This is the seventh book in Mark de Castrique’s “Burryin’ Barry Mystery Series,” centered around an undertaker who also serves as a deputy sheriff in a small Western North Carolina town. "De Castrique's latest mystery continues the irreverent wit and independent spirit that has marked the series thus far. The focus on the beautiful setting of western North Carolina and its Cherokee traditions is well crafted. While there are a number of other series featuring sleuthing funeral directors, this is a complex and well-executed police procedural as well." - Library Journal. "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. The author, Mark de Castrique, grew up in Western North Carolina, moved away to work in television and film production, and now lives in Charlotte.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Poisoned Pen Press, 2018. 265 pages. Trade paperback