D.B. Barton


D.B. Barton is the award-winning author of The Singing Sleuth series. When she’s not dreaming of ingenious ways to “do away” with disagreeable people, she visits exotic countries and conducts writing workshops at local libraries and book clubs. D.B. Barton is currently working on The Singing Sleuth Meets his Matches. She was born in New York and now lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Timothy Pavlenko, and her two cats, Esme and Yoko.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are British, and include Agatha Christie, Dick Francis, PD James, and MC Beaton. My favorite American writer is Rex Stout. I'm drawn to amateur sleuths who are eccentric and have endearing personality flaws.
Describe your desk
My desk is my king-sized bed. I usually pull out loose-leaf books of compiled information (cruise schedules, menus, character descriptions, song lyrics, etc.) from under my bed and stack them on my husband's side. I prop my laptop on my knees (with a pillow underneath), and I play old Midsomer Murder episodes on my bedroom TV. I really like to hear British accents while I write.
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The Singing Sleuth Mysteries
Meet Alec DunBarton, the Singing Sleuth, who solves diabolical murders on land (grand resorts) and sea (luxurious cruise ships) through song lyrics from the 1920's to the present. Match wits with him and see if you can identify the ruthless killer in this cozy, mystery series.

The Singing Sleuth

Price: $7.95 USD.

The Singing Sleuth Returns

Price: $7.95 USD.


The Singing Sleuth Takes a Bow
Series: The Singing Sleuth Mysteries, VI. Price: $8.95 USD. Words: 52,010. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
A free transatlantic cruise from Southampton, England, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with your annoying co-workers? Maybe that’s not a good idea!
The Singing Sleuth Does Vegas
Series: The Singing Sleuth Mysteries, V. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 51,670. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Look, it’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a cruise ship, smack in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Singing Sleuth
Series: The Singing Sleuth Mysteries, I. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 56,750. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Eager to take a spectacular cruise on the Pegasus? It comes complete with tropical breezes, luscious food, exotic drinks, breath taking sunsets, and a vicious killer. Yes, I said killer!
The Singing Sleuth Returns
Series: The Singing Sleuth Mysteries, II. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 55,450. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Alec DunBarton didn't know what disturbed him more ... having another killer on board the Pegasus or going on a diet!
The Singing Sleuth Goes Home
Series: The Singing Sleuth Mysteries, III. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 60,770. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Welcome to the Scottish Highlands: Home of Alec DunBarton, bagpipes & kilts, battlefields & castles, whisky distilleries, the Loch Ness monster, and a ruthless KILLER!
The Singing Sleuth Crosses the Pond
Series: The Singing Sleuth Mysteries, IV. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 55,740. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Lights, Camera, Action! Join Alec and Paige in the Mediterranean as they: cross the Atlantic, experience movie magic, honeymoon with the stars, and expose a vicious villain!

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