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Still Life (Chesapeake Valor) Paperback – January 31, 2017
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Someone Is Out There. Watching Her. Waiting.
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.
Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. 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, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.
As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.
"Pettrey has a knack for keeping the reader one step behind the unfolding mystery, and the romance between Parker and Avery is a nice relief from the mounting danger that the case reveals. Their history, and their constant reminders of faith and God's love, makes the romance that much sweeter and heartwarming."--Publishers Weekly
"Pettrey's readers know they can count on a thrilling plot with a solid side of romance, and Still Life is no exception. Pettrey also imbues her story with her trademark inspirational theme."--Booklist
"Pettrey has a wonderful ability to blend together the romantic and the mystery storylines and make both equally important. The multitude of possible suspects will keep readers guessing, and also makes the tale move at a brisk pace. Clever, believable plot twists provide fresh suspense, and the author provides plenty of flawed, believable characters for readers to relate to within the story."--RT Book Reviews
Praise for the Chesapeake Valor series and Cold Shot
"Fans of Pettrey will adore this new romantic suspense series. Dynamic protagonists and an increasingly tense narrative set the scene for a harrowing and thrilling ride."--Library Journal
"An intricate plot, a reunion of friends and an appealing lead couple make this a standout."--Booklist starred review
About the Author
Dani Pettrey is the bestselling author of the Alaskan Courage series and winner of the 2014 Daphne du Maurier award for Inspirational Novel, the 2014 Christian Retailing's Best Award for Suspense, and the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel. She and her husband reside in the D.C. Metro area. She can be found online at www.danipettrey.com.
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Avery Tate’s best friend, Skylar, is missing. She posed for a bizarre photograph for a gallery showing, but evidence in the photograph leads Avery to think Skylar is dead. She calls the best in the business to come look at the photograph and Skylar’s trailer to process them. The best being the man she has given her heart to, Parker Mitchell. She and Skylar grew up together and had a past riddled with alcohol, drugs and petty crime, but eight years ago Avery became a Christian and has never looked back. She totally turned her life around. Unfortunately, Skylar has not. Avery desperately wants to find out where Skylar is and try again to get her out of her seedy lifestyle. Parker and Avery embark on an investigation with the help of Charm City Investigations, which includes their friends Griffin, Finlay, Kate, Tanner and Declan. Their search leads them after an obsessed man, his girlfriend, some college kids who were in Skylar’s trailer as well as some other people from Avery’s past.
While this story definitely had moments of tension and suspense, I felt that Declan and Tanner were too much in the story. They took the focus sometimes off of Avery and Parker. I know the third book in the series is to focus on Declan and Tanner, but having them appear so often in this story dimmed my enjoyment somewhat. I was glad to see Griffin and Finlay make appearances in the story, and since their story was told in book one, I was okay with them being in the story. I did really like how Avery and Parker both prayed and kept each other accountable in their relationship with God. God was definitely a part in their relationship, drawing them together and strengthening them. I look forward to book three being released in October 2017 titled, Blind Spot. Also, check out Dani’s other great series set in Alaska called Alaskan Courage.
I look forward to the next book, "Blind Spot", when we learn the story of Declan and Tanner. I'm sure it will be just as exciting as the other two.
I fell madly in love with Dani Pettrey’s debut novel Submerged, the first book in the Alaskan Courage Series. One of the reasons I loved Pettrey’s first novel so much is because of the character development and historical aspects. I confess that her following books I did not love nearly as much. They leaned more toward romantic suspense novels than stories full of complex characters with fun historical backgrounds. I kept reading the series though because I loved the first book. Somewhere along the way, I began to enjoy the romantic suspense genre, so thank you Dani Pettrey for introducing me to that. All that being said, I enjoyed Pettrey’s latest novel Still Life.
Crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell misses working as alongside his former photographer Avery Tate. But Avery was more than just a coworker to him–she was someone he cared about. Parker would’ve liked to pursue a relationship with Avery after her quitting, but is still working past the death of his former girlfriend Jenna. But when Avery’s best friend goes missing and she asks Parker and his friends in law enforcement to help track her down, she once again becomes a significant part of Parker’s life.
Avery Tate is constantly running from her past–first her childhood home and friends, then galleries and colleagues from the art world, and last but not least Parker Mitchell. When her childhood best friend, Skylar Piece, who models for a well-known photographer goes missing, all three of her worlds collide. Facing her past is hard for Avery as it is, but owning up things in front of Parker fills her with shame.
Overall the themes of Still Life are darker than Pettrey’s previous novels but I think she did a wonderful job using this to show the balance between God’s love and grace and the harsh realities of our world. Full of suspense, romance, and surprise twists and turns, in true Dani Pettrey style, Still Life kept me guessing till the very end.
***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review which I have provided.***
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