Paul A. Barra, a former naval officer, journalist, and educator, holds a BS from Niagara University and an MS from Loyola University of New Orleans. Before transitioning to a full-time novelist, he served as the senior staff writer for the Diocese of Charleston and earned accolades as a freelance magazine writer. His previous four books have been shortlisted for prestigious awards such as the Thriller Award of the International Thriller Writers, the Chanticleer International Book Awards, and the Tuscany Prize. Residing in Reidville, South Carolina, with his wife Joan and their eight children, Barra shares his home with a diverse array of animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, alpacas, and a vigilant burro named Cletus.
THE SECRET OF MAGGIE’S SWAMP
ST. JOE’S REMARKABLE JOURNEY (available from Tumblar House)
DEATH OF A SACRISTAN ( now FULL OF EYES)
WESTFARROW ISLAND (available from The Permanent Press)
WHEN A STRANGER COMES TO TOWN (hardcover and paperback, Hanover Square Press)
MOVE IT OR LOSE IT
Shorts and podcasts
"A Scent of Murder," will drop as a M2D4 podcast on 1/26/2024 and will be included in an anthology later in the year.
"The Mad Monk of Mepkin," will be published in Mystery Magazine in February.
SAMSON AND THE CHARLESTON SPY
Coming August 2024
By Level Best Books
A middle grade (ages 8-11) historical adventure novel
Also contracted for a second in the SAMSON series for the year following.