Blacklisted in the photography business when one of her shots causes a scandal, but desperate to somehow continue in the profession, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She fully expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–taking time to teach her the trade. Now she’s half in love with the man, half terrified to even acknowledge her feelings, and completely hooked on the job–until the next crime hits too close to home.
Avery attends the gallery opening of a new photography exhibit to support her best friend who modeled for the show. The only image of her, though, is a chilling photo of her posing dead. Only the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot, and Avery’s friend can’t be found.
As Avery and Parker, along with Parker’s brilliant friends, begin to dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a dangerous, relentless, and deadly threat which could endanger them all.
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In the second installment of her Chesapeake Valor series, Pettrey picks events up six months after the end of Cold Shot with Avery Tate returning to the Baltimore art scene at the request of her friend, Skylar Pierce. She is no longer Parker Mitchell’s crime scene photographer, since she realized her deep feelings for him weren’t reciprocated, but when a disturbing photo is found in the place of the original at a gallery opening where Skylar was supposed to showcase her art, Avery calls in Parker. Unable to ignore her plea for help, Parker is divided between his affection for Avery and the love that he still feels for Jenna McCray. Skylar’s case takes them both down the twisting path of the past and present, pulling in the rest of the investigative team from Cold Shot, with each member using a different area of expertise to help uncover the truth about Skylar and the switched photograph. Pettrey has a knack for keeping the reader one step behind the unfolding mystery, and the romance between Parker and Avery is a nice relief from the mounting danger that the case reveals. Their history, and their constant reminders of faith and God’s love, makes the romance that much sweeter and heartwarming. Agent: Janet Kobobel Grant, Books & Such. (Feb.)
Reviewed on 01/06/2017 | Release date: 01/01/2017 | Details
Pettrey, Dani (Author)Feb 2017. 352 p. Bethany, paperback, $15.99. (9780764212956).
Fans of Pettrey’s romantic-suspense novels will love the second Chesapeake Valor book. Avery Tate steps back into the world of high-art photography to support a model friend only to discover that her friend is missing and the photograph she took of her has been replaced with another, much more sinister image. With the help of Parker Mitchell, whose feelings for Avery remain frustratingly unclear, Avery tries to find out what happened to her friend. As Parker and Avery investigate together, unsavory truths about Avery’s own past come to light, causing her to worry about what Parker will think of her. Pettrey’s readers know they can count on a thrilling plot with a solid side of romance, and Still Life is no exception. Pettrey also imbues her story with her trademark inspirational theme. Any reader who has a less-than-perfect past will relate to Avery’s feelings of shame and unworthiness as she opens up to Parker, and the reader, like Pettrey’s character, can take solace in the grace Parker displays, thanks the faith he shares with Avery.
— Carolyn Richard
ROMANTIC TIMES: 4 STARS
Book two in the Chesapeake Valor series continues the action started in the first installment. Pettrey has a wonderful ability to blend together the romantic and the mystery storylines and make both equally important. The multitude of possible suspects will keep readers guessing, and also makes the tale move at a brisk pace. Clever, believable plot twists provide fresh suspense, and the author provides plenty of flawed, believable characters for readers to relate to within the story.
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