29 March 2021

Framed in Death Valley | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


A killer who will stop at nothing…

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.

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: March 9, 2021


High-intensity excitement from beginning to end!

Beckett Duke has been framed for murder. He thinks it would be best to let go of his attachments—until, of course, his wife’s life is put in danger. Together, they must navigate a series of twists and turns to stay alive, uncover the truth, and even save their marriage.

Dana Mentink’s Framed in Death Valley delivers her to-be-expected brand of romantic suspense that does not disappoint. I enjoyed getting to know both Beckett and Laney throughout this reading experience, and my heart hurt for them as I began to know their troubles and hurts. It was a pleasure, too, to visit the unusual Death Valley.

All in all, an entertaining read, and I recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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 a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Poisoned Pen Press, and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself puttering around her Northern California backyard. 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.


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?


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card, a set of six mini cactus candles, and a signed copy of the book. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.



  1. This is right up my alley!! I must read asap!!

  2. This book sounds like a great page-turner.

  3. Wonderful review, Hallie! Thank you for sharing.


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