Bitter Roots - C.J. Carmichael

Bitter Roots

By C.J. Carmichael

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4
From 2,114 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.


  • Interesting book series

    By Mark-strat
    The Bitter Root series is an exceptionally interesting and well written series. The characters are so real I feel like I know them, and the fictional town is one I’d like to visit! The stories are realistic, intelligent, and easily flow from one book to the next. The plots are well thought out. I hope there are additional books in the series! In my opinion as good as C.J. Box and John Grissom.
  • Great book

    By Geraldine Romero Islas
    Really enjoyed this book and I always wanted to keep on reading. Such a cozy book and I had not suspected that ending to the mystery. Definitely recommend.
  • Great Ending

    By Tweety 🦜
    After reading all the other ones I really did enjoy this one especially the ending 👍.Guess that means no #5? 😔Makes you want to know where everyone goes from here.What about Tiff & Kenny , Rosemary & Sybil? Can’t just leave us hanging C.J.!!😢😒 Tweety 🦜
  • Bitter Roots

    By kathywamsley
    Another wonderful book great characters and story line! I would sure share this book with others. Thanks k
  • Bitter Roots

    By Yankeebabe0728
    Wonderful true to life storyline, relatable characters a delightful read. Just when you think you have it figured out, you don’t. Give it a try you’ll be glad you did, I am.
  • Bitter Roots

    By Ralphnun1
    Kept me on my toes for sure....wonderful story.
  • Bitter roots

    By bkgirl1990
    Really enjoyed reading this book.
  • Intriguing to the rnd

    By Kimbo1216
    I’d love to see this series play out on tv. I think it’s going to be one that, if fine well, will really develop and get under your skin. Zak was my favorite character, and I’m curious to see how he develops. I confess I usually figure out the end before the MCs in these types of books, but I didn’t thus time. Great characters. Good mystery. Subtle and not action packed. But the heart is in the town and it’s people.
  • Different

    By Montanafilly73
    This was a different type of mystery book than I’m used to reading. I liked it though and it was certainly nice to have a murder mystery and no wild sex involved. The last chapter and epilogue put a nice little bow on everything at the end. Good job.
  • A very nice read

    By adpantano
    Plot is intriguing. Most of the characters are usually quiet citizens of this quaint small town in Montana. But when a person who is new to the town is murdered then the two main characters go into action and provide a great murder mystery.