Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: Bitter Roots (Bitter Root Mysteries #1) by C.J. Carmichael

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2135 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tule Publishing (April 25 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N7WS2JG

Book Description

 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 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 old school friend Tiff Masterson, whose family owns a local Christmas tree farm, moves back to town, the two of them join forces to get to the truth about the murder.

Bitter Roots is the first of four Bitter Root Mysteries.

About the Author

 USA Today Bestselling author C. J. Carmichael has written over 45 novels in her favorite genres of romance and mystery. She has been nominated twice for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award, as well as RT Bookclub’s Career Achievement in Romantic Suspense award, and the Bookseller’s Best honor. Visit her on her Website, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

She gave up the thrills of income tax forms and double entry book-keeping in 1998 when she sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance. Since then she has published over 35 novels with Harlequin and is currently working on a series of western romances with Tule Publishing. In addition C. J. Carmichael has published several cozy mystery series as an Indie author.

When not writing C. J. enjoys family time with her grown daughters and her husband. Family dinners are great. Even better are the times they spend hiking in the Rocky Mountains around their home in Calgary, and relaxing at their cottage on Flathead Lake, Montana.

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My Review

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 mystery involving the death of a young woman working on her family's Christmas tree farm. Together with Tiff's high school friend and now police dispatcher Zak, they begin to look into the mystery.

I enjoyed the characters. It will be interesting to see in future books if Zak decides to become a police officer instead of a dispatcher.

Good fast read. Mystery fans will enjoy Bitter Roots. I am looking forward to the next books in the series.

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