On returning to his birthplace in the Scottish Highlands, Alec DunBarton expected to see his family, visit local attractions, enjoy traditional fare, and marry his sweetheart.
He didn’t anticipate that a killer would disturb those plans.
From the moment Alec set eyes upon Ian Griffin, he knew there would be trouble. The man bore an extraordinary resemblance to Henry VIII and had the poor manners to match. Griffin had been invited to the annual conference of the Caledonian Writer’s Association to critique the work of its members. As the busy weekend gets underway, Alec is none too surprised to discover that the literary agent’s egotistical head has been severed from his portly body.
Any one of the CWA committee members could have beheaded him. Was it:
Edward Coleman, the sophisticated history professor;
Skye Duncan, the Highlands’ “Lady of Mystery;”
Robbie MacGregor, the hotel’s executive chef;
Hattie Boyle, the dowdy whisky-distillery manager;
Tim O’Reilly, the adulterous American travel writer; or
Luann O’Reilly, his wealthy browbeaten wife?
Alec soon discovers that murder is the least of his problems. His mother, a constant reminder of his painful past and the biggest obstacle to his plans to marry Paige Anderson has caused Alec to ask himself—
On the face of it, this is a "whodunnit" - but it has so much more... First of all there's the major Scottish element with plenty of local colour. Then there's the romantic element, as Alec DunBarton takes his American fiancée back to his Scottish home - a hotel where a writers' conference is taking place and there's a motley collection of characters. It resulted in me rattling through the pages, wanting to find out what happens next. Of course, I ended up being surprised by "whodunnit"!
"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 reader is treated to romance, some family squabbling, a rather gruesome murder, a plethora of suspects, and a virtual vacation to the Scottish Highlands. A very good read. Those with a penchant for all things Scottish are in for an extra good read!
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 Does Vegas. She was born in New York and now lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Lee Roy and her two cats, Esme and Yoko.