Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cindy writes from United States
While waiting for a copy of My Lady Judge, I read the new Reverend Mother mystery, A Shameful Murder - loved it! Appreciated the quotes from St Thomas Aquinas, with whom I'm not as familiar as I could be, and the perspective on the city of Cork and its people in the 1920's. The sympathy of the author for the characters involved - particularly those most buffeted by circumstance, and snippets of Irish history, were also appreciated. Looking forward to next!

Mon Jun 13 15:28:40 2016

Cora writes from ireland
One more to come, Heather. It should be published in the autumn. At the moment it's called 'An Unjust Judge'. I hope you like it when it comes. And I hope sales are such as to persuade my publisher to continue with the books.
Thanks for writing, but I could never put myself on a par with Jane Austen, just someone who likes writing stories.

Sun Jun 5 08:23:30 2016

Heather writes from USA
Last Burren book? I just read "Fatal Inheritance" in 6 hours because I could not put it down. If this is the last, my heart is broken!! Thank you, thank you for this AMAZING series!! You and Jane Austen are my soul sisters. :)

Sun Jun 5 04:11:37 2016

Ccra Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Laurie.

I hope that you like my Reverend Mother. She's tougher, certainly older than Mara and has seen and heard of many matters that Mara would never have visualised as happening in her native country, but they share a concern for the community and for the young.

Do tell me whether you like. The 'Cork' series as much as the Burren series.

Sun May 22 18:15:41 2016

Laurie writes from United States
I have just discovered your Burren series, and I love it! I'm so sorry it took me this long to find it. Can't wait to read your new series set in Cork in the 1920s -- an interesting and dangerous period in Irish history.

Sat May 21 06:13:46 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Yes, I feel very sad that the next Mara book may well be the final one.

It's not my decision. I love writing the books and I still have loads of ideas. In fact, I only have to look at the very detailed map of the Burren that I possess and suddenly the name of a place will make an idea to pop into my head.

No, the orders from libraries for my books have very much decreased and unfortunately they will be unprofitable if this goes on.

Sad, but that is the way things go.

Wed May 18 09:40:45 2016

Cora Harrison writes from ireland website Guest Book submission from: Cora Harrison
Cora Harrison from ireland submitted the following message:
Very interesting.

When I was a headteacher (principal) we had a great support group/social group going among the head teachers of southern Kent. Mara is not modelled on any particular member but I could imagine her to be one of group and nowadays seldom hesitate as to her reactions or wonder what she is going to say.

Yes the church with the double- armed cross does exist at Killinaboy and it is an ancient monastic site.

Thank you, Scott, for a very interesting message.
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Tue May 17 16:48:48 2016

Scott writes from USA/Northern CA
I just took a quick look at the Guestbook postings and see a reference to only one more Mara/Burren book remaining?:-( Out of curiosity, is it getting harder to write about the characters? I'm interested in learning the reasons why such is discontinued. As I've said, when not able to travel, such stories/mysteries are not only interesting but when written as you have it gives a mental vacation. With the Burren series ending, I won't have many options as I've found it hard to find what I consider good Irish/Celtic mysteries.
Thank you,

Tue May 17 16:01:36 2016

Scott writes from U.S.A./Northern CA
Hi Cora,
It's been a while since I've made contact but as I read Cross of Vengeance I thought I'd say "hi". I made a mark on a few pages to check if some areas were fiction. It looks like the area I looked up is legit and lets me know that on all my visits there is still more to see. Q: With Mara, I'm guessing you give her some or have some things expressed as if it were you. I'm thinking it would be a fun way to express yourself but then again a character might be a way to get other voices heard. How do you use Mara's "voice"? I do enjoy the stories in that I can visualize the areas, down to the details of the rocks and plant materials- thank you. Some authors miss an opportunity by not describing the characters and places to the point that the reader is actually visiting the places.
Thank you,

Tue May 17 15:33:03 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Nice to hear from a fan!

The no. 2 Cork book should be out soon, check on Amazon, and the next Mara, sadly the last, will be out in the autumn.

Fri May 6 15:29:10 2016

Marlene Hazlehurst writes from Ireland (North)
I have read all the Mara novels and your new Rev Mother series opener. Just wondering when the next instalment in either is due?


Fri May 6 15:17:06 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm glad you are enjoying my Reverend Mother series, June.

I'll have a word with my publishers about a map. I, too, love maps in books.

Many thanks for writing.


Tue Apr 19 18:47:34 2016

June Bray writes from USA
I just discovered A Shameful Murder at my local library and I'm enjoying it and getting to know Reverend Mother Aquinas. I wonder if you would consider including a map of Cork (like the maps in Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James mystery series) in the Reverend Mother series? I love to read books that have maps in them, especially books that have an historical setting. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series!

Mon Apr 18 23:29:04 2016

Cora Harrison writes from ireland
There is one more Mara book, Una. I think it will come out next autumn.
But, I'm afraid that may be the last one. Apparently they are not selling so well, these days, according to the publisher.
I'm sorry because I love writing them, but I suppose that they have to look at their sales figures.
What part of County Clare do you come from?

Wed Apr 6 20:45:31 2016

Una writes from Berkshire, UK
Hi Cora

Thanks for all the pleasure you have given me over the years. I really enjoyed A Shameful Murder but hope that you won't stop writing Mara books which, coming from Co Clare, I love. I regularly check Amazon to see when the next book is available and there is no mention of any more Mara books yet. Hopefully it won't be too much longer before the next one is available.

Wed Apr 6 17:29:19 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I think that the man you are looking for, Joe, is T J. Westrop who was a Victorian antiquarian who did some great sketches. I got my inspiration from looking at his work on the Burren on the Clare Library website.

As for Fanore and Kilfenora, I really don't know. There are so many contradictory explanations that, as a novelist, I take what suits me. The short answer is, I think, that nobody knows!

Wed Mar 23 14:43:45 2016

Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

I'm trying to source a pencil sketch of the Oughtdara mountainside ?

I may only have it as a false memory. Any clues ?

Also, any connection between Fanore and Kilfenora ?



Tue Mar 22 17:08:00 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Reduced on Amazon, I meant to say.

Mon Mar 14 07:21:50 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland

Actually, Merrin, you are in luck. The next three books 'Chain of Evidence', 'Cross of Vengeance' and 'Verdict of the Court' are all, the Kindle editions, reduced to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

'Cross of Vengeance' skips a few years, but I think it's a good one. The church with the 'Cross of Lorraine', a sign of a relic of the 'true cross' is just up the road from where I live. Every time I pass it I think that they were magnificent builders, these people of the Burren five hundred years ago.

Mon Mar 14 07:19:42 2016

Merrin writes from Australia
Hey Cora ... or should I say Top of the mornin' to you ! It was lovely to get your reply ... thank you.
I am just reading my last available Burren Mystery, Condemned to Death
have loved every single book ... and I am enjoying the development of the family.
I guess I should have read more slowly .... I am feeling a bit sad about having to wait for each new episode in the life of Mara.

Warmest regards
and thanks again for the joy you give !

Mon Mar 14 02:30:37 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
And Brenda, too! I remember replying to your message ages ago!

I'm so very sorry!

And glad you liked my Reverend Mother as well as Mara.

Sat Feb 20 09:16:03 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Such a lovely message. And my website had to develop a fault!

I do hope, Merrin, that you will check back and see how much I appreciated your very kind words.

I love writing the Mara books and think of her as a friend. She is an amalgam of some colleagues of mine when I was a headteacher in Kent, England, or at least she started off like that and then grew into a personality in her own right.

Don't forget about 'Writ in Stone' it's an important one for Mara's life story!

Sat Feb 20 09:10:25 2016

Merrin Trewin writes from Australia

Hello Cora ! ... just wanted to say how much I have been enjoying your wonderful books .. The Burren series in particular since I discovered you and Mara and King Turlough and Bran .. well everyone and everything.
Your writing is sheer delight !You have everything that I love:outstanding skills in writing,brilliant description,wonderful character portrayal,murder and mysteries(Agatha Christie would be a fan of yours if she were still on earth)and authentic historical settings.
I borrowed a couple of books from my local library but that was all they had.
So I have just (two weeks ago) organised a kindle so that I could read more of your novels.I have been loving them and I am about to buy my fourth book "Eye of the Law"
Please, please don't stop writing Mara ... ask your publisher to do some marketing ... and I will do what I can !

Thank you for many happy hours. :)

Warmest and Best regards,

Sat Feb 20 09:00:20 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Gail.

Sorry for the delay in putting on your message. There was a mal-function on my site.

Sat Feb 20 07:58:43 2016

Gail writes from USA
After reading "A Shameful Murder", I sincerely hope you are at work on the next Rev. Mother Aquinas mystery. Can't wait!

Wed Feb 17 14:39:07 2016

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