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Foolish Undertaking (Buryin' Barry Mystery #3)

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The night before a funeral that will thrust the mountain town of Gainesboro, North Carolina, into the national spotlight, the body is stolen from the embalming room and funeral director Barry Clayton is knocked unconscious. Ouch. How will Clayton & Clayton deal with the relatives of Y'Grok Eban, the Montagnard hero who aided US troops during the Vietnam War, or the U.S ...more
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Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published February 1st 2006)
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FOOLISH UNDERTAKING (Amateur Sleuth/Former Cop-North Carolina-Cont) – VG
de Castrique, Mark – 3rd in series
Poisoned Pen Press, 2006- ARC
Barry Clayton has returned from the police force and returned home to run the family funeral parlor. Y'Grok Eban, is a Montagnard and a hero to the US troops he helped during the Vietnam War. A U.S. Senator, three-star general, and famous Hollywood star are among those en route to the funeral. But the night before the service, Barry is knocked unconscious and Y’G
Catherine Woodman
Berry is a terrific main character, a former copy-a patrolman, not a detective-with a strong relationship to his family and friends. I enjoyed the secondary characters but a weakness was that his girlfriend Susan seemed unsympathetic in this book, so you didn't quite understand the ending. The sense of place is well done, there's good tension and a couple twists along the way. I particularly liked learning about the Montagnards of Viet Nam, about whom I had never heard. This is a very good serie ...more
This is the 3rd book in the series. I really like the characters so I slogged through this book, not really caring about whodunnit or why. One more book in the series, I have it here from the library, so I am finishing it up, but this was not an enjoyable read. I'm sure the author really needed to get out the story about the Viet Nam resistance fighters, but maybe it should have been a separate book with different characters instead of forcing the two threads to exist together.
This is a very well crafted series with solid, fleshed-out characters, good drama, interesting twists and turns in the process of working and solving the mystery. Highly recommended.
Library find... not the best in the series. I found the Vietnam aspect to be dry.
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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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