|Dr. Randy Overbeck|
I enjoy reading
fun and frivolous writing as much as most. More than once, a hilarious passage
has enabled me to cope with a challenge or personal struggle in my life. And I
have to admit to the guilty pleasure of grabbing a silly beach read for no
reason other than pure escapism. And more often than naught, I’ve found myself
caught up in the thrill of some car chase or the deep suspense of some twisted
plot from a bestselling author…or a newly discovered writer.
But most times, when
I invest my time and energy in a good book, I look for more than escapism, high
suspense and a good chortle. Besides everything else—solving a whodunit,
laughing out loud, capturing the bad guy, even saving the world—I’m also hoping
to learn something, to come away from the last page of a book with knowledge
and wisdom I didn’t have when I began. I find the books I enjoy the most and
remember long after closing the back cover are the ones that enrich my life,
tell me more about the world and maybe myself. I’m happy to report I’ve found a
good number that meet this high bar.
So when I decided
to “put pen to paper,” I wanted to strive for more than compelling characters
and a solid mystery, good suspense and high drama. I wanted to provide my
readers with knowledge and insights they probably didn’t have before opening
the first page of my novels. I was hoping to share perspectives and views of
the world they may not possess. When I wrote my Haunted Shores Mysteries, I was
reaching for this bar.
First of all, each
entry in my series is, as one reviewer put it, “a cold-case murder mystery
wrapped in ghost story, served with a side of romance, all set a beautiful
resort location.” Plenty of escape, suspense and even a bit of humor packed
into the pages.
But the Haunted
Shores Mysteries series also features a very unconventional hero, a high school
history teacher with innate curiosity and great researching skills as well as
the “gift” of being in touch with the spirit world.
hoping to show a perspective on educators few outside school would be privy to
and allow the reader to look at teachers in a slightly different—and more
In addition, the
narrative in each novel in the series is also intricately entangled with a
broader social issue, the cold case murder leading Darrell and the readers to a
far greater crime.
the first installment, BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE
, Darrell Henshaw, teacher, coach
and paranormal sensitive, finds himself stalked by the ghost of a teen who has
died decades earlier. When Darrell—reluctantly at first—investigates the
mystery of the young man’s death, he comes face-to-face with the ugly reality
of discrimination and racial injustice in the resort town, which simmers still
just below the surface.
In the second entry, CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY
Darrell is haunted by the ghost of a bride who died on her wedding night a few
years earlier. When he digs into the story, he find himself face-to-face with
perhaps the most heinous crime of all, human trafficking. He is compelled to
solve the mystery of the bride’s death and
rescue young girls caught in
the web of this ugly network.
In the third and recent release,
SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER
, Darrell and his new bride Erin travel to the Gulf
coast of Florida for a relaxing honeymoon. There he encounters the ghost of two
young children who urge him to help them find justice. When he finally concedes
and follows the clues, they lead to an unspeakable murder and an even more hideous
crime. The two were children of migrant families working the produce fields in
Florida. In pursuing answers to questions about the children, Darrell and Erin
learn firsthand about the exploitation and abuse of these immigrants.
Each novel in the
series delivers an intriguing mystery with compelling characters in
breathtakingly beautiful resort settings. I’m hoping each entry in the series
delivers more than enough fun, suspense and drama and—spoiler alert—the good
guys win! But, when readers close the last page of each installment, I hope
they will be a little more alerted to, a little more informed of, and a little
more educated about some of the very real social challenges we are facing. And
maybe empowered to do something about it.
can check out all three novels at my website http://www.authorrandyoverbeck.com
Or reach me at email@example.com
or @OverbeckRandy. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Dr. Randy Overbeck:
educator, best-selling author, in-demand speaker
Dr. Overbeck has served children as
a teacher, college prof and school leader for more than three decades and this
experience has infused his writing with a rare authenticity. Using the canvas
of the normal, sedate public school, he has crafted tales of suspense, mystery and
breath-taking action, where his characters—teachers, principals, janitors—face
daunting, out-sized challenges such as a terrorist attack or a murderer.
His work has captivated readers and
has earned national awards including “Thriller of the Year” (ReadersFavorite)
“Gold Award” (Literary Titan) “Mystery of the Year” (ReaderViews) and “Crowned
Heart of Excellence” (InD’tale magazine). His first novel, LEAVE NO CHILD
BEHIND and his Haunted Shores Mystery trilogy have all earned numerous five
star reviews from national and international reviewers. The first two entries
in series, BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE (2019) and CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY (2020), have even
become Amazon and B & N Bestsellers.
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. When he’s
not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentations,
“Things Still Go Bump in the Night” and “A Few Favorite Haunts,” he’s spending
time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and
seven wonderful grandchildren.