Review” RISKY UNDERTAKING by Mark de Castrique

Risky UndertakingRisky Undertaking by Mark de Castrique

Poisoned Pen Press Mystery (Buryin’ Barry series)

The protagonist in the Buryin’ Barry series is delightfully different, beginning with his co-careers as an undertaker and part-time deputy and flowing through his unique way of viewing a murder scene and his interactions with his buddies and the townspeople. The book brought back memories of movies in the wild west of my childhood, oddly mixed with Miss Marple and Raymond Chandler’s books – all good things. Well-paced with dry humor and an absorbing story, the plot and sub-plots fueled my interest.

I don’t think Castrique missed any socio-economic group as he developed his thoroughly believable cast of unusual characters. Set in North Carolina, this unusual book incorporated Cherokee Indians, a Boston policeman, and a New Jersey hit man to take readers on more twists than a Chubby Checker record. A good read.

This review was provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Reviews in the March 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.

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