Bitter Roots - C.J. Carmichael

Bitter Roots

By C.J. Carmichael

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4.5
From 827 Ratings


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 Books R Me
    The characters were great! I didn’t solve the mystery until I was almost to the end of the book.
  • Bitter Roots

    By androscoggin
    A good read. Keeps your interest. Characters are believable. Ending keeps you looking for more.
  • Bitter Roots

    By PushpushStable
    This twisted murder mystery is well written and will leave the reader wondering until the end.
  • Bitter Roots

    By Pins4
    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.

    By Westerread
    + Multiple characters woven together for a tight small town read

    By rlydell
    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 Roots

    By getlt
    Really great reading!!!!!
  • BitterRoots

    By whitedog7
    Wonderful small town mystery with many side storylines. It really held my interest without a lot of blood and gore talk.
  • Bitter Truth

    By Lindaarc
    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 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.