Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Nancy.
It's so lovely to hear of people enjoying the books and so nice of you to take the trouble to tell me.

At this moment - or in ten seconds time - I will be editing book 6 - Scales of Retribution.

And when that's finished and when I have finished book 5 of THE LONDON MURDER MYSTERIES, a series for children, I shall begin on another Mara book. At the moment it's called MURDER BY CONTRACT, but that may change. I'm looking forward to going back to describing the Burren, a place that I love very deeply.

Wed Oct 13 09:00:46 2010

Nancy Todero writes from Syracuse, NY, USA
Dear Cora~
I'm both pleased & disappointed to be done w/ the Burren Novels. I have deeply enjoyed ALL of these books, and find myself wanting more about Mara & the King & all the others in the mystries. Only hoping to have more of The Burren come to me!! I believe I saw that you were working on a new book. True?? I would LOVE to have 5 or more books to continue these characters.{One would be fine for now!! Lol!} Thank You so much for entertaining me & so many others!! ~~Many Blessings~~Nancy Todero~~USA

Wed Oct 13 01:42:14 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm so, so sorry that happened. It is so stupid! The American publishers thought 'Michaelmas' was too hard a word for Americans (something that all the Americans I know are quite indignant about!).

However that is the only time this has happened. the next in the series, 'Sting of Justice' is the same all over the world as is 'Writ in Stone' and 'Eye of the Law'.

I'm so sorry about your disappointment.

Thu Oct 7 10:14:02 2010

anna amadei writes from italy
I'm a great lover of Irish culture and lore and simply adore your books, but recently I had a great disappointment:
Last year I bought "Michaelmas Tribute" and last week I ordered "A Secret and Unlawful Killing", only to find out that it was the same book. Why the Amarica Editors change the original titles? It is so misleading! Can you give me the names of English or Irish editors, just to avoid further problems?
With my evelasting gratitude and appreciation.

Thu Oct 7 10:07:05 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Poulnabrone is something special, isn't it!

I think that it's wonderful that the people who own Caherconnell have made it accessible - there are so many of those forts all over the Burren, but unless you know where to go, and who to talk to, they just moulder away smothered in blackthorn and brambles.

We have an iron age fort on our farm and we need to get a digger to clear the surface vegetation every four or five years or else it tends to get lost. I suppose a few donkeys would be another answer!

Wed Oct 6 09:19:15 2010

marilyn miller writes from usa
hurray, i finally got 2 see the poulnabrone dolmen & caherconnell ! sad to say i left my driver's license in my truck in new jersey so i took a bus tour instead. and i who do not like to fly would like 2 come back! but after reading other messages i see that i'm not the only one! thank u cora for helping educate the public about the ireland that was.

Tue Oct 5 22:10:18 2010

Jackie Wallace writes from USA
Thanks Cora - I will look forward to reading it.


Thu Sep 30 16:32:41 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Jackie,

It will be out at the end of the year, I think. I'm not sure whether an exact date has been fixed yet.

Anyway, I've finished it and it is called Scales of Retribution.

Hope you enjoy it when it comes,


Tue Sep 28 16:35:01 2010

Jackie Wallace writes from USA
Hi Cora:

Is your newest book finished and if so, where can I get a copy? I can hardly wait.


Tue Sep 28 16:28:32 2010

from Ch. guestbook
Hi Cora

Just finished reading My Lady Judge. On p. 135, it mentions a MacWilliam. Did this have any basis? Was there MacWilliam's in Ireland to your knowledge?

Sorry, Lisa, for the delay. I meant to look up my notes and forgot until now.

Yes, the name Mac William came originally from the Burkes - an anglo norman family. They split into two clans - The Mac William (son of William) and ClanRickarde (sons of Rickarde or Richard). Both clans were very powerful in the west of Ireland at that time.

Hope this helps.

Sat Sep 25 15:34:58 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Hope you have a lovely trip and that the weather is good. It makes such a difference to the Burren when the sun shines and the limestone sparkles. When it rains everything looks dismal - though I rather like it in fog when the landscape looks mysterious.

Sun Aug 29 21:43:44 2010

Danise writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison,
I am currently reading the second Mara book and am so enjoying it, and have ordered the rest. I couldn't believe my luck to find a mystery series, I read dozens of series, set in my favorite place in the world. On my first trip to Ireland, I headed straight for the Burren, not knowing anything about it, just having read it on a map. I was so captured by the magic of the place and have never travelled to Ireland without staying there a few days at least. Your books are a salve to my longing heart when I can not be there in person, along with a lively's like eating cake for fun. I am so excited to be planning my 8th trip there in a few days, and will be bringing Mara along for company. Thanks so much and best wishes from Wisconsin.

Fri Aug 27 23:36:26 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Ali: the map I mentioned is done by Tim Robinson - it's a really excellent map if you want to explore the Burren - he has also done one for the island of Aran - and Connemara, I think, though I haven'et seen that one.
My sixth book will probably come out in Amazon uk first. I hope you like it -it's rather fun continuing the story of Mara alongside the murder mystery. She's quite a real character to me - rather like a friend, in fact.

Susan: Good luck with your novel. Times are so difficult now in publishing that I think every author needs luck! Yes, I've read about - and actually seen the excavations at Caherconnell - very exciting. And there is a still a Davren living there at Caherconnell!

Sun Aug 15 11:36:36 2010

Susan Brody writes from U.S.
Hello, Cora! I've been doing research on the burren for several months, and I've been lucky enough to come across your Mara O'Davoren series. I've read three so far and am looking forward to reading the rest. I am a lawyer, like Mara, but also write young-adult novels (none published as yet), and my next one, which I've just begun, is set in the burren in the mid-17th century. I only ever spent one day in the area, but I've never forgotten how magical it is. In any event, I came across an article I knew you'd want to see, if you haven't already. The website contains a link to a fascinating article about excavations at Caherconnell, just published this past April in the Journal of the Royal Irish Academy. I hope you enjoy it! Susan

Thu Aug 12 17:17:02 2010

Ali writes from Australia
Hello hello,
I am so interested in the Burren region and your splendid books that I have just finished booking myself a brief holiday focusing on the south and west of Ireland.
Somewhere on your website you mentioned the map, or author of a map that you use in your writing of the Burren.
I am afraid I can no longer find the name, might you mention it again so I can google it like mad and plan a very detailed visit to the area?
I am eagerly awaiting the release of your sixth book - is it likely to be available on Amazon or first?
Many regards,

Wed Aug 11 12:04:19 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Lois: I meant to say that agents usually like to have three chapters to read before looking at the whole typescript, so it's important to have those three chapters really outstanding.

Paula: It's one hundred per cent suitable - and this is from a retired primary school teacher - just a gentle, old-fashioned romance and girly talk. Hopefully, it might lead your daughter on to reading Jane Austen herself.

Mon Aug 9 19:42:14 2010

Hi Cora,
Just wondering, is "I was Jane Austens Best Friend" a suitable book for my 11 year old daughter?
Many Thanks!

Mon Aug 9 17:14:48 2010

Thanks Cora, will do:)

Mon Aug 9 17:12:36 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland

It really doesn't work for one writer to comment on the work of another. I find that I end up giving advice that would work for me but not for another. If I were you, I'd write the whole book and then go back and make the first three chapters as outstandingly fast-paced and exciting as you can.

Sheila: Many thanks for your praise. I've just finished book 6 which is all about herbal medicines and poisons and I hope you might read when it comes out at the end of the year and tell me what you think of it.

Thu Aug 5 08:41:41 2010

Doctor sheila nazerali writes from canada
As a retired family doctor and keen reader of historical mysteries I have just finished your third Burrens book.They are a total delight on many levels and I want you to know I have recommended tham to all my friends, my book clubs and my family! I shall look forward to more and congratulations on a superb series!

Wed Aug 4 21:33:34 2010

Dear Cora,
I would like your opinion on the first chapter of a childrens book i have begun to write. Is there a place I can post it for you to view?

Mon Aug 2 14:45:18 2010

Jan Swain writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison, Just found "The Sting of Justice" at our public library. Entranced. I am now a fan...and plan on waiting to read this until I can procure the others in the series.

I am a retired speciall needs an active writer of historical myteries. One I am just finishing takes place at TRINITY COLLEGE with Ebenezer Prout (composer) as the dectective. I am hoping for a publish next year.

The other I have just started to research. Have you ever heart of the ghost story called "The Bridal Barge of Aran Roe" which takes place off SLigo ROck? I am returning to Ireland for the 6th time in September to do the research for this book. I am especially interested in the story because my great-grandparents from CO Sligo immigrated to the U.S.

Thank you for reading this.

Mon Jul 26 21:19:02 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Yes, ‘craic’ is a Gaelic word which means, a combination of fun, laughter, good conversation and a few other things also. It is pronounced ‘crack’. I tend not to over-explain Gaelic words and hope they can be understood from the context.
Re Brehon law there are a lot of books published about this, but it was wonderful to see the actual manuscript (written in medieval Gaelic).
Yes, I did understand your ironic use of the word ‘civilized’. It is extraordinary to me to read the abuse which was aimed at Brehon law and to find out for myself how very civilized it actually was.
MacNamara was a great name here in County Clare and still is.
My husband’s family, the Harrisons, were from Sligo originally.
Hope you enjoyed ‘Eye of the Law’.

Wed Jul 21 20:47:17 2010

marilyn miller writes from toms river, nj, united states
cora, i promise this will b the last message 4 2day!. i may have put the cart b4 the horse. i opened up the site wherein u write about brehon law & explained about how u bcame interested in it. when i put quotation marks around the word civilized in my 1st message it was bcause the irish were accused by some people of being barbarians & heathens & the brehon legal system was neither. the american judicial system could benefit by incorporating some of the brehon laws. amen

Wed Jul 21 17:42:19 2010

marilyn miller writes from toms river, nj, united states
whoops, it looks like it would have been helpful 2 read ur bio 1st. ur farm cottage is so blessed to have ur family preserving it. & to think u r living in kilfenora. i can finally dance the kilfenora with prompting from my instructor or partner. i didn't mention i have a link 2 a mac namara. my grandfather's brother married a mac namara from clare. thank u so much 4 sharing ur talent with the world. the fotos were beautiful. i remember hearing about a former priest from connemarra who shared a passion for the burren. enuf, i could chat 4 a long time. marilyn, again

Wed Jul 21 17:21:47 2010

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