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Barry Clayton has a job he doesn't want. When his father is stricken with Alzheimer's, Barry leaves the Charlotte police force for the small mountain community of Gainesboro, North Carolina, where his family runs the local funeral home. ""Buryin' Barry"" reluctantly assumes the mantle of town undertaker, trying to fit his life into this somber profession. Almost at once itBarry Clayton has a job he doesn't want. When his father is stricken with Alzheimer's, Barry leaves the Charlotte police force for the small mountain community of Gainesboro, North Carolina, where his family runs the local funeral home. ""Buryin' Barry"" reluctantly assumes the mantle of town undertaker, trying to fit his life into this somber profession. Almost at once it turns deadly. At the graveside service for an elderly woman, a grieving grandson strides in like Clint Eastwood in a duster, rips out a shotgun, and murders his family. Then the shooter turns the weapon on Barry. ""Take a message to my grandmother,"" Dallas Willard shouts. ""Tell her they tried to take the land. Tell her I love her."" The blast hits Barry in the shoulder.Barry is not cut from the same black cloth as his father, and his irreverent wit and independence have already won him the friendship of the county sheriff, Vietnam War hero Tommy Lee Wadkins. Besides, Barry's a police pro. Though his wounds are in the hands of local surgeon Susan Miller, Barry begins search for both the killer and the reason for his crime. It isn't long before a second shooting occurs--but Dallas Willard's body is then discovered at the bottom of a quarry pond, indisputable evidence that someone else committed the second crime, someone who now has his sights set on Barry.......

Title : Dangerous Undertaking
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ISBN : 9781590582695
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Dangerous Undertaking Reviews

  • LJ
    2019-02-28 13:25

    DANGEROUS UNDERTAKING –VGMark de Castrique – 1st bookIt’s not often two people are shot and Appalachian policeman-turned-funeral director Barry Clayton is injured during a funeral. This is an very good story of mountaineers versus profiteers set in Gainesboro, North Carolina. De Castrique conveys a wonderful sense of the location and the people, along with a good, suspenseful mystery. I would definitely read another by this author.

  • Jane Pope
    2019-03-05 10:23

    For a first book, this was surprisingly good. I had read his Sam Blackman series and enjoyed them. The Sam Blackman series is my favorite because of the literary tie in, but this is good enough to make me want to read the other "burying Barry" books.

  • Joan
    2019-03-04 12:41

    Good fun, well plotted, well written, I will be reading more in this series.

  • Cathy Cole
    2019-03-16 14:24

    First Line: Crab Apple Valley Baptist Church sat high on a grassy knoll overseeing the sinners scattered along the valley floor.Former Charlotte policeman Barry Clayton has a new job that he doesn't want. With his father caught in the talons of Alzheimer's, Barry quits the Charlotte police force and returns to the small mountain community of Gainesboro, North Carolina, to take over the role of town undertaker.Almost immediately, his job turns deadly. At the graveside service for an elderly woman, her grief-stricken grandson kills his family and turns the gun on Barry. "Take a message to my grandmother," Dallas Willard shouts. "Tell her they tried to take the land. Tell her I love her." The shotgun blast hits Barry in the shoulder. His wounds being seen to by the woman he loves, Barry begins to search for Dallas and the reason for Dallas's actions.Fortunately Barry's irreverent humor and independence have earned him the friendship of the county sheriff, and he is a former policeman after all, so Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins is happy to have the help. When a second shooting occurs and Dallas Willard's body is found in a quarry pond, Barry realizes he could be the next victim on the killer's list.Already a fan of the author through his Sam Blackman series, I looked forward to this first book in his "Buryin' Barry" series. I wasn't disappointed. There is a very strong sense of both the place and its people in Dangerous Undertaking which adds richness to the story. How a family deals with Alzheimer's is also honestly and sensitively dealt with.Although I also come from a small town, I wasn't aware of how a funeral home can be part of the fabric of a place-- probably because the funeral director in my hometown was more a figure of fun. (All I have to do is think "cats and Cadillacs" to start grinning.)Another bonus in the book is Barry's sense of humor, which led me to laugh out loud several times. Here's a sample: Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins smiled and spoke out of the corner of his mouth. "Cover me." "Cover you?" My voice cracked through wilted vocal cords. "I'm a damn undertaker. The only thing I can cover you with is dirt."The mystery, involving land prices and greed, takes some unexpected twists and turns along the way, which keeps it interesting. In the end, however, it's the strong cast of characters that kept me savoring the pages all the way to the end.I'm looking forward to my next visit with Barry Clayton.

  • Susan
    2019-03-13 13:25

    Dangerous Undertaking by Mark de Castrique is the first book of the Buryin' Barry mystery series set in contemporary Gainesboro, North Carolina. Barry Clayton, formerly on Charlotte's police force, has returned to his family's business, the town's funeral home. Barry's awkward as an undertaker, but his father has Alzheimer's and can no longer run the business. At a graveside service, one of the heirs arrives late, with a shotgun. He murders his siblings, shoots Barry, then takes off. Barry can't rest to recuperate; he must help with the manhunt. As Barry works with the sheriff to figure out the motive for the shooting, uncover shady real estate deals, and investigate yet another murder, he meets many "mountaineers" (long-time residents of Appalachia). He learns their love of the land and their animals, as well as the clannish family ties and feuds. My favorite part of the book is a dramatic description: "Dallas Willard, lips drawn tight across his expressionless face, strode stiff-legged out of the mist, his head uncovered, his body shrouded in a long gray coat that brushed the ground, and his hands buried in his pockets. He materialized like some Civil War soldier snatched from a Matthew Brady photograph. I wouldn't have been surprised if a ghostly cavalry horse had trailed him."Unfortunately the rest of the book didn't capture my imagination nearly as much as those evocative sentences on page 4. My interest waned as I read.

  • Jan C
    2019-02-28 12:49

    Former policeman (possibly detective) has to come home to western North Carolina to run the family business - undertaking - because his father has Alzheimer's. His girlfriend is a doctor and he gives her plenty of business. Thought there were a few lulls here. It started out pretty good with Barry getting shot at a burial because the shooter wants Barry to give the deceased a message. Okay, the shooter isn't playing with a full deck. There are a number of shootings in this book, plus the EPA comes in when it is determined that someone has been fouling the waters. And Barry thinks there is a real estate scam going on.Plus, they go to one of my favorite places, the Pisgah National Forest and the author gives a rundown on how George Vanderbilt bought the whole place up all of those years ago. Along with Mr. DuPont. Although de Castrique didn't mention DuPont. Or the big park named after DuPont.So this was probably about 2 1/2 until they went to Pisgah Forest.

  • Marybeth
    2019-02-27 17:31

    I enjoyed this series just as much as the Sam Blackman books, which means "thoroughly." Mark de Castrique has a unique ability to put me into the story quickly and keep me interested all the way through. Several of the books necessitated staying up into the early hours so I could finish. The first book in this series was a bit rough and unpolished in comparison to the rest, but I have a feeling it was an early work and just shows how much his writing improved. My only complaints are about things that should have been caught in editing: insure instead of ensure, collaboration instead of corroboration, etc. They brought me up short each time but I just laughed and moved on. The plots, characters, and settings more than made up for technical mistakes. I would read anything else by this author, even a to-do list.

  • Debbie Maskus
    2019-02-22 09:24

    The first chapter with the funeral scene remains as the best opening I have enjoyed. The story, told by Barry Clayton, unfolds in the North Carolina mountains. In this short novel, the characters dominant the pages from the circuit preacher, Lester Pace, to the reclusive liquor maker, Talmadge Watson; and many minor characters throughout the story. The weather, greed, and family loyalty greatly factor into the story. I have read both series by Mark de Castrique, but Barry Clayton pulls me into the story of the problems and heartaches that control our existence. Mark de Castrique softly hints of the encroachment of business into the freedom of rural life.

  • Karen
    2019-03-07 12:45

    Good first book, the character development was very interesting in the beginning, the way the story was put together and ended not quite as good, but you could tell that the author had known people in the hills of the southern US, and in the acknowledgements he mentions that his father had been an undertaker, so he knew the business part, too. Main character, Barry Clayton, is a thirty something police detective who has had to go back to his home town to be involved in the family funeral home business when his father develops Alzheimers disease. I want to read the next book in the series to see if the story part becomes as good as the character development.

  • Jacque
    2019-03-19 16:49

    Being a fan of the Sam Blackman series by Mark de Castrique, I decided to give his Buryin' Barry series a try. Barry has come home to his North Carolina mountains to take over the family funeral home for his dad who has Alzheimer's. Barry, a former policeman, is shot during a funeral and is soon teamed up with his friend, the sheriff, to figure out what is going on. With big money property deals, shady electric company managers, a crazy preacher, and illegal dumping of toxic waste, the mystery is complicated, but everything is woven together. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-01 13:35

    Burying Barry Clayron, who was thus nick-named in high school because his family were the local undertakers, left his job in the Charlotte, North Carolina Police Department to return home to help his father. Having been diagnosed with Alzeimer's Barry's dad could no longer keep on working. Despite his lack of enthusiasm for the profession Barry has picked up the slack and is helping his mother and uncle when he almost has the need for a coffin himself as he barely dodges bullets at a funeral. Barry joins the police in the hunt for this killer in an interesting mystery which takes place in rural North Carolina. I am ;poking forward to the next in the series, GRAVE UNDERTAKING.

  • BJ
    2019-03-15 11:30

    This was my first time reading this author. Author lives in North Carolina and the book is set in small-town North Carolina. Main character, Barry returns home to run his father's funeral business, after his father is diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease. While working a graveside service, a family member of the deceased shows up and shoots 2 of his family members and Barry and the story rocks on from there. Barry, as an ex-Charlotte, N.C. police officer gets involved helping the sheriff with his investigation. Before it's over there is more business for the funeral home and Barry is in over his head. Great start to this series. Looking forward to reading the next one.

  • Jan
    2019-03-10 09:28

    3 1/2 stars. First I want to say that I read this off and on and it made it a bit hard to follow. So I had to go back a few times which is always tedious. But that was not the book's fault. The mystery is very good. I really liked Barry and the other characters in the book. I thought the depiction of North Carolina hill folks was good if a bit over the top. I did get the feeling I was right there, and I have relatives who fit into this category. So I am planning to read the next book because I think I will really enjoy it if I don't take so long to read it.

  • Caroline
    2019-02-26 13:32

    Mark de Castrique writes an excellent story about a man who leaves his job with the police department to come back to his home town and help his uncle and mother run their funeral parlor because his father has Alzheimers. There are four books in this series, which go along the lines of the four seasons and the progression is beautiful. How he deals with solving mysteries and his father's progressing disease is well-written and very moving. Once you've read this series (preferably in order), hurry on to his next series about Sam Blackman, an Iraq veteran.

  • Ed
    2019-03-08 16:27

    #1 in the Buryin' Barry series. Author de Castrique's debut novel.Barry Clayton returns to his family funeral home in Gainsville, NC from his Charlotte PD job after his father is stricken with Alzheimer's. At the funeral of his grandmother, mentally disturbed Dallas Willard kills the remaining members of his family and shoots Barry, leaving a cryptic message. Barry and Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins, search for Dallas and his motives.

  • Marci
    2019-03-16 16:48

    The first of 5 books in the Buryin' Barry series. Barry has moved back to his hometown from the big city of Charlotte when his dad develops Alzheimer's his dreams of joining the FBI are put on hold. His dad has been the long time funeral director in town. When two family members are shot at a burial Barry gets pulled into the investigation of why they were shot.

  • Kellie
    2019-03-08 16:38

    This book was OK. I enjoyed the choice of setting and the humoresque chatter amongst the mountain folk. There wasn’t much suspense when at last the mystery was revealed. Your typical big business and greed. This book was recommended to me by one of the ladies in bookclub.

  • Megan
    2019-03-12 13:47

    Despite the 'Buryin' Barry' tag which I found a little offputting, this book was beautifully written and rich with narrative and character detail - a well plotted mystery and definitely worth a read. I'm impressed by this author!

  • Joy
    2019-03-11 17:44

    Too many cliches to be enjoyable. Don't bother waisting your time on this mystery.

  • Mary Ahlgren
    2019-02-23 15:41

    I particularly liked the setting and the voice/

  • Jane(Janelba)
    2019-03-17 16:46

    North Carolina

  • Dean
    2019-03-11 14:26

    The first of the Burying Barry series.

  • Jan
    2019-03-15 09:30

    Love the setting. The reason Barry returns to his hometown (his father's Alzheimer's) adds a realistic touch, probably appreciated by many. It adds poignant moments.

  • Kitty Tomlinson
    2019-03-03 16:20

    Barry come home from a police job in the city to his rural North Carolina home to take over his family's funeral home when his dad develops Alzheimer's.

    2019-02-28 14:24

    i liked the book, little too descriptive in some areas, but i liked the back countryfeel and the relationships of the characters, good read

  • Amanda
    2019-02-23 09:36

    This was a very solid first book. Liked the story and the mystery, Buryin' Barry was a relatable protagonist and believable sleuth. Will continue this series with anticipation of some good readin'!

  • Robbie
    2019-03-18 16:41

    I've now read three of de Castrique's books and have been pleased with them all.