Saturday, December 6, 2008

Review & Giveaway: Blood Island by H. Terrell Griffin

Matt Royal gave up his law practice to live a quieter life on Longboat Key, Florida. However, his retirement has been anything but quiet. Matt seems to have quite the knack for finding trouble on the idyllic Florida coastline.

Matt’s ex-wife comes to Longboat Key to enlist his help in the search for her stepdaughter, Peggy. Peggy has been missing for weeks but since she’s no longer a minor, the police aren’t taking her parents’ concern seriously. Matt agrees to see what he can do, and soon finds himself mired in the dangerous world of organized crime.

His search for Peggy leads him to a posh escort service run by a religious fanatic, where unsuspecting girls are drugged and forced into prostitution. But a closer look at the organization reveals a much darker secret. Operating from the secluded, privately owned Blood Island, the cult’s leader is putting in motion a sinister plot that could have disastrous consequences.

With the help of longtime friends Logan Hamilton and Jock Algren, Matt Royal will have to push the limits of lawful behavior to save Peggy and avert a global crisis.

Griffin portrays the seedy criminal underworld against the backdrop of spectacular coastal sunsets, always reminding the reader that crime exists that no matter how beautiful the scenery. The changes that Matt’s character undergoes – becoming increasingly disturbed by the actions he’s driven to – are incredibly compelling.

I did find it difficult keeping up with all the new characters that were introduced (despite taking thorough notes) but overall, I found Blood Island to be an enjoyable noir mystery.

Book Giveaway:

This giveaway will be slightly different from those I've done in the past, so please read carefully.

H. Terrell Griffin is giving away a signed copy of his book, Blood Island, to one lucky tour visitor. Go to Terry’s book tour page,, and enter your name, e-mail address, and this PIN, 8320, for your chance to win. Entries from Bookish Ruth will be accepted until 12:00 Noon (PT) tomorrow, December 7, 2008. No purchase is required to enter or to win. The winner (first name only) will be announced on Terry’s book tour page next week.


  1. Thanks for your review. It was very different from the other reviews this week. I'll have to watch out from the character confusion. From the sum of all of the reviews, it still seems like one worth reading. The style of the giveaway is unique. I like it!

  2. :-) SOunds like a good book :)

  3. Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy to read. Sweet!