Book Review | Framed in Death Valley

Do you ever pick a book based on title alone? Knowing Framed in Death Valley by Dana Mentink took place in, well, Death Valley, I was immediately curious. The story turned out to be pleasantly unique, with a bad boy hero and a pregnant heroine.

Beckett Duke did not kill anyone, but only a technicality got him out of a prison sentence. Everyone believes he’s guilty, including the woman’s brother, who threatens to kill Beckett’s wife, Laney, in retaliation. Laney Holland has stood by her husband, so when he sends her divorce papers, she is stunned. Then he shows up with news that she’s in danger. She has news for him, too. She is expecting their child. If only Beckett can figure out who the real murderer is, perhaps he can clear his name, save his family, and get his happily ever after.

Framed in Death Valley felt like an unusual Love Inspired Suspense story to me. The timeline of when Laney and Beckett married and he was framed is a bit confusing. However, I loved how the author portrayed Laney in her early pregnancy stage. It made her relatable and showed her strength, and Beckett’s reaction is priceless.

If you enjoy romantic suspense featuring the possibility of renewed love and second chances, check out Framed in Death Valley.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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