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Foolish Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery (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
ebook, 252 pages
Published January 31st 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published February 1st 2006)
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Ed
May 12, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Buryin' Barry series. Barry Clayton returned to his family funeral home in Gainsville, NC from his Charlotte PD job after his father is stricken with Alzheimer's.

Barry Clayton is preparing for the burial of a Montagnard resistance fighter when the corpse is stolen. Y'Grok Eban had fought with Tommy Lee Wadkins in Viet Nam. His funeral was to be attended by a Senator, a General, an actor, and many members of the Montagnard and Special Forces communities. To complicate things, his son i
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Jan C
Feb 03, 2015 Jan C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, south, 2015
This would actually have been 1\2.

Third in the Burying Barry series. Former cop in Charlotte but came home to Gainesboro, somewhere in the Asheville area, to help in the family undertaking business when his father developed Alzheimer disease. He works with Uncle Willie now that Dad is unable to work.

Here, he is preparing a body, Y'Grok, a Montagnard from Vietnam's Central Highlands. The Montagnards aided the Green Berets and then the GB left. The Montagnards apparently had to be smuggled out
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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
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Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen
Jan 31, 2010 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amanda
Mar 01, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mendy
Oct 29, 2009 Mendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Library find... not the best in the series. I found the Vietnam aspect to be dry.
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Barry Clayton #3
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

Buryin' Barry Mystery (5 books)
  • Dangerous Undertaking (Buryin' Barry, #1)
  • Grave Undertaking (Buryin' Barry, #2)
  • Final Undertaking (Buryin' Barry, #4)
  • Fatal Undertaking (Buryin' Barry, #5)

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