Review: Still Life by Dani Pettrey

April 24, 2017

Title: Still Life
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1295-6
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

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.
Still life is the second book in the Chesapeake Valor Series, following Cold Shot. Still Life not only kept the momentum going for the series, but added a lot more to it and made me look forward to the third book in the series, Blind Spot!

Avery Tate was such an interesting character. Even though she faced backlash from a decision of a photo she took, she didn't give up on her passion and sought out a new career field in it. A crime scene photographer is something that is a grisly job. They have to see everything and then some. Dani was able to capture the profession in a respectful way and made it very entertaining.

Parker Mitchell was another fun character to follow along with. He meshed with Avery so well. The romance between the two was fun and the added suspense of the mystery added to the fun of the story and made it very hard to put down.

I loved the photography aspect that was featured in this story. We usually read stories on the detectives, but I really liked that this offered a little more into the world of solving crime. The little details shine through with these stories.

I can't wait for the third book, Blind Spot.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award, among others. 

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson. You can find her online at

Thanks to the Author and the publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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