Vindication (A Matt Royal Mystery)

H. Terrell

When the body of Olivia Lathom is found in the quiet retirement community lovingly referred to as The Villages, people are quick to take sides and point fingers.  Those fingers point to his girlfriend's Aunt Esther.  Retired lawyer Matt Royal is quick to take the case, and he leaps into the fray to prove Ester’s innocence. He must, as she is the only family he and J.D. have. He leaves no stone unturned as he conducts his own search for the truth. With the help of his girlfriend and a handful of others, Matt is able to uncover several tangled secrets, like hidden identity and 40 year-old feuds. Will he be able to prove Ester’s innocence?

"Vindication" lives up to its potential, and is a singular treat!  From the delicious and varied dialogue, to just the right amount of well-placed one-liners, this story delivers. The descriptions are beautiful, although some are a bit long-winded and heavy on detail. It is confusing that the beginning seems to have no connection to the rest of the story, but that adds to the intrigue. It is also possible that readers familiar with other Matt Royal mysteries could see the connection right away. There are a few typos and grammatical errors here and there, but not enough to detract from the intensity of the story. This novel will grab the reader’s attention with its surprise curve balls, and thrill them with the author’s capability to surf the waves of anticipation and excitement with ease.

Yannie Sorensen