Book Review: “Risky Undertaking” by Mark de Castrique

February 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Mark de Castrique in his new book, “Risky Undertaking book coverRisky Undertaking” Book Six in the Buryin’ Barry Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Barry Clayton.

From the back cover:   When Cherokee burial remains are unearthed on the site expanding a local cemetery, the dual occupations of Barry Clayton, part-time deputy and full-time undertaker, collide. Then, during the interment of the wife of one of Gainesboro, North Carolina’s most prominent citizens, Cherokee activist Jimmy Panther leads a protest. Words and fists fly.

When Panther turns up executed on the grave of the deceased woman, Barry is forced to confront her family as the chief suspects. But the case lurches in a new direction with the arrival of Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkin’s Army pal, Boston cop Kevin Malone. He’s on the trail of a Boston hit man who arrived at the Cherokee reservation only days before the murder. Malone is convinced his quarry is the triggerman. But who paid him? And why?

The accelerating investigation draws Barry onto the reservation where Panther’s efforts to preserve Cherokee traditions threatened the development of a new casino, a casino bringing millions of dollars of construction plus huge yearly payouts to every member of the tribe. Leading an unlikely team —his childhood nemesis Archie Donovan and his elderly fellow undertaker Uncle Wayne—Barry goes undercover. But the stakes are higher than he realized in this risky undertaking. And the life of a Cherokee boy becomes the wager. Barry must play his cards very carefully…

Barry Clayton works full-time as an undertaker. However business is a little light so he also works part-time as a deputy sheriff. That is quite a dual role to fill and in this story he really has his hands full. This is the sixth outing for “Buryin’ Barry” and I regret that I did not read the first five, a situation that I will be reversing soon stay tuned, however Mr. de Castrique does an excellent job of getting us right in with his characters so it feels as if we have not missed a thing. An Indian Casino, kidnapping and murders are all part of this plot and that is only some of what is in store for you. The story hums along at a fast pace as Barry is working to figure out just what is going on. There are fascinating characters that seem very real and a killer that seems impossible to discover.  “Risky Undertaking” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. de Castrique has provided us with a fairly exciting book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks so much for introducing us to this book and sharing your thoughts on it with us. Am reading it myself now, and agree that it’s impossible to predict what will happen next!

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