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Work hits too close to home for crime scene photographer Avery Tate when her best friend disappears. The only lead is a chilling photo of her--apparently dead. As Avery, her boss Parker, and his friends dig into the case, she's forced to confront her feelings for Parker when they come face-to-face with a dangerous criminal....

Title : Still Life
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ISBN : 9780764212956
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Number of Pages : 348 Pages
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Still Life Reviews

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    2018-10-12 12:54

    Let me start off by saying that Still Life can be read on its own, but I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, Cold Shot, to get a greater understanding of the cast of characters. That's where we first meet Avery and Parker with their palpable chemistry despite traumatic pasts preventing them from acting on their feelings. I also want to point out that I really appreciated that the author didn't rehash or summarize the entire plot from Cold Shot in Still Life, only brief mentions of how the characters had connected, so even if you read the books out of order the story hasn't been spoiled. I think this would also intrigue a reader who hasn't read the first book and make them want to experience Griffin and Finley's story. (It actually made me want to go back and read it again!)I enjoyed the camaraderie between the members of the group of friends that worked together to solve the many angles of the case. It definitely balanced out the anxiety I felt from the suspense and creepiness of the crime. I noticed much less tension in their relationships than the first book when they were initially reunited. Now they are supportive with each other both socially and professionally. The details of the step-by-step investigation never felt mundane, but exciting as each revealed a deeper aspect in the plot. Some occasional glimpses into the mind of the villain also ramped up the anticipation as the story moved swiftly forward. A separate FBI case is explored simultaneously by Declan and Tanner which really got the pace hopping and provided an introduction to their fledgling relationship.There are several twists in the case and Parker and Avery are practically inseparable as they partner up for their tasks in uncovering the mystery. It gives them plenty of opportunity to experience reawakened feelings and angst over what is keeping them apart. Fortunately their shared faith plays a major role in helping them overcome mental obstacles that were holding them back. There is a strong theme of redemption through Christ and forgiveness of self in their conversations that exhibited the respect they held for each other and their beliefs. Their romance takes a backseat to the intensity of the suspense plot, but they have their fair share of special moments ;)I loved the setting of Baltimore, and the descriptions the author subtly included of the urban environment, the landscape, and even the influence of the weather conditions gave me a strong sense of the location and just how different it is from what I'm used to. I was drawn to the details of photography and art in the story, but it was also disturbing to see how they were used to represent the subject matter of death in a grotesque manner. Still Life is a book that kept me glued to the pages and I'm so excited to discover what's in store for Declan and Tanner in the next book, Blind Spot!(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Hannah
    2018-10-12 09:00

    What a ride! I couldn't put this one down. But stop: before you pick this one up, be sure you read the first book (Cold Shot) and get familiar with these characters. Many romantic suspense stories are written only in the POV of the two main characters, but this one has snippets from each of the crime-solving friends, which might be confusing for those who aren't already familiar with this fun group of characters.Also...yes, the crime is creepy. I've watched plenty of episodes of Criminal Minds, First 48, Dateline, and CSI, so the crime really didn't bother me. However, if you're more of a White Collar, NCIS, Blue Bloods, or Psych fan, this guy might be more of a perp than you prefer to read about. If so, skip the confession in chapter 46. But if you read plenty of Irene Hannon, you're probably fine with it. (Her "Trapped" even got to me.)I really enjoyed seeing Parker and Avery grow closer. They showed off plenty of sparks in Cold Shot, and it's nice to see them come to fruition here. Now, it's Declan and Tanner shooting sparks and making me eager for their story in book three! We also have a few more hints about what might possibly have happened to their missing friend, Luke.Christianity: very strong, which of course I loved. Avery has a Past, but she has been born again and is learning to get beyond what happened back then. I really liked Parker encouraging her in her faith and her "new creation" status.

  • Dawn
    2018-10-04 12:04

    My Thoughts:I've loved Dani Pettrey's books since I first discovered her with her debut novel. I know that I will get a book that is a page turner and well written. This one was no exception. While this one does stand alone in the series, I highly recommend reading book 1 first as Parker, Avery, and the rest are all introduced in that one. What can I say about this book? It was wonderful. I read it rather quickly, I love the relationship between Parker and his buddies as well as between Parker and Avery. There were so many times that my heart just broke for what Avery went through in her life. I love how what is one person's problem becomes everyone's because that's how Parker and his friends are. I cannot wait until the third book, Declan's story, comes out later this year!I received a copy of the book from the author to help promote. I was not required to like the book, only to give my honest opinion.Recommended to fans of Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, romantic suspense, Lynette Eason, Irene HannonRating - 4 stars

  • Toni Shiloh
    2018-10-14 08:00

    What. An. Excellent. Read!!As much as I loved Cold Shot, Still Life was 10x better. Intrigue was prevalent from the opening line until the very last. My mind is still reeling from a portion near the end.I loved how Ms. Pettrey used multiple povs (point-of-view) to give us a glimpse of the group dynamics. In case you haven't read the first book (which you totally should), the group is made of Griffin, Declan, Parker, and the missing Luke...and of course, the ladies. And even though this book features Parker and Avery, it was more than their love story. *I received an ARC via Netgalley. This review is my own honest opinion.**Full review at: http://tonishiloh.weebly.com/blog/rev...

  • Brittany
    2018-09-19 10:11

    Wow! What a chillingly suspenseful novel! Still Life is book two in the Chesapeake Valor series and it was great to return to the characters that were introduced in book one, Cold Shot. I do believe that readers could read Still Life as a stand alone novel if desired and follow along just fine, however, I highly recommend reading Cold Shot, as it was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, too.I loved the dynamic between Avery and Parker. They had great chemistry together on the pages. Both of these characters had interesting back stories. Parker’s revolved around the tragic and violent loss of his first love, while Avery worried that her troubled past would come to light and send Parker running from her. There was great emotional depth in these two characters.The author allowed glimpses into the villain’s thoughts thoughout the book and that added to the creepy factor – in a good way! It really emphasized the darkness that he carried in him. The crime that this team was trying to solve was such a strange and unique scenario. It made for a very memorable novel full of twists and turns that kept me anxiously turning the pages!I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog at:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  • Kara
    2018-09-28 10:46

    I really liked Avery from Cold shot and was pleased this story was about her journey, had difficulty putting this sequel down also. This book was darker, but mostly because of Avery's past before she came to Christ. However, Pettrey is a pro at writing villainous characters without being too gory. I felt that the plot of the story centered on Avery's friendship with Skylar and Parker's friendship working with the guys.Avery goes to an art exhibit to support her friend, Skylar, who is the main subject of the night. Unfortunately, the photo is switched out and Skylar has gone missing. Thus Avery is involved in the case of finding her missing friend.While working this case, Declan gets a call about another case and we get to see how he and Tanner are getting to like one another.I had no trouble following this page turner of a mystery, but the real villain turns out to be a real surprise! Really loved how Avery buys her friend's ring back from the pawn shop and the courage she has at visiting so many people from her past to solve Skylar's case. It was also rewarding that all the characters from the first book are back in this one to work together finding Skylar.Despite the dark content of voyeurism, Pettrey writes the content with respect and keeps the focus of the mystery on Avery's friendship with Skylar. You don't have to read Cold Shot to follow Still Life but I recommend it because it explains the friendship of Declan, Griffin, Luke and Parker better. Looking forward to Book 3!Thanks to the author for the review copy received. The thoughts and commentary are my own.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2018-09-22 06:02

    Can we all just pause a moment and appreciate that cover? I have two words for you that will make that hot guy even hotter. Irish. Accent. Yep. My book-boyfriend-collecting heart swooned right into a little puddle when, after Avery has been knocked down by an assailant, Parker wiggles two fingers at her and says: “Come here, lass. Let me check you out.”So… let’s just take another moment or ten to absorb the fineness of that cover and know that he speaks with an Irish brogue. (Is brogue the right word to use here? I don’t know… i’m still twitterpated.)But I’m reviewing the book, not the cover, aren’t I?Still Life is Dani Pettrey at her best! Part psychological thriller, part romantic suspense, this book is all kinds of captivating. You won’t be able to put it down. There are two races against the clock going on – find Avery’s friend … and find a possible terrorist. And the gang from Cold Shot returns to tackle both searches. (If you haven’t already read book 1, it’s not necessary before you read Still Life but you’ll appreciate the characters and one of the subplots better if you do.)Pettrey’s latest is also a study in contrasts, which I think fits so poignantly with the photography theme. For one thing, you have the contrast between Avery and Skylar, between a life whose past has been redeemed by Jesus and a life still lived for her own purposes. We see the difference between refugees just looking for safety and those who mean harm. There’s the contrast between life and death, darkness and light, and there’s the exquisitely tender message that the old has gone and that Jesus makes us new.Bottom Line: Still Life by Dani Pettrey shows the darkest side of humanity as well as the strength of redemption. The suspense and mystery is extremely well-written, and the romance gives plenty of opportunity for swooning. The subthread related to their friend Luke – who may or may not be dead – gets even more intriguing in this second installment in the series, and I have a feeling that book 3 will be even more so. I can’t wait!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)see my review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  • Susan Snodgrass
    2018-09-27 11:00

    From Dani Pettrey's very first book, I knew this was an author I wanted to follow and my opinion has only been reinforced with each new book she writes. This is the second in her 'Chesapeake Valor' series and it's just tremendous.Avery Tate has been blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot when she answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. Crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her and it was a turning point in her life. Six months ago, however, her strong feelings for Parker caused her to leave his employ to sort our her heart. Now, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend a gallery opening of a photography exhibit and to support her best friend, who has modeled for the show. But...the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her as if dead...and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. And now, her friend is missing. She immediately calls Parker for help. She, Parker and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery and find themselves face to face with a relentless and deadly threat.There is more than one crime going on in this story, a fact which makes this ride even more thrilling. We meet other members of the team that we saw in the last book, which I just loved. I also am trying to guess which member will be the focus of the next book! Dani Pettrey knows what she's doing. Her characters are very well developed, the entire cast of them, and the reader feels a huge part of the story. She has even created secondary characters that, sometimes, the reader just can't stand. She's good at what she does, let me tell you.Pettrey deftly weaves layer up on layer of suspense, careening down the path rapidly to a conclusion that is both satisfying and thrilling, with a culprit you never would guess. Her spiritual message is powerful as well. The reader can glean deep truths from her books. I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute and now I look forward to what Dani Pettrey has for her readers next.* I was given a preview copy of this book. My review is honest and my opinions my own.

  • Staci
    2018-10-08 13:54

    In the second book of the Chesapeake Valor Series, we get Parker and Avery's romance resolved. The crime they solve involves Avery's childhood friend Skyler. Avery's past is less than perfect and she has a hard time getting beyond it.As a side story, there is a murder aboard a Malaysian ship that is in port in Baltimore. I found this mystery to be more believable and hope to hear more about the occupants of the ship in book three.While I enjoyed this novel, it took a while to get all the characters straight and parts of it were not plausible. Cold Shot is my favorite of the series thus far. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

  • Aerykah
    2018-10-16 10:07

    Another fantastic read from Dani Pettrey!! :D

  • Sarita
    2018-09-21 13:58

    Rating 3.5 starsThere was things I enjoyed and some things I didn't like in this book. The suspense also grabbed me more to the end where I found myself not wanting to put the book down.What I liked:I enjoyed the mystery of what happened to Skylar and enjoyed seeing the thoughts of the culprit - he was quite creepy and it kept me as reader wondering what happened. There was also a lot of twists and turns as part of this plot, so the author kept me guessing right till the end. There was a few times I thought I figured it out and then was wrong. I liked all the characters. I love how they interact and are there for each other. The author did a great job of introducing them in book 1 and building on this in book 2. Declan and Tanner I found most interesting so I am looking forward to their story in book 3. I liked the fact that Parker and Avery did not play games and was straight forward with each other when they realised and confessed their feelings.I also loved how Parker helped Avery to realise she need to give her past to God. I love it when the Christian theme is strong and clear which was the case for me in this book.What I didn't like:I felt that there was a lot of repetition of thoughts in the first part of the book. This made the book drag for me a bit. There was also a sub plot where there was a murder on a Malaysian ship. This story ended very abruptly for me - maybe it will continue in book 3.All the POV's from all the characters can get a bit confusing. All in all it was a good read that kept me guessing until the end. I will continue the series because I want to read Declan and Tanner's story and I want to find out what happened to Luke.

  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    2018-09-29 10:57

    This book was amazing! I felt like I was reading an episode of Criminal Minds only not near as gory as those sometimes are with a little bit of CSI in there with all of the crime scene processing. But most importantly I was especially thrilled that for most of the book I had no idea who the killer was! Pettrey is very skilled at descriptions. I've always loved how she can describe a scene or a location or even people. Throughout this book I was captivated by the details both of descriptions but also of the interviews with subjects.But as much as I loved all the story about the crimes and the investigations what I really truly loved was the relationship between Parker and Avery. I loved how honest they were with each other. And of course I also loved the kissing and the falling in love. But what first caught my attention with these two was the fun wit and banter between them. I love couples that tease and have fun together. I was almost sad to get to the end of the book because I could have enjoyed many more pages of those two!And before I close this review I must mention the part of this book that probably touched me the most. The spirituality. Bethany House and their authors truly write the best books with spiritual emphasis even though they are fiction. Multiple times Pettrey shares the prayers of her characters and multiple times her characters remind each other of God's forgiveness and second chances and I love reading books that are so spiritually uplifting.I am very excited for book 3. It cannot come out fast enough. I need more from this series asap!Bethany House sent me a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  • Amy
    2018-10-13 09:56

    2.5 stars! I loved Dani's Alaskan Courage series and enjoyed the first book in this Chesapeake Valor series well enough, but I am honestly conflicted about and more than a little disturbed by this new book.On the one hand, it was a well written mystery that kept me up all hours and had me guessing until the very last page. I also enjoyed reconnecting with likable characters from the first book, and am intrigued by the long-term mystery of the missing friend that is unfolding across the entire series.But on the other hand, wow. This story was dark. DARK. In the most disturbing, disgusting, perverted ways imaginable. Seriously, now having finished it, I feel like I should pray for forgiveness for having ever read it in the first place. And I'm not just talking dark for a Christian novel; this is a full-blown horror story about a man who's basically a necrophiliac. Some genuine faith elements were attempted as the hero and heroine wrestled with being forgiven by Christ for their shady pasts and wondered if the victim ever had a relationship with Him. But far too much of this story dwelt on death, perversion, mutilation, and adoration of said death, perversion and mutilation, none of which really advanced the plot or moved the story forward, that by the time it came to the suspect's lengthy confession scene describing his crimes, I felt physically sick. Bottom line, while Pettrey is an author I love and Bethany House is a publisher I've known and trusted for decades, if I could un-read this book, I would. But since I can't, I can only pray to forget this story and its disturbing content as soon as possible. To that end I will be spending the next several nights cuddling with a teddy bear, binge-watching Hayley Mills movies, and meditating on Philippians 4:8.I received a complimentary digital review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.

  • Loraine
    2018-10-05 10:46

    Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.This book is a bit darker than Pettrey's usual suspense thrillers, but it still made for a good read. I loved Avery and how she was trying to put the pieces of her life back together after a rough childhood/teenage years with bad choices forced by an incident at home. Finding Jesus as her Savior has turned her life around; and now, the most important thing in her life is to keep her best friend Skylar safe and lead her to Jesus. It was wonderful to see the team back together and watch them use each of their unique and special talents to determine what happened to Skylar. There were enough twists and turns and credible suspects to keep me turning the pages to determine the real killer. I can see where the thread of necrophilia could turn some readers off, but I felt that Pettrey handled it appropriately without giving it in depth graphic descriptions. It was also interesting to see the second suspense thread with the illegal immigrants on the ship and the deaths. As usual, Pettrey includes a strong faith thread focusing on forgiveness, grace, and second chances. Her romance thread is nice light touch without being a central focus rather than the mystery. I look forward to book 3 and hope it will focus on Tanner.

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2018-09-23 07:05

    3.5 starsThis is the second book in the Chesapeake Valor series. I loved the first book, Cold Shot, and I knew I would be coming back for more in this series. Dani Pettrey is one of my favorite authors in the Christian Fiction world. I have to say that this book gave me the willies. It was creepy and the whole plot was a little (or a whole lot) twisted and dark. This book felt a bit different than other books Pettrey has written and I can't say that I loved this book as much as previous books I've read, but it definitely had my attention.I do love how we have the same main characters in every book. They all work together and separately so we have a chance to know them all bit by bit. There were two different story lines happening here (actually, there were three but one is really in the background) so I'm anticipating the one that didn't reach a resolution will continue on as the main focus in the next book.This book has a lot of characters but I never felt like I was lost or couldn't keep track of who was who. It took me a quick minute to remember the previous book and how all these characters were interwoven, but once it started coming back, it was easy to relax into the story. Well, as relaxing as a creepy, twisted story can be.I read through this book quickly (but not at night!). I suspected everyone at some point or another of something and I didn't see that ending coming at all. Crazy! I will be coming back for the next book, I just hope the creepy, dark, twisted stuff is taken down a notch.Content: Violence, some graphic and disturbing scenes, murder. Innuendo, some references to drug use, sexual activity with no details. No swearing or profanity. Some light Christian elements- characters praying for help.

  • Emily
    2018-09-20 09:48

    What a ride! Twisty-turny events send our friends introduced in Cold Shot (book 1) down multiple pathways, and, at times, into different cases. I smell a set-up for book 3! Anyyyyway, Avery and Parker set out to solve the mysterious disappearance of Avery's childhood friend, Skylar Pierce that has coincided with an APpearance of a eerie photograph depicting said friend. The mystery was masterfully done, with a chill about it as one would expect from the topic of the photography display mentioned in chapter one. Along the way, we are, of course, exposed to the growing romance between Avery and Parker, and Tanner and Declan, but that part was rather a sub-sub-sub plot, until toward the end. What a cliffhanger, though!! And book 3 doesn't come out until OCTOBER! 😩(The mystery is solved, just FYI, but there are a few pieces left open ended.)4.45 stars. I just didn't have that zippy, sparky, 5 star feelin'.

  • Abby Breuklander
    2018-10-06 05:51

    This is hands down one of the best books I've ever read!! Love love and love!!

  • Alicia
    2018-10-09 08:56

    When Avery Tate's best friend, Skylar Pierce, is late for the art show that she helped model for, Avery becomes worried. Skylar was so excited for the show, and she wouldn't just miss out on it. Then they discover from the enraged artist that Skylar's photograph was stolen and switched with someone else's. These photographs are of ladies who appear dead, artistically detailed in a very grotesque and creepy manner. And Skylar's eyes look different from the rest. Where could Skylar be?This was definitely the darkest Dani Pettrey book I've read. The villain's obsession with "beauty in death" was straight out disturbing (actually, he reminded me of Lynnette Eason's villains). Nonetheless, in spite of the dark subject matter, I loved the emphasis on the fact that light overcomes the dark. This is shown in the way Avery starts to realize that she is a new creation in Christ, no matter what her horrible past involves, and the team's relentless fight to pursue justice and do what is right.I wasn't fully (still interested, but not totally) engaged in the novel until about 150 pages in. Even then I felt like some things were unexplained or the twists and turns sometimes didn't surprise me (the end, though, I didn't see coming! Who would have thought?). But overall it was a spine-chilling read!I loved the main characters Parker and Avery (not as much as Griffin and Finley, but almost); they were great and just plain adorable together. I liked how we got to see all of the team, too, though it focused mainly on Avery and Parker.I'm looking forward to reading the next book! 3.5 stars.

  • Stephanie
    2018-10-08 07:55

    I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.*Fun Fact: The cover model is Ken from the Millennials Vs Gen X season of Survivor!What I Liked:-I like the characters in this series. It’s been a little while since I read the first book so it took me some time to get a handle on how all the characters relate to each other, but once I did I really enjoyed them.-I really liked both Parker and Avery and shipped them pretty hard. I thought they were both pretty well developed and both really likable. I enjoyed getting both of their POVs and pretty much every scene they were both in. I also liked how well they worked together on a professional level.-Though the focus of the book was on Parker and Avery, we get several other POVs. Most notable was Declan, who I believe will be the focus of the next book.-I thought the main message of the book was really well done. Avery struggles a lot with the things she’s done in her past and throughout the book she is reminded that when she came to Christ she has been forgiven and is a new creation. As someone who lives with a lot of anxiety, I spend a great deal of time worrying about the stupid or embarrassing or wrong things I’ve done in my past (whether it was yesterday or decades ago) and I felt like this was a great reminder that God is bigger than my mistakes.-The main mystery was really interesting. There were a lot of elements to Skylar’s disappearance that I thought Pettrey weaved together really well. While I did figure out who the murderer was, it was only shortly before it was revealed.What I didn’t Like:-There was a secondary terrorist plotline that just didn’t really work for me. It worked as a connection to the missing member of the group and while it was interesting enough, all it did was set things up for future books in the series. Which is fine, but I wish it would’ve been a smaller portion of this story.-Half of the people working Skylar’s case were doing so without any official credentials and I think things were just a little too easy for them. Parker and Avery don’t really have any right to question anybody, but they go through several leads who don’t ask for identification or warrants or anything and it’s not until towards the end of the book before anyone lawyers up. It just seemed a little odd to me that an FBI agent and a police officer could share case information with a bunch of random people.-There was a lot of build up to Avery’s past and while I mentioned before that I thought the message of God’s forgiveness was really well done, there is a very short section where Avery shares with Parker the worst of the worst and it’s not something she did, so much as something that was done to her. She has obvious victim’s guilt and there was not nearly enough time devoted to that. For such an important, heavy topic I felt like it should have been handled with more care or just left out entirely.Overall:Overall, I really enjoyed Still Life. I really liked the characters and the relationship between Parker and Avery. I thought the mystery was pretty well done, as was the message of God’s forgiveness and being a new creation in Christ. I’ve been reading Pettrey’s work since her first book and I really think that she gets better with each new installment. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this series.Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars

  • Rissi
    2018-10-05 13:43

    Still Life by Dani Pettrey - Fast Paced Suspense in the Art SceneAfter her professional life was derailed, Avery Tate shifted her focus to a new path that included work as a crime scene photographer. But working closely with the best forensic analyst there is, Parker Mitchell, turns out to be more complicated than Avery bargained for. Between her unrequited love, and his devastating loss that leaves him with a broken heart, a healthy relationship between them seems impossible. So she leaves.When her friend goes missing, Avery can think of only one person she trusts with this case; Parker. As she, Parker, and their team of elite law enforcement friends search for this missing girl, they uncover a twisted plot that’s goes beyond what they imagined they’d find.Every book Pettrey writes is further proof of her skill as an author. First she intrigued us with her mystery that mingled with history in her Alaskan Courage series. Now, she’s proving herself as a cutting-edge suspense writer with “edgier” techniques and plots. Still Life is a fantastic novel that continues the story of a crime-solving group of friends. These include Declan, Griffin (from "Cold Shot") and of course, our favorite Irish brogue speaking hero, Parker."I want to know why you love me. Because I don't make sense without you. You're part of me.” - Dani Pettrey, Still LifeParker is, of course, a memorable and noble hero. His pursuit of Avery is pure and his acceptance of her secrets indicative of how he lives his life. Avery too is a strong, independent heroine who’s character is a woman we admire. Though it took me a few chapters to find my groove with this book (simply in coming to remember who everyone is, and their roles), once I did, the cadence flows easily and becomes gloriously familiar. The strong ties of friendship is to be admired, as is the sense of justice. All are themes that feature in this book with emphasis. It’s not just the storytelling, but each are themes that are ingrained in these characters DNA.Aside from the mysterious angles, red herrings and whodunits, the romance in these stories works brilliantly well for one reason. This “golden rule” reason being that these characters aren’t strangers when the book begins. Whether it’s explored on page or not, we understand they share a past, which helps “sell” the realism of their shifting relationship – a relationship that has to pollinate in the span of days (thanks to the compacted story line). Declan also plays a greater role in "Still Life" than I'd expected, all of which is leading to Blind Spot (book three).It’s all of these important details that make the story, and bigger picture arc (the team seeking Luke, their missing college friend) that sets this up as a top of its class novel. Fast paced, this adrenaline laced story is sure to thrill any adventure seeker. Especially those of us who wildly cheer when, at the end of the day, it’s the good guys who win!Thanks to the author/publisher for the chance to read this novel; all opinions are my own.

  • Chantel
    2018-10-17 06:06

    Avery Tate has been blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot. She later is hired as crime-scene photographer by crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell and her life is changed forever. But after working with home on a couple of cases, things get complicated when her feelings for Parker become to strong, and she leaves his employ to sort through her heart. Six months later, Avery has to face the world who rejected her when she is invited by a friend to attend a gallery opening for a photography exhibit that her friend has modeled for. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of posing as if dead... (Scary, right!!) and the photographer insists that her friend never showed for the shoot. Avery begins to worry when her friend cannot be found. Avery immediately calls Parker for help.Avery, Parker and their friends in law enforcement work together be solve this mystery, and they find themselves face to face with a relentless and deadly threat. Oh my goodness!! Just when I have a book by Dani Pettrey that I think is the best, she comes out with another book that just blows my mind! Still Life was on my most anticipated read list for 2017, I could not wait for this book to drop. Lol! I broke all my book budget promises to myself and just bought it! But it was sooo worth it! Still Life was such a thrilling ride from beginning to end. Full of plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes, for real. That were some parts in the story I didn't know what to expect, but that's what makes her books so exciting. I really liked Avery in this book, she was such a strong female lead, but also compassionate. She never gave up , despite the things she went through her past. And she never gave up on trying to find her friend.And Mr. Parker Mitchell, I was on team Parker since book one. Lol, he had me at his Irish accent. My heart broke for the things that happened to him in the first book, so I was happy to see a developing relationship between Avery and him. Plus, I was happy to see the group of friends again working together to solve this mystery of Avery's friend and a few others, swirling around this story. Lol, This series is addictive! I am so ready for Blind Spot to come out!!

  • Rachael
    2018-09-27 07:45

    I've really been enjoying this series, and I highly recommend reading Cold Shot first. The group dynamics, part of what makes the series so great, are richer for reading the whole series. Plus, the books are building on each other; not only are we getting to know the characters better, but they are slowly progressing on the case of a friend who vanished seven years before. In the meantime, there's an intense case in this book, centered around Avery and an old friend of hers. It is marvelously creepy for a Christian suspense (though still tasteful, especially in comparison to most crime shows). The art depicted is certainly not something that I would want to create or buy! I enjoy a good suspense, and this is one. And the title is very fitting.Based on what I've read so far, the books in this series are more dependent on each other than you often find in a romantic suspense series, so I have a feeling I will enjoy rereading it even more when the series is complete. But don't let it stop you from reading this book now! I can't wait to see what the crew investigates next! Thank you Bethany House for providing a free book. No review--positive or otherwise--was required, and all opinions are my own.

  • Stacey
    2018-10-02 06:44

    I'll admit, romantic suspense is not my typical genre. I'm more of a romantic historical fiction type girl, but Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series sold me. When she began this new series with Cold Shot, once again I was drawn in by the twists, fast moving plot, suspense, and the connection between the characters. Still Life continues with the same elements.Still Life's suspenseful side was pretty intense. It may be that I'm a little more sensitive to that aspect because it's been so long since I've read much suspense, but it was very well done. I was reading at night and got the shivers more than once! Avery's friend has been featured in a Black Dahlia-style shoot: models posing as if they were dead. Throw in a couple of shady characters, a few murder suspects, and our main characters' struggles with their past, and you've got all the elements of a great romantic suspense novel.My only hang up, which I mentioned in my critique of Cold Shot, is the amount of characters to keep up with. There are a lot of people in Avery and Parker's "inner circle." Then you add the secondary characters who play a part in their investigation....let's just say I had to think a lot about who was who. You may have to have a reference sheet handy. Just sayin'. Overall, despite the long character list, this book represents the author and genre well. Not too creepy, but just enough to keep you on your toes and guessing about "whodunnit" til the end. The spiritual aspect of the novel was not an afterthought, either. The characters' need for Christ to overcome their past and resolve the issues in the present was a key part in the novel. Well done.*I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher, via NetGalley, in order to give an honest review, which I did.

  • Donna (More Than a Review)
    2018-09-30 14:08

    In Dani Pettrey fashion. There's amazing chemistry between the characters, a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end, and a subtle faith element that makes you think and contemplate how it would apply to your life. This is a great cast of characters. You can't help but love each one of them. I was just as intrigued by Declan and Tanner’s relationship as I was by Avery and Parker's. Giffin and Kinley also make an appearance. Kate is still trying to find Luke who disappeared seven years ago. She thinks she's found a picture of him frome a private investigator she hired.Although we find closure for Avery's friend. There is the underlying mystery around Jenna who's killer was never found and Luke who Kate is convinced is still alive. It will be interesting if he still alive to find out where he's been for the last eight years.Sexual Content: kissingViolence: nothing disturbing, friend missing, deathdrugs/alcohol: drinking but not by any of the main charactersI received this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review.You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.

  • Melanie
    2018-09-19 11:59

    Still Life, book two in the Chesapeake Valor series, was so good and yet SO creepy at times. The opening scene to the story was disturbing and really made me invested into the story and feel for the characters.I loved the romance. Because the characters already knew each other and had feelings for the other, it was interesting to see how or when those feelings would actually progress into a relationship.The mystery was great. While I did not see the surprise ending/twist coming, it was very good and kept me in suspense.All in all, I loved Still Life and recommend it if you enjoy romantic suspense. I don't think you need to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. Can't wait for the third story!!*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

  • Laura
    2018-09-21 10:56

    First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, STILL LIFE is a page-turner. I literally couldn't put this book down, except for things I had to do. Yes, it did get a bit creepy, but that just upped the chill factor. And as for who-dun-it? I did get a bit confused there and didn't guess the actual murderer until the person was revealed. I loved the presence of the Coast Guard (my son is in that service) and "seeing" them in action. There are two different mysteries in this book, and I kept waiting for them to merge into one, but they never did, which somewhat confused me. I didn't have any problem keeping up with characters, and absolutely fell in love with Parker and Avery--though I did feel kind of sorry for Parker's photographer at the end of the book. I LOVED Ms. Pettrey's Alaskan suspense series, and while this new series is not quite on the same love category, it is definitely a solid placer. If you love romantic suspense, you'll want to read Ms. Pettrey's STILL LIFE. 4.5 stars

  • Laura
    2018-10-03 13:47

    This is book two in the series. Better than the "meh" first book, I found myself having to put the book down at some points just to breathe. There is quite a twisted character in the book, as well as more than one bad actor. It all centers around a mysterious photograph taken of a seemingly dead woman. Who took the photo and why? Is there more to the photo than meets the eye? Hmmmm.

  • Madison
    2018-09-26 06:49

    I do love a good mystery and Still Life has so many wonderful twists, intriguing suspects, and really good, dark mystery. Romance, faith, and friendship in the midst of some serious crime fighting? Love it. I really loved Cold Shot, the first book in the Chesapeake Valor series. Still Life brings us back to the gang of crime-fighting friends, who this time regroup to help Avery track down her missing friend. When Avery's childhood friend Skylar invites Avery to a gallery showing, Avery is excited to think Skylar might be getting her life on track. But then Skylar doesn't appear and the photograph featuring Skylar is revealed as a fake. Avery is desperately worried about her friend and calls her ex-boss, crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell to help track her down. Then FBI agent Declan Grey is called in to investigate the stolen artwork and the group of friends unite. The investigation in Still Life is fast-paced and compelling. As we switch between chapters and character perspectives, mainly featuring Avery and Parker, and Declan, Lexi, and Tanner, all aspects of the crime are uncovered. While Avery and Parker chase down leads in regards to Skylar's disappearance, Declan and Lexi are handed another case involving a dead federal agent and refugees that quickly sparks panic...We first saw a glimpse of Avery and Parker's chemistry in Cold Shot. We know that Avery has fallen for Parker, in fact she mentions it several times right from the start of Still Life. Her feelings are the reason she stopped working for Parker a few months ago. She knows he is still in love with his first love Jenna, who died many years ago. As they work the case they each have to address their feelings, both from the present and regarding their pasts. Avery and Parker's light banter relieves the tension of the mystery, as does the strong friendship of the whole group. Along with the current mystery of missing model and artwork, Still Life uncovers a few more clues about the missing, presumed dead Luke Gallagher, who was Kate's boyfriend and a friend of Declan and Parker's. It took a little while to sink back into this series and reconnect with everyone. It's a big group - Declan, Lexi, Griffin, Tanner, Avery, Parker, Kate and Finley - but it is so wonderful to join with them all again. That's why I think it is important to read this series in order, starting with Cold Shot. While each book has its own main mystery to solve and featured couple, the ongoing mysteries and friendship threads are best understood if the books are read chronologically. Still Life also nicely sets up the story for Tanner and Declan's romance (yes?? Please?) which is set to star in the next book in the series.I really enjoyed reading Still Life, loved the romance and was intrigued by the thrilling mystery. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews on my blog Madison's Library.

  • Cheryl Olson
    2018-10-04 05:51

    Still Life, Dani Pettrey’s second offering in The Chesapeake Valor series brings us to a pretty dark place in the life of Avery Tate, a crime-scene photographer, in terms of the things this character is facing in this story. Avery’s long time childhood friend Skylar had invited her to one of Skylar’s first real breaks, a modeling shoot in a big wig photographer’s special art showing with the theme being “Black Dahlia” where all of the featured models appear to be dead. Her friend Skylar’s shot is most compelling and rather chilling. The problem is that Skylar does not show up for the opening and Skylar’s photograph on display was not the photograph taken by the photographer showing his work that night. As Avery becomes more and more concerned for the safety of her friend, since she is nowhere to be found, she calls in Parker Mitchell, a crime scene analyst who is very good at what he does and whom she had formerly worked for. She chose to leave his employ as she felt her feelings for him deepen, not sure if he was capable of having feelings for her ,as he had lost his first true love in a murder situation in which he always held guilt at not being able to protect her. As Parker comes in to help Avery out with the investigation, both he and Avery, with God’s help, bring walls down in their relationship and let the other see who they really are.My thoughts on this book are that once again it’s another Dani Pettrey book that I really liked, I really enjoy how the author develops her characters. They are complex and coming from places of brokenness. Both Avery and Parker have their issues that they are working through- Avery coming to terms with her “girl from the wrong side of the tracks” upbringing- to Parker, laying down the guilt of his former love and opening up his heart to a new one. I know this is terrible to say but I also really enjoyed how she created her “villain”, I really don’t want to give too much away, but there was some pretty off-putting thought processes going on with this character. It lent some very realness to him- really creepy- but good, and done well! She also left us with some sort of haunting loose ends that make me wonder if we will encounter him again in the future. And as always with Pettrey’s writing, we get a few twists and turns thrown in there for good measure and it keeps you on your toes in terms of learning who the “bad guy” really is. I look forward to every Dani Pettrey book and so will be looking forward to the release of Blind Spot in the fall, which will be telling Tanner and Declan’s story- can’t wait!*4.5 starsI received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Holly
    2018-10-17 11:08

    Better than the first! And the first one was EXCELLENT! In this story Pettrey focuses on crime scene analyst, Parker Mitchell, and his former photographer, Avery Tate, as they work together to find her missing best friend. As a photographer, I enjoyed how the story opened, an art exhibit for a photographer, albeit an obnoxious one. However, the focus quickly shifted to Avery's missing friend. I enjoyed how the author kept the focus on the main story but she weaved interesting aspects for the overarching plot that has many eagerly awaiting the next book. The thing I liked most about this book was Avery. As I read her story and learned more about her, I admired her strength of character. I could feel for how she was trying to deal with her past. And Parker is just the bomb! Such a great man of character and integrity. If you read and enjoyed Cold Shot I think this one is even better. If you didn't read the first book, you can start with this one and not feel lost. Pettrey gives enough backstory to understand the characters. My Rating 5 Stars!Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, via Netgalley.com, but I was not required to leave a review. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.Give Away through 2/28/17 - https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/4a82943...