Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

Ireland with a vengeance, eh?

I just loaned your latest to a lady who will be whirled around the West, including a rout at Bunratty.

Can your people live through more, given their natural lifespans?



Thu Aug 14 22:21:01 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Liz. Yes I think that the Brehon law system was a wonderful law code and that it is a shame we ever got rid of it.
I'm glad that you found the plots intriguing and hope that you go on to enjoy the rest of series, going right through Mara's life from the birth of her son, to the time when he is a problem, near-teen.
Thank you so much for writing. Messages such as yours are what makes it all worth while.

Sat Aug 2 19:57:40 2014

Liz Geuken writes from UK
I have just finished reading The Sting of Justice and am about to start Writ in Stone. Thank you so much for such a wonderful series of books - the characters are so warm and real, and how much better a system of justice they had with their Brehon law! I htink your plots are intricate and well-woven and most satisfactory in the way of the best mysteries - I never feel cheated by the answer even though mostly I haven't seen it, and even if i have guessed part of it, there is always a twist that I don't expect!
Also, I have to say that I have never been to Ireland but looking at the photographs you have on your site here of the Burren, it is exactly as I pictured it when reading your books, so that is also a tribute to your skilful writing. Thank you for so much enjoyment!

Sat Aug 2 18:45:14 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I hope that you have a great holiday, Kathleen, and am delighted that you enjoyed the book on Eleanor, Countess of Desmond. I thought it was excellent.

Fri May 30 18:43:55 2014

Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
Thanks so much for recommending the book on Eleanor Countess of Desmond. I bought it and so enjoyed it! I just reviewed it at various places and blogged about it.. Are you familiar with my Blog?
Kathleen ( 3 more days until we fly to Ireland)

Thu May 29 00:24:04 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Joe. I think that Ireland, when Independence came in the early 1920s, missed a huge opportunity when they opted to continue with the laws of England instead of making an effort to adopt and, of course to update, the Brehon Laws of their ancestors which had worked well up to the sixteenth century.

Tue May 20 07:09:00 2014

Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Cora, I think you have shown us better than most how the culture was "in the day".

Now we need to learn what we can as time unwinds.

Tue May 20 01:31:17 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm so glad that you like it, Joe, and I do hope that you enjoy 'Verdict of the Court' and that you are not thrown by the move on from the 1510 to 1519 _ i'd so like to finish Mara's history before the catastrophe occurs and English law prevailed all over Ireland.
Yes, I do love the photographs of the Burren and the location of book 13, which I am just planning, is in a stunning location among the hills near to the coastline. Book 12 takes place mainly around the beach of Fanore.

Mon May 19 17:46:36 2014

Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

Excellent website update !

With the albums of pictures so accessible I can tour the Burren dryshod, in any season.

Panting to get the next book here in the US. Amazon says July 1.

Mon May 19 12:59:28 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Marilyn: Caherconnell is about a couple of miles away from Cahermacnaghten - also owned by Davorens - I placed Malachy the physician (who appears in the earlier books - the father of Nuala and the cousin of Mara - in that place.

Charlotte: Thank you for reminding me. I got on to my web manager (and son-in-law) and he will update shortly. The trouble is that I am rather prolific and no sooner is one book out than another is in the pipe line.

Thu May 15 16:14:58 2014

Charlotte Armstrong writes from USA
Hello Mrs. Harrison,
I was looking at your book list for the Burren mysteries and noticed your most recent books haven't been posted. The only reason I figured that there were new books because Amazon had them listed. My mom loves this series of yours and I'm about to try them out also. I hope you are having a blessed day!

Thu May 15 03:21:45 2014

marilyn miller writes from toms river, nj, usa
cora, just tried to send a lengthy message. didn't realize that the word "guest" was the security code. so, short version. my mcnamara ancestors were certainly misbehaving in "chain of evidence"' !! i took my grand daughter erin to ireland last summer. i think the tour director took us to caherconnell but i don't remember being at cahermacnaughten. now i'm confused. i also think he told us that his daughter was at a dig at caherconnell & there will be another one this summer. i printed some of the fotos of cahermacnaughten & nothing looks familiar !!

Thu May 15 00:37:07 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Kathleen: Have you read Anne Chambers (also wrote about Grace O'Malley) on Eleanor, Countess of Desmond. Very interesting about the origins of the Fitzgeralds in Ireland and about the 'Black Knight' and the 'White Knight. Anne Chambers is an excellent historian and it's good to see that the books which she wrote in the eighties are now being republished and are available on Amazon.

Sat May 3 07:32:05 2014

Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
I did NOT guess the mystery until the Mac Mahon tried to leave, and even then not sure..

It was I think my favorite so far..A Knight of Glin (Black Knight) was connected with Kilmallock and my family..
and Genetta Ffant, daughter of James Ffant who was attained of treason,married John Burgatt who then held Fantstown. Their daughter Elen married the White Knight, Maurice Fitzgibbon.
Fantstown Castle was also a Tower House although not with 4 towers so I loved the descriptions of life there.

We will be staying in Kilmallock near to all of this..

Fri May 2 23:03:28 2014

Ceridwen Collins-West writes from Canada
Thank you Cora, for your response to my request of 20th March.
I do not have a kindle, but I do have 2 of your books on Kobo. You're right, in that the e-market is growing quickly, and this might just have to do it for me. (altho you can't get an ebook signed by the author!

Publishers are funny people in that they don't seem to realize that pbks sell out faster than hardcover if only for the fact that you can easily slip them in a pocket or purse. And they weigh less!

Again, thank you for your response to my query. Keep writing the Burren Mysteries. I love the characters, the setting, and the way you work your mysteries thru them, which keeps the reader mesmerized all thru to the end. Warm Blessings to you.

Thu May 1 15:28:02 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
No, I'm afraid the Law School is quite a bit north of Shannon. However, you will pass Bunratty Castle and it is well worth a visit.

Thank you for reviewing the book and I do hope that you enjoyed it - did you guess the mystery?

Many thanks for getting touch.

Wed Apr 30 19:31:46 2014

Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
Finished "Verdict" last night and reviewed at NetGalley and on my Blog..Severn House retweeted part of my review..also on Pinterest etc.

"The author has flawless time and period details and the narrative and characters are captivating."

Loved this one extremely! Coming to Ireland on my first trip..Flying into Shannon June2 and then to Kilmallock..My maternal family( Faunt or Font) held Fantstown Castle way back so visiting the owners.. When driving from Shannon to Limerick will I pass the ruins of the Law School at Cahermacnaghten ?

Kathleen Carrow Ingram

Wed Apr 30 18:06:58 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Prish,

As always, I so value your appreciation of the books and of the life of Mara, as seen through my eyes. I do find it so interesting to write about the same character going through the years and imagining how she might change and how the advent of a baby, twenty-one years after her first child, Sorcha, might change her - perhaps make her more vulnerable - there's no doubt, even with puppies, that the older you get, the more you worry. I would like to get a chance to take Mara into old age - perhaps even up to the date of the work beginning on the document (known as Egerton 88 in the British Library) written in Cahermacnaghten Law School in the early 1560s - Mara would have been 90 in 1563!

Tue Apr 22 15:32:53 2014

Prish Hawekes writes from England
Dear Cora
thank you for the latest novel about Mara and the Burren;
Verdict of the Court!. The research as meticulous as ever, a great pacey story line and beautiful, evocative word pictures of the Burren.
I was very interested in the descriptions of the siege and battle at Bunratty Castle, and how it presented the darker and more intense side of the struggle to maintain Irish Independence and system of Justice from the persistent encroachment of Tudor England
Old friends and new characters were there to draw the reader into the story and help really identify with everything that was taking place ..and the end of the novel was dramatic and the final denouement was totally unexpected!
A fantastic read Cora ..thank you!

Tue Apr 22 14:44:32 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Linda,

I think that 'Verdict of the Court' is only just properly out in the UK and won't be out in the rest of the world until late summer.

It's interesting that I have a date for King Turlough's death - 1528, but no details as to whether he died of disease or of a wound. I don't think that he was killed in battle as 'The Annals of the Four Masters' (where I got that information) would have mentioned that, I'd say.

My next book that I am just about to write is going to be set in 1523 in the month of Mara's fiftieth birthday.

And after that - well, I'm not sure...

Tue Apr 15 09:04:30 2014

Linda Pelan writes from Canada
Dear Cora, wow, thanks so much for the Burren series, and I hope you keep writing about Mara, the school, the King and what becomes of them with the anglican invasion, if of course its in their time line.

Thanks also for bringing a touch of Ireland alive, I have enjoyed the books immensely and hope that you continue to write. I've looked for the book Verdict of The Court, but I do not see it available yet on KOBO - good news though, my local library does carry some of your books. So far I have all the Burren series and want to keep reading and reading.

You've given lots of choices so onto Jane Austin !! Thanks, Linda, aka Lindie

Tue Apr 15 02:55:20 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Judy,
I am delighted that you liked 'Verdict of the Court' - Bunratty is a hugely interesting castle, and was, of course, the principal residence of Turlough Donn O'Brien.

It's interesting that you should mention Dromineer, which I do think was a possession of a relation of Turlough Donn - probably a son-in-law. I must go and see it.

I've just finished Mara book 12 and sent it off to my editor - hope that she likes it.

I'm sorry to hear about your dog. We had an ancient (rescued) German shepherd who might well have been about fourteen years old and we've just had the the trauma of having him put to sleep as he was no longer able to walk properly and seemed to be in pain.

Dogs give you so much and at least we can give them the ultimate kindness, no matter how heart-rending to ourselves.

Thanks for your very nice remarks - it is wonderful to hear that you liked my latest book.

Tue Apr 8 17:15:44 2014

Judy Ball writes from England
Dear Cora,
Just finished Verdict of the Court last night and loved it as all of the Burren books. This one especially as I have visited Ireland every year for the last 12 and the Bunratty area is well known to me. Also you mentioned Lough Derg and we stay near Dromineer with friends. Sadly probably won't make it this year as my travelling companion, 12 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel isn't in good health, but will re-read all the Mara books and pretend I'm back there. I know it's far from the Burren but what about including a mention of the castle at Dromineer? One of our favourite walks. Hope there is another Burren Mystery soon, keeps my brain going as I never guess the ending.

Tue Apr 8 13:18:46 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm sorry, Maria, I'm afraid that I don't - pressure of work and old age!

However, if the children have any questions on the book I would be delighted if they would send them the the children's message board and I will answer them as soon as possible.

Mon Mar 24 15:48:18 2014

Maria king writes from Ireland
Hi Cora ,
I am currently studying your book "The Famine Secret at Drumshee" with my class and I am just wondering if you still do school visits ?

Mon Mar 24 15:34:42 2014

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