Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Karin Bennemo writes from Sweden
Haha, so I am not the first to wonder about the bread! You are forgiven, the books are so nice. And the trip to the Burren was wonderful.
Thank you for your answer.

Sun Aug 4 17:50:00 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Oh, dear! This wretched soda bread! Whenever I feel pleased with myself about the research I have done into Brehon law etc. well, this anachronistic soda bread crops up.

Still, I'm glad that you enjoyed the Burren books despite my inaccuracy on this.

And I hope that the beauty of the Burren landscape was a good experience.

Mon Jul 29 19:57:41 2019

Karin Bennemo writes from Sweden
Dear Cora, I love the Burren series and even went so far as to visit the Burren a couple of years ago. Lovely and fascinating landscape. Right now I am reading Condemned to death. In chapter 6 Mara eats soda bread for breakfast, freshly baked by Brigid. But when I (suspiciously) google the history of soda bread, I find that it doesn't date further back than the 1800's. That is in its present form, baked with baking soda. Did they have some earlier method of leavening the bread in Maras time?
Regards Karin

Mon Jul 29 16:45:19 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm very sorry, but the right words wouldn't come unless I knew the dogs well, and that would be a time commitment that I would be unable to make as I am very busy and have contracted to write three books this year.

Wed Jul 10 23:02:34 2019

Stiofan MacGabhann writes from Co. Clare, Ireland
Hello Cora,
I enjoyed all books of the Burren Mysteries Series and particularly like your style of writing.
Now this is a far shot and you are probably awfully busy, but I was wondering if you were prepared to spend a few minutes a week writing a 300-400 word piece on a rescue dog for the local paper. I am part of Clare Animal Welfare and we try to re-home as many dogs as we can. We are all volunteers and any help is much appreciated. The right words make all the difference for people to notice the dog in the paper.
Thank you very much for considering it.

Wed Jul 10 22:38:30 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a wonderful message to read on coming back from a holiday.

Yes, at the moment I do plan to extend the Reverend Mother books, but, alas, the Burren books no longer sell so well so I doubt that I will receive any more requests from my publisher to extend that series. A pity, because I hugely enjoyed writing them and as I live quite close to the Burren, never was at a loss for a new place to write about. Oddly, I usually start with a place, then imagine an event and then the characters come to me.

I do so hope that there will be many more Reverend Mothers for you to enjoy and thank you so much for writing to tell me how you have enjoyed them.

Tue Jul 9 15:30:20 2019

Joanie Gruber writes from United States
I currently work for Sisters of Notre Dame deNamur here in Cincinnati, Ohio and found Fidelma mysteries in their library. Having lived two years in the north of England, and spending a summer in Northern Ireland, I fell in love with them. They led me on a quest for similar literature, which led me to your books.

Today I just finished An Unjust Judge. I read (in sequence) the entire series. I assume you will not be adding any further of the series past this book? My knowledge of ancient and mideival Ireland, and it's laws, has become far more extensive than I imagined through your work!

I have also read all of the Reverand Mother series thus far. Is it probable this will be the series you will now extend?

As a voracious reader (my previous passion was Amish and Mennonite fiction, having devoured over 500 of those) I started on British village mysteries and now Celtic ones. I will say that your historical research and writing style are both excellent. Captures the imagination and carries the reader along. I have really enjoyed your books but mourn the further exploration into the life of Mara!

Thank you for the patience, discipline and hard work you have put in to these literary contributions. They are among my very favorites.

Fri Jul 5 16:26:19 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm delighted you like them, the laws of Ireland up to the sixteenth century are fascinating and often some strange law will provide me with a germ of inspiration for a story - this happened with Sting of Justice

Yes, I think all of the books are available in paperback on Amazon and I hope you continue to enjoy them.

Sat Jun 15 00:36:52 2019

Dani Feierstein writes from USA
Hello- I just discovered your Burren mysteries and have enjoyed the ones that Ihe red very very much. So far I have read " My Lady Judge, Verdict of the court and Chain of Evidence. I am a long time fan of the Sister Fidelma mysteries by Peter Tremayne. I'm so glad to have found your books. I live in troy Michigan in the USA. the public library here delivers books to people who request this wonderful service. these books are intriguing and spellbinding. Are they available in paperback.
Thank you for writing them. Please continue .
Dani Feierstein

Fri Jun 14 23:44:28 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I loved doing the Burren series, but somehow the Reverend Mother series is more within my DNA. I think that the stories that my father and mother told of these times - both were around during these years - my mother from a background nearer that of Eileen and Patrick and my father from the 'merchant princes' section, like the Reverend Mother and her cousin Lucy.
I seldom hesitate about reactions from any of these characters and it's a pleasure for me to write about them.

Thu Jun 13 19:43:31 2019

Toby Young writes from USA
Are you kidding?!! I would love the new Reverend Mother book you outlined. I wanted to read it right then. Not only do I love her but the other characters -- Patrick the detective, Eileen the rabble rouser writer, and the doctor--all wonderful characters. I'll be watching for the new book.
I have just started on the Burren series. Very interesting!
Thank you again for giving us such reading pleasure.

Thu Jun 13 16:13:34 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Yes, indeed, Toby. In fact, I have just finished off 'Death of a Prominent Citizen' - in fact I was just struggling with a summary when your message popped up on my computer - and so you can be a guinea pig. Would you be interested in this story:

The Reverend Motherís wealthy cousin, Charlotte Hendrick, owner of many tenements in the city, has decided to revoke her previous will which divided, in equal shares, her considerable fortune among her seven nearest relatives and to leave it all to the one who, in her opinion, would make the best use of it. And so, all, including the Reverend Motherís cousin Lucy, gather at her mansion on Bachelor's Quay to present ideas and to make a case to be the sole heir.
That night the River Lee bursts its banks; there is rioting on the quays, a landlord is murdered at midnight and next morning Charlotte Hendrick, also, is found to be dead, stabbed in the throat by a sharp instrument. Her bedroom window is wide open and a rope hangs down to pavement level. Initially the death is attributed to the rioters, but later on in the morning, half a pair of lethally sharp scissors, its sharp tip coated in dried blood, is found by Inspector Patrick Cashman in a vase of dried flowers on the hall table.
Who has murdered the wealthy landlord? Is it a one of the rioters, is it a wronged and desperate tenant, or one of her family, anxious for the legacy? The Reverend Mother brings her knowledge of the citizens of Cork and her understanding of human nature to the solving of the problem.

Thu Jun 13 09:53:29 2019

Toby Young writes from USA
Thank you for the wonderful Reverend Mother series. Will there be any more?

Thu Jun 13 03:56:11 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Well, Kirsty, I am delighted that I have brought this sixteenth century world to life for you.
I live only a few miles from the Burren and I am continuously moved and amazed by how extraordinarily beautiful it is.
I am so pleased to know that I have managed to share some of my love of this landscape with you.
i hope you like looking through the photographs which were taken one bright, though frosty new year's day.
Many good wishes to you,

Tue Jun 4 20:23:56 2019

Kristy writes from USA
Dear Cora,

I just started reading the Burren mysteries, I love them! The history and the setting are amazing! Itís always nice to be transported and fully immersed in a new world! You really did a remarkable job of bringing history to life. The Brehon law is so interesting and sensible! We could use some of those sentiments in todayís world! Thank you for writing these stories!!! Love them :)

Tue Jun 4 19:31:31 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Pam.

Just as a matter of interest - if I may use you as a guinea pig - would you be interested in a Burren mystery if it were published as an e-book?

I have been pondering over the possibility of this. I do get lots of letters like yours.

Sat Mar 23 10:04:13 2019

Pam Vanghel writes from United States
Dear Cora,

Just a note to thank you for the many hours of pleasure Iíve received reading, and re-reading, the Burren mysteries. I keep checking, hoping to see a new one appear. Hopefully, your publisher will see the light soon. Thank you, again. Warm regards, Pam

Fri Mar 22 19:45:16 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Sorry for the delay, Tonii. I've been in London for celebrations of my sixtieth published book and have only just returned.

Thank you for the invitation which I'm afraid that I must decline. I am no longer involved in books for children and although always am most interested in them and in projects to encourage them to write, I am, at this moment, very very busy.
And getting very old!

Thu Mar 14 10:23:16 2019

Tonii Kelly writes from Ireland
I edit the Guaire Magazine, published every two years in Gort. We sponsor a childrenís writing contest, and have been asked to participate in a May 17 Festival in Gort this year. We plan to have writers discuss the impact of Place in their work, and as part of a panel, your affinity with the Burren would be wonderful. If you are interested, could you contact me through Thank you,
Tonii Kelly

Sat Mar 9 13:21:57 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
That's very nice of you.

I do hope that at some stage my publisher will take them up again. My series on Cork in the 1920s is doing well, but I should love to keep going with the Burren series.
I am particularly interested in Domhnall O'Davoren as I saw the document compiled by him and his students while in Cahermacnaghten law school on the Burren, when I was in the British Library. It was a wonderful moment to hold in my hand something that connected my stories with a historical artefact.

Wed Jan 16 21:33:33 2019

John Wright writes from United States
Thank you for your reply. I have visited the Burren and agree about its beauty.

I hope these books do not come to and end since I have enjoyed each and every one.

Wed Jan 16 20:48:54 2019

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
That's certainly something I shall do if there is a reprint of these books. Unfortunately, at the moment there is not much of a demand for them. It's sad because I think Brehon Law and its contrasts with English law, is a most interesting subject.

And the Burren with its stone pavements and unique wild flowers is a most beautiful place.

Wed Jan 16 13:17:48 2019

John wright writes from usa
I just finished my 12th Burren mystry. Obviously I enjoy the books. What I wish is that I knew how to pronounce the characters names. Every chapter I s em to try a variation on what I thought it might be last chapter.

Would it be possible to include a page with a phonetic version of the Gaelic names?

Wed Jan 16 04:40:28 2019

Carol Pope writes from United States
Thank you so much. I will try to acquire those books. I took 3 years of Latin in high school here in California in the mid sixties. I would need a major brush up course as a few years and brain cells have passed. You rarely find a school that offers Latin any more. Sad. Thanks for the encouragement, but you being a prolific published writer, I'd say you have just a few fans. Keep writing!! Love your work. Thanks again. Carol

Sat Dec 8 20:37:05 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Carol,

Good luck with the novel. Well worth making it a good one as the market loves the first-time writer.
As for Brehon law, well these are the books that I found to be of the most use - in order of usefulness.
Fergus Kelly: Early Irish Law
Fergus Kelly: Early Irish Farming
Laurence Ginnell: Brehon Laws, a Legal Handbook

And, if you read Latin, 'Corpus Iuris Hibernici', translated by Daniel Binchy, (a friend and former schoolmate of my father), from various texts in old, middle and early modern Gaelic into Latin, perhaps rather unhelpfully, but I suppose the idea was that Latin was a language that all Europeans knew - perhaps true in the early part of the 20th century, but not nowadays!
Really Fergus Kelly is the one that I would recommend.

Sat Dec 8 10:42:10 2018

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