About The Author

Storyteller at Heart

Veronica Cline Barton earned graduate degrees in engineering and business and has held successful careers in the software and technology industries. Her lifelong love affair with British murder mysteries inspired her to embark on a literary career. She loves all things glam; travel, royals, theatre, fashion (emphasis on boots and crowns) and loads of yummy foods and cocktails. 

The Crown for Castlewood Manor is the first book in the My American Almost Royal Cousin Series, followed by Cast, Crew, & Carnage; The Filming of Castlewood Manor; Deadly Receptions, The Debut of Castlewood Manor; Mistletoe and Mayhem, Yuletide at Castlewood Manor; Double Trouble, Showtime at Castlewood Manor; and Twins in the City: Playtime at Castlewood Manor. Stay tuned for Book 7 in her series, Blood on the Vines: Harvest at Castlewood Manor, #NewRelease, June 1, 2022!

For lovers of Christmas cozy tales; Rikkhe St. Claire Hygge & Bisous Holiday Mysteries features tales of mystery and holiday magic from around the globe. Take a journey to the paranormal mystery world with The Haunted Series (Hearth Fires, Tangled Webs & Wicked Mist), co-authored with Bibiana Krall!

When not traveling and spinning mystery yarns, she lives in California with her husband, Bruce, and her two cats, Daisy and Ebbie.


A Novel Noel: Rikkhe St. Claire Hygge & Bisous Holiday Mysteries (Book #2) by Veronica Cline Barton




Mysteries and the Holidays, Two of My favorite Things!


We'll be gathering by the fire once again at Rikkhe St. Claire’s lovely estate on the cliffs of Malibu. The holiday libations will be flowing, a chill is in the air, and Christmas tales from around the world will be told. They're at times mysterious, a bit eerie, but all generously sprinkled with the magic of the holidays. Let's see what's on tap for this latest cozy, Christmas collection.


Krampus Wish

A movie premiere at an eerie estate in Malibu takes an unexpected turn. Will the naughty ones get a dose of Krampus fury? 


Snow Globe A thwarted love story gets a magical, second chance. Seeing is believing, or is it? 


Pudding in the MirrorA romantic rival is causing angst for a newlywed at Barrow Hall. Does a haunted mirror reveal the holiday mayhem yet to come?


Shillelagh A last-minute job assignment in the Irish village of Moonganny leads to new friendships and an unexpected quest. Will the magic of the season prevail?


Star of Noel Struggling, young, Parisian creatives receive a much-needed boost from a petit visitor from the spirit realm in the days before Noel. Can her kindness be repaid?  Which tale will be your favorite, and which one will make your mistletoe curl?


Wishing you and yours a wonderful, holiday season! Happy Holidays!


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Dame Agatha Christie