Book Review: Missing in the Desert by Dana Mentink

Posted August 1, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, Dana Mentink, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 16 Comments

Desert Justice #2

GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: July 27, 2021
PAGES: 224

Five years ago, her sister disappeared…
Now someone is coming for her.

Who would believe that Mara Castillo’s sister—missing and presumed dead—suddenly sent a one-word text? Now Mara wants answers, even if it means stepping into a killer’s sights with her brother’s best friend, rancher Levi Duke, as her only protection. But with someone who has everything to lose after her, uncovering a long-buried secret could save her life…or claim it.


From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Desert Justice

Book 1: Framed in Death Valley
Book 2: Missing in the Desert


Other Books In This Series

Book 1 in this Desert Justice series, Framed in Death Valley, is full of layered characters, heart-in-your-throat suspense, and a sweet, renewed romance for a struggling young couple on the brink of divorce after the husband is wrongfully imprisoned for murder. One of the characters we meet in book 1 is Levi Duke, and his story in Missing in the Desert will keep you on your toes!

Hold on to your cowboy hat from word one because our protagonists are in mortal danger right off the bat. Along with the breathless fight to survive & keep Mara safe from whoever is trying to kill her, Levi and Mara must figure out how to save the ranch Levi owns with Mara’s brother (who is in the hospital recovering from the initial attempt on Mara’s life) and why Mara is suddenly getting clues about her younger sister’s missing-presumed-dead disappearance from the same area years before. Mentink does such a great job of continuing to come up with compelling characters, unique plots and stunning twists – I rarely can predict what’s going to happen next. True to form, Missing in the Desert took me by surprise more than once, and I loved every minute of it!

Bottom Line: Levi Duke & Mara Castillo have a bumpy ride from ‘once upon a time’ to ‘happily ever after’, and you may very well have to remind yourself to breathe as the story progresses. Not just because of the sweet romance (which will leave you swooning), but also because of the heart-racing action & suspense. Besides trying to figure out who wants to kill Mara and why, you’re also trying to determine what, if any, significance the clues she’s been getting about her sister’s disappearance have on these murder attempts. You’ll also be grinning widely as Banjo the rescue dog & his misfit band of other rescue animals steal the scene in some lighter moments meant to let us catch our breath. Fantastic characters and a wonderfully intriguing plot – can’t wait for more time with the Duke family & Death Valley!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / fabulous read!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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Dana Mentink is a national and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author. She’s written more than forty mystery and suspense novels for Love Inspired Suspense, Harvest House, and Poisoned Pen Press. She is honored to have received two ACFW Carol Awards, a Holt Medallion Award, and a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Please visit her on the web at or find her on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. Dana hosts monthly contests and giveaways via her Dana Mentink’s Reader Group.

Other Books by Dana Mentink

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16 responses to “Book Review: Missing in the Desert by Dana Mentink

  1. A great review interested me in wanting to read this book, besides the cover “pulling” me in, all from a wonderful author! Would love to win a print copy! Thanks for this opportunity to enter a giveaway!

  2. Debra J Pruss

    I love Dana’s books. I think the cover is fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Missing in the Desert” by Dana Mentink.

    Fabulous author and a book most definitely on my TBR list. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

  4. Perrianne Askew

    I like Dana Mentink’s personality, as she seems to be witty and a super fun person. I guess I haven’t ever read her suspense, but it sounds like I should.

  5. Becky D.

    I love reading your reviews, especially your rating system. I’m not usually one for westerns, but review may have added this book to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing!! 😍📚

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