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Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children for more than three decades as a teacher and school leader, winning national recognition for his work. Over that time, he has performed many of the roles depicted in his fiction, with responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent. An accomplished writer, he has been published in academia, the popular press and, more recently, in better bookstores. His first novel, Leave No Child Behind, won the 2011 Silver Award for Thriller of the Year from ReadersFavorite.com. His second novel, Blood on the Chesapeake, a ghost story/mystery released this year by the Wild Rose Press, has earned 5 STAR REVIEWS from RaeadersFavorite.com, Long and Short Reviews, Literary Titan and Chanticleer Book Reviews. It also garnered national awards, the GOLD AWARD from Literary Titan and Honorable Mention from Readers View. Blood is the first in a new series called the “Haunted Shores Mysteries.” Dr. Overbeck is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and an active member of the literary community.



Darrell Henshaw and his new wife Erin are flying to Florida to enjoy their honeymoon, and the last thing Darrell wants is for his “gift” to ruin their plans. But, of course, he can’t say no when the ghosts of two innocent children beg him for help. So with Erin and their new local friend Luis at his side, he digs up the past to find out what really happened to those missing, forgotten children.
What a wonderful book! This is the second mystery I’ve read from Mr. Overbeck and won’t be my last. He has such a unique way with words. I love reading his stories.
Darrell and Erin have a great relationship. They trust each other, and though Darrell does tend to keep secrets to protect her, he ultimately knows he’ll have to fess up. She’s his partner in all things.
I don’t often read books that focus heavily on social or political issues, but the issue in this book—the horrible treatment of migrant workers in the US—is something that’s important and needs to be addressed. Mr. Overbeck handled this hot-button issue with respect and care.
Anyway, Scarlet at Crystal River is a compelling mystery to dive into. You won’t regret it.
5 Stars
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AmberDaulton | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 20, 2023 |
In book two in The Haunted Shores Mysteries series, former high school football coach Darrell Henshaw wants to clean up his good name after the scandal in which he lost his job. His special gift, however—he can see ghosts—is drawing him into a murder mystery he wants no part of. Unfortunately for him, the Haunted Bride won’t take no for answer.
I don’t normally read mysteries, but this story grabbed my attention from chapter one. Darrell is an awesome character with a serious case of OCD. He’s kind, smart, and capable, and he feels as though he needs to help the ghosts in spite of the dangers to himself. Those dangers also affect the ones he’s close to—including Erin and Cassie, his girlfriend and a runaway teenager respectively.
I enjoyed Mr. Overbeck writing style, and I could easily visualize the scenes through his detailed descriptions. His characters are complex and three-dimensional. There are a few twists and turns, which I wasn’t expecting but thoroughly loved.
Crimson at Cape May takes place right after the events in book one, but it can be read as a standalone. (Enough back-story was given to bring me up to speed.) For anyone wanting to read a good mystery with a tad of romance and paranormal thrown in, I definitely recommend this book. I would love to read more from Mr. Overbeck.
5 Stars
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AmberDaulton | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 20, 2023 |
It might help to read the previous books to gain greater context. Darrell sees ghosts, and on this occasion they show up at his honeymoon. This is a slow story looking at the children's past.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Louisesk | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 20, 2023 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER by Randy Overbeck. The book, like the other two in the series, is engaging and hard to put down. Ghost whisperer, Darryl, is chosen by troubled spirits to help them by solving their murder and bringing justice to those responsible.

In this final installment, Darryl and his new wife are on their honeymoon in the panhandle of Florida when he encounters the photo of a young migrant boy and girl drawn and covered on the backside of an artists' canvas. A fortune teller warned him prior to leaving home to expect a visit from two spirits. When he touched the photo, Darryl's gift identified the kids as the two visiting spirits who needed help.

The author does a wonderful job at taking readers through the area while enjoying his honeymoon and while conducting his investigation to identify the children and find out what happened to them. They are shot at, crash their car, and threatened at gunpoint for their efforts. The couple and friend, Luis, continued to hit roadblocks, leaving readers to continue guessing. The last 20% of the story is fast-paced and the author does a great job to bring it all together.

This was a smooth error-free read with well-defined characters and plenty of mystery. It is stand-alone, like the other two books in this series, and it isn't necessary to read the preceding books first. Great job Dr. Overbeck! Highly recommended!
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JPodlaski | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 11, 2021 |



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