Dead Drift / by Dani Pettrey. (Chesapeake Valor, 4) 2.25.2019

Bethany House ISBN 9780764212970

Adult Rating: 5

Award-winning author Dani Pettrey concludes her romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about childhood friends with careers in law enforcement.

In Dead Drift, when Luke Gallagher vanished seven years ago, leaving behind the woman he loved, private investigator Kate Maxwell, with no answers–only questions. Now he is back to help capture a terrorist and rekindle his relationship with Kate. Can they stop the terrorist’s plot before it is too late? Is there a future for them after they catch the terrorist?

Meanwhile, Griffin and Finley continue to investigate his sister Jenna’s murder, uncovering a string of cases with similarities in several states. Can they catch the killer behind his sister’s murder and finally put the case to rest when others haven’t been successful?

Pettrey pens characters with strong personalities and real flaws, making it easier for readers care about them. As always, the faith element is evident, not preachy, and relationships are clean (appropriate for high school readers). Pettrey excels at creating an ensemble of characters readers enjoy, and when these characters from earlier novels reappear, the reader is delighted to catch up and continue their storyline. The violence is appropriate to the story, much like crime dramas one views on TV. As always, the plausible plot is action-packed romantic suspense at its finest. The reader will be satisfied at how the series ends and the questions are answered.

Recommended for adults and high school readers, especially fans of Dee Henderson, DiAnn Mills, and Irene Hannon. Watch for her new series Coastal Guardians coming in 2019.

Carol R. Gehringer,

Earlier Series Titles Reviewed by CLJ: Cold Shot (Mar/Apr/May/Jun 2016), Still Life (Jan/Feb/Mar 2017), and Blind Spot (Oct/Nov/Dec 2017).