Bitter Truth - C.J. Carmichael

Bitter Truth

By C.J. Carmichael

  • Release Date: 2018-02-15
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4.5
From 270 Ratings


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.


  • Love the series!!

    By Jokimann
    Just finished the 2nd. Buying the 3rd as soon as I complete my review. Please please please keep the series going!
  • So So

    By Bill1369
    Not so much a murder mystery as a long soap opera.
  • Another Great Book

    By ibbarney
    This is book 2 of this series and it was just as good as book one. This book was even harder to put down. It has a great flow and you can't wait to see what happens next. Found there is a book 3, Bitter End, due out later in 2018 and I look forward to reading that. It needs to be put under book 1 and 2 as books in this series so you know its coming and you can preorder it. Again well worth the purchase.
  • 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!
  • Awesome

    By Sbart61
    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.