Barry Metcalf

Biography

Born in 1943 into a working class family with middle class aspirations, I began writing stories while at school, finally venturing into novels when I retired from teaching in 1997. The result was a series of murder mysteries set in Australia and featuring two unorthodox investigators, who work for the fictional Strange & Obscure Cases (SOC) Unit, an autonomous offshoot of ASIO.

Encouraged by positive feedback, the stories flow easily and usually reflect my bizarre sense of reality and weird humour. When the muse’s ego is bruised, I bide my time, reworking old short stories into Sci-Fi novels and waiting for new ideas to evolve. The longest time I’ve gone without writing anything new has been eighteen months, but when the drought broke, the words flowed thick and fast.

Three times married, with four children, I live in Morwell, Victoria, Australia.

Where to find Barry Metcalf online

Where to buy in print

Series

The Oz Files
A series of suspense/crime thrillers set in Australia, with great authenticity by Aussie author Barry Metcalf.
Broometime Serenade
Price: $2.99 USD.
Intrigue at Sandy Point
Price: $4.99 USD.
Spirit of Warrnambool
Price: $4.99 USD.
Lost at Logans Beach
Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

Lost at Logans Beach
Series: The Oz Files, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,580. Language: Australian English. Published: March 18, 2019 by Evolved Publishing LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Martin's wife is dead—murdered—and the authorities have it all wrong when they arrest Martin for the crime. He's devastated, confused, vulnerable, and lost after being released on bail. Desperate to reconnect with someone, he confides in a beautiful redhead. She offers to help him recover from this crisis, but nothing seems to go right, and life becomes a razor's edge upon which he must walk.
Spirit of Warrnambool
Series: The Oz Files, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,470. Language: Australian English. Published: March 29, 2016 by Evolved Publishing LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Martin and Claire, still believing their nemesis, Wanda Jean, is dead and buried in Broome, are sent to Warrnambool to investigate a savage and despicable murder. The latest killings, so reminiscent of their former enemy's handy work, have the ASIO agents on edge, wondering if their belief of Wanda Jean's demise is accurate. Or has someone constructed this web of intrigue to draw them out?
Intrigue at Sandy Point
Series: The Oz Files, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 117,670. Language: Australian English. Published: November 24, 2015 by Evolved Publishing LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When a CIA agent is murdered at the idyllic seaside resort of Sandy Point, Martin and Claire are despatched to investigate. They uncover a plot with international implications and go from one end of the country to the other to stop those responsible. Fast cars, planes and helicopters aid them in their race against time to avert this threat to world peace. BOOK 2 of THE OZ FILES. [DRM-Free]
Broometime Serenade
Series: The Oz Files, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,600. Language: Australian English. Published: November 29, 2014 by Evolved Publishing LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When authorities fail to identify human remains discovered in and around Broome, Martin and Claire are despatched to the idyllic seaside resort to investigate. Little do they know their every move is watched, as they follow first one lead then another, until they are face to face with a ruthless enemy who is determined to end their lives.