Guest Book

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yeah ! i finally found ur site !! i have read ur burren mysteries, mother superior & now the gaslight mysteries. when i visited ireland i took a bus trip 2x (once with my grand daughter erin) to the burren area. i tried to imagine how life was when the legal system was irish & women were honored. my children’s paternal grandmother’s maiden name was harrison & my oldest son spent time visiting her cousin in ireland. i am soooo pleased that u r still sharing ur writing talent with we readers. thank you. marilyn, whose maternal grandfather james murphy came from doonane, county clare.-910-891

So you are from the Tipperary side of County Clare. That’s nice. I love Clare so much. It’s my adopted county, but I was born in Cork, and my father’s family, zMockler came from Tipperary.

Yes, Brehon law is so marvellously intriguing and yes, women were so valued and on an equal standing to men. It’s amazing to think that in the time of Dickens a man had complete control over his wife’s money and property, whereas hundreds of years earlier in Ireland a woman could be a judge, and, indeed, a blacksmith as I found when looking up ‘honour prices’
It makes one proud to be Irish.-910-891

Thank you for your reply, so packed with incredible information! I ran to the library yesterday to look for more of your novels…before we went back into lockdown. I grabbed the only one on hand, “Beyond Absolution” (so off on another of your paths!) but I’ll request “My Lady Judge.” 🥰-910-891

Well, you may, or may not like this. It’s on a very different track.

I was born and brought up in the city of Cork, born in 1939 to fairly middle-aged parents, especially my father Who was five years old when Queen Victoria died. He was at university during the War of Independence and worked as a solicitor in Cork during the Civil War which resulted from the unpopular division of the six counties of Northern Ireland from the rest of the country and as I was growing up he told me many stories about these troubled times – and these have gone into my Reverend Mother Series.
He was a great communicator and I owe my interest in the Brehon Law to him. He was a friend, and had been in school with Daniel Binchy who was the first to translate early Irish law, Brehon law, from its original Gaelic.-910-891

I’m writing to thank you for this intriguing novel, “Deed of Murder” the first of your Burren series I’ve read. It was poignant to revisit the Burren in my mind, as it was top of list on my first visit to Ireland 15 years ago. I wish we’d had the chance to meet then! Maybe on my next trip. I’d love to learn more of the Breton laws and the Irish language. Many thanks, again.-910-891

I found Brehon law to be hugely exciting and when we moved from England and bought a little farm, quite near to the Burren, I was astonished to find the remains of a law school quite near by, which had been in operation only a few hundred years ago – astonished because I had always believed that Brehon law belonged to somewhere around the time of St Patrick and here was a law school in operation at the time of King Henry VIII of England and up to the time of his daughter Elizabeth. And I went to the British Museum in London and found the actual law documents copied by the students with jokey comments in the margin. Even one signed Sile (Sheila) so there was a girl there!
And so the germ of an idea began to grow in my mind…
You might be interested to read the first book: ‘My Lady Judge’
Thank you for writing. Lovely to hear from you.-910-891

Hello from New Zealand. Our local library had you latest book Summer of Secrets on display so thought i would have a look, Really enjoying it. However I would point out that on page 43 Maguire is requested to “telephone for the doctor”. Bell didn’t get a patent on the telephone till 1876 and Dickens died in 1870! Perhaps send for the doctor. Can go in the reprint.-910-891

Thank you for this. How stupid of me! I can’t believe that sneaked through since I pride myself on being a historian!

What did you think of my theory about Ellen Ternan? Did you think that I proved my point?-910-891

Well I’ve finished the Sumer of Secrets and really enjoyed it. It took me longer than normal as i had not realised (with exception of Dickens) that these were real people so ended up researching them as well. This added to the enjoyment of the book. Regarding your hypothesis on Dickens daughter, you make a good case. True or not, we don’t know but I’d be inclined to agree with you Something else you may want to consider for your reprint, Page 140. Station staff offer to arrange a taxi? Perhaps a hackney cab or maybe a Hansom cab and on page 170 the inspector talking from his notes talks about “broken plates, pistol, phone call”. Having said all this I repeat I really enjoyed the book and I’ll look for more of your work in our library. Finally, thank you for engaging with me. I appreciate it.-910-891

I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it and that you thought my reasoning worked out!

This is the third of these Dickens & Collins books that I have written. The first was based on the murder of a real girl who was expelled for bad behavior from a charity cottage that Dickens set up to give a new start in life to girls who were coming out of prison, mainly for prostitution and theft. His idea was to train them in housework and then pay for them to emigrate to Australia.
Worked out in some cases, but not in others! Many of the girls missed their life on the streets.

I’m now writing the fourth book of this series. Not sure whether I shall go on or not. It’s more difficult than I am imagined to write about real people and to get their tone right. I have another series about the city of Cork in southern Ireland (where I was born and lived until I was 21) and I think I find that easier and more enjoyable to write. And my earlier series about early Irish law and the beautiful Burren where I now live is very close to my heart.

Thank you so much for writing. It makes such a difference to a writer to get feedback. I’m very grateful to you.

Thank you, also, for spotting errors that need to be corrected. You would make an excellent editor!-910-891

Hello Cora,

I just wanted to send you best wishes and hope you are keeping well, especially during these times. I hope everything is well with you and your loved ones and that you are all keeping safe and in good spirits. I used to send my writing in to your story club many many years ago. I think I was about thirteen, so about eleven or twelve years ago! I was a very shy girl not sure of myself at all and no self confidence. To receive your feedback and encouragement meant the world to me and still does. I absolutely loved your novels, I have a lot of them here with me at home. Your confidence in me pushed me to go forward and continue to write. I’ve now been published a few times here and there and writing a novel now. I wouldn’t have had the self belief if it weren’t for your kind words. So, thank you. I really wanted to reach out to you and say just that. I have always admired and respected you as a writer and your willingness to inspire others is truly a gift. All the best to you.

I am so very pleased to hear this. The story club was a source of pleasure and admiration to me and it’s great to know that it may have been of use to others.
I wish you all the luck in the world with your writing,
Cora

Dear Cora,

I’m sorry I don’t have a question, but I wanted to reach out and say hello, and that I hope you and your family are keeping safe and well in these difficult times. You probably don’t remember me, but I used to post on the story board when I was a child with a love of reading and writing. I stopped writing for fun when I went to college and started working, but the one fortunate consequence of this pandemic for me is that I’ve now been reunited with it, and I’m working on what I hope will be a novel. I’m delighted that you are still writing and I’m excited to read your newest releases. The Drumshee series is so sentimental to me – I still have all of my old copies! They sparked my imagination and encouraged a fascination with Irish history that I still have today.

When I used to send you my own stories on the storyboard, you were so kind to take the time to read them, and I just wanted to say that your kind words of encouragement had such an impact – I think of them often, more than ten years later. Thank you.

Dear Kristine,
It’s lovely to get your letter. It brings me back to the good old days of ‘Drumshee’.
Yes, I’m well thank you and still living in the same old cottage which was home to so many ‘Drumshee’ children.
And when I want exercise in these lockdown times I climb the hill to the fort which is on top of a little hill (Drumshee – the hill of the fairies) – behind the cottage and which was home to Nuala and her Wolf.
Good luck with your novel!
And thank you so much for writing,
Cora

Dear Mrs. Harrison, I wonder if you would consider writing a sequel to Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend? I enjoyed it so much(and Jane Austen Was My Best Friend was really great as well). I know Jane/Jenny Cooper died 7 years after she could married, but she’d still have 7 years to tell all about married life-or you could have Jane Austen write it, kind of like a memoriam. Either way, I loved how the books were both informative, VERY romantic and had an amazing plot…

Dear Julia,
That’s a great idea and I’d love to do that. Jenny is more my own creation than Jane as I had to be very careful to keep to what is actually known about Jane Austen, but little is known about her cousin, the other Jane, whom I ‘christened’ as Jenny, which I think is a pretty name. And i am very fond of Jenny.
Thanks for writing,
Cora.

Nice to have a new guestbook up and running. Am looking forward to hearing from those who enjoy my books and from those who have a question.

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