Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Chloe writes from England

I have read your book Jane Austen was my bestfriend and i was wondering when Jane Austen stole my boyfriend is being published?

I think all your books are amazing especially the London murder mysteries- i still have murder on stage to read!


Mon Feb 14 19:05:31 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Hope you enjoy them, Niamh.

I've just finished 'Deed of Murder' Mara the Brehon book six.

The publisher is wondering whether to do another reprint of 'Writ in Stone' so if you want to put your name down on Amazon, for that you won't have to pay anything unless they do reprint.

Sun Feb 13 08:53:10 2011

Niamh writes from Ireland
Thank you so much! I will buy the books on Amazon UK.

Sun Feb 13 07:52:35 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Niamh,

Unfortunately, and somewhat oddly, Ireland is the most difficult place to get my books about the Burren!

Are you able to access Amazon Uk? They are available on that - at least Eye of the Law and Scales of Retribution are. Writ in Stone is out-of-print at themoment.

Sorry you've had such bother,


Sat Feb 12 22:54:15 2011

Niamh writes from Ireland
Dear Cora,

I love all your books and i have read the first three books in the Burren Mysteries. Unfortunately, i am finding it very hard to purchase the sequels: Writ in Stone,Eye of the Law and The Scales of Retribution, in Ireland. I have tried many bookstores and all of the bookstores i have tried do not have the books in stock and are unable to stock the books. I would be very grateful if you could advise me on where to buy the sequels.

Yours sincerely,

Sat Feb 12 21:31:14 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Oonagh: It is nice of you to have gone to the trouble of writing.
I've had a long career in teaching and so, hopefully, have some insight into the age group.
I'm sorry there is no sequel. I had planned one, but the Irish publisher of 'Gorgeous' decided to give up on children's books when the government grant was cut and these days I deal wholly with English publishers, who, understandably, feel that events in Ireland are not interesting for their target readership.
Sad, but that's the way that things go!
I'm so pleased that your daughter enjoys and identifies with 'Gorgeous'.

Thu Feb 3 18:05:59 2011

Oonagh O'Brien writes from Ireland
Hi Cora,

My daughter is reading your book gorgeous and told me she saw a lot of herself in one of the characters. I thought it was a great tribute to your writing and I found this web site when looking for another book in the series. Congratulations on being able to understand and capture the feelings of young girls so well.


Thu Feb 3 14:18:29 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Joan, for your lovely message. I keep discovering new joys in the Brehon laws and am delighted to share them with kindred spirits. I hope that you enjoy 'Scales of Retribrution' which I think is just out. Mara has to balance the demands of her profession with that of her new-born son.

Sat Jan 29 18:02:40 2011

Joan Evans writes from England
Dear Cora Harrison,
What a joy to discover you. I have already set my daughter and grand daughters on your path.So good to see excellent narrative for children.I am thoroughly enjoying the Burren.I named my e-mail 'brehonabider'after reading 'Fidelma' and now have an even better understanding of the BrehonLaw... (retired teacher/JP )...and I can happily immerse myself in the ways of Mara and her countryside -which you describe with such clarity and passion I feel I'm there.
I look forward to the riches to come.Thank you.Joan

Sat Jan 29 17:10:58 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I haven't read the Maisie Dobbs books - never heard of her, but have just looked them up and think that they sound extremely interesting.
Glad you liked my Mara.

Sat Jan 22 19:16:09 2011

Dale Sanderson writes from USA - Nevada
As an avid reader of British mysteries, my wife recommended My Lady Judge. I'm half way through it and looking forward to A Secret and Unlawful Killing. Mara might just give Maisie Dobbs a run for my favorite lady detective!

Sat Jan 22 18:38:49 2011

Lauren Skinner writes from America
Great! Thank you so much for letting me know. I promise I will be one of the first to get it!

Sun Jan 16 09:53:16 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a wonderful message. I do hope that you will enjoy 'Jane Austen Stole My Boy Friend' which comes out in March. Jane and Jenny go to Bath, my favourite city in England, and they have an exciting time with balls and parties and Jane makes some rather nasty girls extremely jealous!

Sat Jan 15 11:34:05 2011

Lauren Skinner writes from America
I got your book, I was Jane Austen's best friend for Christmas and it was one of the best books I have ever read. I started in at three in the afternoon and was done by five a.m. the next morning. The funny part is that I'm only twelve. Like I said, it was one of the best books I have ever read so thank you.

Sat Jan 15 07:03:54 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Nice to have a fan in my home country!

I must warn that you that 'I Was jane Austen's Best Friend' was written for children - probably 11+. It is however quite accurate so far as most of the historical details of Jane Austen's life are concerned and loads of adults have read it and enjoyed it.

Fri Jan 14 12:58:05 2011

Chloe writes from Galway, Ireland
Hi Cora,
I was amazed to see that you were Irish. You are an excellent writer. I just bought a copy of "I was Jane Austen's best friend" and am dying to start reading it. Up the Irish Cailín!!

Thu Jan 13 19:42:06 2011

Denise Hennessy writes from Cork
Thanks Cora,

Thats great, I look forward too reading it with my class.


Sun Jan 9 23:42:37 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Denise: Yes, it is - just a later republishing.

If you are having trouble with getting any of these Drumshee books you could try Tara Book Company. Patricia there will be very helpful and carries almost all of them which she will immediately post off in a very efficient manner.

Sun Jan 9 20:09:35 2011

Denise Hennessy writes from Cork
Hi Cora

I am finding it difficult to get a copy of The Famine Secret. Is this the same as The Famine Secret at Drumshee?

Thanks for your time


Sat Jan 8 14:55:14 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks for your message, Tommy. I am the most inaccurate of writers and this is a mistake which slipped past editors and copy-editors.

I'm glad that you enjoyed the book, nevertheless.

Thu Jan 6 18:20:03 2011

tommy vella writes from Malta
I just got to read my first of your books, My Lady Judge. It is very interesting both as a thriller and also as a historical novel, two of my weknesses in reading.

However May I point out a mistake. I read the 2008 paperback edition by Pan Books.
The story takes place in 1509, but on page 119, going through the list of cases found in Colman's room, Mara notices her divorce case in the year MCCCXC, which if I am not mistaken is 1390, a hundred and nineteen years before.
Later on in the story the year is corrected to MCDXC.

Thu Jan 6 18:09:27 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Lisa. What a lovely message - and a great New Year present.

Hope you like the sequel as much. It will be out in March.

Sat Jan 1 21:06:13 2011

Lisa Frase writes from USA
I absolutely loved I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend! You did a splendid job of introducing young readers to Austen's world. I am recommending it wherever and whenever possible. As a writer of YA Regency, I hope your book takes off, opening the door and clearing off shelf space for more YA novels in this period. I love the voice throughout the book, as well as how you captured the typical teenager's heart in a historical context. I believe young readers will not only connect to both Jenny and Jane, but they will also feel transported to another time and place through your smooth storytelling. Excellent job! Fantastic book! Loved it!

Sat Jan 1 21:01:41 2011

tracy cowell writes from uk
Hi Cora, I love the Burren Mysteries and have them all, when will there be a new one? I can't wait. Thank you for your brilliant stories.

Sat Dec 11 01:43:55 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Carolyn.
Funnily enough I have always wanted to see Canada!
The Burren is beautiful, especially on a sunny day. Try to climb Mullaghmore (the mountain above this page) if you get a chance.

Wed Dec 8 15:50:51 2010

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