Saturday, January 23, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Crimson at Cape May by Randy Overbeck

Crimson at Cape May

The Haunted Shores Mysteries Book 2

by Randy Overbeck 

No matter how far you run, you can never really escape a haunted past.

Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach, and paranormal sensitive—learned this lesson the hard way. Now, with his job gone and few options, he heads for Cape May to coach a summer football camp. The resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history and famous Victorian mansions, might just be the getaway he needs. Only, no one told him Cape May is the most haunted seaport on the East Coast.

When a resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks Darrell, begging for his help, he can't refuse, and joins forces with Cassie, another sensitive. As Darrell and the street-wise teen investigate the bride's death, they uncover something far more sinister than a murder. Can Darrell and Cassie expose those behind the crimes before they end up becoming the next victims?

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

First things first, if you're under a certain age, you may suffer from a bit of culture shock with this book, and things may seem a bit odd. Crimson at Cape May takes place in 1999 - a time when people weren't walking around looking at cell phones, a time when they had to look at a map or ask directions, a time when computers didn't do everything at lightning speed. We also get a protagonist who isn't independently wealthy. Instead, Darrell has money problems and he can't afford to not have a job. So, the added stress of seeing ghosts isn't a welcome thing for him. I found Darrell to be both relatable and likable. Okay, maybe I can't exactly relate to the seeing ghosts part, but everything else is what most of us in the working class have been through at one time or other, at least a little. Being so likable made it easy to root for this character, and it didn't take long at all to become invested in the story. I love trying to solve a good mystery, and it's even more fun with the added paranormal element. The story is very well written and the pacing is good from start to finish. I won't go into the details of the bride to avoid spoilers, but I will say that these characters and their story was a good choice for my weekend read. This is the second Darrell Henshaw book, but Randy Overbeck gives us everything we need to read Crimson at Cape May as a standalone, and he does it without going overboard and taking over too much page time from this story. All in all, I'd have to say if you're looking for a good mystery, this is one to pick up. 

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