Tuesday, January 10, 2006
GRAVE UNDERTAKING by Mark de Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press)
Barry Clayton didn't want to go into the family business. He wanted to be a policeman, and he was, for a while. When his father's Alzheimer's became pronounced, Barry came home to the NC mountains to manage Clayton and Clayton Funeral Directors. Except for his father's illness, things are going well for Barry in his hometown, perhaps because of Dr. Susan Miller. Then, a simple job turns up a skeleton where it shouldn't be; the skeleton turns up to be who it shouldn't be, and Barry's world turns upside down. Throw in snowy Appalachian weather, corruption in politics, and long memories, and you've got yourself a mighty fine fireplace read! If you can't visit North Carolina this year, this is the next best trip.