Monday, February 29, 2016

Book Review - Cold Shot


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.


Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels SubmergedShatteredStrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award, among others.  

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson. You can find her online at


This is another amazing mystery from Dani Pettrey! I absolutely love her books and this one is just as good as her other books. This is book one from the Chesapeake Valor series. 

Griffin is a park ranger who comes across some vandals trying to desecrate a grave in the Gettysburg park. The body is not from the Civil War era but a body that has recently been killed by a bullet to the head.

He calls in Finley, a forensic anthropologist that has been working the area, and she helps Griffin and his FBI pal, Declan, get an identity on the body. This opens up a whole new set of problems as there is now someone trying to kill them. A sniper.

There is a lot of intrigue to this book as Griffin tries to come to terms with things of his past. Finley is also dealing with issues that she has gone through. Add into this mix Parker, who is also a longtime friend of Griffin and Declan, and you have quite a web of relationships and problems.

What I really love about this book is that you are kept guessing as to what this murder is all about until the end. As more and more questions pop up, the pace quickens and keeps you longing to find out what happens next. The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that it will definitely keep you up in the night, as it did me!

The ending was a surprise and I was never bored. The story didn't lag and was so great from the beginning to end. The characters are fully dimensional and you're going to feel like they are friends by the end. I loved this book! I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House

Blessings - Julie

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