Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Do you know, you're quite right. I do love writing these books. It's as if I have created a little world where I am always discovering new things about the place if you read 'Scales of Retribution' you will find that the action is centered on a flax garden - well, I created that because I came across a reference of 'site of flax mill' on a large scale map of the Burren and from that I had great fun in reconstructing a little sheltered valley on the south side of the mountain.
Thank you for your remarks. It was good of you to take the trouble to write, Karen.

Thu Sep 22 07:52:47 2011

Karen Smith writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison,
I'm a teacher here in the US and discovered your Burren mysteries over my recent summer holiday--I love them and have grown quite addicted to them! I had the opportunity to spend a week in The Burren about 6 yrs ago, and now find myself pouring over my photos from that trip, adding my memories to your wonderful descriptive writing. Your books make me want to return in the worst way. I'm also a student of Scottish Gaelic, and find the Gaelic references contained in the Burren series really add interest for me. I'm reading "Eye of the Law" now and look forward to many more enjoyable hours of reading about Mara and the people of The Burren. I hope writing this series gives you as much satisfaction as I get from reading them!
All the best,

Wed Sep 21 22:19:38 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Janet.

By the way, quite a few people have been enquiring about 'Writ in Stone' book 4 in the series and I noticed yesterday that it is on Amazon as a large print edition.

Wed Sep 14 10:12:36 2011

Janet Guess writes from United States - Arkansas
I discovered your Burren series recently and have been able to read the 1, 2, 5, & 6th books - they are very good and I enjoy them and the continuing characters. Good luck with your writing - I am looking forward to your next book. :)

Mon Sep 12 22:12:19 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm hoping that the publishers will reprint both Writ in Stone and Eye of the Law. I am in contact with them about this.

In the meantime - don't know if this is a help - but it is available on Kindle.

Sun Sep 11 14:29:14 2011

Tima writes from Germany
I absolutely love Ireland and was thrilled when I found out about your Burren series! I really liked the first books about Mara and I'm absolutely curious how the series goes on. Unfortunately, I have real trouble in finding a copy of "Eye of the Law" even over the internet. Is there any chance of a reprint of the book?
Looking forward to the next books!!

Sun Sep 11 14:05:55 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I hope you get the sun, Judy - it does make such a difference to the Burren.
A lovely place to see the Burren is the walk up Mulloughmore Mountain - it's just a simple stroll for the first half hour or so - and very clearly signposted the whole way to the top. When I went there a week or so ago the pae blue harebells and magenta-coloured cranesbill were in gorgeous contrast to each other. Of course, the best time is late April/early May with the gentians and the orchids etc.
To get to Mulloughmore, find Kilinaboy on your map, turn at the ruined church of Kilinaboy and keep going until the mountain is right in front of you. Then turn right and go along that little road and you can park quite near the beginning of the mountain. If you like wild flowers and spectacular views you will love Mulloughmore

Tue Sep 6 09:23:49 2011

Judy Holland writes from US
I have been reading the Burren series in preparation for our trip to Ireland beginning on September 12. I am really looking forward to seeing the Burren and am hoping that the flowers you describe will still be in bloom.

I love historical mysteries and I have enjoyed your books very much.

Thanks for your great introduction to the Burren.


Tue Sep 6 02:47:15 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'll do my best, Megan.
Glad you enjoyed my Jane Austen books.

Thu Sep 1 14:22:58 2011

Megan Strong writes from England
hi Cora I loved 'i was jane austens best friend' and 'jane austen stole my boyfriend' i was wondering would you be writing another one because i would love to read another one of your amazing ,funny, romantic books. It would be a shame if this was the end :(

Thu Sep 1 13:34:53 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Yeah, well, I was wrong - wasn't I ?

It was 1856 that they left. After one wave of the famine - but before another killing wave.

It was May of 1982 I first walked through the Burren. Sleeping in hedgerows where I could find them. Slept in Cathair Lochlain near Galway Bay.

When I awoke to discover I'd squashed a slug I bethought myself I'd squashed some transmogrified ancestor.

At an O'Loughlin bed and breakfast they told me " We can tell you're NOT one of us - we don't tan !"

There's a more horrific story near Doolin. But I'll spare you unless pleaded with.


Sat Aug 6 23:09:03 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks for this, Bill.

I, too, love the Burren very much - though I was born in Cork and have a special place in my heart for Ballycotton Bay in east Cork.

Thu Jul 28 15:52:23 2011

FR Bill Melnick
Cora, I am just thrilled with your books on Medieval Ireland. The characters are great and you really bring the Buren to life. have been to Ireland a lot and reading your books brings back some great memories. They will also inspire me to take a trip soon. thanks so much for your inspiration.

Thu Jul 28 15:50:25 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I've never heard that story, Joe.

If your family left Kilfenora before 1840 they were very lucky as the famine hit five years later and the suffering in the area was intense.

Wed Jul 27 22:02:26 2011

Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
When my small family branch emigrated from Kilfenora in 1839? there was this story that 2 boys stole a cake at a British wedding, so the whole family had to vanish.

Is that story commonly told about many other families too?


Wed Jul 27 18:50:39 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Anna & Patricia: Many thanks for your messages - nice to get them from opposite parts of the world! The Burren is so a special place that I am proud to lead people into understanding and seeing it for themselves.

Joe: I've recently been re-reading Wodehouse on my Kindle and there are loads of mistakes - especial with the 1920s slang - probably unfamiliar to computers!

Trinda: This is what the foremost archaeologist in Burren studies has to say:' Although the Burren lies north of main concentration of stone circles...a few do occur on the Burren - mainly single stones...'
Of course I am writing fiction and I do feel at liberty, given that I am writing about an era over 500 years ago, to turn a single remaining stone into a full circle.

I'm glad you enjoyed the book, nevertheless.

Fri Jul 22 18:16:27 2011

Anna writes from New Zealand
Recently read Writ In Stone. Was supposed to be studying for exams but I just couldn't put it down. Brilliant story and am looking forward to reading the next. God Bless.

Fri Jul 22 11:16:56 2011

Patricia writes from USA
I "accidently" came across your "Lady Judge" book at the library. The library has some of your books but not all. I absolutely loved the book especially since I have been a fan of Tremayne's books for a while. So good to have books of ancient Ireland in a more recent century.

I am a huge fan of all things Irish even though I come from a Scottish ancestry.

I have yet to visit Ireland but it is my most cherished hope that I will get there soon. In the meantime books like yours keep me content. If you can share any links for visiting Ireland for about a month I would appreciate it. I don't want a tour, I want to be with the local people as much as possible.

Thanks to your website I realized that some of the books are hard to get so I went immediately to Amazon to order them. I am so grateful that I found your stories, your heart is in each one, I can feel it. Blessings, Patricia

Wed Jul 20 23:23:07 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
I'm just reading the Kindle version of the Sting of Justice now.
There has been more than one problem with hyphenation. Gaelic proper names in the middle of a sentence, but with a hyphen in the name. 2 sentences later - no hyphen in the name.

Tue Jul 19 20:19:36 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
David: I'm afraid that the paperback of 'Writ in Stone. came out and the whole edition was sold out almost immediately. I've been trying to talk to the publishers about another edition, but everythng is Kindle at the moment.
Your best bet might be the large print edition before that, also, goes out of print.
I'm glad that you enjoy the series and am particularly sorry that 'Writ in in Stone' is the one that youa re missing as I feel that is certainly one of the best - if not the best.

Sat Jul 16 18:12:35 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I must confess to you, Joe, that I made up the character of Ardal O'Lochlainn - unlike Turlough Donn O'Brien, he has no historical reality. Originally he was going to be just a minor part of the scenery, but I got involved with him and he has become more and more part of Mara's life. I'm intrigued by him, and am not sure where the story will lead me - sounds pretentious, but it is the way things go.

Trinda: I am trying to look up the point that you raised. The trouble is that it is actually over seven years since I wrote the book, initially. I'm almost certain that there is evidence of a stone circle in the Kilcorny vicinity - as for the name, my memory is that I just made it up.

Sat Jul 16 18:07:11 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA

Here is another dubiosity to conjure with:

"..there are doubts as to whether the present chief of the sept [since 1666?] can be correctly connected to any of the above remote generations."

re: pedegree of O'Loghlens Burren; geneological MS of Duald McFirbis

Sat Jul 16 00:33:51 2011

Trinda McCarthy writes from Australia
Dear Cora Harrison, I have just found and read your first brehon laws tale My Lady Judge. I was interested in the attention to detail and enjoyed that. However on further perusal I am seriously disappointed that you have dragged in a stone circle from Kildare, (like a whole few counties away) complete with name and number of stones, to infuse your story in the Burren. I was excited at first that there might have been such a circle although I hadnt previously, while exploring discovered any mention or remnants of one. I guess my disappointment was that within such accuracy on so many other things, an active fabrication should not go unmentioned say in an introduction. I realise this is a work of fiction but you are playing with accurate historical record and this somehow falls short. I did like the book anyway. Thank you - Trinda McCarthy

Fri Jul 15 15:14:35 2011

David Clark writes from Spain
Dear Ms Harrison,
I've enjoyed all the Burren mysteries I've read so far, but had to skip Writ in Stone as it was previously unavailable. I see that a new large print edition is available, and that the book is also in a Kindle edition. I'm loathe to purchase the electronic version (as it would spoil my collection!) but wonder if there is any plan for a paperback edition to be released.

Thank you for your time, and keep up yhe great work!

Best wishes,

David Clark

Fri Jul 15 11:55:12 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm sure that your wife is right, Joe. There has been a deafening silence from my publishers and that is usually the case when expenditure is concerned.
Oh well...
I wish you'd send some heat over here. We've had rain, wind and temperatures in the low fifties over here for the past month. Today is sunny, but the rain is due to come back within a couple of days - just in time for St Swithin's Day on the July 15.

Wed Jul 13 09:58:29 2011

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