Cold Shot

Dani Pettrey
Bethany House (2016)
ISBN 9780764211973
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (5/17)

“Cold Shot” is the first book this reviewer has read by author Dani Pettrey. Pettrey’s writing is captivating from the very first page and the plot moves along nicely throughout the book.

Park ranger Griffin McCray finds two relic hunters who have discovered skeletal remains that are not part of the archeological dig. In comes Finley Scott, a forensic anthropologist who has been tasked to help with the case. However, it is apparent that someone does not want McCray and Scott to discover who the deceased person is or how they died. Several key components of evidence have gone missing or have been mixed up with other cases. Several other agencies enter into the action, which only adds to the confusion and power plays come into being.

The victim is the head legal counsel for the Global Justice Mission who is investigating molestation and prostitution of underage girls in Cambodia. Unfortunately, some of the higher ups or powers to be are the ones who are profiting from this sex tourism and are trying their best to cover up everything.

One of the issues this reviewer found with the overall book is that there were too many characters, and after awhile you couldn’t remember who was who. I did like that McCray seemed like a perfect gentleman toward Scott even though he had a “thing” for her. I’m never really figured out how Finley Scott fit into the whole scenario, she really seemed to have no specific purpose.

Aside from the number of characters, overall I found “Cold Shot” by Dani Pettrey entertaining to read, and look forward to the next book in the series. I am sure the characters will grow and develop more fully and the series will continue to improve with each new book. 

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