Bitter Past

Bitter Past

by Caroline Fardig

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From USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig comes a gripping new forensic mystery series.

Three years ago, criminalist Ellie Matthews was blindsided when a grisly homicide case suddenly became personal. She abandoned the danger and stress of crime scene investigation for a professorship at a posh private college and never looked back.

Now, Ellie’s pleasant world is shattered when she finds the dead body of a female student. The campus is in chaos, reporters are circling like vultures, and Ellie is trying her best to distance herself from the situation. Not an easy task when her closest colleague becomes the prime suspect.

After the college community is rocked by another suspicious death, Ellie’s mentor, Sheriff Jayne Walsh, convinces her to consult on the case. Partnered with quick-witted Detective Nick Baxter, Ellie reluctantly bottles up her personal demons and dives back into the world she left behind, racing to make sense of the evidence before the killer strikes again.

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BN ID: 2940155197812
Publisher: Caroline Fardig
Publication date: 04/02/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 91,305
File size: 580 KB

About the Author

CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig's BAD MEDICINE was named one of the "Best Books of 2015" by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Bitter Past 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The look inside forensics was very interesting. Following the clues was fun. Very interesting story.
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
“Bitter Past” by Caroline Fardig is the first book in the author’s newest series about a former criminalist who left her position with the Sherrif’s department under mysterious circumstances. Ellie Mathews has a quiet life as a professor an upscale private Collage. When her friend and fellow colleague becomes a person of interest and is taken into custody for the murder of a student at their collage, Ellie is persuaded to consult with the Sheriff’s department again. Back at her old stomping ground, Ellie must burry her both her old and new feelings to help Detective Baxter find the evidence to either convict her friend or find another suspect. She’ll need all her skills to coax a killer out of hiding. This is the second book by Caroline Fardig that I’ve read. I started out trying her first book, “Death Before Decaf“, in the Java Jive cozy mystery series. I must admit, I prefer this more technical and darker series, but then cozies have never really been my jam. When looking into this new series, I read that Ms. Fardig actually went back to University and took courses in crimnology and forensics to write this series with an authentic voice. As a reader, I really appreciate her dedication to her craft. It shows in the details of the novel. At first, I had a little trouble getting into the book. I found I didn’t connect to Ellie Matthews until about a quarter of the way through the mystery. Then the book took off for me. It was her “take no prisoners” attitude that drew me into liking the main character. I really don’t like wimpy characters in any form. As the reader, I have no time for simpering and befuddlement in my heroines. When Ellie almost punched a fellow law enforcement officer because of his extremely rude and belligerent sexual innuendo, I was hooked. That’s what I wish I would do if confronted with a disgusting comment from a colleague. I love stong female characters who are unashamed to stand up for their dignity. Reading all about the intricacies of the forensic process was fascinating. I always revel in books that allow the reader to learn subconsciously just by enjoying a good book. I love it when that happens and this book was an excellent example of that kind of read. Ms. Fardig made all the dirty details of collection, processing and assessment of evidence so enjoyable. She highlighted the amount of thought that has to go into looking at a crime scene correctly. Fardig also made it crystal clear how easy it would be to miss a critical piece of forensic evidence through mishandling or incompetence. It was frightening to think how easily a case could be lost just because a criminalist decided to be lazy that day. Caroline Fardig is a good, solid writer. Her prose in “Bitter Past” are sparkling and there is no wasted dialogue to distract the reader. Fardig also weaves a good story. I had thought I had the murderer all figured out but about 70% through the book, I realize I’d lost my main suspect! I love it when that happens. I had miscalculated and been duped by red herrings! This added to the book’s enjoyment for me. Now I had to rethink all my preconceived ideas and come up with another murderer before the bad guy was revealed. I always like it when I’m wrong in my first deducement. I will be reading the next book from Caoline Fardig, “An Eye For An Eye”, which has just been published as the second in this Ellie Matthews series. I look forward to a new meaty mystery. I suspect the next book will be even better than
PNWBookworm More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. The main character brings a lot to the book, with a complicated past, a fierce attitude and enough issues to make things interesting. I also really enjoyed the science aspect of the book. Ellie is a criminalist who delves into the forensics of each case and the author did a great job of explaining the science behind what she is doing without getting overly technical or overdoing it. The plot of the story was easy to follow and had enough suspects to keep things interesting. The killer wasn’t a total shock, but I wasn’t sure until the end. The writing and pacing were well done. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
TamWindsor_69 More than 1 year ago
This book was supremely captivating right from the very start. The plot line was absolutely riveting, and there were just enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Ellie was a character with so many layers and complexities whom you could not help but to feel for. It was easy to experience her happiness, fears, sorrows and triumphs with her, as if she were a long time, trusted friend. The story line moved at just the right pace and kept you engaged with loads of nail-biting suspense and pulse-pounding intrigue. I love a nice, cozy mystery, but the darker suspense thrillers are more to my personal reading taste, and Fardig served up a delicious and uber-satisfying literary dish of anticipation, suspicion and subterfuge on a silver platter. I can hardly wait to see where this series goes next! *I received a complimentary ARC of this story from NetGalley & Smith Publicity in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I really enjoyed this mystery. I thought I had it figured out, but I was only partly correct. I like it when I can't guess the full mystery. Liked the characters and am looking forward to reading the next story. Ellie is a great criminalist and a good teacher. She left the Sheriff's department because of personal reasons, then went into teaching. When the Sheriff asks her for a special favor, how could she refuse? She had already stumbled on to a murder scene and now another of her students is dead. Are they connected? Her friend has been accused of the murders and she feels she needs to help. She doesn't want to go back into the world of forensics again, but she will help out this once. Will she get pulled back in?
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Ellie Matthews is a busy college professor teaching in the forensics department. Her former endeavor was as a criminologist for the police department. Crime drama with two student murders to investigate lures Ellie to consult with law enforcement when she discovers one of the bodies. Past pains, current friendships, and pigs blood drench Ellie in events that drive the reader to keep turning the pages. Interesting and fleshed characters team with Caroline Fardig's detailed occurrences make for an addictive read. This is a stand-alone novel that entangles me enough to crave more by this author. "A copy of this book was provided by Smith Publicity and author via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and my comments here are my honest opinion."