While each title in the Barrington Bay series can certainly be read as a standalone novel, the character growth from book to book will be more strongly felt if you start from the beginning. I try to write so that new readers can hop in at any point and enjoy the story. To that end, major events that take place in earlier works will be covered in those that follow if they need to be. The story itself is constantly moving forward, so while it might be helpful to join the detectives at the start of their investigations, it is not 'necessary'.
I cannot answer that yet. If I feel drawn to continue writing about Christie, Tremaine, Paul, and the residents of Barrington Bay, then I will do so without regret. Although there will most definitely be more, right now I have enough ideas to span a series of four or five books, the known working titles of which are as follows:
The Stars Prevail
The Tide Turns
The Sheltering Stones
Not yet, but one is in the works! In the meantime, be sure to check back at this website for all sorts of promotional news.
I have dedicated Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads accounts ready for launch closer to the series' actual publication.
Barrington Bay is fictitious, but it is heavily influenced by the many harbor villages dotting the English coast. The story is set around Carlisle and the Lake District of Cumbria, the latter of which is a popular vacation destination. The Solway Firth is real, as are the Isle of Whithorn and the Isle of Man. Basically, places mentioned as being 'outside' the immediate area of Barrington Bay itself are real places that you can visit while the village itself exists only in the series and our minds.