About the Book
Framed in Death Valley
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspirational Suspense
Release date: March 1, 2021
Framed for a murder he didn’t commit, firefighter Beckett Duke gave up on everything—including his marriage to spirited Laney Holland. That is, until Laney’s life is threatened. Knowing the real killer is still at large, Beckett now has one purpose: protecting the woman he loves…and their unborn child. But sometimes an innocent man’s second chance comes with a deadly price.
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MY THOUGHTS.....Great characters, an intriguing plotline, an unusual setting, and a surprise that I didn't see coming! Author Dana Mentink includes all of these in Framed in Death Valley and the results are fantastic! Beckett Duke grabbed my heart from the first pages, with his high school memory of being called a monster, a bully, and an animal. Now, he is accused of being a killer, and he's turned away from the one person who believes in his innocence. Imagine his distress when he discovers that his soon-to-be ex-wife is pregnant and that they both are now targets of a killer! It's evident that he and Lainey still share a special bond, but how will they prove that Beckett isn't responsible for the deaths of two women? What will happen to their innocent unborn baby?
Danger and suspense are prevalent throughout this story, but it is the faith element that I especially loved. Lainey's strong faith has a positive effect on Beckett, and it's very rewarding to see him begin to believe in himself and God! What more can you ask in an inspirational suspense novel?
Framed in Death Valley is the first book in the new Desert Justice series and I can't wait to see what Mentink has in store for all of her readers!
I received a copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Author
Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle.
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What’s up in Death Valley?
As the desert vistas opened up in front of Papa Bear and me, I felt an amazing sense of peace. Mind you, we were visiting Death Valley in the fall. No braving the 130 plus summer temperatures for this couple! I simply cannot describe to you the wonder I felt, as a suburbanite from a bustling, noisy Northern California city. There is never a moment at home when I see only open horizon, when I hear nothing but quiet breezes. I was, quite simply, stunned.
I had done some research about places to visit as potential series settings, and Death Valley was at the top of the list. The websites did not disappoint. Artist’s Palette, the gorgeous peak painted in a rainbow of rock colors? Check! Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, glistening with salt and not so lifeless as one might think…check! How about my favorite moment…jouncing along the precarious trail through Titus Canyon? Check! Would all of these incomparable locations be suitable for a six book suspense series? Roger that!
It’s ironic that I felt so welcomed by such an inhospitable locale. Visiting is one thing, but it takes a certain rugged breed of individuals to live in such a hostile climate. What fodder for fiction! I simply could not wait to get home and start creating the Duke family. And you know what? When this pandemic is over, Death Valley is the first place I want to return…in the fall, of course! Do you have a place near and dear to your heart? What’s first on your travel list after the world opens up again?
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