As is usually the case with Love Inspired Suspense novels, the danger and action began in Christmas Crime Cover-Up almost immediately and only took infrequent breaks along the way. Someone is trying to kill Nora Duke and her friend Felicity but no one seems to know who or why.

I enjoyed taking another trip to Death Valley and catching up with members of the Duke family as well as other characters from previous books in this series. It was also fun to meet new characters, especially Seth and Bubbles the donkey. As expected there were multiple twists and turns to the exciting plot that climaxed with a surprise villain. Just try and guess this one!

Nora’s visit to her hometown was intended to last just long enough to rescue a donkey but her plans changed drastically. She was reluctant to face her family and others in the community after her abrupt departure years ago. Although Seth had a few struggles of his own, he was compelled to act as Nora’s protector and offered his support and advice as they became better acquainted.

I loved how Nora’s attitude toward the Lord and her family changed over the course of this excellent story of forgiveness and reconciliation. I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas Crime Cover-Up and will continue to read any book Dana Mentink cares to write.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Book: Christmas Crime Cover-Up

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre:Inspy Suspense

Release date: November 29, 2022

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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


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.


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!




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

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