Still Life (Chesapeake Valor)

by Dani Pettrey

Paperback, 2017



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Bethany House Publishers (2017), 348 pages


Fiction. Romance. Suspense. 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 herâ??apparently dead. As Avery, her ex-boss Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the case, she's forced to confront her feelings for Parker when they come face-to-face with a dangerous crimin


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348 p.; 8.5 inches


0764212958 / 9780764212956

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LibraryThing member polarmath
This story grabbed my attention from the start as I liked how the characters were able to work at solving the mystery based on multiple outcomes. While they kept up hope for one outcome, they kept their options open for more. I liked how Avery was open about her past even when she was ashamed of
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it, but realized that being open could help them with the investigation and that made her more real to me in that she was willing to let go of the past to focus on the future.
I also like learning some of the history of the area as the author used some of the local history in the area as part of the crime scene. It gave me a taste of hidden treasures that are around many towns and a bit of a nod to the first book as it too has a bit of a historical theme.
I highly recommend this book and series and look forward to seeing what happens next,
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LibraryThing member alekee
This 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 won’t be putting it down. Now if you haven’t read the first book, don’t worry, enough information is given that you won’t be lost, but you will be wanting
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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.
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LibraryThing member VeraGodley
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2)
Author: Dani Pettrey
Pages: 348
Year: 2017
Publisher: BethanyHouse
My rating is 4 stars.
Parker Mitchell misses Avery Tate more and more every day. Six months ago she left his employment and his life because their relationship became more personal and he couldn’t
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wholeheartedly commit to her. His first love, Jenna, was murdered several years ago and he hasn’t been able to move on in his personal life. Her killer was never caught and Parker feels he failed to protect her. He cares for Avery, but knows she needs someone who can give her 100%. Out of the blue she calls him, needing his expertise as a crime scene processor. Everyone in the business knows he is the best and as Avery used to work as his crime scene photographer, she knows it too. Parker hopes Avery is back in his life for a lot longer than this case as he spends more and more time with her, trying to help her.
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.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
Still Life by Dani Pettrey was my book club’s March selection. We all liked it, perhaps not as much as book 1 in the Chesapeake Valor series, Cold Shot, but all of us liked the fast-paced suspense and the developing romance between main characters, Avery and Parker. There was one thing we did
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have trouble with: the number of characters that were involved — lots of characters in the ensemble cast and lots of characters that were involved with the investigations the book undertook. I actually had trouble with the names given to the main characters. Most are gender non-specific and are usually last names. I know, I know, this is hardly a real problem and I am a bit old-fashioned (my 3 kids all have very traditional names), but it still took me out of the story as I tried to remember just who was who. As I looked at the lower starred Amazon ratings, I found some had trouble with the darker turn to Pettrey’s novel. My group members are big fans of Criminal Minds, CSI, and other shows of the same genre, so the creep-factor was a bonus for us! Still Life also made us want to explore Baltimore and environs. When a book’s setting inspires, that is a really good thing. The spiritual theme of forgiveness and its impact on past guilt is a relevant issue and we found it well-handled. For readers that may not be able to road trip to Maryland, Pettrey has a Book Club Kit for Still Life that includes recipes, pictures of Fells Point in Baltimore, discussion questions and more. What a great resource!.

Still Life is book 2 in the series and many story threads are still to be untangled. We are looking forward to more thrilling rides with Dani Pettrey.


Audience: adults.
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LibraryThing member fcplcataloger
There are so many reasons to love this book. It's written by one of my favorite authors, the guy on the cover is drop-dead gorgeous, and the suspense begins immediately. But wait... there's more! Author Dani Pettrey slowly peels back the layers to show the strengths and weaknesses of her intriguing
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characters, while offering a chilling portrait of a twisted mind in action.

Still Life is another feather in Pettrey's writing cap. It's filled with danger, adventure, and suspense, but there are also powerful moments with love, hope, and a reminder of God's love and grace. I recommend it to all who enjoy romantic Christian suspense and psychological thrillers.

I received a copy of this book from JustRead Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review.
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LibraryThing member Anne_Rightler
I enjoy reading romantic suspense stories and Dani Pettrey has mastered that genre. I like how she unfolds mysteries one layer at a time and keeps the reader wondering how things will ultimately conclude. Plenty of twists and turns, intrigue, and suspense in Still Life kept my interest high. The
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edge-of-the-seat action and watching Avery and Parker’s relationship develop kept me engaged. Woven throughout is a faith in God and how He works in people's lives to bring about transformation and reconciliation. I liked the friendship of the long-time friends in the series, and how they work together and care deeply for each other. With Still Life being second in the Chesapeake Valor series, and with returning characters, I would encourage readers to read the first book in the series, Cold Shot. Readers who enjoy mystery and suspense blended with a sweet romance will not want to miss Still Life. I was given a complimentary copy of the book from the JustRead Blind Tour program and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are my own.
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