Barbara Paul
Barbara Paul is an American
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 of detective stories
Detective Story
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 and science fiction
Science fiction
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. She was born in Maysville
Maysville, Kentucky
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, Kentucky
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, in 1931 and was educated at Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University
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 and the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
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, among others.

A number of her novels feature in-jokes: for example Full Frontal Murder borrows various names from the British
United Kingdom
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 TV series Blake's 7
Blake's 7
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She lives near Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California
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Science fiction novels

  • An Exercise for Madmen (1978)
  • Pillars of Salt (1978)
  • Bibblings (1979)
  • Under the Canopy (1980)
  • The Three-Minute Universe (1988)

Mystery novels

  • The Fourth Wall (1979)
  • Liars and Tyrants and People Who Turn Blue (1980)
  • First Gravedigger (1980)
  • Your Eyelids Are Growing Heavy (1981)
  • The Renewable Virgin (1984)
  • Kill Fee (1985) (Later adapted into a 1990 TV-film Murder C.O.D.
    Murder C.O.D.
    Murder C.O.D. is a 1990 American TV-film directed by Alan Metzger starring Patrick Duffy and William Devane based on the Barbara Paul novel Kill Fee.The movie was filmed in Portland, Oregon in May 1990, including on the South Park Blocks....

  • A Cadenza for Caruso (1984)
  • Prima Donna at Large (1985)
  • But He Was Already Dead When I Got There (1986)
  • A Chorus of Detectives (1987)
  • He Huffed and He Puffed (1989)
  • Good King Sauerkraut (1989)
  • In-laws and Outlaws (1990) (Later adapted into a 1997 TV-film Der Tusel der Furcht.)
  • You Have the Right To Remain Silent (1992)
  • The Apostrophe Thief (1993)
  • Fare Play (1995)
  • Full Frontal Murder (1997)

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