top of page
  • N. N. Light

Blood on the Chesapeake by @OverbeckRandy is a Binge-Worthy Festival pick #mystery #giveaway


Author: Randy Overbeck

Genre: Mystery

Book Blurb:

Wilshire, Maryland seems like the perfect shore town on the Chesapeake Bay—quiet, scenic, charming—and promises Darrell Henshaw a new start in life and a second chance at love. That is, until he learns the town hides an ugly secret. A thirty-year-old murder in the high school. And a frightening ghost stalking his new office. Burned by an earlier encounter with the spirit world—with the OCD scars to prove it—he does NOT want to get involved. But when the desperate ghost hounds him, Darrell concedes. Assisted by his new love, he follows a trail that leads to the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and even the Klu Klux Klan. Then, when two locals who try to help are murdered, Darrell is forced to decide if he’s willing to risk his life—and the life of the woman he loves—to expose the killers of a young man he never knew.


Darrell listened to the secretary’s footsteps echo in

the stairwell, and when the sound died away, he said

aloud to the empty room, “O-kay, then.” Exactly what

he needed. Move halfway across the country and run

into another damn ghost. His gaze swept the small

office and took in the widow’s walk, remembering the

shadowy figure at the railing and the prickle on his

neck. He inspected the entire office for paranormal

evidence. He saw nothing, of course. Still, there was

someone or something there, he sensed it.

Ambling over to the picture window, he took in the

expansive scene, white posts and railing of the widow’s

walk up close and the water of the Chesapeake shining

emerald beyond. He could get used to this view.

He’d take the job and…deal with the rest, if it


He strolled over to the door. Something drew his

attention, and twisting around, he glanced back into the

office. A draft of cold air struck him. He shivered


He turned to go but couldn’t. His shoes were glued

to the floor. No, it felt like two huge hands held his

ankles and wouldn’t let him leave. He pulled on both

legs. He stared down at his legs but saw only the

smooth cuffs of his dress pants and his black Oxfords.

Ugly memories resurfaced, as if it were yesterday.

His uncle’s ghost using him as a conduit. The death of

two friends. The crippling of his brother.

Buy Links:

What’s the first binge-worthy book you read and why was it a must-read?

WINDAGO ISLAND by William Kent Krueger This was my introduction to Krueger’s incredible world of northern Minnesota complete with his fascinating characters, breath taking scenery and engaging plot.

What makes your featured book a binge-worthy read?

I think I’ll let readers answer this question. Just a few lines from their Amazon reviews.

“Once you start reading the book, it's hard to put it down. You want to see where the next twist in the plot will take you.”

“It's a vacation to a beautiful seashore with characters you'll love and some you'll hate. Of course, everyone wants a vacation with a happy ending, and I won't spoil the book for you, but you'll smile about the ending after you put it down.”

“I read this wonderful story pretty much in one sitting, okay two, but I read more slowly when the writing is good enough to savor.”

“This is a book that I could not put down. I read the last 250 pages in a single day. It grabs your attention right away and doesn't let go for 400 pages.”


Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Open internationally.

Runs August 1 – 31.

Drawing will be held on September 1.

Author Biography:

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 and awards for his work. Over that time, he has performed many of the roles depicted in his writing with responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent. An accomplished writer, he has been published in trade journals, professional texts and newspapers. His first novel, Leave No Child Behind, won the 2011 Silver Award for Thriller of the Year from His second novel, Blood on the Chesapeake, a ghost story/mystery, released by the Wild Rose Press, 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.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: Author Randy Overbeck

Twitter: @OverbeckRandy

bottom of page