Fatal Undertaking

Fatal Undertaking

A Buryin' Barry Mystery

Book - 2010
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Funeral director and part-time sheriff Barry Clayton finds United States Junior Chamber (Jaycee) member Archie Donovan's request absurd until he learns the casket will be the centerpiece of the Jaycees' haunted house, a charity event with all proceeds going to the children's hospital. nbsp; But when the president of the Jaycees is murdered in the casket on Halloween, the national press descends upon Gainesboro to cover the bizarre crime.nbsp;Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins assigns Barry to be the lead investigator of a case that presents no motive and no suspects.nbsp;Then someone fires a shot at Archie Donovan, and Barry wonders whether the victim in the casket had even been the intended target. nbsp; Barry finds his police work and personal life on a collision course as his ex-wife Rachel comes to town with high hopes of using the story to launch her TV network career.nbsp;She begins prying into the lives of Gainesboro's most distinguished citizens and creates a backlash that leaves another body in its wake.nbsp;Old wounds are ripped open, family rifts exposed, and a criminal enterprise revealed that cuts to the heart of the community. nbsp; Barry Clayton must follow a trail of clues as winding as a forest path.nbsp;The unexpected destination: a mountainside of Christmas trees.nbsp;Somewhere behind these symbols of peace and goodwill lurks a killer.nbsp;Unmasking him will be a fatal undertaking.
Publisher: Scottsdale, Ariz. : Poisoned Pen Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781590588017
1590588010
Characteristics: 232 p. ; 23 cm.

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davidsonyoneji
Nov 15, 2016

Barry Clayton has returned to the small town of Gainesboro, N.C., to care for his father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. A summer street dance is interrupted by a man shooting into the crowd who is upset by the recent death of his wife. Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins is wounded in the crossfire and asks Barry to lead the investigation into the shooting. The investigation takes Barry to Florida which leads to a trail of illegally obtained drugs. It’s a fast-paced mystery and a moving family story.

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marymc2
Jun 05, 2011

both my mother and I liked this book

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