After the Alaskan Courage series first introduced us to Dani Pettrey, I was excited to read her new series: Chesapeake Valor. Book 1, Cold Shot, did not disappoint with the story of Griffin and Finley. It also promised the future stories of the rest of their friends – Parker, Declan, Luke.
Still Life continues the group’s story. As a freelance CSI tech, Parker works often with skilled photographer Avery. Amidst mystery and danger, Parker and Avery fall in love. Meanwhile, Declan, Griffin, and the others make frequent appearances as they help investigate Parker and Avery’s case.
I love series that share the lives of a family or a group of friends, following the characters from book to book. I really enjoyed getting to know Finley and Griffin, so it was fun to see them in Still Life just about to get married. Plus, reconnecting with Kate, Declan, and the rest added so much to this inspirational suspense story.
Avery has what you could call a painfully checkered past, and Parker is still dealing with hurts from his own past. They both experience quite a bit of personal growth in this story, which centers around the Baltimore art scene and its fictional dark side. Having never been to the East Coast, after reading Still Life, I wish I could ramble around those artsy neighborhoods.
*There are some elements to this particular plot that are better suited to a mature audience. Nothing terribly graphic, but the criminal in this story is a photographer obsessed with death. Draw your own conclusions from that and be aware. It’s still an excellent book.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Dani Pettrey’s books; those who enjoy inspirational romantic suspense from authors like Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason; mature readers who can handle heavier themes related to murder and death
Note: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers.