Buried by C.J. Carmichael

Review - buriedBook One of the Twisted Cedar series

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.

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Reviewer: Missy

Rating: 5 Stars

Normally I don’t knowingly take on cliff hangers. I got sucked into that with Mortal Instruments and had to wait an entire year for the conclusion of the series. UGH. However, I found the premise of Buried to be so compelling, I was hooked from the first word. I wasn’t reading a stand-alone novel and, for once, that was okay. With writing this good and a story so well crafted, there was no way I could have cared. I just had to keep going.

This twisted tale of murder leads the reader through a decades old friendship, a marriage that seems perfect on the surface, a new relationship no one could expect and of course, a mystery that will keep you turning page after page after page and begging for more when you reach the end.
Dougal Lachlan swore he would never return to Twisted Cedars, Oregon. Nothing but impoverished memories wait for him there. He’d already lost his mother to cancer (even though he failed to attend her funeral) and had no reason, other than the sister who was mad at him, to return. Until the emails started showing up. Crime writer he is, he was drawn to the hometown where the mystery began.

I know, right? Here’s what I can tell you… Wade, the good one, Kyle the wealthy, too-cool-for-school athlete, and Dougal, the boy from the wrong side of the trailer park, were BFFs growing up in Twisted Cedars. Time, distance, and buried secrets forced a rift that only Dougal seemed to understand. Before the ink was dry on his diploma he got the heck of there and headed off for New York City to become a best-selling true-crime writer. Drawn back to Twisted Cedars—partially to explore the story supplied by a mystery emailer and partly to talk his sister out of marrying Kyle—Dougal becomes romantically involved with a quiet librarian and decides to stay a bit longer. After all, the man has to solve a mystery of 4 librarians killed in the space of four years in the 1970s.

There are so many complex details in this one—Dougal’s ex-con murderer father, the emailer who is hell bent on getting this story out, Kyle’s run-away ex-wife, and Charlotte, the librarian love interest who is torn between two men. But these details are presented with such natural flow and as intricate little gems woven into the fabric of the story, that the reader is left with an overwhelming sense to know more. More. MORE.

The characters are crafted with multiple dimensions, bringing life to their joys and struggles. The mystery is formed in stages that allow the reader to absorb the story that bring them right to the heart of the drama.

In short, this is a 5 star read. I highly recommend this book and am so glad there was much more to come with Forgotten.