Barrington Bay has such lovely alliteration, doesn’t it? Well, truth be told, my little harbor village did not actually start out this way. For the first draft of The Stars Prevail, Remy, Paul, and the other residents went about their lives in 'Hutton Cove' rather than 'Barrington Bay'. Reading multiple titles from the cozy mystery genre, however, convinced me that I needed to swap out the town's title for something a little more...original. I eventually selected the new name to honor prolific composer Barrington Pheloung who has written multiple movie tracks and crafted music for the tightly written and beautifully photographed Inspector Morse/Lewis/Endeavor television series inspired by the works of Colin Dexter. You can listen to the haunting theme from Inspector Morse while viewing some of the noteworthy Oxford spires in the video posted below.
While traveling in the UK back in 2016, I spent a day wandering about Oxford. My daughter and I fell madly in love with the city, its stunning architecture, the intoxicating air of education, and the Bodleian Libraries which house over eleven million printed texts. She and I quickly realized that we could gladly spend the rest of our lives exploring that one city. No wonder Dexter never left the site until his death in early 2017 and, even then, he was just able to capture a better view of his beloved home from above. Speaking of leaving things behind…
You have to let the failures of your history rest in order to build a new life.
-- Excerpt from The Stars Prevail
Who can’t relate to this statement made by Inspector Tremaine? We all need to let go of the past, to release the bitterness and anger which only lead to regret. I have found that when we wear the chains of our past we cannot move forward. Laughter helps, but it is ultimately about just letting go. It’s done, over. Keep your eyes on the possibilities that rise up endlessly before you. Let tomorrow lead you away to a happier life. Join me in Barrington Bay.
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