Art Burton


Art Burton lives in Latties Brook, Nova Scotia, Canada. He writes murder mystery novels and short stories. He is the author of For Hire, Messenger of God; Caught in the Line of Fire and Concealed From Sight, all murder mysteries and two books of short stories: Hobos I Have Known, and More Hobo Stories. He also has a popular two related-story edition: Cabin Fever and God Works in Mysterious Ways.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, even though none of them write books similar in style to mine. Go figure. My writing leans towards murder mysteries and my reading leans towards narrative stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The honest answer to that is my dog, Charlie. He's better than an alarm clock for waking me and getting me on my feet. Of course, that's not the intent of this question. Each day is new, exciting and unknown. I have to get up to see what's going to happen.
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Where to find Art Burton online

Where to buy in print


Caught in the Line of Fire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,860. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
An elderly farmer is found dead in his barnyard. A hunter is found dead lying under a tree in the forest. Is there any connection between the two? Nothing that is obvious to investigators Sergeant Jim Mcdonald and Corporal Scott Bowen. As is often the case, things are not always as they seem at first glance. Follow the twists and turns of the two cases in this page-turning novel.
Calling Card
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Political intrigue, freshly fallen snow and an observant paper boy help the local police to bring this murder to a quick conclusion.
The Adventures of Super Emily
Price: Free! Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
These stories are fiction. I do have a granddaughter named Emily who inspired them and if there were a young girl with super powers, it would be Emily. Just the name exudes power. You don’t have to be eight-years-old to enjoy a book about an eight-year-old. Parents, aunts, uncles, everyone, dig in and enjoy these adventures. If you and your Emily enjoy them at the same time so much the better.
For Hire, Messenger of God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,350. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Wealthy businessman Matthew Lane fatally drives his car into a power pole, almost killing homicide detective Jim McDonald in the process. Jim throws himself into the probe to find out why Lane drove as if possessed by the devil. Three camps quickly form. Those who believe it was an accident; those who believe it was a suicide and Jim who knows it had to be a homicide. Now he must prove it.
Cabin Fever
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,710. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
"In Texas, they think some men just deserve to die. That defense even stands up in court. Nothing lower than messing with another man’s wife. Breaks one of God’s fundamental rules." A disgruntled husband runs this explanation by his sheriff friend. Will it stand up? Karl doesn't care. He knows what he has to do.
Hobos I Have Known
You set the price! Words: 11,680. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Things during the Great Depression of the 1930s were much different than they are today. Men, soon known to everyone as hobos, threw themselves at the mercy of the residents of the towns and villages they traveled through looking for increasingly scarce work. These short stories tell their story through the eyes of one of the rural people who fed them.

Smashwords book reviews by Art Burton

  • Lights Out on Dec. 17, 2013
    (no rating)
    I liked the concept of the book and the way the characters developed. The pace was good and it kept me turning pages. Grammar in fiction sometimes dodges the rules, but there are some that should be followed, For example when a new character speaks, it should be a new paragraph. In Lights Out, there would sometimes be three speakers in one paragraph. This slowed down the flow of the book because you often had to reread the paragraph to see who said what. The other violations I could live with, but an editor would not be so generous. The characters internal conflicts, which make up a major part of the story, got a little tedious by the time they got to the college. Anyway, a good story that held my attention to the end.