Bitter Roots by C.J. Carmichael

Bitter Roots

By C.J. Carmichael

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4.5
From 82 Ratings
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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.


  • Bitter Roots

    By MakenItEasy
    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 roots

    By Anne Hartman
    Interesting characters! Enjoyed reading the book, hope to read ,ore of hers!
  • bitter roots

    By 3805JB
    I am on page 135 and still no plot.
  • Enjoyable Reading

    By ibbarney
    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 Roots

    By Jean Boehmke
    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 Families

    By ArtGuySkip
    Very thorough characterizations and a wonderful twist or two? at the end. Can't wait for #2.
  • A definite page turner!

    By kristylof
    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 Mystery

    By Eileen A-W
    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 Mystery

    By SBart79
    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 characters

    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.