Justice Rendered

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
324 Pages
Reviewed on 04/04/2024
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Author Biography

Kit Karson was born and raised in the mountains of western Montana, where her ancestors lived and are buried. She spent her childhood traipsing around those wild mountains, either on foot or horseback, exploring, fishing, and shooting. It is said she hits what she aims for.
To this day she lives in those mountains with her beloved husband and their pets, the wild birds, bunnies, chipmunks, squirrels, and any other creature that wanders across their path.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

What had started as a hunt for antiques at a landfill site in the small town of Anderson, Montana, quickly turned into a source of panic and gossip as three residents of Anderson discovered a body. It wasn’t long before the sheriff's department identified the deceased as Fred Filmore, an eccentric antique dealer in town. Fred had been murdered. It did not help that Fred had been a nuisance to the townsfolk, disrupting their businesses and peace with his junk. He had earned the nickname “Fat Toad”, and no one liked him. Just as Sheriff Peter Elliot and his deputies start investigating the murder, Fred’s house goes up in a blazing inferno. Could someone be covering their tracks? Sheriff Elliot and his department find themselves caught up in a dangerous game of cat and mouse as they discover a tightly woven theft ring in the heart of Anderson while solving Fred’s murder. Grab Kit Karson’s Justice Rendered: A Sheriff Elliot Mystery to discover more.

This whodunnit will have you hooked, flipping from cover to cover. If you are looking for a mystery murder with a touch of crime and drama, Kit Karson’s Justice Rendered is it. Karson weaves an intriguing plot, featuring a dynamic, fascinating cast. The subtle tone of the storyline and the spell-binding plot twists had me on the edge of my seat. Reading this book felt like playing an enthralling puzzle game, where the more the pieces were fitted into it, the more complex the puzzle became. I was dropped right in the middle of all the action with evocative depictions that brought the small western town of Anderson to life. Karson’s way of depicting the cast’s emotions and the juxtaposing of their complex traits allowed me to connect with them. Although it is the third installment in the Anderson Chronicles, Justice Rendered is a stand-alone read. It is a magnificent piece of work and I loved it. I can’t wait to get my hands on the other books in this exciting mystery series.

K.C. Finn

Justice Rendered is a work of fiction in the murder mystery, thriller, and suspense genres. Penned by author Kit Karson, this intriguing small-town tale unravels a murder mystery in Stone County, Montana, where a junk man's body is discovered at the local dump, sparking a complex investigation that exposes a town full of suspects and a shameful secret. Sheriff Peter Elliott is on the case to explore every thread of the tapestry of intrigue, but it could land him in very dire straits if he isn’t careful. Author Kit Karson has crafted a well-balanced work that brings together a gripping murder mystery with intricate layers of suspense and intrigue, pacing it all perfectly so that you’re off on the next twist no sooner than you’ve caught your breath from the last one.

The small-town setting of Stone County is gorgeously depicted, immersing readers in a community rife with secrets and deception that feels realistic and wonderfully intense. Sheriff Peter Elliott's determination to uncover the truth, despite facing numerous obstacles and threats, kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I loved his narrative presentation so that we could sit right on his shoulder through every discovery and challenge. There’s a riveting exploration of greed and betrayal as the plot deepens and the underlying motives are exposed, unveiling shocking revelations that kept me guessing until the very end but were also highly satisfying and never felt out of place. Overall, I would certainly recommend Justice Rendered as a captivating read for fans of mystery fiction everywhere, and I can’t wait to read more of Sheriff Elliott’s adventures in the future.

Alma Boucher

Sheriff Peter Elliot was in charge of the small local police force in Anderson, Montana, the setting for Kit Karson's Justice Rendered. Fred had needed a permanent location to store his antiques and collectibles away from the prying eyes of law enforcement. In Anderson, Fred discovered the perfect location—a popular spot for tourists with plenty of cash to spend. Three people were scouring the local landfill for recyclable metals to turn in for cash when they found Fred's body covered with grass clippings in a kiddie pool. Sheriff Peter Elliott was called to the scene, and he recognized Fred, who was the most disliked person in town. With the help of his deputies, Peter discovered also that the residents of Anderson were hiding a shameful secret, and anyone could be a suspect.

Justice Rendered by Kit Karson has all the elements of a well-written mystery. It was fast-paced and action-packed, and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. It was hard to put this book down because it was such a page-turner. I was kept guessing right up until the very end and I was so eager to see how the story would pan out. The writing style gave life to the small town and its residents, and it was easy to become part of the setting. The characters were original and suited the small town. Each had a backstory that added to the enigma around their secret. The chapters flowed into one another, and the various subplots were expertly woven into the main story. The conclusion took me by surprise; I did not expect it.

Delene Vrey

Everyone knows each other in the small town of Anderson, Montana, but do they? When the local permanent garage sale owner is found dead in the landfill, Sheriff Peter Elliot has his hands full with the investigation. As the case develops, a night shift deputy goes missing, and the sheriff realizes that the town knows almost nothing about some of their business owners. Peter uncovers a syndicate dealing in stolen antiques and discovers that some of his community has fallen prey to swindlers. With relentless investigation and some comical mistakes made by the criminals, Peter must solve the murder case and rekindle his friendship with Dixie, the owner of the local diner. In Justice Rendered by Kit Karson, Anderson's small law enforcement team works together like a well-oiled machine and uses their forensic and investigative expertise to bring justice to the victims.

Kit Karson has written a mystery that not only entertains but also draws a picture of what small-town America looks like. The author examines the lengths to which adult children must go to have the funds to care for their parents, and especially how this can put them in a situation where unscrupulous men take advantage of them. The author also shines a spotlight on the effects of addiction, both substance and gambling addiction. In addition to the concept of knowing the people in your town, so many people have a public face that does not reflect what happens behind closed doors. Another theme touched on is domestic violence and the effect it has on survivors. Ultimately, Justice Rendered is a title that can be applied to many levels and aspects of the story.

Priya Mathew

The small town of Anderson, Montana is back in the news in Kit Karson’s third book of the Anderson Chronicles, Justice Rendered. Here, we are introduced to new townspeople and revisit the old characters who continue from the previous books in the series. Sheriff Peter Elliot and his deputies continue with their daily tasks of maintaining law and order in the town. When Fred Filmore’s perpetual garage sale starts a confrontation, it sets a chain of events in motion, culminating in a discovery at the local dump: Fred’s lifeless body is concealed behind a mound. As Sheriff Peter and his team investigate this murder, connections emerge, revealing a web of deceit and many people in town who seem to have a motive. With an antique serving fork as a crucial clue, the Sheriff’s team tries to discover the truth behind this crime.

I appreciate the author's skill in building vivid characters and interesting narratives. I've read two of the books in the Anderson Chronicles series. Kit Karson continues to tick all the boxes for the essentials required in a mystery. Although Justice Rendered can be read as a standalone, there are connections between the characters built over the books and it might make sense to start from the top if you want to understand these better. As in the previous books, the narrative is presented from multiple perspectives, enhancing the reader's overall understanding of what is happening. We see new relationships developing or rather old ones rekindling between Peter and Dixie, and new connections forming between Travis and Birdie. The narrative continued at a brisk pace, and I wanted to keep reading to know where the story was going. Unlike the last book in the series, it is the Sheriff’s team that plays a more significant role in solving this mystery, though community dynamics typical of small towns still feature.