Secret Undertaking: A Buryin’ Barry Mystery #7

Secret Undertaking: A Buryin’ Barry Mystery #7

Towns like Gainesboro, North Carolina, may be small but go big on local traditions. When funeral director and part-time deputy sheriff Barry Clayton and his childhood nemesis, Archie Donovan, Jr., ...

About The Author

Mark de Castrique

Mark de Castrique grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina where many of his novels are set. He’s a veteran of the television and film production industry, has served as an adjunct professor at the University of North ...

Reviews of

Secret Undertaking: A Buryin’ Barry Mystery #7

“The hero’s easy charm in his seventh case makes the reader feel like a longtime Gainesboro resident and a sleuthing sidekick.”

Kirkus Reviews

“The book is peopled with believable villains, in particular the fraudsters and liars, but it also features folks who show kindness, consideration, and a true respect for friendship. The story’s resolution is satisfying on many levels. De Castrique draws the reader into his protagonist’s world with consummate grace.”

Publishers Weekly

“Big-time crime comes to small-town North Carolina when a food-stamp scam becomes entangled with the Witness Protection Program….De Castrique wraps up the plot neatly, along the way advancing the personal lives of deputy and undertaker Barry; his wife, surgeon Susan Miller; and the rest of his family. A solid series entry that takes on the problem of putting potentially dangerous WITSEC participants in the general population.”