Cold Shot, by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House, 2016)
When recent remains are found in an old Gettysburg burying site, forensic anthropologist Finley Scott must work with a park ranger who’s more than he seems. Griffin McCray is a former sniper who left the Baltimore police force after a tragic incident. There’s more pain than that in his past, which is why he’s trying to keep his distance from the attractive Finley.
Someone is desperate to prevent the body being identified, and to stop the investigation. Griffin and Finley, as well as two of Griffin’s trusted contacts (he used to call them both friends) must find the truth before the sniper they’re hunting targets them.
Cold Shot is a fast-paced suspense with a strong romantic thread, with Griffin as Finley’s self-appointed guardian. Despite his need to stay aloof, he can’t leave her unprotected. There’s also a significant amount of history between the three men.
Other key players in the novel are FBI agent Declan Grey and crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell. This is book 1 in the Chesapeake Valour series, and it looks like subsequent books will feature Declan and Parker, as the three friends and their associates tackle other crimes. The main characters are engaging, and I look forward to following them through the series. They’re all Christians, and they’ll definitely need their faith to get them through their struggles.
Finley and Parker both live in Baltimore, a city the author clearly knows well. She captures a strong sense of place in Finley’s neighbourhood and in the other settings of the book. As I read, I wondered if I’d really find some of the restaurants and other places in real life, and the answer is yes.
Dani Pettrey is the author of the popular Alaska Courage romantic suspense series. For more about the Dani Pettrey and her books, visit her website. Her books page includes a sample chapter of Cold Shot as well as tour of Finley’s neighbourhood.