What a bunch of twists and turns and dead bodies that Dani Pettrey has woven into a riveting suspenseful romance novel! This is the second in the Chesapeake Valor novels Cold Shot came before it. In Still Life the author highlights the romance/stories of Avery and Parker. Avery is a photographer, who, at the beginning of the book has gone to a gala to celebrate the opening of a photography exhibit as her childhood friend is a model for the photographer. When her friend Skylar doesnt show and seems to have disappeared, Avery seeks the help of Parker, a crime scene investigator. Parker loves Avery (their romance began in the previous book) but can Avery trust him enough to love her, even with her past? And why did Skylar not show on the night of her big event?
Mystery, romance, murder, abductions, forgiveness its all inside! And I loved the wonderful descriptions of Baltimore and its surrounding areas! I had never heard of Fort Howard, the abandoned military base, and found it both fascinating and creepy! So I highly recommend this book if you like CSI type books a real murder mystery that doesnt shy away from frightening scenes but is clean in the language and sex scenes and has a sweet romance. On the other hand, if you have a weak stomach like some of my friends, this one is not for you! I received this book from the publisher in return for my honest opinion.
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.
There could always be challenges of jumping into a story part-way through, but reading "Still Life," the second of Dani Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor series, was an easy transition. Of course, reading "Cold Shot" wouldn't have hurt as I would have had a better understanding of the characters and the couple stories that are created in the first novel.
Avery Tate and Parker Mitchell are maybe the characters in the limelight for "Still Life," but there are many other crime scene participants and colleagues who have their fair share of print. The one surprise I had is that a story break did not necessarily mean that the story would shift to another set of characters. The mingled stories and constant moving story line made for an exciting read... even so that at one point I had wished I was not reading during the dark of night!
Enjoy this action-packed book and pick up your own copy of "Still Life"!
I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishing and I am excited to share my honest review!
While I enjoyed reading Dani Pettrey's new book, Still Life, which is the second book in her Chesapeake Valor series, and am most definitely looking forward to read the third book, Blind Spot, to be released in October, I found Still Life a little challenging to read. Within this series, there are kinda/sorta eight main characters and Pettrey is juggling them all at once. I loved this when I was reading the first book, but it took me a while to remember who was who and then to keep them all straight as I began reading Still Life. The main focus of Still Life is on Avery Tate and Parker Mitchell, but the other characters, except one who is missing, all play a big role.
My other struggle was to follow all the story lines. As the book began, Avery and Tanner stumbled into a case that Declan then got an official call to work on. Avery invited Parker to help, too. But soon the team had to divide their time in order to work on another, more urgent case. At the same time, Kate was focused on finding the missing team member - and on convincing the team to not give up on him - while Parker remained determined to solve his former girlfriend's murder.
While I plan to keep reading to learn what becomes of everyone and how each case is resolved, I sometimes felt, while reading Still Life, that there was just so much to take in that I didn't know where to look. That said, I'm looking forward to reading the next book, but I may make a cheat sheet to remind me of who's who before I start. I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book, so I could share my thoughts with you.
The author, Dani Pettrey, has woven a multi-layered suspense story set in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Utilizing a cozy group of co-workers who probe until they find the culprits in the horrific criminal cases to which they have been assigned. Pettrey takes the reader into the world that makes up the lives of these men and women of valor.
The friendship, sense of humor, and romantic entanglements show they are human and how they cope with the grimness that is their daily world. Infused with faith that sustains and gives hope, the characters learn to overcome their past and go forth forgiven.
In Still Life the main thread dances around the photographic art show from which a main piece has been swapped out and in its place another piece depicting a posed model who appears to have been dead when the picture was taken. As the team pursues the art theft a darker, twisted crime becomes evident requiring intense probing.
While the team pursues this art crime, others of the team tackle a boating incident involving human trafficking.
Pettrey shows the reader how dark and depraved the human physic can become and yet she handles these issues with discretion. I don't care for reading about some of the elements of criminal depravity addressed in Still Life but the author writes without too much horrific detail.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Beth House to facilitate a review of my opinions. I was not compensated.