Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey
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Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Publisher/Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Chesapeake Valor, Book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5
GIVEAWAY | Dani Pettrey’s Cold Shot
Since a moment of hesitation ruined his life, former SWAT sniper, Griffin McCray works as a Gettysburg park ranger. During one of his nightly rounds, Griff discovers a disturbed grave is home to a body that is anything but a historic skeletal artifact. This brings forensic anthropologist Finley Scott to the scene along with crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell – a face from Griff’s past (one he'd rather forget). When the third member of a gang from Griff’s college days, FBI agent Declan Gray, also is needed for the case, Griff finds his past may have something to teach him, and his present is in danger of repeating that past.
As usual, it takes no more than a chapter to become hooked on one of Dani’s stories. ColdShot is yet again a brilliant and entertaining piece of fiction full of fast-paced twists that keep a curious reader rapidly turning the pages. There are vast differences in this new series launcher (in comparison to Dani’s Alaskan series) without the structure and integrity of the genre changing. Some of the setups face many similarities, most especially in the multitude of characters that are introduced within a matter of a few chapters. This calls to mind a familiar familial scenario not unlike that which the McKenna siblings enjoyed from her earlier series.
Describing this story quite escapes me. Keeping things simple, I found the story wonderful and inventive in new ways. Though there is safety in the familiar, I like a balance of comfort and out-of-the-box thinking in fiction, and I think Dani achieves this in Cold Shot. This is an exhilarating, exciting and first class mystery. Between the primary whodunit theme and the memorable characters – all of whom not only have epic names (seriously, I love the unique knack Pettrey has for naming her characters something that keeps them present in the readers mind because they’re so unique) but well-plotted backstories, this hot-off-the-press novel is not to be missed.
Fans of Lynette Eason or Dee Henderson will find another kindred spirit inside the pages of Dani Pettrey’s Cold Shot; it’s romantic suspense at its very best.
Synopsis: In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled.
Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet--until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern--a young social justice lawyer missing since spring--and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes 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 murder that crosses continents. - Goodreads
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.