Henshaw moves to Wilshire, Maryland, to hopefully start a
successful second life and love. Soon after his arrival as
teacher and football coach for the local high school, he learns
that there is a ghost haunting his office. He is led by his
curiosity and this ghost into researching who this might be
and what happened to them. This leads Darrell into some dangerous
situations where innocent people are killed to cover up a
This is the first of the Haunted Shores Mysteries
series. There is some mention of Darrell being haunted in
the past, and this reader is wondering if that will play more
into Darrell’s character in future books, or if it is
just stated to hint that he is some kind of medium or sensitive.
The setting of a small town in Chesapeake is fitting for the
Civil Rights Movement situations that end up being discussed
in Darrell’s research and classroom. The paranormal
aspect was taken to an unrealistic level, even for this believer
of ghosts. It took away from the enjoyment of the mystery.
The 30-year-old mystery was nicely resolved and interesting
for the small town of Wilshire.
Readers need to be open minded to the paranormal
in order to enjoy Blood on the Chesapeake. It is a crucial
piece to the mystery, and if it was removed, this book would
not work. It would be just another run of the mill amateur
mystery. This reader is curious about Darrell’s character
and his possible abilities to see things that most cannot
and will be looking for future Haunted Shore Mysteries.