Bitter Roots

Bitter Roots by C.J. Carmichael Book Summary

Bitter Roots (Book 1 of Bitter Root Mysteries)

Murder in a small town is always personal.

Dispatcher Zak Waller prefers working behind the scenes in the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana, but when a newcomer to the sparsely populated town is brutally murdered—and the Sheriff is quick to pin the death on an unknown outsider—Zak starts his own private sleuthing.

On the surface Lost Trail is a picture-perfect western town, offering a simple way of life revolving around the local ranches and ski hill. But almost everyone has a secret to protect, and no one knows that more than Zak. He’s part of a younger generation hoping to revitalize the town. But evil has dug in deeper than he knows.

Perfect for fans of the British television film, Broadchurch.

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- A Hallmark Movie2 star

Simple story with predictable ending.. much like a Hallmark movie

- Returning home5 star

I loved reading this incredible story with a young woman returning home and one of her friends being a sheriff’s department dispatcher. They both end up solving different mysteries.

- Bitter Roots5 star

Total page turner. Very entertaining. Not trashy. Glad I gave it a go.

- Bitter roots5 star

This book kept me turning page after page. Really enjoyed the development of each character , and kept me trying to solve the mystery.

- Great book5 star

Loved the book. Ready for 2nd in the series!

- Bitter Roots5 star

The characters were great! I didn’t solve the mystery until I was almost to the end of the book.

- Bitter Roots4 star

A good read. Keeps your interest. Characters are believable. Ending keeps you looking for more.

- Bitter Roots5 star

This twisted murder mystery is well written and will leave the reader wondering until the end.

- Bitter Roots5 star

Loved the book. Kept me guessing on who did it. I for once didn’t figure it out. Loved the characters can’t wait to read more books by this author. I do recommend it to anyone liking a book to read.

- Overlapping stories well played together.5 star

+ Multiple characters woven together for a tight small town read


Very well written and characters were interesting people. Would have liked to have known some of them. Author was descriptive without going overboard. This was a book that I’ve virtually read every word. Quite a few twists and turns, therefore, I was happy that I was not able to figure this one out. Came close though. I will look into reading the other two books to this series.

- Bitter Roots5 star

Really great reading!!!!!

- BitterRoots5 star

Wonderful small town mystery with many side storylines. It really held my interest without a lot of blood and gore talk.

- Bitter Truth4 star

Set in a mountain town, with good people. A good rad, too bad it wasn’t one whole book. Don’t like to keep having to buy a bunch of small books to get the story finished. But I would like to know the ending. A good read.

- Bitter Roots5 star

Lovely story by C.J. Carmichael. Plot development was excellent and steady as it carried the reader to the answers the reader was entertaining in their mind through every page right up to the end. Characters were made real to the reader and before the end felt like family. Definitely a good work by Carmichael and I highly recommend it as a must read and am sure will be enjoyed as much as I did. I am not on to the next one in the series. I suspect judging by this book the next one will be equally as good if not even better as by the next one in the series the reader will be following the same characters but with a new plot that no doubt will be as good as Bitter Roots was.

- Bitter roots4 star

Interesting characters! Enjoyed reading the book, hope to read ,ore of hers!

- bitter roots1 star

I am on page 135 and still no plot.

- Enjoyable Reading5 star

This is a must read boot about a small town with a lot going on. Hard to put the book down. Really makes you wish you had lived in the town.

- Bitter Roots5 star

I loved this mystery. I was enthralled right up to the end. Tiff is back in Lost Trail, MT after her life in Seattle crashed and burned. Zak is her high school friend, and dispatcher at the sheriff's office. Drama hits the small town when Riley, a newcomer to town who works at Tiff's family's tree farm, is found murdered in town. Zak and Tiff find themselves in the middle of solving the crime. The cast of characters was great. I was in suspense right up until the end. I had many of my own theories about the murder, but this book was so well written that I couldn't be confident about any of them. There were several strong possibilities. I enjoyed the closure at the end, finally learning who killed Riley and the motivation behind it. Great story!

- New Families4 star

Very thorough characterizations and a wonderful twist or two? at the end. Can't wait for #2.

- A definite page turner!5 star

Zak Waller is happy being the dispatcher for the sheriffs office in Lost Trails, Montana. When a young woman is found murdered the sheriff is quick to try to pin it on someone from her past. Tiff Masterson comes home unannounced to find a stranger living in the family's guest house and running the Christmas tree farm. When she finds out that one of there temporary employees was killed she starts investigating with Zak. I usually don't read mysteries but Bitter Roots by C.J. Carmichael has changed that for me. I couldn't stop turning the pages to see who the killer was. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

- A Wonderful New Mystery5 star

Lost Trail is a small town in western Montana and in this story we meet some of its residents and learn that there are lots of secrets in that town. I liked the way in which the Ms. Carmichael kept me guessing who the killer was and all of the various paths the story took me down. I’m glad that Zak wasn’t tainted by his brutal dad and that he stayed behind in the town after the rest of his family moved. Tiff was a fresh breath of air, worrying about her mother and all the happenings and changes to the tree farm, yet finding time to help Zak. Then there were all these other characters we were introduced to, setting the stage for future stories, I assume. I really enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. I highly recommend this book to other readers and I for one look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

- An Amazing Mystery5 star

An amazing mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. Riley is new to Lost Trails, Montana when she is found dead on the steps of the medical clinic. Tiff has just returned home to the tree farm, after gone for many years. Dispatcher, Zach will use his own sleuthing to find the murderer. Love the cast of characters, all with interesting lives. Many layered secrets in this small mountain town, that I really enjoyed. Loved the town library!! I can't wait to visit Lost Trails again.

- Enjoyable mystery with interesting characters5 star

I enjoyed this mystery set in a modest, ranching town. There was plenty going on within this small town and many of the characters were suspects. The two main characters were interesting, as well as all the secondary characters. Zak was a different lead character for me. He was an underachiever, one that avoids the spotlight and I enjoyed his role. His character shows growth and I believe we may see a different career for him in upcoming books in the series. His longtime friend, Tiff, returns to town still dealing with the grief of losing two family members from over 20 years ago. I liked how she began to have more patience with her mother, be less judgmental and more accepting of her mother’s grief. Strong writing and the words flowed very well. I look forward to reading more books from this series as there are many great characters with stories of their own.

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- Bitter Roots4 star

The story is similar to a Miss Marple. Very twisted data in the beginning and many misdirections. Unlike the Miss Marple series this one smooths out and the connections between the facts and circumstances begin to establish. The mystery is solved but the characters lives are unresolved.

- Cuts off4 star

The ebook i downloaded stops abruptly at the end of alot of the chapters and usually in the middle of a sentence

- Bitter roots5 star

Good read. Interesting characters, nice unusual plot.

- Good read5 star

Enjoyable characters, great plot line.

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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. 教育の根っこは苦いが、その実は甘い。 Aristotle

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Remember the philosopher Aristotle's proverb: "The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."

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“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”

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@QuotsAristotle: The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. <Aristoteles>

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@QuotsAristotle: The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

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@QuotsAristotle: The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

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@QuotsAristotle: The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

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God means for trials to grow my roots deep. As they do, I become stronger not stressed, better not bitter, mature a…

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