Review: Christmas Crime Cover-Up by Dana Mentink

This story was such an exciting and action-packed addition to the Desert Justice series! You could easily pick up and enjoy Christmas Crime Cover-Up as a stand alone novel if you wanted to. However, if you read book two in the series, Missing in the Desert, you will get a better idea of what happened to Seth and how far he has come since the tragedy that impacted him in that novel.

The author really kept me guessing with this story. I just could not figure out who wanted Felicia and Nora dead. What in the world had happened to put them in someone’s cross hairs when they had both simply returned to save a wild donkey in the desert? There were some excellent twists in this novel.

I really liked Seth. He had overcome so much and was a good and patient man with Nora. They worked and fit well together and I liked seeing them grow close in this story, even as Nora pushed back against any connections to Furnace Falls. I also enjoyed how much Jude was entwined in this book and am looking forward to the final book in the series, which will feature him as the hero.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dana Mentink lives in California where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Her family includes two little girls (affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo.) Papa Bear works for the fire department and he met Dana doing a dinner theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Ironically, their parts were husband and wife.

Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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