Sunday 28 February 2016

Book Review: Cold Shot

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From the Back:

Four Best Friends.
And Then One Went Missing . . .

In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled.

Now years later, Griffin has left the police and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he's living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top--and they aren't Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

My Reflections:

This is Dani Pettrey's newest book Cold Shot, book one in the Chesapeake Valor series. 
It's no secret that I love this author I have enjoyed every book I have read written by Pettrey. Her Alaskan Courage series is still on my top ten list.

This novel mostly focuses on Griffin McCray and Finley Scott.
I appreciated how Pettrey sets the scene by giving the reader background information. It really made the story flow seamlessly.

Griffin McCray, Chief Ranger at the Gettysburg National Military park has his hands full when he stumbles upon two relic hunters who have unearthed remains in a Civil War Archaeological dig site. While trying to secure the perimeter Griffin identifies a gruesome discovery, the skeletal remains contain some soft tissue and cannot possibly be from the Civil War era. 

Dr. Finley Scott  must unravel the mystery, along with Parker Mitchell from CSI unit they go to work mapping out the grid. What they all discover is that this indeed is a modern grave, not a Civil War era grave site. Now to find out the identity and suspects responsible...

I found this book to be such an easy book to read, and by far it rates as one of my favourite books of this year. The characters are strong and multi layered, and really stand out. 
The plot is fast paced and filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end. This book had me racing through pages until well past a decent reading hour. The only thing that put me off a little was the cover of this book. It did not do this book justice, perhaps it is the tones, or the model. Nothing about the cover screams read me. This aside don't judge this book by its cover, this book is definitely a must read and you will want to keep this one in your library shelves!

Well done Dani Pettrey, I can't wait until book two, for now I will console myself with Pettrey's co- authored (Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason) novella collection "Sins of the Past" which will be released in May 2016.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

The Author

  1. Dani Pettrey© Michael Pettrey Photography

    Dani Pettrey

    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...
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