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Bitter Roots (Bitter Root Mysteries #1)

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Bitter Roots (Book 1 of Bitter Root Mysteries)

Dispatcher Zak Waller prefers working behind the scenes in the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana, but when a newcomer to the sparely 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 wes
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Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Tule Publishing
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Carrie
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Zak Waller is working as a dispatcher for the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana when he gets a call the morning after Halloween that a body has been found outside the medical clinic. A newcomer to the small town had been brutally beaten and left to die on her own in the middle of the night.

Tiff Masterson has just returned to Lost Trail when she hears that an employee of her family business was murdered. Tiff and Zak were friends and when the two run into one another again they can't help
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Linda Strong
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the very small town of Lost Trail, Montana.... where nothing exciting ever happens. Well .... almost.

A young woman is found brutally beaten and left dead at the back entrance to what passes as a hospital. New in town, no one seems to really know her. She had just started working at the Christmas Tree farm. So who would want her dead?

The sheriff rapidly comes to the conclusion that there could absolutely not be anyone from his small town ... obviously it was someone from her past. But
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Ariana
Apr 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars

Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is my first experience with C.J. Carmichael’s work, and sadly, I really did not enjoy Bitter Roots at all. You could potentially say that it left a “bitter” taste in my mouth. The synopsis sounded fantastic when I first found this novel—and it was an extremely quick read—but the plot was rather poorly executed. There was no aspect of this novel that was part
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Lisa Reigel
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Shari
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Patrizia
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Ci sono una serie di misteri in questo libro, non solo un omicidio, e una coppia di amici come protagonisti che è molto interessante. E' il primo di una trilogia e credo proprio che la leggerò tutta.
Kathy
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first installment in C. J. Carmichael's Bitter Root Mysteries series, Bitter Roots is a fast-paced and engaging mystery.

The day after Halloween is always a busy day for vandalism reports in the Sheriff's office. Zak Waller is not anticipating any kind of serious crime reports, so the discovery of the body of a young woman who has apparently been beaten to death is quite shocking. Even more disconcerting is the identity of the victim: twenty-two year old Riley Concurran, a young lady whom Zak
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Emma
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bitter Roots by CJ Carmichael

Dispatcher Zak Waller prefers working behind the scenes in the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana, but when a newcomer to the sparely 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 Zak knows the truth behind the façade. When his ol
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Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

If you’re in the mood for a relatively quick murder mystery read with a definite small town feel, then Bitter Roots is a perfect story to get you started on this three story series (at this time). Zak may be a small town police dispatcher, but he has the heart and soul of a mystery sleuth hidden in that ‘can’t be bothered’ surface he cultivates. There’s a mystery in town and his fellow officers seem to be overlooking the obvious. He’s not above doing a bit of sniffin
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MiekeReads
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Carmichael and after reading Bitter Roots I intend to read more soon.

I don't read that many mysteries or thrillers anymore because my enjoyment of extreme tension when reading no longer exists. Luckily, there is very little tension in Bitter Roots. Basically, just enough tension to keep the book interesting. After all, you have to have some dark anticipation in a book to drive a murder mystery.

I found the mystery itself tight and believable. I figured out why
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Kathy
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bitter Roots (is the first book in the Bitter Root Mysteries series by C.J. Carmichael. I have read romance books of Carmichael's in the past and always enjoyed them. Bitter Roots is fast read and a good mystery. It is well written and enjoyable to read.

The story centers around Tiff Masterson who has returned to the small Montana town of Lost Trail. An accountant, she had been living in Seattle until her work and home life ended in chaos. She headed to Lost Trail and is quickly caught up in a my
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Janine
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
An intriguing new mystery with an unpredictable ending.

No one knew much about Riley Concurran or what brought her to Lost Trail, but her brutal murder has everyone shook up. The sheriff thinks it was an outsider who tracked her down. But best friends, Zak Waller and Tiff Masterson think differently. Together, they put all the pieces together and solve the crime.

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was a nice change from what I usually read. I liked the characters and plot. I look forward to the rest
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Barbara Lack
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bitter Roots is book one in the new series. This book has lots of twists and turns. There was a brutal murder that Dispatcher Zac Waller of the Sheriff's Department was trying to solve. His friend Tiff Masterson moves back to town to her families tree farm and finds all kinds of mysteries. I really enjoyed trying guess what was going on and following all the clues. I still have some unanswered questions about some of things happening in the book but I'm hoping they will be answered in the next b ...more
Donnajo
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book

Bitter Roots by C. J. Carmichael, is book one in the Bitter Roots Mystery series. A great first book in a series. Enjoyed the small town, the characters and great plot. C. J. Carmichael knows how to write a good book that pulls you in from the first page. I'm looking forward to reading more books in the Bitter Root mystery series and more by this author.
Tracie Runge
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
Bitter Roots is the first book I have read by C.J. Carmichael and I am glad I did. I enjoyed this fast-paced mystery, the story is well written and I found myself engaged in the storyline from the very beginning. I look forward to exploring more by this author
Bernie
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bitter Roots is the first book in another excellent mystery series written by author CJ Carmichael. I look forward to reading more books in this series. Thanks to NetGalley and Tule Publishing for the advance copy.
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Biter Roots - Bitter Roots Mystery Book 1
Author: C. J. Carmichael
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Published: 4-25-2017
Pages: 206
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Adult Fiction; Crime; Police Procedural;
ISBN: 9781945879906
ASIN: B01N7WS2JG
Reviewed For NetGalley and Tule Publishing
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Starts


Dispatcher Zak Waller prefers working behind the scenes in the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana, but when a newcomer to the sparely populated town is brutally mur
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Kerry Croucier
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first book in a new mystery series by C.J. Carmichael introduces us to the quiet small town of Lost Trails, Montana where the worst crimes that occur are pranks played on a retired school teacher. Until a young woman's body is dumped on the clinic's steps in the middle of the night. Thus we find that the townspeople have more than one secret. Zak Waller is content to live his days as the Sheriff's dispatcher. He has flown under the radar his whole life, and has no desire to call attention to ...more
Carole
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to LibraryThing and Tule Publishing for providing me with an e-copy of Bitter Roots by CJ Carmichael in exchange for an honest review. This mystery begins with the brutal murder of a newcomer to the small town of Lost Trail, Montana. Her name was Riley Concurran. She had been living out of her car and had a job at the local Christmas tree farm owned by the Masterson family. Tiff Masterson has recently returned home to get her life in order and help her mother run the tree farm. Because ...more
Rose
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this e-book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. This is a quickly paced shorter mystery novel. The murderer wasn’t telegraphed and the solution tied everything together in an interesting way. The murder mystery didn’t always take the spotlight, a lot of it was more about little mysteries involved with characters’ relationships with their friends and families. I liked that it wasn’t a cutesy small town story or a super seedy small town where everyone’s secretly evil, which are th ...more
Shelagh
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just loved Bitter Roots. This story gripped me from the beginning and I didn't stop reading until the end. With one plot twist after another and several story threads to follow, I was utterly intrigued. The story is set in the tiny Montana town of Lost Trail, a place where everybody knows everybody else and their business and a place where it is hard to believe one of the locals might be a murderer. The characters in this story are beautifully rounded. There are just enough out of towners to m ...more
KimberlyDawn
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lost Trails seems to be the perfect town to live in, but it holds many secrets. When the sheriff doesn't want to follow the leads to find the killer and would rather blame an outsider, Zak begins his own unofficial investigation with Tiff. Following the leads to see what they uncover.

Bitter Roots is the first book in The Bitter Root Mystery series. This book is on the shorter side but it is full suspense and filled with unexpected twists and turns and easy to read. Looking forward to the rest of
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Kat
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got a free copy from Early Reviewers in LibraryThing and really enjoyed the book.

The central character, Tiff Masterson, is intriguing. The mystery surrounding the death that occurred in her small town just before she returned kept me read interested. There are enough off shoots with different characters that the killer isn't clear super early in the book, which I appreciated. The author did a good job of keeping me guessing and entertained. If you're looking for a fast beach read, this would
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Jeannette
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I found I couldn't put down.

Tiff Masterson moves back to her childhood home to find all is not well. Her mother is still suffering from the back to back deaths of her son and husband, a murder of a worker on the family farm and a new manager has moved into the guest cabin. Tiff and her long-time friend the local sheriff's dispatcher try to solve the mystery of who killed Riley and why.

It's a fast moving book with plenty of red-herrings to keep you guessing whoduni
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Kathryn Parry
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017


This is classed as a thriller but for me it reads like a dark romance novel or general fiction. A little too light and no feel of danger to the story. The murder in itself feels like an added backstory for the characters rather than the important part of this story. If you like these new types of fiction then it's written well but for me I need more of a feeling of horror or pity for the victim but this really didn't seem to care about the victim.
Runner10
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bitter Roots is a touch of romance and lots of suspense full of intriguing characters. I love all the characters and can't wait to read more about their stories. C.J. Carmichael is an incredible storyteller and had me hooked from the beginning of this book.
Swanbender2001
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is something about the way this author writes that draws me in and keeps me interested. I like her characters and the way she has the reader see how they think. I enjoy their interactions and the mystery and twists and turns draw me along. I want to read more.
Marlene Shofner-Daves
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting.

A good example of a small town & the secrets of the people. A mystery to keep you wondering about.
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I really enjoyed this mystery. I liked the setting of Lost Trail, Montana and the residents of the town. It's a nice mix of ordinary people and the issues they are facing. Tiff and Zac, friends from childhood, renew their friendship when Tiff moves back home. Zac is a perfect Beta hero with his unassuming personality and sharp intelligence. When a young woman is murdered, it's Zac who pulls the clues together to solve the crime.

It's a nice change that Zac and Tiff are just friends and that futu
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julie arnold
rated it really liked it
Jun 21, 2017
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With more than 3 million books in print, USA Today Bestselling and RITA award nominated author C. J. Carmichael still can't decide which she enjoys more, writing small-town romance or page-turning mysteries. So she does both. She is currently working on the last book in the multi-author series, Love At The Chocolate Shop, as well as her new Bitter Root Mysteries. Her 2015 release, A Bramble House ...more
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