Cold Shot

Bethany House. (Chesapeake Valor, Bk. 1). Feb. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780764211973. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781441229427. CF
SWAT team sniper-turned-Gettysburg park ranger Griffin McCray routinely catches treasure seekers illegally searching for a piece of Civil War history. However, when he surprises a pair of thieves digging in the park, he realizes that they have uncovered the remains of a recently murdered woman. An impromptu meeting arranged by forensic anthropologist Finley Scott reunites Griffin with his childhood friends, FBI agent Declan Gray and crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell. The relationship of the trio had been damaged by past secrets and things long left unsaid. When the investigation takes a violent turn, the friends realize that their survival hinges on their ability to forgive themselves and one another.
VERDICT Fans of Pettrey (Sabotaged) will adore this new romantic suspense series. Dynamic protagonists and an increasingly tense narrative set the scene for a harrowing and thrilling ride. As the tension ratchets up, a growing romantic chemistry between Griffin and the charming Finley builds as well. The author provides just enough backstory to set up the rest of the series nicely. A solid pick for adrenaline fiction junkies and readers of Lis Wiehl and DiAnn Mills. [Previewed in Julia M. Reffner's "Trials and Tribulations" Genre Spotlight feature, LJ 11/15/15.]
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