I guess I’m kind of a sucker for a good mystery. Throw in some high stakes, engaging characters, and a good setting, and I’ll happily sit with a book in my hands for as long as it takes to finish it.

But if you’re going to leave me hanging, you need to tell me, because it’s the fastest way to get me to throw your book across the room and let out a string of obscenities.

So it’s no surprise that I have mixed feelings about this book, because it did both.

Buried (Twisted Cedar Mysteries) by CJ Carmichael

Book Description

Justice is overdue in the coastal town of Twisted Cedars where two unsolved mysteries lay buried in the past.

Over thirty years ago a series of murders targeting Oregon librarians was never solved. Now someone with inside knowledge is feeding clues to true crime writer Dougal Lachlan, promising him the best story of his career. Pursuing the leads means returning to Twisted Cedars, where his sister Jamie, is about to marry a man he deeply dislikes.

Local Twisted Cedars librarian Charlotte Hammond prefers her mysteries – and her romances – between the covers of a good book, especially since the disappearance of her older sister, Daisy, eight years ago. But then the dark and tortured soul who is Dougal Lachlan walks into the Twisted Cedars Library asking for her help.

Before long Charlotte realizes there is no safe zone. Not even in libraries…and especially not in Twisted Cedars.

My Rating

X-Files Fox Mulder throwing a file folder

When I finished this book, I almost threw my phone across the room.

I was furious that the mystery I kept reading for wasn’t solved by the end of the book. As a writer, I understand a long story arc that goes from book to book. I get that a trilogy needs things to tie it together.

But I hate feeling like I’m being forced to buy the next book in the series. As a reader, I need to WANT to buy it, not be pushed into a corner by the author in which I have only two choices: buy the next book or let the mystery die.

I’m not going to read the next book in this trilogy because I felt let down by the ending. However, the rest of the book was great. The characters were likable and realistic. The setting was well-done. And the overall mystery was a great one.

That’s why – despite hating the way it ended – I give this book four of five stars. I recommend it if you’re okay with being on board for a whole trilogy to get the ending to the mystery the first few pages sets up. In other words? Reader, beware.

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