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( Read Pdf ) Î Dangerous Undertaking õ 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 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 shoulderBarry 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 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 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 settingsthan made up for technical mistakes I would read anything else by this author, even a to do list When I read the seventh Buryin Barry mystery, Secret Undertaking, I liked the cast of characters enough to go back and pick up the first in the series, Dangerous Undertaking Mark de Castrique is skilled in introducing a new series This reader, at least, felt as if I had dropped into the middle of Barry Clayton s life, and was just re meeting people I had met before.Barry Clayton moved back home to Gainesboro, North Carolina from Charlotte where he d been a police officer, a grad student in cr When I read the seventh Buryin Barry mystery, Secret Undertaking, I liked the cast of characters enough to go back and pick up the first in the series, Dangerous Undertaking Mark de Castrique is skilled in introducing a new series This reader, at least, felt as if I had dropped into the middle of Barry Clayton s life, and was just re meeting people I had met before.Barry Clayton moved back home to Gainesboro, North Carolina from Charlotte where he d been a police officer, a grad student in criminal justice, and married That s all in the past now His father has Alzheimer s, and Clayton s mother and uncle, and the community, need him as an undertaker He s at the cemetery where Martha Willard is to be buried when Martha s grandson Dallas Willard shows up, shoots his brother and sister, and then aims at Barry, shouting, Take a message to my grandmother Tell her they tried to take her land Tell her I love her Barry survives, wounded in the shoulder.Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins doesn t mind recruiting help from the hospital bed He knows Barry isn t cut out to be only an undertaker and funeral director Clayton assists with the hunt for Dallas, even while he handles a child s death and spends time with his family and his girlfriend, Dr Susan Miller Wadkins introduces Barry to a moonshiner and a biker, all part of the mountain community.Dangerous Undertaking is an interesting mystery, but it s the characters who will draw readers back Barry Clayton is trying to find his place back in his childhood community, and there are memories and people who will bring back those connections It takes him time to realize what the crazed Dallas Willard seemed to already know, Family is family No one hurts you like family, and there s no love like family.Are you a fan of Terry Shames mysteries or Bill Crider s Sheriff Dan Rhodes ones Try Mark de Castrique s mysteries of a small North Carolina mountain town 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. 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.