Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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June Bray writes from USA
I just discovered A Shameful Murder at my local library and I'm enjoying it and getting to know Reverend Mother Aquinas. I wonder if you would consider including a map of Cork (like the maps in Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James mystery series) in the Reverend Mother series? I love to read books that have maps in them, especially books that have an historical setting. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series!

Mon Apr 18 23:29:04 2016

Cora Harrison writes from ireland
There is one more Mara book, Una. I think it will come out next autumn.
But, I'm afraid that may be the last one. Apparently they are not selling so well, these days, according to the publisher.
I'm sorry because I love writing them, but I suppose that they have to look at their sales figures.
What part of County Clare do you come from?

Wed Apr 6 20:45:31 2016

Una writes from Berkshire, UK
Hi Cora

Thanks for all the pleasure you have given me over the years. I really enjoyed A Shameful Murder but hope that you won't stop writing Mara books which, coming from Co Clare, I love. I regularly check Amazon to see when the next book is available and there is no mention of any more Mara books yet. Hopefully it won't be too much longer before the next one is available.

Wed Apr 6 17:29:19 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I think that the man you are looking for, Joe, is T J. Westrop who was a Victorian antiquarian who did some great sketches. I got my inspiration from looking at his work on the Burren on the Clare Library website.

As for Fanore and Kilfenora, I really don't know. There are so many contradictory explanations that, as a novelist, I take what suits me. The short answer is, I think, that nobody knows!

Wed Mar 23 14:43:45 2016

Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

I'm trying to source a pencil sketch of the Oughtdara mountainside ?

I may only have it as a false memory. Any clues ?

Also, any connection between Fanore and Kilfenora ?



Tue Mar 22 17:08:00 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Reduced on Amazon, I meant to say.

Mon Mar 14 07:21:50 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland

Actually, Merrin, you are in luck. The next three books 'Chain of Evidence', 'Cross of Vengeance' and 'Verdict of the Court' are all, the Kindle editions, reduced to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

'Cross of Vengeance' skips a few years, but I think it's a good one. The church with the 'Cross of Lorraine', a sign of a relic of the 'true cross' is just up the road from where I live. Every time I pass it I think that they were magnificent builders, these people of the Burren five hundred years ago.

Mon Mar 14 07:19:42 2016

Merrin writes from Australia
Hey Cora ... or should I say Top of the mornin' to you ! It was lovely to get your reply ... thank you.
I am just reading my last available Burren Mystery, Condemned to Death
have loved every single book ... and I am enjoying the development of the family.
I guess I should have read more slowly .... I am feeling a bit sad about having to wait for each new episode in the life of Mara.

Warmest regards
and thanks again for the joy you give !

Mon Mar 14 02:30:37 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
And Brenda, too! I remember replying to your message ages ago!

I'm so very sorry!

And glad you liked my Reverend Mother as well as Mara.

Sat Feb 20 09:16:03 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Such a lovely message. And my website had to develop a fault!

I do hope, Merrin, that you will check back and see how much I appreciated your very kind words.

I love writing the Mara books and think of her as a friend. She is an amalgam of some colleagues of mine when I was a headteacher in Kent, England, or at least she started off like that and then grew into a personality in her own right.

Don't forget about 'Writ in Stone' it's an important one for Mara's life story!

Sat Feb 20 09:10:25 2016

Merrin Trewin writes from Australia

Hello Cora ! ... just wanted to say how much I have been enjoying your wonderful books .. The Burren series in particular since I discovered you and Mara and King Turlough and Bran .. well everyone and everything.
Your writing is sheer delight !You have everything that I love:outstanding skills in writing,brilliant description,wonderful character portrayal,murder and mysteries(Agatha Christie would be a fan of yours if she were still on earth)and authentic historical settings.
I borrowed a couple of books from my local library but that was all they had.
So I have just (two weeks ago) organised a kindle so that I could read more of your novels.I have been loving them and I am about to buy my fourth book "Eye of the Law"
Please, please don't stop writing Mara ... ask your publisher to do some marketing ... and I will do what I can !

Thank you for many happy hours. :)

Warmest and Best regards,

Sat Feb 20 09:00:20 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Gail.

Sorry for the delay in putting on your message. There was a mal-function on my site.

Sat Feb 20 07:58:43 2016

Gail writes from USA
After reading "A Shameful Murder", I sincerely hope you are at work on the next Rev. Mother Aquinas mystery. Can't wait!

Wed Feb 17 14:39:07 2016

Brenda writes from Canada
These holiday greetings are a little late but come with heart felt wishes for a year of good health and happiness. We have been enjoying such a mild winter I have spent much more time outside and my reading has been limited. I did find time however to enjoy "A Shameful Murder". Enjoyed from beginning to end and shared with the other ladies who are fans as well. Take care

Wed Jan 27 19:40:55 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Joe.
I was fascinated to read, from a writer who explored the valley of Oughtdara two hundred years ago that there was in the area a vivid awareness of the legends of 'the old people', of the legendary gods of the Tuatha De and it has stuck in my mind as a great possibility for a story.
I finally got down to it to celebrate Mara's fiftieth birthday and my own fiftieth publication!

Tue Jan 19 17:16:55 2016

Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
The USA "Fatal Inheritance" is in my hand as I type! I thought I heard the Banshee scream upon opening it.

When I walked the Upper Cantred the criss-crossed bones beneath my feet were palpable, but mute. Your work has given me a darkly living vision of that time-slice in my lineage's history. - Thank you.

Enjoyably readable, too.

Joseph O'Laughlin

Tue Jan 19 16:54:10 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
You can download a kindle app from iTunes for your iPad and then buy any kindle book from Amazon - just choose iPad for your destination.

I think that you can also get it from Safari, but I'm not sure about that.

Sun Jan 10 18:15:26 2016

Simon writes from Ireland
Ah. I'm on iPad and only the first three are available.

Sun Jan 10 15:31:34 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm not sure what you mean by 'download', Simon. They are all, except for the latest, available on Kindle from Amazon.

I'm glad you enjoyed the one that you read.

Sun Jan 10 12:47:53 2016

Simon writes from ireland
Cora. Enthralled by the Burren series which I've just discovered. But why can't I get the rest of the series on download?

Sat Jan 9 22:47:41 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
And thank you, Karen, very much, indeed, for going to the trouble of writing to me.

It's very heart-warming for me to have so many messages from fans of Mara who also like Reverend Mother Aquinas.

She, of course, is older than Mara, possibly harder, more cynical, perhaps. Certainly she has seen and heard things which Mara in bright, clean, sparsely populated land of the Burren could never have conceived of. In the clan system real hunger and poverty, such as I describe in the Cork book, just could not occur. In fact, under Brehon law, it was an offence not to give food to a hungry man!
And of course the land is literally littered with stone blocks and riddled with caves so shelter could easily be constructed with help from family and neighbours.

Sat Jan 2 11:10:52 2016

Karen J Mitchell writes from United States
Dear Cora,
Thank you so much for sharing your writing talent with us. I read some of the Mara books a few years ago and then kind of lost track of the series. BUT, I found the new Reverend Mother first book and, happily, dug into it. Wonderful, fantastic. Perhaps I love Reverend Mother so much because we are of an age and share a fondness for Thomas Aquinas. Since we have to wait for the next book, it seems like a good time to revisit Mara. Thanks for the hours of reading joy.

Sat Jan 2 01:34:15 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It's funny, but only today I was looking at the lovely picture that you gave me.
Frank and I are hoping to go across to the Highlands in Scotland this May - traveling from Larne to Toon - and if we do, well, yes, I would love to drop in and say hello to you and your pupils. I often think what a lovely school it was, in the glens. My grandson is going to a school near London which has 2,000 pupils! How much nicer to be one of a small number and valued for all that you can contribute.
Wishing you and your pupils a very happy Christmas,

Tue Dec 8 17:34:31 2015

Francis Close writes from Antrim
Hello Cora. Greetings from Glenann PS, Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim. My pupils are currently reading Famine Secret at Drumshee and are thoroughly enjoying it. I will get them to contact you when we are finished. All good here and I hope you are keeping well. If you ever make it back to Cushendall you know you are very welcome to call. Take care and have a happy Christmas.

Tue Dec 8 15:00:07 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm glad that you are looking forward to the next 'Reverend Mother' book, Su. It should be out some time next autumn, I think. I know that I have finished it and sent it off, but after that things slow down with a very busy publisher.

No, the flaming red hair is belonging to Dr Munro (Angelina had chestnut hair). Dr Munro put on a face mask and 'now only the flaming red hair and the eyes were visible'.

And Cork is flooded again as I write! We, here in the west of Ireland, are completely cut off from our market town, but luckily our old cottage has been built on a hill and so we are quite safe, though our river has burst its banks and our low-lying meadows have turned into lakes!

Tue Dec 8 10:05:40 2015

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