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Grave Undertaking (Buryin' Barry Mystery #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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 unearths ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published May 15th 2004)
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GRAVE UNDERTAKING (Amateur Sleuth/Former Policeman) – VG
Mark de Castrique – 2nd in series
Poisoned Pen Press, 2004 – Hardcover
Former 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.
May 18, 2009 Joe rated it really liked it
Grave Undertaking is heartwarming and will keep you reading. Mark de Castrique deserves a larger audience.
Sep 27, 2009 Mendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
I love Barry Clayton and his family's funeral home.
May 12, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#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 neighbor
Kae Cheatham
Sep 16, 2010 Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Source: Library
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 prot
Jan C
Jan 26, 2014 Jan C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south, 2014
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, nea
Jan 14, 2010 Karen rated it liked it
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.
Jan 09, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
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.
Mandy Huot
Nov 13, 2013 Mandy Huot rated it liked it
This book was a little confusing and understimulating in some places, but it is still better than some books i've read.
Ch J Loveall
May 06, 2013 Ch J Loveall rated it did not like it
Romance tauted as mystery - shame-on-you.
Sep 29, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it
Sounds like I might want to read again....
Debbie Maskus
Jul 24, 2009 Debbie Maskus rated it liked it
Barry Clayton #2
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Mark de Castrique is an author, playwright, public speaker, and television producer living in Charlotte.

Through his company MARK et al., he writes, shoots, and edits projects for a variety of clients.

His work has earned CLIO, TELLY, and EMMY awards.

Mark has scripted stories aired on PBS and commercial network affiliates, as well as created video presentations for major corporations.
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Buryin' Barry Mystery (5 books)
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