Forensic anthropologist Finley Scott and Ranger Griffin McCray get closer to a murderous sniper as they get closer to each other in Pettrey’s (Shattered) first book in her new Chesapeake Valor series. On assignment unearthing Civil War remains at Little Round Top hill on the Gettysburg, Pa., battlefield site, Scott is summoned for a late-night investigation by McCray (who works for the park) when he discovers grave diggers at work on an oddly placed grave. Expecting to discover a 19th-century corpse, they instead find a body buried sometime within the last year. Scott and McCray are joined by Declan Grey (who owns the land where the battlefield is) and CSI investigator Parker Mitchell—both childhood friends of McCray’s—as they begin to search for the killer. As clues begin to surface, so do the obscure details of McCray’s former life, intriguing and worrying the infatuated Scott. Although they are dealing with professional killers, the budding couple manages to find room for their romance and spiritual growth. Readers will empathize with the well-crafted and believable characters in this tense opening to her new series. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/23/2015 Release date: 02/01/2016 Genre: Fiction
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