmosphere of Longboat Key and while reading the book I felt a part of island community.Author could have developed the love affair between Matt (main character) and Anne better. I also felt that more sexual tension between Matt and Elizabeth would have made the story more compelling.The ending seemed abrupt and hurried.But I did enjoy the novel enough that I'm reading Murder Key (second book).

    15. After reading book 3 in the series, went back and started at the beginning, not disappointed! If you love descriptive writing, murder mysteries and Florida, you will love Griffin's character, Matt Royal. Matt's best friend, Logan is accused of killing one of their friends and Matt needs to find the real killer.

    16. Very suspenseful book that I did not want to put down. Beach bum lawyer Matt Royal comes out of retirement to defend his friend who is charged with murder. Matt uncovers one thing after another--those revelations have the potential to put Matt himself in danger! Looking forward to the next one in the series--Murder Key!

    17. Great Court Drama.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a murder mystery it kept my full attention. The courtroom drama was well played out. The melding of all the different mysteries was worked out nicely and all the different strands pulled together to a conclusion I had not seen coming.

    18. This was the first book of the series, and it was a great beginning. I am a fan of the series, and this book was very good.Of course, Matt found a love interest in the story . . . maybe two. The mystery is not completely solved until near the end of the book.My only criticism would be the author should have cut the last two chapters which were anti-climatic.

    19. This was a well written legal thriller set in Florida where we are staying, This is the fourth or fifth in the series. A little in the John Grisham mold, the author is a lawyer as well as his central charater. As always it is fun to read about locations and areas that you are familiar with. Brddenton, Sarasota, longboat Key and Santa Maria Island figure in the story!

    20. Longboat KeyI'm staying on Longboat Key and have spent six weeks here every winter for about five years now. It was so much fun being able to relate to places talked about. The mystery part was great also. Many twists and turns. I really didn't have any clue to the end how it was going to turn out. I would recommend the book to any one that likes a good mystery.

    21. This is an easy read about Florida and an attorney who comes out of retirement to represent a friend who was accused of murder. It's rather slow moving and then everything happens quickly in the end of the book. Similar to Randy Wayne White novels.

    22. great mystery; a little tough to follow with all the characters, but it's a big surprise at the end.Is a good beach read and I liked the fact that I've been to most of the locations in the book and can relate to the author's love of the island paradise.

    23. 3.5 Stars, because it's a first novel. The beginning dragged with too much irrelevant detail. Fortunately by the time the reader got to the trial, the pace improved and the writing became tighter. A good read, enough to go on to Book 2.

    24. This is a story of a retired trial attorney Matt Royal who comes out of his retirement to defend a good friend arrested for murder. It's the first in the series. I like all the investigation the character does to piece together his case and what really happened. There is some language and sex.

    25. LONGBOAT BLUESI have been reading all of the Matt Royal books, and not in order. They are all exceptional, this one is the first-so I learned some new facts about Matt. It was a very good read, I have one more left to read- can't wait!

    26. Longboat bluesLatest of the Matt Royal series that I have had the pleasure of reading and consistent with my thoughts on the others in the ability to keep you guessing and interested without a lot of trivial fluff many other writers use. Highly recommended.

    27. Very Good; Continuing character: Matt Royal (first in series); a "beach bum lawyer" is asked by a friend to defend him against murder charges - the death of another of their associates with a curious past

    28. WhodunitGood story, lots of pieces neatly assembled to a final courtroom solution. Thought provoking. Worth the time to read, enjoy.

    29. Very good fast read. I enjoyed the book as an easy, relaxing story with enough twists and turns to hold my attention and interest.

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