Thank you to LibraryThing and Tule Publishing for providing me with an e-copy of Bitter Roots by CJ Carmichael in exchange for an honest review. This mystery begins with the brutal murder of a newcomer to the small town of Lost Trail, Montana. Her name is Riley Concurran. She had been living out of her car and had a job at the Christmas tree farm owned by the Masterson family. Tiff Masterson has recently returned home to get her life in order and help her mother run the tree farm. Because the deceased was not known by many in Lost Trail, the sheriff's department is not sure whether to investigate the young woman's past or the short time she was in town. Zak, the police dispatcher, is an old friend of Tiff's and the two start investigating the murder on their own. The novel moves at a quick pace: there are several possibilities as to who could have killed Riley. This whodunit keeps you guessing till the very end. Good story, satisfying resolution of the crime, interesting interpersonal relationships. I really enjoyed this book.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)