Secret Undertaking

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Poisoned Pen Press
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5.8 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

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 Carolina at Charlotte teaching The American Mystery, and he's a frequent speaker and workshop leader. He and his wife, Linda, live in Charlotte, North Carolina.


"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 review of Risky Undertaking
"Buryin' Barry unearths a corrupt plot in his sleepy North Carolina town....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."--Michele Leber "Booklist "
"The author follows Risky Undertaking with another intricately plotted story for fans of traditional mysteries. The dark humor, a small community in a regional mystery, and a strong supporting cast of believable characters will appeal to Margaret Maron's readers." (starred review)--Lesa Holstine "Library Journal "