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Saturday, December 3, 2022

About the Book

Book: Christmas Crime Cover-Up

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre:Inspy Suspense

Release date: November 29, 2022

From USA TODAY bestselling author Dana Mentink…

A violent attack

Isn’t the homecoming she expected.

When an ATV tries to run her down in Death Valley, animal rescuer Nora Duke knows it’s a sign she never should have returned. Now she’s stuck on Seth Castillo’s ranch until Christmas with a pregnant donkey—and a criminal desperate to silence her. Facing her past is as terrifying as uncovering a killer’s twisted plan. But can Seth convince her to stay…if they live through the holidays?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Desert Justice

Book 1: Framed in Death Valley
Book 2: Missing in the Desert
Book 3: Death Valley Double Cross
Book 4: Death Valley Hideout
Book 5: Christmas Crime Cover-Up
Book 6: Targeted in the Desert


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.) Her monthly newsletter features plenty of goodies, gab and giveaways.


More from Dana

Well here we go! Book five in the Desert Justice series features Nora (Chief Jude’s estranged sister), a wild donkey who needs rescuing, and a crime from the past that intrudes into the present. Twisty, right? I was inspired to write this story after visiting Death Valley and learning about the feral donkeys which inhabit the region. They’re cute, visitors love them, but the burros can encounter health problems and cause environmental damage if they aren’t settled into a safe area. It’s amazing to me that wild donkeys are adept at detecting underground water sources. They dig “wells” which can benefit many thirsty animals. Fascinating, right? Hope you’ll enjoy meeting Bubbles the donkey and the helpful humans who rescue her in this novel. God bless and thanks for reading!


When I’m looking for a book that is inspirational with suspense and great characters this author is my go to. I have never been disappointed with her books and this one is one of my favorites from her.  I love the setting of the series and have come to be intrigued enough to do some research on Death Valley. 

In this installment we find a collection of characters that have something in common. They know each other but there are feelings of  anger, pride and not letting go of the past that pushes this story to the limit. I loved the rescue that Nora and Felicity were part of. Bubbles is by far one of the best animal characters I’ve read. Who wouldn’t love to be around a donkey who wants to be loved and cared for? I wonder if I can talk my husband into getting a donkey? 

The danger starts immediately when someone tries to run down Nora and Felicity as they are on a rescue to save Bubbles. It is not  everyday you see an ATV in the desert at night, so who is out to do harm? The author gives us an adrenaline rush as Nora seems to be unwelcome at her home town. There are frictions between her brother, mother and herself which adds tension to the  story . I can’t forget to mention that Nora hasn’t been back home in awhile and all those insecurities she had are coming back. 

I enjoyed Seth and am happy to see him front and center in this story. He helps with the rescue which finds more drama than he wanted. Trying to keep Nora and her friend safe becomes a full time job. I liked his patience and his desire to see Nora reconcile with her family. Seth adds a layer of comfort to Nora which will become very important in the  story. 

Surrounded by a mystery the  story is well written and I especially loved the  theme of forgiveness  and coming to terms with your past. Even though this book is in a series, it can be read alone and enjoyed without feeling that you are missing parts of a story. The ending is good and I was surprised at who was behind everything. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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Lily’s Book Reviews, December 14

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Blossoms and Blessings, December 16

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 16

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

(If the winner is outside the U.S., then he or she will receive an eBook.)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Christmas Cover Up sounds like a thrilling, edge of my seat read for me to enjoy and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!

    Have a magical holiday season!

  2. The story sounds very intriguing.

  3. Sounds suspenseful and heartwarming- thanks for sharing about it :) !

    - Madie

  4. Christmas Crime Cover-Up sounds like another great romantic suspense from Dana Mentink.

  5. My brother would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

  6. I can't wait to give this a read--it sounds great! Thanks so much for sharing it.