RISKY UNDERTAKING: A Buryin’ Barry Mystery by Mark de Castrique
Barry, funeral director and deputy sheriff, finds himself embroiled in a dispute between the Cherokee Indians, the Catawba Indians, the proponents of a casino and possible gangsters when a body turns up on the fresh grave of the mayor’s wife. The Ashville area, the Cherokee and a variety of law enforcement folk turn this enjoyable mystery into a page turner. Generous dollops of humor amid the increasing body count will make the “light” mystery fan happy. There are enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing until near the end.
This is the first “Buryin’ Barry “ mystery I have read and I found the various characters difficult to follow without jotting notes to remind who was who. Readers of the previous books in the series may not find this a problem.
A fun page turner with enough humor amid the mayhem to please both cozy and thriller readers.
4 of 5 stars