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Book Series Recommendation | Haunted Shores Mysteries by @OverbeckRandy #paranormalmystery #wrpbks

Title BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE (Book # 1 in the Haunted Shores Mysteries series)

Author Randy Overbeck

Genre Paranormal Mystery

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

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 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


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

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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. The second entry, Crimson at Cape May, was released Summer, 2020. Dr. Overbeck is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and an active member of the literary community.

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Title CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY (Book # 2 in the Haunted Shores Mysteries series)

Author Randy Overbeck

Genre Paranormal Mystery

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

Book Blurb

What if you needed to escape a haunted past and a town furious with you for exposing its ugly secret? With no job and few options, Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach and paranormal sensitive—heads for Cape May to accept an offer to coach a summer football camp. And the resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history and famous Victorian mansions, might be just the getaway he needs.

Only, no one told him Cape May is home to even more horrors as the most haunted seaport on the East coast. The new town launches his gift of seeing ghosts into overdrive and one resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks him, begging for help.

Darrell can’t refuse.

Joining forces with Cassie, a street-wise teen and another sensitive, he investigates the bride’s death and discovers an even greater crime. Can Darrell and Cassie expose the killer before they meet the same fate?


“Hey, is there some kind of theatre doing a nineteenth century play here in Cape May, some Jane Austen story or something?” Darrell turned and asked the bartender who passed, delivering two beers to a couple down the bar.

After he dropped off the drinks, the guy stopped in front of Darrell. “Oh, you mean Margaret?” The server grinned, showing a few missing teeth.

Darrell swerved in his seat to point out the woman sitting at the second booth down the row. But she was gone. “She was right there.” He pointed to the now empty table in the center of the room. “She wore this gaudy make up and this fancy, old-time, flowing red dress. I saw her there a few seconds ago.”

The barkeep chuckled and pointed at the inked snake on his neck. “With black ruffles on the collar?”

Darrell nodded.

“Oh, that was Margaret. She…um, you might say, she floats in here from time to time.” He tucked the towel back into its place. “She’s one of the ladies of the evening from the House of Royals. And…she’s pretty much a regular round here.”

“The House of Royals?” Darrell asked.

“Yeah, they tell me one of our hotels housed a famous bordello about a hundred years ago.”

“You mean she’s a hundred-year-old ghost?” Darrell said.

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1 Comment

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Oct 13, 2020

Thank you, Randy, for sharing your book series with us!

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