1. Still Life
    Still Life
    Dani Pettrey
    Bethany House / 2017 / Hardcover
    $32.49
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 62 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Intense Mystery Novel!
    March 15, 2017
    SignGirl
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Still Life #2.
    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!
  2. Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Lot to Keep Track Of
    March 14, 2017
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Still Life #2.
    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.
  3. North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Chilling world of those who fight crime
    March 12, 2017
    Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Still Life #2.
    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.
  4. New Hampshire
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Enjoyable Suspense
    March 11, 2017
    JoyO
    New Hampshire
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you like to watch Criminal Minds, Bones, NCIS, or even Psych, then you will LOVE Still Life by Dani Pettrey!

    First things first, I would recommend that you read Cold Shot, the first book in the series, before reading Still Life. Otherwise the dynamics within the group might confuse you.

    The first chapter immediately drew me into the story, but the first third of the novel moved at a slower pace. Then it took off like lightning again! Excellent pacing! A certain fellow was supremely creepy. *shudder* Twists and turns plague you on every page. Also, as some of my fellow bloggers have mentioned, this cover is seriously swoon worthy! I loved Parker (and his accent!) and Avery. I enjoyed seeing them grapple with trusting God in ways they hadn't been.

    Between 3 1/2 and 4 Stars. A good, enjoyable read. Still Life is the second book in Dani Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor Series. Book three, Blind Spot, releases in October 2017! I found the set up for this upcoming book to be very well done.

    I received a copy of Still Life by Dani Pettrey from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Really Enjoying this Series!
    March 9, 2017
    Michelle K
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm thoroughly enjoying this series! I love how the books are closely connected and we get to see the build-up of each couple's relationship. Still Life has such a great blend or romance and danger that made it a difficult book to put down. I really enjoyed the investigative side of the story and how the whole group works together to solve the crime. While this story is more focused around Parker and Avery, Declan, Griffin and the rest of the gang have big roles too.

    Plot: Avery Tate shows up at an art exhibit in support of her best friend Skylar, who is the model for a well-known photographer, but Skylar never shows up. When the photographer claims that one of the pictures hanging up isn't one he took and demands it be destroyed, Avery knows she must save the evidence. There's something about the picture that makes Avery concerned for her friend's safety. Crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell is one of the best at what he does. While he enjoys working with Avery,Parker won't let her get too close. As they dig deeper into Skylar's disappearance, Avery's past is unraveled and she fears it will drive Parker farther away.

    Characters: Having been introduced to Avery and Parker in the previous story, they've had plenty of time to develop a great chemistry. Avery's overcome a less than perfect past. Parker hasn't completely gotten over losing his first love. They made a great team before, but they'll have to risk their hearts if they're going to work together again.

    Content: This is a clean read. I'd consider it appropriate for any readers. Given that there's a murder in the book, it contains a little violence, but nothing graphic.

    Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. It's the second book in the Chesapeake Valor series and I'd recommend reading them in order as there are some threads continued throughout the series.

    Rating: 4.5/5 stars

    I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. This review is my honest opinion.

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