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Crime scene investigator Parker Mitchel prays thatGod will guide him in helping Avery, his assistant find her missing friend. At a local art gallery showing, famous photographer Gerard Vaughn shows artistic portraits of his subjects in near death scenes. Skyler’s portrait is one of the featured photographs. As Parker and Avery interview people who had recent contact with Skyler they must prove who is responsible if they want to find her alive.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Chesapeake Valor
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 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.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This Ones PersonalFebruary 23, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the second book in this series that I have read, and yes it is just as good as the first, and once you turn that first page, you wont be putting it down. Now if you havent read the first book, dont worry, enough information is given that you wont be lost, but you will be wanting to read Cold Shot!
There are a couple of stories going on here, as there would be in real life, but for Avery this one is personal, one of her friends is missing, and she is feeling guilty about it. Avery has found Christ and has turned her life around, and we can only hope she shared with Skylar, as this story revolves around the picture of her in death.
Did you ever have the feeling that someone was watching you, Avery better start looking over her shoulder, but why, and who is doing this? We take a jagged trail to find the answers here, but all the while we keep hoping for romance between Avery and Parker, whom I would love to hear him talk!
From the first to the last page the book will have you page turning with you heart in your throat, and yes you have to get to the end to get the answers, and now we have to wait for the next book in this series.
I received this book through Bethany House Publishing and their Blogging Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
tabbyGeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5AWESOME BOOK!!!!February 22, 2017tabbyGeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read and loved all of Dani Pettrey's books. I just finished her newest one, STILL LIFE, Book 2 in the Chesapeke Valor Series. So far, it is my favorite out of all of her books. This story drew me in from the first page and had me not wanting the book to end by the last page. This is Avery and Parker's story. Danger lurks from the moment Avery's close friend, Skylar, doesn't show up at a portrait gallery in Fells Point, Baltimore, MD. As the story races on, a new element of danger enters the scene; one that could be ripped out of todays front page news. Dani's writing is so smooth that you are pulled right into the story. You feel like you are right there with the characters in everything they do. Her characters are well developed and have depth. The mystery and suspense is riviting!! I read until the early morning hours as i had to see what happened next! This was an awesome book!!! I can't wait until her next one comes out! Great job, Dani!!!!! The author and Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review which I have done. tab :)!
Shannon5 Stars Out Of 5Great Suspense! Fast Paced!February 22, 2017ShannonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have to admit that I am a Christian Suspense Junkie!! Dani Pettrey delivers the suspense in this novel. Still Life is the second book in the Chesapeake Valor Series. I will say that you might be a little lost in the change of characters if you have not read book one Cold Shot. I loved digging in and learning more about the characters of Avery and Parker. They are truly a super hero couple that have been tried and tested in this series. As a suspense junkie I normally can pick out the villain before he/she is revealed. Mrs. Pettrey threw me for a loop on this one and I loved the ride! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.
MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5I enjoyed this book and plan to read more in the seriesFebruary 21, 2017MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Get ready for a fast paced ride. From beginning to the end the read will be on a roller coaster of twists and turns.
Just the kind of ride I love in a suspense novel!
I am an old fan on Dani Pettrey so when I was offered this book by Bethany House and Baker Publishing.
I signed up as fast as I could!
The story is intriguing from page one drawing this reader in. The storyline of Avery's search for her missing best friend is the main focus but there is another story that pulls in the characters from book 1.
Of course I loved the main characters Avery and Parker.
I kind of think you almost have to really like the main characters to enjoy a book. I loved their banter in a stressful situation they kept their cool and worked in a professional manner especially Avery is 'gritty' getting 'the job' done. The romance develops through the story even though they each have struggles from their past that conflict with their hopes of a future together. All ends well though. That's what makes a good romance!
But there is a negative. I am truly sorry to say but I wouldn't be writing an honest review if I didn't share my honest thoughts.
Mainly there are it seems too many characters to keep up with.
There are actually two different stories going on a terrorist and smuggling along with the search for Avery's missing friend.
The thing I thought was negative is I couldn't keep the characters straight. All the characters were introduced in book one. I wish I had the opportunity to read it first. I would have enjoyed
Still Life much more and could liked/enjoyed all the characters more.
I recommend reading book 1 Cold Shot first which introduces all the characters in Still Life along with one missing character Luke.
Book 1 is on my 'wish list'.
I was left expecting book 3 to pull all the loose ends together.
I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House.
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5great read, as usual from this authorFebruary 21, 2017MarkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Dani Pettrey is still a fairly new author, this being only her second series. However, she quickly became one of my favorite authors when I wasn't very far into her Alaskan Courage series, which I highly recommend.
This series is a lot different from her first series, but just as suspenseful, gripping, and as great of a read.
It has been a year since I read the first book in the series, so it took me a awhile to get familiarized again with the main characters, who most of which were in the first book. The Alaskan Courage Series revolved around members of the same family, with each of the 5 books centering on a different family member. Chesapeake Valor revolves around a group of friends, all in some sort of law enforcement/crime solving. There is also the mystery of a missing friend that has gone on through both books so far, and I am guessing will continue throughout the whole series.
Still Life centers on Parker Micthell, a crime scene analyst, and Avery Tate, a crime scene photographer. The plot was a bit morbid, centering on the photographing of a dead girl, but it did make for an interesting plot.
My only complaint with the book was there were so many suspects that I found it a bit confusing, but maybe that was just me. I loved the characters, the plot, and suspense. Towards the end of the book, I found myself suspecting the person who did indeed turn out to be the guilty party, and enjoyed figuring it out before it was revealed.
This was a book that was difficult to put down. Pettey did not disappoint, but delivered the kind of suspense and quality Christian fiction she has already become known for. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
And for those into the show, you may find it of interest that Kenneth McNickle from the latest season of Survivor, is the cover model for this book.