Please welcome my guest, Dr. Randy Overbeck with a very special Wicked Wednesday post. He entertains while making you think by drawing from society's wickedness. And be sure to read to the end for info on an incredible sale. Read on and enjoy!
“CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY does a great job of showcasing how even the most prominent members of a community cannot be excluded from suspicion when the evidence points toward their involvement, especially in the wake of cases such Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein.”—ReadersView.com
There is more than one kind of wickedness in the world. Our earth has birthed murderers and psychopaths, embezzlers and robbers, child abusers and sex traffickers. These evils persist in almost every culture and society around the globe and stretch across the centuries.
But there exists wickedness and evil that, though not as obvious, is just as threatening. That wickedness is where my words reside.
BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE or CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY, in search of a little mystery
or a great beach read or even a bit of romance—and they say they are hardly
ever disappointed—but I also try use my fiction to raise important social
issues and expose very real wickedness.
ON THE CHESAPEAKE, the narrative thread of the cold-case murder is intertwined around the issue of racial injustice. So, when I selected my antagonist for this story, I wanted to be sure he was a reflection of the real world of racial bias, of wicked racial bigotry.
wraps, his racial bias rears its inevitable ugly head from time to time.
Sadly, Williams’ wickedness is hardly atypical. Many in the fictional town of Wilshire—and in our real world—share his prejudiced “sensibilities.” But, as the reader learns, Williams’ wickedness runs deeper, as he hides an ugly secret from his past. When Bud was only a teenager, he and a few of his friends decided another classmate needed to be taught a lesson. The guy was fooling around with a white girl and he was, well, black. Back then, things got out of hand and somehow, the young black kid ended up at the end of a rope. But it was “an
accident and a long time ago.”
BLURB—BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE
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.
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Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and
speaker. As an educator, he served children for more than three decades in a
range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and
superintendent. His thriller, Leave No Child Behind (2012) and his
recent mysteries, the Amazon and B & N No. 1 Best Seller, Blood on the
Chesapeake and Crimson at Cape May have earned five star reviews and
garnered national awards including “Thriller of the Year--ReadersFavorite.com,
“Gold Award”—Literary Titan, “Mystery of the Year”—ReadersView.com and “Crowned
Heart of Excellence”—InD’Tale Magazine. 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 Still
Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife,
three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.