Title: BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE
Author: Randy Overbeck
Genre: Ghost Story/Mystery
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 half way 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 came. 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 again.
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.
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For Halloween, what could more of “must read” than an old-fashioned ghost story? Then, if you mix in a cold-case murder mystery and a bit of romance, all set in an enchanting but haunted location, you have the perfect Halloween escape. Oh, and I forgot to mention BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE has earned the GOLD AWARD from Literary Titan and ★★★★★ reviews from five different national reviewers. I almost forgot the best part. BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE is on a special Halloween e-sale for only .99!
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Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children as a teacher and school leader. For more than three decades, his educational experiences have included responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent and he’s lived the roles of many of the characters in his stories. An accomplished writer, he has been published in trade journals, professional texts and newspapers as well as in fiction, with his third published novel. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.
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