Bittersweet

Bittersweet

by C. J. Carmichael

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Overview

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161102350
Publisher: Tule Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Series: Bitter Root Mysteries , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 485
File size: 449 KB

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Bittersweet 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
KerryACroucier 21 days ago
When Sybil Tombe turns up missing, Lost Trail Sheriff Zak Waller is puzzled. After all, who would want to harm the librarian? As he and his deputies try to unravel the mystery, they realize there was more to the mild-mannered librarian than anyone knew. When a child disappears in the middle of the investigation, Zak knows they need to find them before their time runs out. Zak and his deputy/girlfriend are the main focuses of this story outside the mystery, but we do revisit the characters from the other stories. I love how Carmichael continues to develop all of the characters and their relationships as well as the town of Lost Trail, Montana. This is the fourth book in the Bitter Root Mysteries series, and they just keep getting better. If you haven’t read the other three, you won’t be lost, but you will miss a lot of fun. #BitterSweet #CJCarmichael #ReadzTule #BitterRootMysteries
sbart84 23 days ago
This is book that I had a hard time putting down. Full of suspense, mystery and a splash of romance that kept me turning the pages. Sybil. longtime town librarian of Lost Trail has been abducted from her home. Everybody thinks they know Sybil but as layers of her life are peeled away secrets come out. The town sheriff Zak and his girlfriend/deputy Nadine work together to solve this mystery as their relationship develops. I love this little sleepy town, with so many twists and turns. The secondary characters also bring so much to the story. This is the fourth book in the series, can be read as stand alone but even better if you read the previous stories. I don't want to see this series end.
pwall55 23 days ago
Bittersweet (Bitter Root Mysteries #4) by C. J. Carmichael has my newest favorite Sheriff Zak Waller at the helm of this missing person story. Thrilled to see him back into action when there was some talk that the series was over. While there are not so many people in this story that it is hard to keep up with them all, I appreciate that the author sorts them out by family and relationship before the story begins. I also found the prologue to be hair-raising making me want to double check all the rooms in the house when I return home alone. Bittersweet is filled with plenty of unexpected turns in the story while revealing the clues one by one, making this a worthy mystery. Even though the prologue does give the reader an inside look at the beginning of the crime, not too much is disclosed too soon. Great who-dun-it and why-they-did-it read. An ARC of the book was given to me by Tule Publishing which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
EileenAW 23 days ago
I was intrigued and held in suspense while reading Bitersweet by CJ Carmichael, the fourth book in her Bitter Roots Mysteries series. Sybil Tombe, longtime librarian, is missing, possibly abducted from her home. Now that Zak Waller has replaced the longtime Sheriff in Lost Trail, Montana he can legally conduct the search for Sybil. Having known Sybil for a while, he, along with her friends, is at a loss as to why Sybil would disappear and who might have taken her. Then, a few days later when an older man is seen hanging around at the grade school, near a young girl, Zak wonders if there is a connection between him and Sybil’s abductor. As Zak searches for Sybil he discovers that she might not be all she appears; that Sybil had a life, before returning to Lost Trail, one she never shared with anyone. As Zak and his team work to locate Sybil, he also has to figure out what is going on in his relationship with Deputy Nadine Black. I love how CJ Carmichael kept me on my toes, guessing and wondering what would happen next throughout this story. I really, enjoyed reading this moving story. Ms. Carmichael is an outstanding storyteller, who wrote a wonderful story that is definitely not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with suspense, growing love, and interesting interactions between the endearing characters in this series. I highly recommend Bittersweet to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Deb_from_Oz 23 days ago
This is a well written mystery that really drew me in I hadn't read the previous stories but ha no trouble following the storyline I do think it would be a better read if you had read the previous books something I intend to rectify When you live in a small town everyone knows your business or thinks that they do but sometimes there are skeletons that are kept so hidden that when they are released they can cause dramas That is what has happened to Sybil Tombe and now she is missing Does her case have anything to do with the missing little girl Darby Larkin. Zac Waller the newly appointed sheriff will have to solve these crimes all while also balancing his romantic relationship with his deputy Nadine Black as it develops into more. This is a story that really draws you in and keeps you engaged until you turn that last page
DebraMenard155 23 days ago
A real page-turner involving a 6o year old librarian Sybil ,why and who is behind her abduction in a small Montana town where everyone knows you. You will have to 1click to find out who done it and why + the romance between the sheriff and deputy. While you're there check the rest of the series out.I'm going to check out the chocolate shop series next yum.
SOMDReigel 23 days ago
Bitter Sweet is a well written mystery set in a small town. There are many secrets for the new sheriff and his team to uncover surrounding the well-loved librarian who is missing. There’s a good flow to the story and multiple storylines are woven seamlessly throughout. Wonderful, multi-layered characters and beautifully described scenery make this an enjoyable read.
DJTP 23 days ago
Bittersweet by C.J. Carmichael. A great addition to the Bitter Roots Mysteries. The perfect mix of both mystery and romance that keeps you going back for more.
Emma 23 days ago
Bittersweet 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. This Nadine Black and Zak Waller's story. This is Sybil Tombe and her best friend Rosemary Masterson's story. Sybil Tombe should have turned and run the moment she saw the finished crossword on her kitchen table, curls of dried orange peel beside it. But her mind was elsewhere, mulling over the anonymous letter she’d received at work that day. She’d opened the mail in the lull after the preschool reading circle, the chatter and laughter of children still echoing off the library walls. The brief sentences brought a chill to the room. She’d shivered. Felt a stab of panic. Then told herself it was impossible. her mind was elsewhere, mulling over the anonymous letter she’d received at work that day She’d read the note again. It must be some sort of prank. To be on the safe side, maybe she should show it to Zak Waller—the town’s new sheriff—he had good instincts about these things. She’d see how she felt about it in the morning. For the time being, she shoved it into the bottom drawer of her desk. Zak Waller: the young, new sheriff. Lives in a basement apartment with his cat and has been dating Nadine Black for over a year. “Sheriff? We may have a problem. No one seems to know where our librarian is.” The phone call from his dispatcher was almost a relief to Zak Waller, since it gave him a reason to set aside the financial spreadsheets he’d been working on since leaving the office at noon. 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. I highly recommend reading. Bittersweet by C.J.Carmichael is a wonderful well written 5 star book. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. CJ's Books with Tule: Promise Me, Cowboy Carrigans of the Circle C The 75th Copper Mountain Rodeo Good Together Carrigans of the Circle C Close to Her Heart Carrigans of the Circle C Snowbound in Montana Carrigans of the Circle C A Cowgirl’s Christmas Carrigans of the Circle C A Bramble House Christmas Carrigans of the Circle C A Book Girl’s Guide to Marietta Melt My Hea
CJ37 23 days ago
It's a mystery! When living in a small town as Lost Trail, everybody knows everybody and everything about everybody. But there's always skeletons in the closet and secrets that can come back and bite you in the behind even if they are painful as Sybil finds out. New elected sheriff Zak Waller races against time to solve Sybil's abduction while dealing with another case that could be connected and his own personal relationship with his deputy Nadine Black. There's also a conflict between other characters in the story that's going on. An engaging story that holds your attention from start to finish. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from Tule Publishing
CatmomJD 23 days ago
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.