Bitter End

Bitter End

by C. J. Carmichael

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Murder in a small town is always personal.

When a young mother is murdered in the isolated ranching town of Lost Trail, Montana, the father of her child is the first suspect. In this case, there are two: the biological father who hasn't seen his daughter in over a year and the adoptive father whose life hangs in the balance as he struggles with cancer.

Zak Waller is Lost Trail's newest deputy. He's also locked in a power struggle with the town's old-school Sheriff. If Zak solves this case maybe he'll finally get the respect he deserves. But is he willing to tear a family apart in the process?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161973332
Publisher: The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Bitter Roots Mysteries , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,122
File size: 455 KB

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Bitter End 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved tne whole series. She is so good to keep you quessing until the Bitter End. No pun intended. A great read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was book three in the series. I enjoyed all three. There were many twists & plot turns but still plenty of mystery to be enjoyed. I particularly enjoyed the fact that there was very little swearing in the series. jca1952
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing til end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Willow has heard about Justin's returning battle with cancer. She has come back to take Geneva back to Colorado. Justin doesn't want to let her go. When Willow is found murdered Sheriff Ford and Nadine Black think Paul Quinlanhas done it. Zack Waller feels the needs more proof. So he starts his own investigation. With old secrets and lies he discovers more to this story. Well written story with strong and believable characters. Book full of old murders, suspense and mystery. Some romance between Justin/Nadine, Tiff/Kenny and budding relationship between Justin/Debbie-Ann. Geneva love for her daddy Justin makes her unhappy when she finds out her mother Willowand Paul want to take her away. Great read - couldn't put the book down. Another exciting book from C.J. Carmichael. joy943
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love the characters and story lines in this series. Wonder if there will be a 4th one?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, but not riveting
Shweetsandi More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I have not only read the entire series but i actually gifted the series to my sister who is a librarian for her Christmas gift this year. This is the third book in the series and while you could read it as a stand alone book and enjoy it as a good mystery, IF you read the first two books in the series you will really enjoy this book oh so much more. Bitter End is located in Lost Trail, Montana (yes real cowboy country) and Deputy Zak Waller has his hand full finding a murder and keeping the peace while taking care of his dispatchers duties. Is it any wonder some folks think he would make the perfect Sheriff? But he is knee deep in a murder that takes us readers all around the bend and I mean that in a very good way before we discover Who Done It. Don't worry this book is not just a murder mystery set in cowboy country our author CJ Carmichael would not do that to her readers, oh no... there are other characters and yes Zak has a lady friend too. Come find out why I love this series so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this third book in the series. Though I did guess who the suspect was from the start I enjoyed the different twists and especially the twisted ending
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Kristyl21 More than 1 year ago
Bitter End is another great book by CJ Carmichael! I love how all the different characters intertwine with one another as well as there individual stories being told. As soon as you get into the story of one character it switches to another drawing me in even more. I highly recommend this book. Even if you aren’t a lover of mystery this book and whole series won’t disappoint.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Engrossing Small Town Mystery! Lost Trail, Montana, is a small town full of secrets. Zak Waller has lived here all his life and perfected the art of fading into the background, but he is finally ready to step into a new phase of life. After solving a couple high profile murders, he has earned his deputy’s badge to go along with his dispatcher duties. The newest murder brings home the need for more change in the top spot of law enforcement in Lost Trail. The murder mystery drew me in and the secondary stories kept me turning the pages. I really enjoy the way the author paced the story and developed the characters, and there are twists to make things even more interesting. This is the third book in the Bitter Root series, and while I have enjoyed every one, the author supplies enough background information that it can stand alone. If you enjoy murder mysteries, especially those set in small towns, with well-written characters #BiitterEnd #BitterRootMysteries #CJCarmichael #ReadTulez
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite A woman found murdered in the local cemetery shocks a small Montana town in the suspenseful murder mystery, Bitter End (A Bitter Roots Mystery) by CJ Carmichael. Justin Pittman, a lawyer in the small town of Lost Trail, is preparing for a stem-cell transplant. In an unexpected turn of events, his wife Willow, who deserted him months before, turns up on his doorstep. Although she lives states away and doesn't stay in contact with Justin, Willow inexplicably found out about his cancer. Now she dares to show up out of the blue with the intention of taking Geneva, their four-year-old daughter to Willow's Colorado home. Because of his illness, Justin realizes if he takes legal action, the outcome probably would be in Willow's favor. Not wanting to put Geneva through any more trauma, Justin accepts the inevitable outcome. Only, someone murders Willow before she can follow through with her plans. Unfortunately, Justin is the person who discovers her snow-covered body. Willow's death may be a solution to Justin's dilemma, but would he resort to murder just to keep Geneva from her? Could there be someone else in their close-knit community who also had a strong motive to kill Willow? Bitter End (A Bitter Roots Mystery) by CJ Carmichael is a gripping murder mystery with hidden depths. Once you pick it up, you can't put it down. The plot of this riveting tale is loaded with suspense that continues to build until it comes to an unexpected revelation at the story's conclusion. The unsuspected evil, hidden just below the surface of a facade of benevolence which has been simmering for decades, is slowly being revealed in each episode of this stunning series. Although it is the third book in the series, it is delightfully surprising how each installment keeps getting better. I am so caught up in the personable citizens in the community of Lost Trail that I am eagerly waiting for the next book. Even though it is one in a series, it does well as a standalone, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a thrilling and suspenseful murder mystery.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
WOW!! I was blown away, intrigued and held in suspense while reading Biter End by CJ Carmichael, the third book in her Bitter Roots Mysteries series. Zak Waller is Lost Trail’s newest deputy, but the promotion doesn’t diminish his power struggle with the town’s old-school Sheriff. Zak investigates the murder of a young mother who just recently returned to town after a year absence. Problematic for Zak is the list of suspects, especially the father of her child. In this case, there are two: the biological father who hasn’t seen his daughter in over a year and the adoptive father whose life is in limbo as he struggles with cancer. Zak is aware enough to know that these two are not the only two suspects as he looks for additional clues to determine who else might be involved. Hopefully, Zak’s open mind toward the case will help him in solving the case, even if it does cause additional drama with the closed minded Sheriff. Solving the case might just be the impetus Zak needs to run against the Sheriff in the next election. Ms. Carmichael wrote a wonderfully moving story that is not to be missed. It kept me on my toes, guessing and wondering what would happen next throughout this story. This story is filled with sexual attraction, fun dialogue, and endearing characters. I highly recommend this book to other readers and look forward to the next book in the series I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
SOMDReigel More than 1 year ago
An engrossing mystery set in a small town with interesting and unique characters. I had a few guesses as to who the murderer was but didn’t see the twists that were coming. Long held secrets are in abundance in this town. This book is part of a series. It can be read as stand-alone but so much better when read in order. I highly recommend.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Lost Trail. Montana -- small town full of unique characters. Zak Waller has been the police dispatcher for awhile. With a penchant toward solving crimes, he has been given a badge .. now he's also a Deputy.. but still has to to the dispatch work. The Sheriff is not too happy, but public opinion insisted. Willow is a woman .. not too well liked in Lost Trail, even though she grew up there. She and Justin were high school sweethearts before she left to see the world. Last year she married Justin then turned around and left him and her daughter and disappeared. Justin has taken care of Geneva, the 4-year-old darling that he adopted. He loves her as much as he would love his own child if he had one. Months have gone by, life goes on, and then there she is ... Willow back in Lost Trail. She's decided that she would like 'her' daughter back and she's planning on grabbing Geneva and just leaving. Willow is found murdered, her body left in the cemetery where her parents are buried. Zak is known for his patience, common sense, and his ability to see connections other people often miss. As he starts investigating, he finds many suspects .. but who wanted Willow dead? Did her ex-husband kill her to keep her from taking his daughter? Her present lover who has rented a place to keep an eye on Willow? Another woman who wants her to leave Justin alone? Any of the other residents who harbor hate? Although 3rd in the series, this does well as a stand alone. However, I do recommend starting at the beginning. Zak is a unique character, very likeable, and solid. Justin makes a good character as well, although he is dealing with a recurrence of cancer. The lady who runs the day care center maybe has a 'thing' for Justin. Another Deputy ..female.. really likes Zak, but neither of them have made a move yet. This is a well written mystery, a page turner, with twists and turns and relationships that seem to be topsy turvy. Looking forward to the next Bitter Root Mystery. Many thanks to the author / Tule Publishing / Netgalley for the digital copy of this mystery. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
An awesome mystery that takes place in the small town of Lost Trail Montana. A young mother is murdered and the new Deputy Zak wants to solve, especially since he wants to run for the town sheriff. There are lots of potential suspects, but some of the clues are not adding up. Zak will not give up until the killer is found, and boy was I surprised. This story had many twists and turns of who done it. It was also great to catch up previous characters. Love Justin and Geneva. This book is part of a series, it can be read as stand alone but so much better when read in order. I highly recommend this page turner small town with layers of secrets.
DJTP More than 1 year ago
Bitter End by CJ Carmichael. A amazing mystery. I didn't expect the ending. I enjoyed the characters and dialogue. The author's writing pulled me in from the first page and I didn't want to put the book down. Since this book is part of the Bitter Root series I would recommend you read them in order to know some of the back story.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Past Whispers Carmichael's Bitter Root Mysteries are Sneaky, Foreboding, Romantic, and Tearful at times. This is not really a stand alone as the characters are repeated in her Bitter Roots and Bitter Truth Books. Upon entering Lost Trail Montana one can see a small close knit group of townsfolk who knows everyone's business or at least who to ask. All has been calm and peaceful until recent murders take place. Zak Waller is a Dispatcher for the police department who has just become a deputy thanks to his investigative skills used to put away the lethal bad guys. This is a story that screams "The Past will Catch up to you!" Thought I knew who the murderer was and then I didn't and then I did again. I loved it. Strings of intimate matches also make the story move a along with this being a crime drama. Really Pick this series up and join the residents of Lost Trail as they travel through the pages. "A copy of this book was provided by Tule Publishing via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
Intriguing and addictive. I can’t get enough of the residents and town of Lost Trail, Montana. I really enjoy this series and it was fun to catch up with the characters again. In this book, Zak Waller has received a shiny new Deputy badge, but he is still stuck behind the dispatch desk most of the time. But he has a bigger goal in mind. Zak plans to run for Sheriff during the next election. While things are starting to heat up between Zak and Nadine Black, the other deputy, Zak is also hard at work on the murder case of Willow McTavish. There are a lot of suspects, but the clues just aren’t adding up. But with Zak on the case, he is sure to find the killer. This story had me hooked from the start. Along with the mystery of who killed, Willow, I enjoyed catching up with the other characters. I was anxious to see how Justin and his daughter Geneva were doing and learn more about Justin’s battle with cancer. I liked seeing how Tiff and Kenny’s relationship was coming along too. But the main story is the murder. About half way through the book, I was certain I knew who the killer was when the story took a different turn. But even then, my guess was wrong. Let’s just say, this town has a lot of secrets and just when you think you know someone, you don’t really know them at all. There are a lot of secrets in Lost Trail. This is a really good story. Be prepared to be surprised when you read this book.