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Hi. My name is D. B. Barton, and I’m the author of the The Singing Sleuth mysteries. If you know anything about me, you know that I Love Murder!


Background Information

They say, “Writers should write what they know about.”  Well, to be honest, I’ve never murdered anyone.  I’ve thought about it several times.  But alas, I have no credits or dead bodies that would qualify me as an expert.
       I had an ordinary childhood.  I grew up in Beechhurst, Queens, a suburb in New York City.  When I was a youngster, I sat glued to the TV set on Saturday afternoons watching old murder mysteries.  Films like The Thin Man, Sherlock Holmes, and Charlie Chan transported me to another world that was full of romance, adventure, and intrigue.
        Unlike my school friends who were content to watch sitcoms, I inveigled ways to stay up late to catch 77 Sunset Strip and Perry Mason.  In those days, there were no cable channels dedicated to murder and mayhem.  My addiction for daring detectives and cerebral lawyers grew worse, and I became “hooked on books.”
      Libraries throughout Queens County soon had posters of me taped to their walls.  I was known to take out stacks of novels by Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Dorothy Gilman, and Earle Stanley Gardner.  When I returned them, displaying withdrawal symptoms and begging for more, librarians gave me a wide berth.
      As a young adult, I dreamed of becoming a private eye, but was terrified of driving on highways. How was I going to carry on a high-speed car chase on side streets while my prey was getting away on the Long Island Expressway?  There was also the matter of being confrontational.  I was too polite to call people cheats, and scoundrels.  What if the culprit became angry?  Tough detectives were always getting into trouble—cooling their heels in jail, losing their licenses, and facing violent deaths.  The only thing that appealed to me was going on a stakeout where I could spy on adulterous spouses and eat pizza.
      The need to poke my nose into other people’s business became overwhelming.  I found myself working in banks, looking for missing assets and hunting for discrepancies.  It wasn't enough.  I needed to use more of my “little grey cells.”
      Six years ago, I hit bottom.  By that time, I could recite every line in Columbo.  Television programs, such as, Law and Order and CSI, only made my condition worse.  The plots gave me clever ideas about how to get rid of mealy-mouthed nuisances.  At night, I dreamt of deadly poisons and heinous ways to administer them.  It had to stop!  I was at my wit’s end.
      Then it happened.  On a cruise to the Panama Canal, I saw an Alpha Capsule in the ship’s spa.  That dangerous-looking object stimulated me to write my first book, The Singing Sleuth.  I had finally found a way to kill people and not get caught.  My Scottish hero, Alec DunBarton, was able to call suspects liars and not break into tears.  I didn’t have to risk life and limb on a high-speed car chases.  I was “free” to visit exotic locales, create juicy romances, and invent yummy red herrings.
     Of course, nothing is perfect!  While Alec drinks Glenlivet and consumes fattening food, I gain weight.  When he smokes his pipe, I burn my fingers trying to keep it lit.  And whenever Alec opens his mouth to sing, I write a check for the song lyric’s copyright.
      Despite these few inconveniences, I couldn’t be any happier.  I love living between the “sheets,” and I’m no longer limited by my own reality.

Birth Place
New York, NY USA
Accomplishments

2009 POW! Author of the Year

Contact Information
Diane B. Barton
12894 Dunns View Drive 
Jacksonville FL 32218   USA
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The website has information about all four of D.B. Barton's "cozy" mysteries (The Singing Sleuth Crosses the Pond, The Singing Sleuth Goes Home, The Singing Sleuth Returns, and The Singing Sleuth), a letter from the author, and a "buy books" page.

Review of The Singing Sleuth Crosses the Pond
D.B. Barton hails from Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in New York City. Her award winning "The Singing Sleuth" series includes three prior books to THE SINGING SLEUTH. She is an avid traveler and conducts writing workshops at local libraries and book clubs. Alec DunBarton, investigator extraordinaire, and his new bride, Paige Anderson, have just been summoned to the Centaurus, a cruise ship steaming from the eastern Mediterranean to Fort Lauderdale. Alec and Paige have just tied the knot, and the summons comes at an awkward time. But they soldier into the homicide investigation anyway, which involves a doctor who has been killed "a la Goldfinger" style. She was found nude, garroted by a picture-hanging wire, and sprayed with bronze paint. Calliope Pictures is also aboard the Centaurus filming a picture that is a remake off an old chestnut with glamorous actors who have plenty to hide: "Explaining that he could only make an educated guess as to why Greene and Valentine were arguing, Douglas related, 'It seems the prop master came on board with an old back injury that he's been treating with hydrocodone. There was a note in his file, written by Priestley stating he was out of painkillers and had requested a bottle from the infirmary. She gave him eight, 5/500 tablets of Vicodin on Saturday afternoon and warned no more would be forthcoming.' 'Hydrocodone is addictive, isn't it?' Douglas confirmed. 'I'm afraid so. I've often questioned why my colleagues prescribe it. Some patients become habitual users in just a few weeks..." THE SINGING SLEUTH is full of fun things such as culinary delights; an inside look at Hollywood filmmaking; a sleuth who breaks into song at every opportunity; and the romance of newlyweds. Barton's characters are well drawn and entertaining, and her plot moves along briskly. THE SINGING SLEUTH will be great summertime reading for fans of D.B. Barton. Her mysteries are wistful and captivating. Shelley Glodowski Senior Reviewer 2011

Review of The Singing Sleuth Goes Home
"A tale never loses in the telling" is a Scottish Proverb that came to mind as I read The Singing Sleuth Goes Home. Author D. B. Barton had a murder mystery to tell and it was, indeed, told well without losing anything at all. The book begins with a trip to Alec Dunbarton’s birthplace in the Scottish Highlands. He is bringing his bride-to-be home to meet his family for the first time. On the plane trip, they are unfortunate enough to encounter a most vile man named Ian Griffin. Being unwittingly prophetic, Alec finds himself realizing that he is "afraid that the odious man won’t survive the weekend." Alec’s cheerful and beautiful fiancée, Paige, has words with the soon-to-be-late Ian Griffin herself; her usually kind demeanor is transformed by her strong defense of Alec to the lout. As the story progresses it is easy to see that absolutely no one can stomach the man. The descriptions of Scotland are lovely, and vivid mental images of the scenery are evoked. The mystery in itself could have many possible solutions, and the interactions of Paige, Alec and the Senior Investigative Office as they try to suss out the culprit are engaging. What really sets the book apart are the song lyrics. Each chapter is headed by a Song Title and the name of the Lyricist(s). Within the chapter, at one point or another, our hero Alec will break into a little bit of the song as a situation or person reminds him of the ditty. Some abbreviated Scottish history lessons are also sprinkled throughout the book and these serve to make this an even more well-rounded effort by the author. The reader is treated to romance, some family squabbling, a rather gruesome murder, a plethora of suspects, a virtual vacation to the Scottish Highlands, a cozy mystery, music and even a full selection of authentic Scottish recipes! The recipes range from porridge and soup, to main courses and specialty desserts. A very good read. I think most mystery lovers will enjoy it, but those with a penchant for all things Scottish, and those who love good music are in for an extra good read! Laura Hinds 2009






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