Fatal Undertaking (Paperback)

A Buryin' Barry Mystery

By Mark de Castrique

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590588031, 232pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

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Praise for Fatal Undertaking... "Unassuming but commanding prose style...comparable to James Lee Burke and Margaret Maron." -Library Journal starred review Funeral director and part-time sheriff Barry Clayton finds Archie Donovan's request absurd until he learns the casket will be the centerpiece of the Jaycees' haunted house, with all proceeds going to the children's hospital. But when the president of the Jaycees is found murdered in the casket on Halloween, the national press descends to cover the bizarre crime. The case presents no motive and no suspects. Then someone fires a shot at Donovan, and Barry wonders whether the victim in the casket was even the intended target. Barry's police work and personal life collide as his ex-wife Rachel comes to town hoping to use the case to launch a TV network career. Soon her prying creates a backlash that leaves another body in its wake. Barry must follow a trail of clues to an unexpected destination: a mountainside of Christmas trees. Somewhere behind them lurks a killer. Unmasking him may be a fatal undertaking. Mark de Castrique is the author of the Sam Blackman series and Buryin' Barry series, both set in the mountains of North Carolina where he lives with his wife Linda. He has also written two mysteries for young adults. www.markdecastrique.com.

About the Author

Mark de Castrique writes the Sam Blackman series and Buryin' Barry series set in the mountains of North Carolina. He has also authored two mysteries for Young Adults. He and his wife Linda divide their time between Charlotte and Asheville. Visit him at www.markdecastrique.com.

Praise For Fatal Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery


“For readers who enjoy mysteries with a bit more depth, de Castrique offers original plots, strikingly human characters, and a heartwarming portrait of American culture. His writing is to be savored….” –Library Journal on Final Undertaking


“De Castrique has married the complexity and fast pace of a police procedural with the folksy setting and lovable characters of a cozy.” Publishers Weekly on Final Undertaking


“Strong characters and engaging setting add up to a thoroughly enjoyable yarn.” –Booklist on Final Undertaking