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Dangerous Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery (Buryin' Barry Series) Paperback – February 1, 2006
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family. I read this book with great anticipation since the I found the description of the story intriquing and I wasn't disappointed. The author writes convincingly about the
Applachian mountains and it's people, alzheimer's and the effects on a family while involving us in a compelling mystery. Along the way there are some twists and turns and a surprise at the end that I did not anticipate. I fully recommend this mystery for it's great character's and the ability of the author to transport us into the Applachian mountains and community.
Former Charlotte policeman Barry Clayton has a new job that he doesn't want. With his father caught in the talons of Alzheimer's, Barry quits the Charlotte police force and returns to the small mountain community of Gainesboro, North Carolina, to take over the role of town undertaker.
Almost immediately, his job turns deadly. At the graveside service for an elderly woman, her grief-stricken grandson kills his family and turns the gun on Barry. "Take a message to my grandmother," Dallas Willard shouts. "Tell her they tried to take the land. Tell her I love her." The shotgun blast hits Barry in the shoulder. His wounds being seen to by the woman he loves, Barry begins to search for Dallas and the reason for Dallas's actions.
Fortunately Barry's irreverent humor and independence have earned him the friendship of the county sheriff, and he is a former policeman after all, so Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins is happy to have the help. When a second shooting occurs and Dallas Willard's body is found in a quarry pond, Barry realizes he could be the next victim on the killer's list.
Already a fan of the author through his Sam Blackman series, I looked forward to this first book in his "Buryin' Barry" series. I wasn't disappointed. There is a very strong sense of both the place and its people in Dangerous Undertaking which adds richness to the story. How a family deals with Alzheimer's is also honestly and sensitively dealt with.
Although I also come from a small town, I wasn't aware of how a funeral home can be part of the fabric of a place-- probably because the funeral director in my hometown was more a figure of fun.Read more ›
I place a premium on originality. Sometimes novels can be so different that they are unforgettable. Unfortunately, DANGEROUS UNDERTAKING is routine and quite pedestrian. It is skillfully written and conveys a great sense of locale. However, characters, though realistic enough, are quite forgettable as is the plot. While reading this book I could never shrug off the feeling that I read this before.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining story and I enjoyed it. Had just a different slant on things.Published 9 months ago by will latimore
I was hooked from the initial shocking scene and remained so as I got to know Barry and other characters, including the villains, of course. Read morePublished 10 months ago by NB
I really like this mystery series. The premise didn't sound great, but I was desperate for a new mystery; I was so pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steve Guarr
Arrived quickly and in great shape, as advertised.
A great read!! Can't wait to get the others in the series.
I had a hard time putting this book down once I got started reading it. Twists and turns in the plot kept my interest.Published on March 16, 2013 by Darlene M Mortimer
A well written, semi-cozy mystery. I really liked Barry and the book had almost every aspect of what I would consider to be essential in a cozy mystery. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Sue T
Kinda corny at first, but then became interesting. Easy to remember the story, didn't jump around. I would read more.Published on January 25, 2013 by S