Bitter Truth

Bitter Truth

by C. J. Carmichael
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Bitter Truth by C. J. Carmichael

Bitter Truth (Book 2 of Bitter Root Mysteries) Murder in a small town is always personal. In the isolated ranching community of Lost Trails, Montana, Lacy Stillman, a rich elderly rancher has died of a heart attack in her own bed. What could be more normal than that? As Zak Waller, dispatcher with the local Sheriff's Office, joins the town in mourning the loss of the community matriarch, some disquieting information makes Zak wonder if Lacy's death was not what it seemed. Meanwhile, Zak's friend Tiff Masterson is overwhelmed by her mother's escalating mental breakdown and her aunt's stubborn denial of the problem. Tiff assumes the root of the problem is the death of her brother and father sixteen years ago. But the real atrocity goes back much further than that. When the truth is revealed in a shocking twist, Tiff's world is turned completely upside down. The ramifications affect many of the most prominent citizens and provide the missing clue to Lacy Stillman's murder. Perfect for fans of the British television film Broadchurch.

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BN ID: 2940158959936
Publisher: The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,309
File size: 1 MB

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Bitter Truth 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Good read L
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great reads from C J Carmichael Bitter Root Series
Anonymous 8 months ago
After Lacy Stillman is found dead, all kinds of lies and secrets start coming out. First is why is Cora Christensen getting the Stillman house now? Stillman family fighting over wanting to sell some land. Then the Pittman and Masterson families have lies and a 33 year old secret. How does all of this tie into Lacy's death. Thanks to Zac he soon starts to get some answers. C.J. Carmicheal has written another exciting mystery. Keeps your wondering though the whole book. Can't wait for her next book in the series. joy943
ElisabethWA 10 months ago
Bitter Truth by C.J. Carmichael is another great mystery novel. It´s book two in the "Bitter Root Mysteries" but it´s written so that you can pick up just one book at a time. I for one, just can´t put this one down. Usually I read romance novels and you don´t have the "who did it" hanging over you, but with this genre you just have to find out "who did it". So I read this book in one sitting. I just had to, it was that good.
ReadersFavorite 11 months ago
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite In the exciting murder mystery novel, Bitter Truth (Bitter Root Mysteries) by CJ Carmichael, vandalism, a death, a disappearance, and a valuable missing piece of art indicate that things may not be as they appear in a small Montana community. The residents of Trail Creek are surprised and sad when elderly Lacy Stillman is found lifeless in her bed. She seems to have died of natural causes, and as she was over eighty years old, that seems reasonable. However, when Lacy's granddaughter disappears, some people suspect that her death may not have been what it seemed. Zach Waller, the dispatcher for the County Sheriff's department, is one of the people who aren't sure something sinister doesn't lie behind Lacy's sudden demise. As he delves into the circumstances around Lacy's death, it triggers something that brings past sins and tragedies in the community to the surface with shocking consequences. Bitter Truth (Bitter Root Mysteries) by CJ Carmichael is a thrilling murder mystery that will hold the reader captive until the final page. Complete with mystery, murder, and hidden sins, this is a page-turner you can't put down. The enthralling story has engaging characters, an intriguing plot, an exciting story line and enough action to keep the reader enthralled. Although it is the second book in the series, it works well as a stand-alone and is unquestionably a superb addition to the first. I am looking forward to reading the next book and hope it will be out soon. This is a fabulous mystery novel, and I recommend it to everyone who loves mysteries that uncover secrets that lie decades in the past.
Shweetsandi 11 months ago
It's been many a year since I have read a true mystery and this is a true mystery written by an author that I have read her romance books. WOW she blew my mind away with this book. I did not know what to think when I started reading this and yes this is the second book in a series (you bet your bootie I have already picked up book 1 Bitter Roots...little bit backwards) but once I got into it I simply could not stop reading. I have no idea what Montana does to me but it seems to draw me in and grab me. This town is Lost Trails and it does have some people that have some backwoods thinking. Kind of like some i know from home in Tennessee. This is a well written story that had me in in from the start. I could see with my minds out the lay of the land, the ranch, the sheriff and dispatcher Zak.I am headed to read the first book in this series before the third book comes out. Because it will be time for a complete re-read of the first 2...of course. So if you like a good, well written mystery with a touch of heat this is the book for you.
BooksAndSpoons 12 months ago
A cute and cozy mystery story with intriguing characters in a small town setting. The family drama and secrets of the town are leading the story forward. Despite the murder at the beginning of the story, it still has a surprisingly light tune. A touch of budding romance, lots of secrets revealed, even sweet holiday traditions involved. A book two in a series yet can be read as a stand-alone novel.
sandralb 12 months ago
“Bitter Truth” by CJ Carmichael is book two of the Bitter Root Mystery Series. After completing this mystery novel I would say it is not necessary to read “Bitter Roots” first. This is a complete and wonderful story and works well as a stand alone book. Although now I can't wait to go back and read “Bitter Roots”. I have seen the name “CJ Carmichael” time after time and wondered what the fuss was all about. Now I know. I am so glad that I veered away from my normal reading and chose this book. I am not normally a big Mystery fan. I usually find them too intense and can't sleep after reading them. For me C.J. Carmichael writes a perfect book. I was pulled into the story right from the get go. Her characters were like able for the most part. She included one of two that you just love to hate, adding to the story. The ranching community of Lost Trails, Montana was very interesting. There was so much going on for a small town. The author does not end on a cliffhanger. She leaves just enough suspense that you will want to read the next book to learn more about these interesting people and their budding love affairs. I would recommend this book and can not wait to read more by C.J. Carmichael. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tule Publishing through NetGalley, Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
sandralb 12 months ago
“Bitter Truth” by CJ Carmichael is book two of the Bitter Root Mystery Series. After completing this mystery novel I would say it is not necessary to read “Bitter Roots” first. This is a complete and wonderful story and works well as a stand alone book. Although now I can't wait to go back and read “Bitter Roots”. I have seen the name “CJ Carmichael” time after time and wondered what the fuss was all about. Now I know. I am so glad that I veered away from my normal reading and chose this book. I am not normally a big Mystery fan. I usually find them too intense and can't sleep after reading them. For me C.J. Carmichael writes a perfect book. I was pulled into the story right from the get go. Her characters were like able for the most part. She included one of two that you just love to hate, adding to the story. The ranching community of Lost Trails, Montana was very interesting. There was so much going on for a small town. The author does not end on a cliffhanger. She leaves just enough suspense that you will want to read the next book to learn more about these interesting people and their budding love affairs. I would recommend this book and can not wait to read more by C.J. Carmichael. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tule Publishing through NetGalley, Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
KerryACroucier 12 months ago
Twists, Turns, and Small Town Secrets! Bitter Truth – Carmichael When a typical 91-year-old woman dies in her sleep, most people would think nothing of it. In Lost Trails, ranch owner Lacy Stillman is in the healthier than most younger than her, so when she is found in her bed the day after receivine glowing reports during her check up, Zak Waller is instantly suspicious. There are too many people who have something to gain from her death. When he shares his thoughts with childhood friend, Tiff Masterson, she agree to help investigate. Despite his position as dispatcher in the Sheriff's office, Zak has already proven himself to be an astute investigator. Besides, Tiff needs a distraction from her Mom's deteriorating condition and her Aunt's odd behavior. Tiff had hoped to stay in Lost Trails, but circumstances are making her rethink that decision. Full of twists, turns, and shocking secrets, this story kept me guessing until the very end. I loved it and can't wait to see what happens next in Zak and Tiff's lives, especially how they deal with the fallout from the ending of this story.
Kristyl21 More than 1 year ago
Bitter Truth has so many story lines weaving together that really draws you in. When local rancher passes away unexpectedly Zac Waller, Dispatcher for the Sheriffs office, can't believe it was from natural causes. Launching his own unofficial mini investigation Zak starts to look at every possibility. Only to find a complicated web of lies and deceit. I loved that this second book in the Bitter Root Mysteries picked up with all the characters from book one. Seeing in to so many towns peoples lives was very interesting for me. I found myself trying to figure out what was going to happen from one page to the next. I cant wait to read book three!
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued and held in suspense while reading Biter Truth by CJ Carmichael, the second book in her Bitter Roots Mysteries series. Zak Waller, the dispatcher for the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana as he mourns the death of Lacy Stillman, a wealthy and elderly rancher. Zak hears some disturbing information which makes him question if Lacy’s death by heart attack was really as it seemed. At the same time, Zak’s friend Tiff Masterson becomes very concerned about her mother’s health as it spirals downward along. Complicating this is her aunt’s continual denial that a problem even exists and blames Tiff’s return home to be troubling to her mother. When Justin Pittman’s cancer returns he worries about his father and daughter. After a donor match drive takes place, he unexpectedly and unknowingly adds on to Tiff’s burden. When an old crime is uncovered with far reaching complications exposes an unexpected connection between the Mastersons and the Pittmans ends up affecting everything. I love how CJ Carmichael kept me on my toes, guessing and wondering what would happen next throughout this story. I really, really enjoyed reading this moving story. Ms. Carmichael is an outstanding storyteller, keeping me interested in this story so that I had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend this outstanding book to other readers and look forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Small town secrets come to the forefront in this fascinating second book of the Bitter Root mysteries. Lacy Stillman, a 91-year-old rancher woman has been found dead in her bed by one of her sons. Evidently she died of a heart attack even though a doctor's visit the day before pronounced her as very healthy. She has been the town's leading citizen and the whole town is in mourning. Zak Waller, the police dispatcher who should be a deputy, has some information that may shed a different light on Lucy's death. (Book Blurb) Zak's friend Tiff Masterson is overwhelmed by her mother’s escalating mental breakdown and her aunt’s stubborn denial of the problem. Tiff assumes the root of the problem is the death of her brother and father sixteen years ago. But the real atrocity goes back much further than that. When the truth is revealed in a shocking twist, Tiff’s world is turned completely upside down. The ramifications affect many of the most prominent citizens and provide the missing clue to Lacy Stillman’s murder. Bitter Truth is the second of a 3-book series. Although this is easily read as a stand alone, I would highly recommend reading them in order. The characters are fascinating. I love how a small community can come together ... to either hide secrets or reveal them. The family dynamics are guaranteed to keep the reader turning pages. There's a wealth of town residents that bear watching. It's fairly fast-paced and every page is a twist, a turn, a surprise. There's no cliff hanger, but a hint of what is to come next. This is definitely an enjoyable mystery. Many thanks to the author / Tule Publishing / Netgalley for the digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
SOMDReigel More than 1 year ago
Uncovering Deep Secrets Good friends Lacy and Zak continue to find deep secrets in small town of Lost Trails, Montana. Bitter Truth has wonderful plot twists and turns you don’t see coming. Many interesting characters with lots of family drama and secrets. This is an engaging storyline and a page turner. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Well done mystery!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
An awesome read full of secrets and lies that the bitter truth will come out in the end. Not what you expect in a little town of Lost Trails, Montana, when they find the town matriarch, Lacy Stillman dead in her bed from a presumed heart attack. Zach, the town dispatcher for the local sheriff office wonders if there is more to the death of Lacy. Tiff, has returned home to help with the care of her mother with her aunt but soon family secrets to come out , as someone is forcing Tiff to leave town. A great cast of characters that I was fully engaged with. Lots of family drama. Plus , I'm rooting for a few budding romances that are developing. This is the second book in the series, that can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend that you read the first book too.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of secrets in the town of Lost Trails, Montana. But when Lacy Stillman is discovered dead in her bed, Zak Waller, dispatcher for the local Sheriff’s Office, doesn’t believe Lacy died from natural causes like everyone is being told. He sets out to discover the truth and finds a lot more than he expected. Zak’s friend Tiff Masterson has returned to Lost Trails after a breakup with her boyfriend. She is back living at home and helping her aunt take care of her mother. But it seems someone is trying to force Tiff to leave town again. A family secret is also revealed which surprises everyone in town. I was fully engaged in this story as soon as I started reading it. There were a lot of twists and turns that took me by surprise. Even though this book can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading Bitter Roots first. It will give you more of a background on all of the characters. If you enjoy a good mystery, I would recommend this book.
DJTP More than 1 year ago
Bitter Truth by C.J. Carmichael, book two of the Bitter Roots Mysteries series. I really enjoyed this story. It had me thinking of what was happening the whole time I was reading it. Really pulled me in with the great characters from the previous book and the storyline. I can't wait to see what is up next in this series.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
LET ME FIGURE OUT WHAT I DID NOT LIKE ABOUT C.J. Carmichael's "Bitter Truth". Hummm...? Well not anything to mention here. NOW WHAT DID I LIKE ABOUT THIS MYSTERY? It was a stand-alone which was good since I had not read Bitter Root#1. The characters were amazing and interesting even the murder victim Lacy who died at the beginning of the book. There was family drama times three to keep the pages turning. Budding romances that were just that; not yet blooming but being pollinated. Past events never really going away but getting the dusty attic box opened to the light. Has the cat, the dog, adorable preschool girls and hay rides. Great holiday novel that takes place from Thanksgiving through the end of the year in a small community. Had a wealth of town folks to keep track of but as the mystery progressed everyone had their place and key roll to play. Did not end on a cliff hanger but did leave some crumbs to follow into the next book. "A copy of this book was provided by Tule Publishing via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." This is a great narrative not to miss.