‘Still Life’: Fast Paced Suspense in the Art Scene


STORY: After her professional life is derailed, Avery Tate shifts her focus to a new path that includes work as a crime scene photographer. But working closely with the best forensic analyst there is, Parker Mitchell, turns out to be more complicated than Avery bargained for. Between her unrequited love, and his devastating loss that leaves him with a broken heart, a healthy relationship between them seems impossible. So she leaves. 

‘Still Life’: Fast Paced Suspense in the Art Scene. A review of the 2017 romantic suspense novel by Dani Pettrey. Text © Rissi JC
BOOK REVIEW | Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey – Elite Team of Law Enforcement Solve Mysteries 

When her friend goes missing, Avery can think of only one person she trusts with this case; Parker. As she, Parker, and their team of elite law enforcement friends search for this missing girl, they uncover a twisted plot that’s goes beyond what they imagined they’d find.


REVIEW: Every book Pettrey writes is further proof of her skill as an author. First she intrigued us with her mystery that mingled with history in her Alaskan Courage series. Now, she’s proving herself as a cutting-edge suspense writer with “edgier” techniques and plots. Still Life is a fantastic novel that continues the story of a crime-solving group of friends. These include Declan, Griffin (from Cold Shot) and of course, our favorite Irish brogue speaking hero, Parker.

I want to know why you love me. Because I don’t make sense without you. You’re part of me.” – Still Life

Parker is, of course, a memorable and noble hero. His pursuit of Avery is pure and his acceptance of her secrets indicative of how he lives his life. Avery too is a strong, independent heroine who’s character is admirable. Though it takes me a few chapters to find my groove with this book (simply in coming to remember who everyone is, and their roles), once I do, the cadence flows easily and becomes gloriously familiar. The strong ties of friendship is to be admired, as is the sense of justice. All are themes that feature in this book with emphasis. It’s not just the storytelling, but each are themes that are ingrained in these characters DNA.

Aside from the mysterious angles, red herrings and whodunits, the romance in these stories works brilliantly well for one reason. This “golden rule” reason being that these characters aren’t strangers when the book begins. Whether it’s explored on page or not, we understand they share a past, which helps “sell” the realism of their shifting relationship – a relationship that has to pollinate in the span of days (thanks to the compacted story line). Declan also plays a greater role in Still Life than I’d expected, all of which is leading to Blind Spot (book three). 

It’s all of these important details that make the story, and bigger picture arc (the team seeking Luke, their missing college friend) that sets this up as a top of its class novel. Fast paced, this adrenaline laced story is sure to thrill any adventure seeker. Especially those of us who wildly cheer when, at the end of the day, it’s the good guys who win!

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Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author Provided – thank you, Dani
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Suspense, Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
Series: Chesapeake Valor, Book 2
Rating: ★★★★★

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Sincere thanks to the author and publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book. Review text is © Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com 

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


    1. Neither can I, Heidi. This series thus far has been amazing! Looking forward to discovering more about these characters. They're all so memorable. :)

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