Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Brenda writes from Canada
I have spent some time going over the trip itinerary and a trip to the Burren is going to be a last minute decision if I can make it happen. I am sorry I won't be able to meet you this trip but I am planning another in the near future. In the mean time I will continue to enjoy reading your Burren Mysteries as they are published, your new Reverend Mother Mysteries as they become available and I will enjoy touring your home country on my visit next month.
All the best to you Cora

Tue Jun 30 21:27:38 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
'A Fatal Inheritance' will be coming out sometime in November, I think. This one is set about a mile further south of Fanore (the beach in 'Condemned to Death'). There's a marvellous stony valley there where the cliffs almost look like stone buildings and the area is riddled with caves and is supposed to be haunted by the ancient gods of Ireland. It's a very atmospheric place and I thoroughly enjoyed writing about it.
Hope you like it when you read the story.

Fri Jun 19 10:17:21 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Brenda,
Sorry not to have replied sooner. I've been away on a holiday on the coastline and islands of west Cork, without Internet access.
What part of Ireland are you visiting?
I think that Easons have the book in their branches.
If you are anywhere around the Burren I would love to meet you again.
Am feeling very much better now, thank you.
All the best,,

Fri Jun 19 10:11:43 2015

Anne Dooling writes from USA
Just finished the last of the series, "Condemned to Death". Absolutely love the series, and hope there are more coming! Have been to the Burren, and Poulnabrone twice. Having read your series it made those visits so much more fun! Many thanks!

Sat Jun 13 18:58:15 2015

Brenda writes from Canada
I enjoyed reading the first chapter of your new Reverend Mother Series. I am hoping to purchase your latest books when I travel to Ireland this summer. Do you ever place autographed copies in any of the bookstores or for purchase on line. My friend Eileen's trip this summer is to celebrate her 70th birthday with two other generations of her family. She hopes to share some family history with them. If there is any chance to purchase an autographed copy of the first book in your new series please let me know, it would be a memorable gift.
I hope you are enjoying good health and good summer weather.

Fri Jun 12 15:17:33 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Prish, for a wonderful review. Writing this book brought back memories of the stories told by my father and my mother and I am delighted that it appealed to you.
Many thanks.

Tue Jun 2 18:53:11 2015

Prish Hawkes

Dear Cora
I am putting a review for A Shameful Murder on your guestbook as I am such luddite I can't work out how to put it on your review page!
ĎA Shameful Murderí is the first mystery novel with Reverend Mother Aquinas. Set during the civil war that follows the establishment of the Free state in Ireland, the Reverend Mother finds a washed up body at the gate of the convent chapel. She asks the gardener to fetch Sergeant Patrick Cashman, a former pupil ,to come and investigate and then also turns to a friend, Dr Scher, to help unravel the truth about the dead girl , who looked like a drowned mermaid, and who killed her .....the suspense builds gradually with intricate details of the protagonists lives and character.Reverend Mother teases out the clues that lead her and her team to solve a mystery of double identity and blackmail and the killer of the dead girl.

The research into the period is impeccable and lends weight and depth to the development of story; then the turning point in the narrative:of the storm, flooding of the streets in the city of Cork and the republican raid on Cork station all come together with nail biting suspense and then the eventual unravelling of the mystery!!
I found it hard to put the book down ,even taking it with me in the car so I could snatch a few extra minutes to read ! Thank you for a great read Cora and here's to the next Reverend Mother Mystery.

Tue Jun 2 16:55:32 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Oh, thank you, Kathleen. I'm so relieved to hear that you liked it. Someone else from net galley, who liked my Mara books, put a poor review on Amazon, so I am so pleased that you found it enjoyable and that you liked the relationship with Lucy. I'm 76 and it's interesting, isn't it, how relatives, over the years take on a certain role where conversation are always fun and follow on well-laid down lines.

I've just finished writing the second book and hope ou like it, also.

Mon Jun 1 18:39:37 2015

Kathleen C. Ingram writes from US
I just received A Shameful Murder from NetGalley and it was so WONDERFUL I never every wanted it to end. That have my review which will go out auto released on my Blog in August. 5 Stars of course..
I think they sent it to Twitter and it is on GoodReads with a spoiler warning.
It so reminded me ( relationship wise) of my cousin Patricia and I.. Irish first cousins.. I will be 70 soon..We had our first trip to Ireland a year ago this week. We did not get to Cork City but I do have Fant cousins time..
WHEN will the next one come out? I am autoapproved at Netgalley.. Yay!

Mon Jun 1 18:04:46 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Maria,
It's so heart-warming to get messages like yours. I love to think that others enjoy the world that I created and can sympathize with Mara's joys, delights, worries and heart-rending sorrows.
The next Mara book: A FATAL INHERITANCE, comes out in November. It is set in a strange valley, fully of cliffs and caves, just south of Fanore where the last book, CONDEMNED TO DEATH was placed. I hope that you will enjoy it when it comes out.
And then I have planned another few Mara books so I hope that you continue to enjoy them.
Also I have A SHAMEFUL MURDER with a new heroine, a feisty Reverend Mother, Superior of a school for slum children in the city of the Cork, southern Ireland, during the civil war. You might enjoy that, also. I think that it will come out in the US next autumn.
All the best, and many thanks for writing,

Wed May 27 18:06:00 2015

Maria Dios writes from Massachusets, USA
Dear Cora,
I have so enjoyed your Burren mysteries. I have read them straight through all of them which is very unusual for me. I usually need a break from an author's style. These books never ceased to awe me with information, good writing, wit and the wonderful culture of the West of Ireland. I am sad that they are over. Whatever will I read now?
Please let us know when you have a new one out!!
Best regards and thank you for these gits.

Tue May 26 22:25:31 2015

David Clark writes from Spain
Dear Cora,

Iím preparing a paper for the EFACIS conference on the relationship between Irish crime writers and contemporary publishing practices. Iíd be really grateful if you could look at the following questionnaire and answer as many of the questions as you like. Iíd also be grateful if you could circulate this to any other published Irish crime writer. Many thanks in advance. If youíd like any further information please donít hesitate to get in touch:

1) Which publishing houses have published your works of crime fiction?
2) If more than one publisher, please briefly outline reasons for change.
3) Have you published outside Ireland? If so, why?
4) Has an agent influenced your choice of publisher?
5) Would you prefer to publish in Ireland?
6) Do you perceive any change in the world of publishing in recent times? If so, please comment briefly.
7) Have you published in e-book format? If so, please rate your experience.
8) Did contact with other writers influence your relationship with publishers?
9) Is your overall experience with your publishers satisfactory?
10) Please add any further information or views on the state of crime fiction and its relationship with the world of publishing in Ireland today.
Please send completed replies to:
All best wishes,

Dr David M. Clark
Secretary European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS)

Mon May 11 10:18:28 2015

Mike writes from Cork
Cora, you are a star. Thank you! The Tara website had a great catalogue.

Have a great summer!

Mon May 4 20:27:12 2015

rita davern writes from USA
Hi, Cora
I am sorry to hear about your winter of health problems and happy to hear that you are feeling better!

My niece and I will be in the Burren May 8-15
filming for a documentary about the Davorens and their 1200 years in the Burren.

I would love to meet you at our usual place for tea if you would like. I think of you often and wish you well always!

Rita Davern

Mon May 4 06:25:20 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a very lovely idea!

I have to warn you that there were 13 of the original Drumshee books (and then 4 Drumshee Chronicles) - but I'd say it's the first 13 that your girl friend was talking about.

You can get quite a few of them from Tara Book Company (put it into Google and you'll get the website) and also from Amazon uk. If you put in Cora Harrison Drumshee it should give you a list of what is available. Some, I know, are out-of-print but I was surprised how many were still available when I had a look for someone else.
Good luck!

Fri May 1 15:48:24 2015

Mike writes from Ireland, Cork
My girlfriend loved 'The murder at Drumshee' series as she was growing up. (Apologies if I have gotten the name of the series wrong) Her birthday is coming up. I would love to be able to present her with these books as I know that she would be thrilled.

Is there any website that sells these books?

Many thanks,


Fri May 1 14:43:11 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm afraid that I can't shift the blame onto the shoulders of the editors, Carrie, but must blush with shame and cry 'mea culpa'.
I didn't know that about bicarb of soda only coming in the 19th century and thoughtlessly wrote down a bread that I associate with the Irish countryside. I'll try to be more careful in the future.

Nevertheless, I'm glad that you enjoy the books.

Sun Apr 26 16:25:24 2015

Carrie writes from USA
We have certainly enjoyed your Burren Mystery Series and introduced others to them. Initially drawn to them due to visiting there and amazed at the unusual and special geography. Found wild shamrocks there and the people at the B&B we were staying with were amazed at our luck.
Was disappointed in the use of soda bread in Condemned to Death(non-existent, soda was 19th c.) since the books are so well researched. Shame on your editor!

Sat Apr 25 19:53:40 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Hope that yo enoy the visit. At the moment we are having lovely sunny warm weather. Let's hope it continues. I haver never seen so many primroses!

Thu Apr 16 17:56:24 2015

Mary Leighton writes from United States
Thanks for the ideas of good walks in the Burren. I'll be sure to take them!

Thu Apr 16 16:51:52 2015

Brenda writes from Canada
Glad to hear you are fighting back from your health challenges and are beginning to feel well enough to think about writing again.
I would like to spend some time in the Burren area to do a walk about. I have a family commitment in County Down but I have left plenty of time for spontaneous adventures.
Take care Cora from all of us

Sat Apr 11 15:31:32 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I enjoyed meeting you immensely, Brenda, and still treasure the lovely gifts you gave me.
This has been a bad winter for me. I broke my ankle badly in two places at the end of the summer and that took a long time and then in November I got double pneumonia and again took what seemed to be an endless time to recover. Luckily I am well on the mend now and have got back my love of writing.
Are you visiting the Burren this year, or are you going to concentrate on Cork?

Thu Apr 9 09:19:37 2015

Brenda writes from canada
I am in the process of making final arrangements for my trip back to Ireland this summer. Memories of meeting you and the time you took to sit and have tea with us on my last trip two years ago are still cherished. I have just finished reading Condemned to Death as have the other ladies. Eileen was thrilled to see her name as a character in the book.
Many thanks for many hours of pleasure.

Wed Apr 8 16:43:18 2015

Ken Quin writes from Ireland
Thank you Cora.

I wasn't expecting such a prompt reply. Very much appreciate it.

Thanks again.



Mon Mar 23 09:51:08 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I think the book you have read, Ken, is probably Fergus Kelly: 'Early Irish Law'. I got it out of the library initially and was so fascinated by it that I then bought it. I have read four or five other books on Brehon law, but this is undoubtedly the best. He has also written a book called: 'Early Irish Farming' which is also very interesting as he refers to the law in order to elucidate methods, crops and stock in medieval Ireland. I owe him a huge debt!

Glad that you enjoyed my books.

Sun Mar 22 14:05:12 2015

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