Cold Shot Book Review

Hobbies on a Budget received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

I always love Dani Pettrey’s books. I’ve enjoyed reading several books in the Alaskan Courage series and always look forward to reading her new releases. I can count on mystery, suspense and just a hint of a squeaky clean romance to add something fun; Cold Shot definitely doesn’t disappoint.


Cold Shot Book Review

Dani Pettrey delivers the first book of the new Chesapeake Valor series called Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor). Ranger Griffin McCray is just doing his job, patrolling the grounds of the Gettysburg battlefield when he discovers the remains of a body. But this body is not the remains of a soldier from a Civil War battle, this body is much more recent.

Dr. Finley Scott is wrapping up work on an archaeological dig but know how to do the job. As a forensic anthropologist, Finley has seen her share of dead bodies, but this one is different. Who is it? Why was the body buried at Gettysburg?

Can Finley, Griffin and their team find the murderer without becoming targets themselves?

Throughout the book, we hear about a 4th friend named Luke who has disappeared. Griffin, Declan, Parker and the computer friend Kate are searching for clues as to what happened to him. I can’t wait to read the next book I in the Chesapeake Valour series so we can find out how Luke will play into the story line of these 4 friends.

On a personal note, our family visited Gettsyburg a few summers ago. It was a sobering place to visit as we stood where so many soldiers had battled for our freedom and then remembered the words of Abraham Lincoln. The setting is such a great place to begin this work of fiction.


About the Book

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.

About the Author:

Dani Pettrey is the bestselling author of the Alaskan Courage series and winner of the 2014 Daphne du Maurier award for Inspirational Novel, the 2014 Christian Retailing’s Best Award for Suspense, and the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel. She and her husband reside in the DC Metro area. She can be found online at

You can order Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor) from or request it at your local library.

I received a review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of the review. No monetary compensation was received.

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