Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Sara Reyes writes from US

I WAS JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND is our Fresh Pick of the day. We're doing the best of prom books this week. Even though a ball is not a prom, our committee thought it was close enough especially since the majority loved the book.

Wed Mar 23 07:53:19 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
i agree with you, Wendy. My huge interest in writing the book was to make public this wonderful system of humane and logical laws.
I hope others at your library enjoy the books also.

Tue Mar 22 17:43:45 2011

Wendy writes from Canada
Hi Cora,
I discovered My Lady Judge while perusing the shelves of our main library and as soon as I read the back cover I was hooked. I have visited Ireland twice but don't believe I have been in the Burren district although we did go to Galway and the Aran Islands. Your descriptions of the land were very good but I'm glad to have seen the pictures from this website.

What really intrigued me about the book was the information about the legal system. It reminds me a lot of the system of tribal law that our North American aboriginals use although the Irish system is considerably more codified.

Since finishing the book I have recommended it to several of my friends who are historical mystery buffs. And I hope to read others of the series soon.

Tue Mar 22 13:38:18 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I do hope that you can see it, Rita.
I had a lot of trouble as they wanted me to get 'my professor' to guarantee me.
I pointed out that at my age I would not be very likely to have a professor, but I had a huge interest.
Eventually they allowed it.
When I actually had the volume on the cushion in front of me I was shaking.
By the way, my seven-year-old grandson and his parents climbed Mulloughmore mountain this summer. Now there are signposts pointing the correct way up to the summit which is great.

Mon Mar 21 18:23:10 2011

rita davern writes from usa
Hi, Cora
My siblings and I are thoroughly enjoying "Eye of the Law."
I have applied to see the egerton 88 document in May, on the way home from Ireland. What a thrill that will be!

I'm pleased to see that your books continue to enchant young people and adults around the planet.

I wish you, Mara, and all the other characters well!


Mon Mar 21 18:03:52 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Marlo,
I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed the first two of the Mara, the Brehon, series. The next book is 'Sting of Justice' followed by 'Writ in Stone', 'Eye of the Law' & 'Scales of Retribution'.
The London Murder Mysteries are intended for children - from the age of 8 upwards. I mention this because a woman put a one star review of them on Amazon Uk complaining that they were not as good as the 'Mara' books!
I like the idea of figures in early sixteenth century costume strolling around my beloved Burren landscapes.
With all good wishes,

Fri Mar 18 07:08:52 2011

Marlo Chadwick writes from America
Hello Cora,
Just want to let youknow I have enjoyed the historical fiction novels: My Lady Judge & A Secret & Unlawful Killing.
It was lovely to look at all the pictures on your website. How about some of the people in the clothes they wore in the 1500's & of course of their horses!
I will see if I am able to request your London murder mystery series from our local library.
Blessings in Jesus Name to you & your loved ones, Marlo Chadwick

Fri Mar 18 04:47:00 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Eleanor,
No, I hadnít heard officially but Iíve just been on to my publishers and they have heard Ė some sort of mix-up.
Iím thrilled to be selected and would love to hear from your pupils Ė any questions at all.
Re boys Ė well, thatís a bit tough! Iím not sure whether they would find the book interesting but perhaps they could do so research on the naval background Ė since two of Janeís brothers were in the navy and rose to become admirals itís an important background to the books. And, of course, next year is the two hundred year anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. These sailing ships are so fascinating.
My editor at Macmillan suggests that you might like to get in touch with She is the publicity person and she will let you have posters and showcards etc.
With best wishes,


Mon Mar 14 15:53:11 2011

Eleanor Shakespeare writes from U K
Dear Cora
Your book has been shortlisted for the Staffordshire Young Teenage fiction book award, not sure if you know this. This is one of the few awards that only the young people can nominate and vote for the books they want to see on the shortlist and finally on the 7th July at our celebration day - to win the YTF for 2011. My School, Thomas Alleyne's in Uttoxeter have been asked to 'showcase' your book for the celebration day for all the schools in the County. We are just beginning to read the six books on the shortlist with our 36 readers. I loved this mixture of fact and fiction, it reminded me of the Georgette Heyer novels I used to 'devour' as a teenager..... I hope that you will allow some of our students to post their thoughts on your board as they read the book. Though how I will get the boys to read it I am certain as yet. Very best wishes Eleanor Shakespeare Librarian Thomas Alleyne's High School, Uttoxeter

Mon Mar 14 14:45:50 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Glenda,

I'm very honoured to be discussed by your group and hope that you enjoy 'My Lady Judge'.
A few things occur to me:
1. The place of women in early 16th century Ireland as compared with their role in Anglo-Saxon cultures of the same era.
2. How well is a sense of place conveyed in this book (perhaps the photographs on my website do it more justice!)
3. When writing this book I made a conscious decision not to try to use 'ye olde English' - of course the characters would normally have been speaking late medieval Gaelic - but it wasn't just for that reason. I prefer simple clear language which would not alienate the reader. I would be very interested to hear from your group whether they thought that was a correct decision.
4. How successful a character is Mara in her dual role of principal of a law school and Brehon (investigating magistrate) of the kingdom of Burren?

Sat Mar 12 11:50:53 2011

Glenda writes from USA
Hi, Cora,
Just a note to let you know that the Igo Mystery Book Club (Igo Branch Library, San Antonio, Texas, USA) has selected your book, My Lady Judge, for our April 6 discussion. Some of our readers have a particular love for historical mysteries and we were delighted to discover your books.
Do you have any suggestions to guide our discussion?

Sat Mar 12 04:13:22 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Marie, and I hope that you enjoy the books.

My grandfather and all of his ancestors came from Tipperary - their name was Mockler and I always mean, when I get the time, to research their history.

Mon Feb 28 11:18:01 2011

marie ryan writes from tipperary
i was so excited to discover your existence today.i cant wait to read my lady judge.i have a strong interest in irish history was brought up in the uk .my parents were raised on the galtees and slievenamon in isolated areas and my dads tales of his youth echoed a time and peoples further back that ive yearned for a flavour of hitherto..some of the stuff ive read doesnt give u a feel of the sensitivity and humour of the irish character in history and a flavour of our ancestors lives pre cromwellian in all its brehon glory so im very glad i discoverd u today and look forward to getting to knmw u and myself and lineage through your books! all the best and may your creativity long continue, marie ryan

Sun Feb 27 21:33:06 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Irene,

I'm sorry for the delay in answering you. I sent the question to the publisher and I'm afraid that the answer is that they, hardback and paperback are out-of-print (after a few months in each case!) and Severn House are not willing to reprint unless they get firm orders of about six hundred copies - not easy to achieve. A large print edition is in the offing but I'm not sure of how much it will be.
I'm hoping that the mass market paperback rights may be sold to another firm, but in the meantime, I'm afraid that this unsatisfactory answer is the only one I can offer.

Thanks for your interest, but I think you will probably be best to get 'Eye of the Law'. I don't think that you will miss out on the story as they are written as stand-alone books.

Many thanks,

Wed Feb 23 10:56:37 2011

Irene writes from Netherlands
Dear Cora,
I have been trying to find a paperback edition (at a normal price) of "Writ in stone" at amazon and other internet bookshops: it has been out of print for ages! Is your publisher planning on a reprint soon? Please? I would much prefer to read the Burren books in the correct order, but maybe I should skip this one for the time being.
Thank you for your lovely and interesting books!

Sat Feb 19 22:14:41 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Chloe,

'Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend' will be out at the end of March.
Hope you enjoy 'Murder on Stage'. I think it is quite fast moving and I was very happy with how it turned out.

Best wishes,


Mon Feb 14 21:35:31 2011

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

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