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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Blood on the Chesapeake by Randy Overbeck is an unusual mix of mystery, murder, and sleuth genres. When Darrell Henshaw decides to move to Wilshire, Maryland, it's for him to start afresh. And here he finds love and the quietude most suitable for a man looking to rebuild his life. But then he learns that this quiet community holds a dark secret, a murder that happened thirty years ago in high school. He thinks it's none of his business but when a ghost haunts him, he knows he has only one choice; uncover the truth. The more he digs, the more he gets entangled in a history that involves the civil rights movement and the KKK. The conflict escalates when two people trying to help him are murdered. Is he going to be the next victim and can he uncover the truth before the worst happens?
Blood on the Chesapeake begins in a mild tone and quickly escalates into a gripping story filled with tension and twists. The protagonist is a complex character, one with a shady past, a man looking for a second chance. But then he finds himself embroiled in an investigation he never signed up for. The novel is compelling. The writing is great and Randy Overbeck has an uncanny way with words, using a phraseology that captures his strong narrative tone masterfully and this has a thrilling effect. The novel brings together elements of history and a setting that is vividly described. Blood on the Chesapeake is well plotted and skillfully written, a novel that entertains readers and appeals strongly to their consciences and sense of humanity. This author keeps it realistic and engaging.