Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: Bittersweet (Bitter Root Mysteries #4) by C.J. Carmichael

Murder in a small town is always personal.

Local longtime librarian, Sybil Tombe, is missing, abducted from her home on the outskirts of the isolated ranching town of Lost Trail, Montana. An elderly neighbor reports seeing a gray-haired, bearded man driving up to Sybil’s house the night she disappeared. Newly-minted Sheriff Zak Waller can’t think of a less likely target for a crime. When an older man is reported lurking around a young girl at the local grade school, Zak wonders if this man could also be Sybil’s abductor? The descriptions of the men are similar—but what could be the possible link between a young girl and 60-year-old Sybil?

Peeling back the layers of Sybil's life, Zak discovers Sybil is a master at keeping secrets, especially her own, and these secrets may now be threatening her life as well as the life of an innocent child. As Zak and his team work to uncover the truth, he also has to deal with issues in his romantic relationship with deputy Nadine Black, and mete justice to a respected town citizen who has been sheltering his criminal past for too long.

My Review:

Just the right amount of mystery and romance makes this a memorable book.

If you have read any of the Bitter Root mystery series, you definitely don’t want to miss this book.  In this story, Sybil Tombe, Lost Trail’s beloved librarian, and a little girl, Darby Larkin, turn up missing.  Zak Waller, who has recently been promoted to sheriff and his team need to work fast to solve these crimes before it’s too late.  Meanwhile, Zak and his girlfriend/deputy Nadine Black’s relationship advances to a whole new level.     

I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series and when I heard another book was coming out, I couldn’t wait to read it.  It was definitely a page turner and I had a hard time finding a stopping place when it came to taking a break.  If you are new to this series, I would recommend reading the books in order.  I don’t know if this is the last book in the series, but it felt like it the way some of the characters loose ends were wrapped up in the end of the book.   But I am secretly hoping more books will follow.  I am not ready to say goodbye to the residents of Lost Trail, Montana. 

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