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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Scarlet At Crystal River is a work of fiction in the mystery and paranormal suspense subgenres and was penned by author Randy Overbeck. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and follows central protagonist Darrell Henshaw, who is only looking for peace and quiet on a trip to sunny Florida with his new wife, Erin. But fate intervenes when a haunted painting of two young children leads to an investigation into their deaths, and all thoughts of honeymooning go flying out the window. What results is a tense mystery that forms the third novel in the award-winning Haunted Shores series.
Author Randy Overbeck knows how to weave suspense and thrills into every facet of this well-crafted supernatural mystery tale. The plot itself was a strong element for me, with carefully placed clues laid out even from the earliest moments of the novel, and everything relating back to the central mystery with no stone left unturned. It makes you feel that you’re in safe hands with a capable author, who also puts a lot of detail and atmosphere into the Gulf Coast Floridian setting of this truly haunting tale. I loved being immersed in the creepy coastal sights and sounds, dark waters, and frightening surprises around the corner. Darrell makes for an excellent central character, balanced between practical and adventurous to get the job done. I liked his sense of duty to Erin, but also to the case at hand. Overall, I would definitely recommend Scarlet At Crystal River to paranormal mystery fans everywhere.