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Cold Shot

(Chesapeake Valor #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,809 ratings  ·  493 reviews
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,
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 2016)
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Cold Shot is the first installment of the Chesapeake Valor series which follows 4 men ( Griffin McCray, Parker Mitchell, Declan Grey, and Luke Gallagher), who where best friends in college. All aiming for different careers in law enforcement. But after their friend Luke goes missing before graduation the friendships are left severely broken.

Fast forward years later, Griffin is living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg, trying to forget former friendships and a case that went bad whe
Oct 13, 2016 is currently reading it
I need to stop writing notes while reading books, and instead JUST READ. I get way too picky when I'm jotting down notes for a review. I think I miss out on the pure fun of just reading a good story. I haven't even made it through the first two chapters and already I've got way too many critical notes (see spoiler below). I truly think this story is going to be quite good, but in order to enjoy, I'm going to have to tune out/turn off my inner critic. So far I love the author's descriptive writin ...more
Another fabulous read by Dani Pettrey!! :)

If I get a chance, I'll try to post a review later...
I need book two right now! And a third book the day after...and another the day after that! Seriously, this is one of my favorite crime-fighting teams ever. I'd like another book with Griffin and Finley as main characters before we even get to the next guy...which I highly suspect will be a Parker/Avery match. We have to find out what happened to Griffin's sister Jenna and who her killer is, and find out if Luke is alive, or if Kate's suspicions are wrong. I even want to hear more about the pluc ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Cold Shot was a captivating romantic suspense. I was a little nervous about it, just because it's a new series and I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it as much as I did the Alaskan Courage series... But, it didn't take long before it got my attention and I ended up really enjoying it!

The characters were so good. I loved learning about the guys' friendship and what happened that caused their distance. I also am SO curious about Luke and whether or not he is alive and, if so, what he's been doi
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Talk about a nail-biter! I've been so excited to see what Dani Pettrey wrote after finishing her amazing Alaskan Courage series, and Cold Shot did not disappoint. The action begins swiftly and we get to know Griffin and Finley bit by bit as they are swept along in a dangerous investigation. Even though they haven't made each other's lives easier, I loved how the mutual admiration quickly turned to growing chemistry. They work well together and with the other members of the team each having their ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Hot guy on the cover notwithstanding, this first book in the Pettrey’s new Chesapeake Valor series is packed with well-crafted action, high-stakes tension, and keep-you-guessing suspense. Oh yeah – and some pretty heart-clenching romance too :-D

One thing I love about Dani Pettrey’s writing style is how descriptive she is without over-telling. Instead, she creates an atmosphere of senses that pull you into the scene – sounds, smells, sights, even tastes and sometimes touch too. I think, especiall
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Griffin McCray's life hasn't gone as he planned it. He and his three childhood friends, Declan Gray, Parker Mitchell, and Luke Gallagher, would all enter various branches of law enforcement. Griffin and Luke would go to Baltimore PD, Declan to the FBI, and Parker would become a crime scene analyst. Then Luke vanished, and the friendships have crumbled. Griffin's now a park ranger at Gettysburg after having life as a SWAT sniper when a case went bad. Nothing ever happens in the park. Until the on ...more
Vera Godley
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Dani Pettrey's writing skills and the way she developed the characters in Cold Shot through conversation, description, and actions. The story begins with a rush of excitement and proceeds in an intriguing assortment of details and characters that kept this reader enthralled.

A hard to put down book that kept me wondering just who the villain was and if the quartet's missing friend was going to emerge in the story.

I look forward to reading Chesapeake Valor #2 by Ms. Pettrey a
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Can I just say there are so many excellent releases happening right now and in the coming months? So exciting! Speaking of… fans of Dani Pettrey and romantic suspense, I’ve got good news! Not only is her new series finally out, but I have to say, I like it even more.

I knew I’d like this book because of the characters. Based on all their jobs alone, yes please. FBI, SWAT and forensics? Yep. Criminal Minds and Law & Order: Criminal Intent were my jams. I loved the focus of friendship and their br
Hallie Szott
Reread 5/14/20—3.5

Cold Shot left me wishing I hadn’t waited so long to pick up a novel by Dani Pettrey - and also knowing it won’t be the last one I choose to read. I absolutely loved it, and I’m sure Dani Pettrey’s fans will be quite pleased with this suspenseful start to her new series, Chesapeake Valor, too.

When a body is uncovered in Gettysburg, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott begin to investigate the murder and discover a lot of danger awaiting them. Two
This was a fast paced story. The pages included a lot of mystery and action as well as some insights from the killer. The revelation of the killer was however no surprise.

All the characters of this series was introduced, so there was a lot of character build up and sometimes I had to go back and see which characters were talking since there was a lot of jumping between Griffin and Finley and Parker and Avery. Even though the relationship between Griffin and Finley was sweet, I felt that it went
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Great start to the Chesapeake Valor series! Dani Pettrey has a gift at creating an entertaining story line with plenty of twists to keep the reader engaged.

In Cold Shot, an interesting cast of characters come together to solve a cold case mystery. While the two main characters are Griffin and Finley, readers get a taste of the other three "brothers" and what is to come in the series.

I look forward to continuing the series. Cold Shot is recommended for fans of Irene Hannon's romantic suspense nov
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Cold shot 3.5

I immediately loved the characters and the relationship or non relationship between Finley and Griffin.
I loved the intensity of starting with digging up a grave looking for treasure and finding a fresh dead body (that wasn’t supposed to be there) lying in the ground loosely covered. It pulled me in and kept me in.
Cara Putman
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fantastic way to kick off the series. I wish I'd read it first as it really showed why and how the characters in this ensemble cast clicked and came together. A great suspense/mystery/romance. Will definitely read the third now. ...more
Jacob the Bookworm
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Dani Pettrey novel and certainly will not be my last.

I purchased this a few days ago at Lifeway because it sounded interesting. I found it on Goodreads and it said it was a romance novel. I thought to myself, "Oh great. Well, so much for reading that." I'm glad I decided to read it. Yes, it has its fair share of romance, but it also has an engrossing mystery that I was unable to crack until the end. This isn't just a great mystery novel, it's also a story of love and forgivenes
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dani Pettrey is an excellent Christian suspense author. I have read, and own, all her books. They are books that are definitely worth a re-read. Her last series, the Alaskan Courage series, contained 5 books! Loved that series so much. But this one, Cold Shot, in my opinion, is outstanding!

Griffin McCray is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT team sniper when a case went bad. Griffin also has some issues within himself. His job now is usually pretty quiet until skeletal rema
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cold Shot was one of those novels that had me continuing to think of the characters long after I turned the last page. Not only was the story thrilling and the romance amazing, but the characters wove their way into my heart early on in the book. By the end, I was fully dedicated to this new group of characters that the author has introduced me to.

I loved the premise of this new series, with the former friends Declan, Parker, and Griffin who were torn apart by tragedy. I thought that the growth
Christine Indorf
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I have to explain why I gave this book 3 stars. I love the characters in this book. It took me awhile to figure them out but when I did I can't wait to read on to find out there stories. The love interest in this book was great. I love learning more about them and they had great background stories. The problem was the mystery they were trying to solve. I was totally confused and still am. I had no idea who was the murderer in this book. I think I will never understand the mystery of this book. N ...more
Emilie Haney
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cold Shot will take you on a ride you won't soon forget with shocking turns, compelling characters, and a threat lingering at every corner.

This was my first introduction to Dani Pettrey's writing and woozah! Awesome! I was immediately drawn in by her writing style. I really enjoy her descriptions and use of imagery to draw the reader in.

Cold Shot mainly focuses on Griffin McCray and Finley Scott, but the story is filled with other intriguing characters like Griffin's childhood friends Declan a
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional start to a new series. I have to admit to being gutted after I read the last book in the Alaskan Courage series. I didn't want to leave the McKennas and I was mildy put out at the author for not making that clan bigger so there could be more books. :-) However, Dani Pettrey has redeemed herself with this magnificent start to a promising new series and a new host of swoonworthy heroes.

The stars of the Chesapeake Valor series aren't from the same family, but they are a brotherhood...o
Nicki Olsen
*My Thoughts*

I don't know what it is but I had a HUGE influx of mystery/suspense novels at the beginning of this month. All I know is, I could not handle that much suspense. I was overwhelmed. Then, this beautiful specimen of a book showed up in the mail and I squealed so loud, I scared my cat out of a dead sleep. It was LOUD. Why?! I ADORE Dani. Seriously. I was blessed to be a part of her Sabatoged tour last year and after that, my sister and I were so hooked, we bought the other four in the
Toni Shiloh
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cold Shot ​is the first book in Ms. Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor series. I cannot tell you how positively giddy I feel knowing a new series has arrived. Although this book is about Griffin (LOVE his name) and Finley (another great name) Ms. Pettrey doesn't stop there. We have the Irish rogue, Parker. Mysterious Alex. Lovesick Declan. And the admirable Kate.

​Each character tugged at me and made me curious. What's their story? Who will hook up with who? They all seem to suffer from something in thei
Paula Shreckhise
Wonderful start to a new series by Dani Pettery.

The pace was good, it was a page turner. So interesting about the workings of a cold case.
I liked the dynamics between the three friends who are now in law enforcement.
Looking forward to reading the rest of the series and discovering what happened to Luke , the fouth friend. The suspense was superb. The romance was natural and I can see how other matchups might work out.
I loved Dani’s other series about Alaska and am loving this one, too.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.8 Stars

Sometimes the romance was a bit too heavy for my taste. The kisses and attractions were a lot more detailed than I like.

But the fact that Finley and Griffin had some really good conversations that were really sweet and touching made up for the somewhat heavier romance because their relationship wasn't only about the physical. Finley amd Griffin had struggles to overcome and worked through them together with God. That is why I loved their relationship, it was so authentic an
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
About this 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 cap
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic start to a new series, Cold Shot is engaging, edge-of-your-seat action and suspense with charming romance.

When ex-SWAT sniper and current park ranger Griffin McCray discovers a grave being robbed in the Gettysburg cemetery he is stunned to discover that the bones belong to a woman who was recently murdered. Along with Finley Scott, the forensic anthropologist working a dig at the cemetery, Griffin calls in his friends to help him discover who the woman is and to find justice for her
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Remains of a dead body are found under a tree in the Gettysburg National Military Park; not unusual in the area, except that this skeleton's remaining soft tissue indicates that the corpse was recently buried. Chief Ranger Griffin McCray calls in forensic anthropologist Finely Scott to help secure what appears to be a crime scene; and it is. When McCray and Scott call in additional experts to identify the victim; a well known and respected human rights lawyer, it becomes quite obvious that someo ...more
Beth Erin
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full series review on

The Chesapeake Valor series is an epic, binge-worthy romantic suspense brimming with perilous escapades and tender moments. Let your mind feast on intense investigations as simmering attraction and blossoming relationships set your reader heart aflutter.

As former best friends, Griffin, Parker, Declan, and Luke, reunite through professional collaboration, they seek answers to not only their joint and tandem investigations but also vow to solve the myste
This wasn't terrible, but it just wasn't that great. Being the first in a series of books, each featuring a different friend, I found it overly full with characters. It was hard to pick whom to focus on since the author switched povs between quite a few people over the course of telling this story. There were also a few drawn out secrets that were constantly being alluded to and I had a hard time staying interested. Despite all that, I will continue on with this series and it will hopefully get ...more
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