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Barry Clayton has left the Charlotte police force to manage his ailing father's funeral home in the peace and quiet of the Appalachian mountains. But Buryin' Barry is an undertaker with a problem--he keeps finding unwanted business. Moving a grave on a snowy mountainside should be routine. No funeral, no procession, no grieving widow to console. Routine until Barry unearthBarry Clayton has left the Charlotte police force to manage his ailing father's funeral home in the peace and quiet of the Appalachian mountains. But Buryin' Barry is an undertaker with a problem--he keeps finding unwanted business. Moving a grave on a snowy mountainside should be routine. No funeral, no procession, no grieving widow to console. Routine until Barry unearths an unexpected intruder, a skeleton lying atop the original occupant. A bullet hole in the skull piques his ex-cop curiosity; the photograph of his girlfriend Susan Miller in the murdered man's wallet makes the case very personal. Suddenly, Barry's life is turned upside down, as Susan becomes the prime suspect. Joining forces with his pal Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins, Barry sets out to find the real killer. But a terrible secret had been buried in that mountain grave and one murder is only the down payment someone is willing to pay to keep it hidden. Barry is torn between discovering the solution to the crime and uncovering a part of Susan's past that could destroy their relationship. When the killer strikes again, Barry learns that even more is at stake. In a duel of deceit and misdirection, one thing becomes crystal clear. Barry's grave undertaking could very well lead to his own funeral....

Title : Grave Undertaking
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ISBN : 10360475
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 484 Pages
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Grave Undertaking Reviews

  • LJ
    2018-10-16 23:14

    GRAVE UNDERTAKING (Amateur Sleuth/Former Policeman) – VGMark de Castrique – 2nd in seriesPoisoned Pen Press, 2004 – HardcoverFormer policeman Barry Clayton now manages the family funeral parlor, in a small North Carolina town, for his father with Alzheimer’s. But when he oversees the moving of a grave and finds an extra body with a bullet hole in it’s head, a gun by it’s feet and the photograph of Barry’s girlfriend in it’s pocket, he employees the skills of his former career to find out why.*** This is a very good series. Barry is a fully dimensional character with strong family ties and good friends. The sense of place is wonderfully done and dialogue is very true. He provides an interesting look into the human side of the funeral business, which I very much enjoyed. And, it’s still a tight mystery with very good suspense. If you’ve not discovered this series, I definitely recommend giving it a try.

  • Joe
    2018-10-27 23:32

    Grave Undertaking is heartwarming and will keep you reading. Mark de Castrique deserves a larger audience.

  • Mendy
    2018-11-09 02:29

    I love Barry Clayton and his family's funeral home.

  • Kae Cheatham
    2018-11-16 04:40

    Source: LibraryPlot: Barry has returned home from several years of police work to help with the family funeral business. His father has Alzheimers and decisions have to be made. While on at the graveyard with a local minister, the local minister unearths a murdered corpse on top of a burial vault. A wallet in the murdered man's pocket reveals a photo that shocks Barry—his girlfriend Susan's picture.Susan immediately becomes a suspect, and Barry is drawn into an "unofficial" investigation to protect her and her family from scandal. As he develops clues, interviews people, gets shot at and beat up, he also must decide if selling the funeral home to a National funeral chain is in the best interest of his family.Very good writing: characters are clearly drawn with no wasted words.

  • Jan C
    2018-10-24 21:15

    Actually 3 1/2 ★.Like a dope I was up all night reading this book. One of the good things about retirement is that if you want to stay up all night reading you can.Here, Barry is moving a grave when another body turns up. The other body turns out to be an ex-boyfriend of Barry's girlfriend. And he is found holding her/her dad's gun. So Barry is sucked into finding out what is going on and clearing her and her dad's names.What I like about this series is that it takes place near Asheville, NC, near where my Mom lives, so I know these places and stores. They go to Etowah - I know where that is. They go to Ingles and Belks. I know those stores. Matter of fact, I was just in them at Christmas.

  • Karen
    2018-10-27 05:25

    2nd book in the series, I really like the characters, even though the plot of this book didn't hold together that well in my opinion. There are too many characters to try to keep straight, although the person I picked in the middle of the book to be the bad guy actually was not. Main character is an undertaker who has left a job in the police department in a city to help his mother and uncle run the funeral home in a small town when his father's Alzheimers renders him unable to run the business.

  • Ed
    2018-10-20 22:41

    #2 in the Buryin' Barry series. Barry Clayton returns to his family funeral home in Gainsville, NC from his Charlotte PD job after his father is stricken with Alzheimer's.Barry Clayton is disinterring one corpse when another is found on top of the vault. The body is that of a NYC PI who had once had an affair with Barry's current lover, Dr Susan Miller. Barry and Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins search for the killer and suspicions mount that he may be a member of the Sheriff's department of a neighboring county.

  • Ollie
    2018-11-09 04:26

    This story of Buryin' Barry is the 2nd in the series. I love Barry's devotion to his family and how he supports his Mother as she tends to his Father who is suffering from early onset of Alzheimer's. The discovery of a skeleton buried on top of another grave begins the road to a long undiscovered murder. It will keep you guessing.

  • Katie
    2018-10-19 03:38

    Likable, believable, ordinary characters that manage not to be boring. That may not sound like much of an endorsement, but it is meant to be. The mysteries are well-crafted: difficult to put together until the end, but not because the author has been intentionally (or unintentionally) obscure or secretive. I like it when mystery authors play fair, as Mark de Castrique does.

  • Ch J Loveall
    2018-11-13 04:32

    Romance tauted as mystery - shame-on-you.

  • Mandy Huot
    2018-11-07 23:39

    This book was a little confusing and understimulating in some places, but it is still better than some books i've read.

  • Nancy
    2018-11-07 21:19

    Sounds like I might want to read again....