I had hopes for a mystery that mixed both the shores of New Jersey and southern Forida, but alas, this was not the book. Here is an excerpt from my review of my #31 book, Beneath the Dune, by Walter Ramsay, on my blog, xoxoxo e:
Interspersed with Tucker’s misogynistic ramblings is a murder mystery and a ghost story, both told in the third person, with a completely different tone from Tucker’s smart-alecky delivery.
Ramsay is ambitious to try to combine a story involving a past murder with a present one — and to have his reporter-hero try to piece it all together. The plot elements in Beneath the Dune are good: a man communicating with a dead ancestor, Seminole Indians, New Jersey, a Civil War era romance, a murder mystery. The disparate parts just never did quite come together. I preferred the past/dream sequences to Tucker’s endless monologues.