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Buried by C.J. Carmichael Book Summary

Buried (book 1, Twisted Cedars Mysteries Trilogy)

In the coastal town of Twisted Cedars, Oregon an ugly secret from the past has been festering for over thirty years when five librarians were targeted by a serial killer. Now an anonymous emailer wants true crime writer Dougal Lachlan to tell the story. To uncover the truth Dougal enlists the help of local Twisted Cedar librarian Charlotte Hammond.  

Since the disappearance of her older sister, Daisy, eight years ago, Charlotte has led a quiet, sheltered life. But as Dougal's investigation proceeds she realizes there is no safe zone. Not even in libraries. And especially not in Twisted Cedars. 

Twisted Cedar Mysteries (a three book trilogy):

Book 1: Buried

Book 2: Forgotten

Book 3: Exposed 

"CJ Carmichael is a seasoned author... and this shows in A Buried Tale. She has written a fluid, easy to fall into mystery and I'm really hoping there will be more books in this series. The first installment in the Twisted Cedar Mysteries was a great read and I can't wait for more." - Cozy Reader

"One of my favorite elements of Carmichael's books is her gripping portrayal of family dynamics." Kathy Altman, USA Today

Buried (C.J. Carmichael) Book Reviews

BuriedI enjoyed this book.Score: 4/5

A good book, but just missed being a great bookI enjoyed reading this book, but the ending wasn't really an ending. The story just stopped and lose ends were not finalized. A cliff hanger, and not a stand alone book!😞.Score: 4/5

BuriedMy husband and I went camping and I forgot to bring some books along with me. I seen Buried for free on here and started reading it! I read it in two days and was hooked!!! Had my attention completely into the first chapter! So excited to start reading Forgotten next! CJ Carmichael is now my fav author 😍 Rhonda T. Charlotte, NC.Score: 4/5

BuriedWill read series & am not found of same. Caught my interest & that is not often. Thank u. LS.Score: 5/5

BuriedEntertaining read!.Score: 4/5

BuriedLoved it! Kept me intrigued to the end and I was surprised by that. Can't wait to buy the next book in the series..Score: 5/5

No thanksNo bad book.Score: 1/5

DogsHi I thought I would send it back in try to call send you back a little text I wanna I got the email that you had to get the email that and I’m going gonna not to be go get it home yet so we I’ll I have fortnite to go there with my y’all I know.Score: 1/5

BuriedAn interesting read. Keeps your interest. The ending was too abrupt thus a little disappointing..Score: 4/5

Great readI got into the book right away, finished it. It held my attention, enjoyed this book. Loved how the author kept me wanting to read more..Score: 5/5

Great read!So well written! Loved every second of this book and looking forward to reading more of this series..Score: 5/5

BookIt sucked really boring no pictures needs more drama.Score: 1/5

GreatThis has gotta be the greatest book I've ever read. I felt like I was there the whole time..Score: 5/5

BuriedLoved the book. The characters are so real hated to see the book end. Will read on..Score: 5/5

WonderfulI really loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading the next two..Score: 5/5

Wow wasn’t expecting such a great read!So happy I stumbled on this free book, my expectations we’re not high and thought it was to be a cheesy mystery. The TOTAL opposite. Such a great read, plot and characters can’t wait to read the rest!.Score: 5/5

BuriedLove love love this mystery story!!!! Looking forward to Exposed!!!.Score: 5/5

Buried is the most coherent of the seriesThis book is the most coherent of the series and sets up a nice plot for the books that follow. Sadly, the remaining two books don't finish up the plot threads, leave gaping plot holes and just flat forget apparently to answer some questions that this book raises. Not a horrible way to spend a couple hours but don't waste money on buying they remaining books..Score: 3/5

Just could NOT put this down!I initially stumbled across this book by accident, since it popped up as a free download. First, this is by far a definite book they didn't need to make free, because I'd definitely have paid for it! I literally started this book two days ago, couldn't stop turning the pages until I got to the end. "Buried" is so smoothly written, you lose yourself in the characters. It's not until you check the clock, you'll see the time flew by. I'm a huge thriller fan, and was skeptical at first about "Buried", but once I gave it a chance, I've been texting fellow thriller fans to go get it! You don't get lost in description, which some writers tend to do, nor do you feel less adequate as a human being for large complex words stumping your brain...but when you finish the book, you'll be wanting more. And guess what? There is more! And I've already downloaded, and purchased them!.Score: 5/5

Surprise!Enjoyed this fast paced book and didn't want to put it down. Numerous unexpected developments and an ending that was a total surprise..Score: 5/5

BuriedEnjoyed this book very much. Wanted to finish. Look forward to reading rest of series..Score: 5/5

Great book!I absolutely enjoyed reading this book, couldn't put it down! Now I am sad i finished it.... 😩 will I find another book as good as this one?? .......Score: 5/5

TJBVery well written..Score: 5/5

DecentI really liked this book up until the end. After reading some of the other reviews, I don’t think I will be purchasing the other books in this trilogy. I, like some other readers, wish the other would have put the whole story into one book, or at least ended it a little differently. All in all, it was good while it lasted..Score: 3/5

Quite good.It was up as a freebie so I downloaded it. Just got around to reading it and was pleasantly surprised. Well built mystery with believable characters…not a cozy. Kept my interest. Will buy the next one..Score: 5/5

Excellent!This is a great book to read. I can’t even image how the other parts of the trilogy proceed. Her writing style puts you watching the whole story happen. You never can quite figure out what’s next. Worth reading!.Score: 5/5

BuriedVery good read. Well thought out characters and in-depth family dynamics. Interesting story line that kept me glued to my phone 📱. I read it in 1 day. Excellent book, can’t wait to read the fallow ups in the series..Score: 5/5

Not an I-novelQuite refreshing to read such a novel from the perspective of a third person. The title seems a giveaway to the plot but, since it leaves unanswered questions to the main character’s original mystery probe, the plot continues in the next book..Score: 4/5

Very great workThis was mind blowing I really did not know that Kyle killed Daisy but I did know that he is a bad guys though..Score: 5/5

Excellent readI couldn't put it down! Starting book 2 now!.Score: 4/5

WowCould Not out it down. Didn’t see the ending coming. Can’t wait to read more..Score: 5/5

Nothing Cozy about this book...Had to skip sexual stuff, just found the storyline interesting..Score: 4/5

Ready for #2!Great read! So good in fact, that I’m about to buy books 2 and 3. This was my first book by this author and I’m looking forward to more..Score: 5/5

BuriedThoroughly enjoyed Buried, well written but most of all captivating enough to make you read as much as you can at any given time. I'm waiting for Forgotten and Exposed to go on sale. I will definitely buy. Being a senior, money is a little tight right now. Thank you though for the experience of getting to know these characters..Score: 5/5

BuriedFirst book I've read by CJ Carmichael but won't be the last. Found it to be a real page turner as his style of writing is my style of reading. It's a semi-thriller which moves swiftly involving several characters. Needless to say, a buried body is found! Read and enjoy!.Score: 5/5

BuriedI got hooked to this book. I couldn’t wait to read a bit every night..Score: 5/5

Twisted Cedars Trilogy, should be one book.This is a compelling read in the 1st book. You get interested in the characters and the mystery but as the 1st book ends there are a lot of loose ends. I enjoyed the series less as I reached the 3rd book. Basically you have to buy the whole Twisted Cedars Trilogy to learn the entire story and the original 1st book "Buried" mystery isn't solved until the last book. This trilogy should have been published as one book. I'm getting really tired of paying $16.00 (trilogy) or more for substandard stories. The last books are always repetitive and slow. I'd love it if the authors that publish like this would put their story(s) in one book, develop the characters by giving each one their own identity instead of them all looking so flat; one "face & voice" blends into the other. The only character in this series worth reading about is Dougal but even he falls flat by book 3..Score: 3/5

BuriedGreat read , went fast I’m going to keep reading the next books 😊.Score: 5/5

Buried by CJ CarmichaelGood book. Was shocked when I saw that CJ is an author at Harlequin Romance! If I had known that I would not have read it. Anyway, this is a decent mystery. Figured out the 'Daisy' "who dun-nit", but was surprised on the last page. I wish the writers and so-called proof readers would stop relying on computer proofing because they miss SO many errors. Of note, "conformation" was spelled accurately, but misused. Gosh, I never saw errors in books before word processing. Dr. Seus to Shakespeare. NADA! A in OHIO.Score: 4/5

No sense of closureJust another one of those free teaser books where nothing is ever resolved, there is no end of the story. You have to purchase further books to find out what happened, which is just super super annoying. Write a story with a beginning a middle and an end, or just stop writing already. If you can't say what you need to say by the end of the book, then give it up. If it was a good book I might be tempted to actually buy the sequels, but this is more of the same garbage that you'd find in any Harlequin romance section in the local library – which you can read for free anytime. It's not something that's worth paying money for, it's the junk food of literature..Score: 1/5

Easy to readA story easy to get caught up in, however the writing left something to be desired. A little elementary in character development and the conversations between characters seemed so forced..Score: 3/5

SPOILER ALERT! DON’T READ REVIEWS...When you give a review, WHY WOULD YOU INCLUDE SPOILERS??? I’m not even going to read this book because somebody put a spoiler in it. Not cool. Just say if the book is a good read or not and that’s it. Reviews for books or movies are not a place to open up a discussion about key things that happen in the book. So irked..Score: 5/5

BuriedTruly a great book, I’m hooked and on to the next Forgotten. Thank you so much for your intrigue writing..Score: 5/5

Living in the real Twisted Cedars!I stumbled upon this series while searching through free iBooks and was pleasantly surprised. It’s description mentioned it takes place in a small town on the southern coast of Oregon, but to my surprise, Twisted Cedars is actually the place I call home (it has a different real name) and even mentions the place where I’m employed. This is an easy read and sufficiently interesting to cause me to purchase the other two books in the series. I look forward to reading these and continuing to figure out the real people, locations, and businesses that are described as in this remote coastal town..Score: 4/5

BuriedThis book was a great read. I have not read any of her books but after reading this believe will find more books. The plot was hidden until the very end and even though I felt I knew where it was going there was just enough subtle changes to question it.Score: 5/5

BuriedTotally captivating!!!!!.Score: 5/5

BuriedNot audio book.Score: 2/5

Loved itI’m not much of a reader but I’ve really been trying to do better. This book was great for a first time reader, the story was good and kept me focused so I didn’t have to read the same page 10 times. Almost half way through the second book now!.Score: 4/5

Good book. Hate the endingI understand that it's just the first book in the "Twisted Cedar" series, but ending with a huge cliffhanger is just annoying and almost ruins everything I just read. I guess it's good strategy to get me to pay 5$ for the next book, just so I can find out how the story I just spent hours enjoying ends. Like I said, annoying..Score: 3/5

Couldn't put it downI got this book for free and didn't have high expectations. I LOVED this book. It's everything I love about thrillers. There's depth and lots of twists and turns. I purchased the second as soon as I was done and read that in 2 days and now I'm on to the final book. Definitely worth every penny. $10 for the series feels like I'm stealing these. CJ Carmichael surprised me with this series. I cannot wait to read the third and final book Exposed. All the unanswered question will finally be revealed and I sadly don't want it to end but I can't wait to find out..Score: 5/5

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BuriedReceived this book from eBook discovery in exchange for a honest review Out of this world amazing. Surprise ending. Anxious to read next book. Thanks Jackie.Score: 5/5

Powerful and movingThis book is the perfect mix of murder mystery and soft core romance, with a healthy dose of old-timey radio drama feel. I was so engaged with this book it was almost impossible to put down. I can't wait to read the next in the series!!!.Score: 5/5

GreatThoroughly enjoyed this. Looked forward to my reading time everyday and didn’t want to put it down. Only 4 starts because I felt like there wasn’t enough closure at the end. But I’m start number 2 now so let’s see where this goes!!.Score: 4/5

BuriedGOod book First tie I've felt compelled to keep following a serial collection..Score: 5/5

BuriedGreat book to read.Score: 5/5

Twisted PinesGood read but not quite believe able. Small town USA sets the scene for a thirty year old mystery. Throw in a romance a cat and family history of missing persons and that pretty much covers this story..Score: 3/5

AmazingThis book really caught my attention so interestingly awesome.Score: 5/5

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BuriedSo engrossing the title didn't click until I practically inhaled the entire story! Just like Guinness slogan, more of this darkness that goes down easy will be required..Score: 5/5

Too longI started reading this in class "518 pages!".Score: 2/5

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