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 but put their heads together trying to solve the case since it seems the sheriff and deputies are set on proving the killer was not from their small town instead of following all the leads.
Bitter Roots is the first book in a new series by C.J. Carmichael. The book is a fairly short read but even with it being shorter I found there was plenty involved in the mystery to keep my attention and enjoyed the fast pace, page turning story.
The story has all the feel of a small own read with the characters all knowing one another but this small town has plenty of drama going on to keep a reader guessing what could have possibly happened to this poor newcomer into their lives. Zak quickly became a favorite character of mine as he tried to keep to himself and out of the law enforcement spotlight by insisting on staying the dispatcher but in this job had all of the insight to everything going on.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this one and look forward to reading more books from this series and from this author.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.