Book Nook: Scarlet at Crystal River (Haunted Shores Mysteries) by Randy Overbeck
Vick Mickunas' 2021 interview with Randy Overbeck
Darrell Henshaw has a gift. Or, perhaps it is a curse? Darrell can see ghosts. He has tried to stop noticing them. Seeing ghosts has complicated his life. But even if he tries to ignore his special visions they keep bedeviling him. In the third book in his Haunted Shores Mystery series "Scarlet at Crystal River" Randy Overbeck takes readers along on what is supposed to be a blissful vacation trip to Florida. Darrell and Erin have just gotten married and this is their honeymoon. Unfortunately Darrell starts seeing ghosts again. Eventually he cannot ignore his spectral sightings any longer.
There's a spooky painting that the newlyweds obtained at an art gallery. Darrell accidentally damaged it and that's when they noticed the other painting concealed on the reverse side of the canvas they had bought. That newly revealed painting leads the couple into an investigation. But really it is the ghosts of two young children who are leading Darrell and Erin into a dangerous confrontation with racists in rural Florida.
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