Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Prish Hawkes
Dear Cora
I have just finished reading Condemned to Death... I enjoy the Mara Mysteries so much; your research is so detailed ,the descriptions of the Burran are so evocative and beautiful and the story line so exciting that one is transported effortlessly into Mara's world and to the stirring events taking place! I found it really hard to put Condemned to Death down and had to keep reading and reading until I have reached the final chapter. I felt that the conclusion was a little darker than usual but but so sensitively and well written . Thank you Cora for a great read!

Wed Oct 22 17:03:04 2014

 
Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
Cora

I came to check on everything after finishing "Condemned to Death" for NetGalley and getting a premonition which my Irish greats called "the Sight".. I did love it but it made me a bit sad and felt from Mara that changes were coming. Looking around perhaps I was correct..It was an awesome book! but Mara may have plans?

Getting ready to Blog about the book as the preorder links are up

My gosh I did not tell you about my trip to Ireland. I have wondrous pictures of myself and cousin Patricia sitting atop our 13C ancestral tower house at Fantstown Limerick..

Yes I loved Bunratty and chattered on about Turlough.. We were then enroute back to Shannon.

My cousins who now own the castle at Fantstown were awesome and John who is owner/farmer of thet land also is farm manager at a famous stud 2 miles away and we visited with Istabraq and Sean Connery's horse Risk of Thunder aka "Risky".

Sun Oct 19 18:46:37 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
@i'm delighted that I've made another convert to the beauties of the Burren. It's been a fantastic September here and to drive past Cahermacnaghten down the corkscrew mountain road with the limestone gleaming silver and the very blue sea ahead of you is an experience that I never tire of.

re pronunciation, there is a wonderful English/Irish dictionary on the Internet and if you turn on your speaker, you can actually hear the word spoken. A fantastic resource! However, so many people seem to want it, that I must talk to the publisher about a phonic guide - I never like these things much - they look so uncouth, but obviously we're not all alike.

Hope you enjoy 'Condemned to Death' - just out in the UK. It's set on a most beautiful beach in the north-west corner of the Burren and one of my very favourite spots.

Thu Oct 16 10:37:01 2014

 
Kim Bradley writes from Saskatchewan, Canada
Hello, Cora. My wife and I were recently introduced to your Burren mysteries and enjoy them immensely. We read them aloud to one another (while driving together or washing dishes) and, like Sandra, we were really hoping that you had published a pronunciaton guide. We will make our first journey to Ireland in 2015 and hope to see something of the Burden. Thank you for these stories.

Wed Oct 15 03:19:41 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Sandra,
I'm delighted to sense that, for you, as for me, Mara has reality. I think of her as one of my friends.
re pronunciation, I have to make a terrible confession that I am useless at Irish, myself.
However, one of the wonders of the modern world is the Internet and if you type a word into Google and have your speaker switched on, then it will say it aloud, so very much better than all of those convoluted phonics.

From my very limited knowledge taoiseach is pronounced teeshock; tigherna is teerne

Do try Google though - it's marvellous.

CONDEMNED TO DIE is my next book to come out and this morning at 9:00 a.m. I shall start work on A FATAL INHERITANCE.

Mon Sep 15 06:45:08 2014

 
Sandra McClure writes from California, U.S.A
Hello,
I love the Burren Medieval Mysteries, Mara is a really special and wonderful character and I am so pleased she shares her stories with you. I wonder, though, if there is a pronunciation key anywhere to help me with the sound of the names and places in your books? "doiche an dorus", 'taoiseach", "tighernae" and even the names…what might they sound like when spoken-either aloud or silently in my head while I'm engrossed in the story? I find myself often tripped up mid sentence wanting to hear the word I've just read. I know there are Gaelic language books/sites, translation and pronunciation books/sites but they are either very general or very specific-how about a key in the afterword for us unfamiliar with the sounds??? Just a thought. Hope this finds you well and busy writing the next Medieval Mystery.

Sat Sep 13 23:15:23 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
No!

I was throwing a ball for my giant-sized puppy, twisted to avoid him crashing into me, slid down a muddy bank and then heard two loud cracks ...

Sat Aug 30 18:50:47 2014

 
Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Owee !

Cora, you weren't jigging to the music in some hollow hill ?

Sat Aug 30 18:44:07 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Sorry for delay in answering these messages - I've been in hospital with a broken ankle.

Thanks, Joe - plenty of more stories in head, I'm preparing the way for Domhnall O'Davoren to take over the law school. As he is a real, historical character - jokes made abut him in the 1550s by his scholars - that will be an interesting challenge, though I suspect that his Grandma will be lending him a hand with solving mysteries.

That's a good idea, Dee. I'll get to work on that as soon as I feel better - rather doped up on morphine at the moment.

Wed Aug 27 16:17:10 2014

 
Dee Hansen
It would really help if there was a spot on your website where the books are listed chronologically by series with the dates right by the titles. Something small enough that we could see the whole list w/o scrolling. Does that make sense? And if it's here and I just don't see it, please help me find it. ")

Wed Aug 20 02:51:23 2014

 
Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

Ireland with a vengeance, eh?

I just loaned your latest to a lady who will be whirled around the West, including a rout at Bunratty.

Can your people live through more, given their natural lifespans?

Congratulations,

Joe

Thu Aug 14 22:21:01 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Liz. Yes I think that the Brehon law system was a wonderful law code and that it is a shame we ever got rid of it.
I'm glad that you found the plots intriguing and hope that you go on to enjoy the rest of series, going right through Mara's life from the birth of her son, to the time when he is a problem, near-teen.
Thank you so much for writing. Messages such as yours are what makes it all worth while.

Sat Aug 2 19:57:40 2014

 
Liz Geuken writes from UK
I have just finished reading The Sting of Justice and am about to start Writ in Stone. Thank you so much for such a wonderful series of books - the characters are so warm and real, and how much better a system of justice they had with their Brehon law! I htink your plots are intricate and well-woven and most satisfactory in the way of the best mysteries - I never feel cheated by the answer even though mostly I haven't seen it, and even if i have guessed part of it, there is always a twist that I don't expect!
Also, I have to say that I have never been to Ireland but looking at the photographs you have on your site here of the Burren, it is exactly as I pictured it when reading your books, so that is also a tribute to your skilful writing. Thank you for so much enjoyment!

Sat Aug 2 18:45:14 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I hope that you have a great holiday, Kathleen, and am delighted that you enjoyed the book on Eleanor, Countess of Desmond. I thought it was excellent.

Fri May 30 18:43:55 2014

 
Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
Cora
Thanks so much for recommending the book on Eleanor Countess of Desmond. I bought it and so enjoyed it! I just reviewed it at various places and blogged about it.. Are you familiar with my Blog?
Kathleen ( 3 more days until we fly to Ireland)
http://myainbookblog.blogspot.com

Thu May 29 00:24:04 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Joe. I think that Ireland, when Independence came in the early 1920s, missed a huge opportunity when they opted to continue with the laws of England instead of making an effort to adopt and, of course to update, the Brehon Laws of their ancestors which had worked well up to the sixteenth century.

Tue May 20 07:09:00 2014

 
Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Cora, I think you have shown us better than most how the culture was "in the day".

Now we need to learn what we can as time unwinds.

Tue May 20 01:31:17 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm so glad that you like it, Joe, and I do hope that you enjoy 'Verdict of the Court' and that you are not thrown by the move on from the 1510 to 1519 _ i'd so like to finish Mara's history before the catastrophe occurs and English law prevailed all over Ireland.
Yes, I do love the photographs of the Burren and the location of book 13, which I am just planning, is in a stunning location among the hills near to the coastline. Book 12 takes place mainly around the beach of Fanore.

Mon May 19 17:46:36 2014

 
Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

Excellent website update !

With the albums of pictures so accessible I can tour the Burren dryshod, in any season.

Panting to get the next book here in the US. Amazon says July 1.

Mon May 19 12:59:28 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Marilyn: Caherconnell is about a couple of miles away from Cahermacnaghten - also owned by Davorens - I placed Malachy the physician (who appears in the earlier books - the father of Nuala and the cousin of Mara - in that place.


Charlotte: Thank you for reminding me. I got on to my web manager (and son-in-law) and he will update shortly. The trouble is that I am rather prolific and no sooner is one book out than another is in the pipe line.

Thu May 15 16:14:58 2014

 
Charlotte Armstrong writes from USA
Hello Mrs. Harrison,
I was looking at your book list for the Burren mysteries and noticed your most recent books haven't been posted. The only reason I figured that there were new books because Amazon had them listed. My mom loves this series of yours and I'm about to try them out also. I hope you are having a blessed day!
Charlotte

Thu May 15 03:21:45 2014

 
marilyn miller writes from toms river, nj, usa
cora, just tried to send a lengthy message. didn't realize that the word "guest" was the security code. so, short version. my mcnamara ancestors were certainly misbehaving in "chain of evidence"' !! i took my grand daughter erin to ireland last summer. i think the tour director took us to caherconnell but i don't remember being at cahermacnaughten. now i'm confused. i also think he told us that his daughter was at a dig at caherconnell & there will be another one this summer. i printed some of the fotos of cahermacnaughten & nothing looks familiar !!

Thu May 15 00:37:07 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Kathleen: Have you read Anne Chambers (also wrote about Grace O'Malley) on Eleanor, Countess of Desmond. Very interesting about the origins of the Fitzgeralds in Ireland and about the 'Black Knight' and the 'White Knight. Anne Chambers is an excellent historian and it's good to see that the books which she wrote in the eighties are now being republished and are available on Amazon.

Sat May 3 07:32:05 2014

 
Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
Cora
I did NOT guess the mystery until the Mac Mahon tried to leave, and even then not sure..

It was I think my favorite so far..A Knight of Glin (Black Knight) was connected with Kilmallock and my family..
and Genetta Ffant, daughter of James Ffant who was attained of treason,married John Burgatt who then held Fantstown. Their daughter Elen married the White Knight, Maurice Fitzgibbon.
Fantstown Castle was also a Tower House although not with 4 towers so I loved the descriptions of life there.

We will be staying in Kilmallock near to all of this..

Fri May 2 23:03:28 2014

 
Ceridwen Collins-West writes from Canada
Thank you Cora, for your response to my request of 20th March.
I do not have a kindle, but I do have 2 of your books on Kobo. You're right, in that the e-market is growing quickly, and this might just have to do it for me. (altho you can't get an ebook signed by the author!

Publishers are funny people in that they don't seem to realize that pbks sell out faster than hardcover if only for the fact that you can easily slip them in a pocket or purse. And they weigh less!

Again, thank you for your response to my query. Keep writing the Burren Mysteries. I love the characters, the setting, and the way you work your mysteries thru them, which keeps the reader mesmerized all thru to the end. Warm Blessings to you.

Thu May 1 15:28:02 2014

 
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