Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Just one of my stupid mistakes, Bill. My only excuse is that I was writing five books a year that time and was rushing too much (and am a naturally careless person)

But it's great that you liked it so much. I was so intrigued by the story, and by the still remaining glimpses, of medieval Galway that it inspired the book.

Mon Feb 10 07:38:01 2014

Bill Donahoe writes from United States
Dear Cora I just finished reading 'Laws in conflict". I loved the story but on page 181 I was thrown by the line Margaret Lynch ,born a Burke. Did I miss something earlier. i thought she was Valentine Blake's sister. The book was fantastic.
Bill Donahoe at

Mon Feb 10 00:40:24 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you for the lovely message - yes, I would love to meet you and answer any questions if you send me note of where you are staying a bit nearer the time. I usually go away in June, but should certainly be at home in July.
It's worth planning a visit to the Burren, as it is a rather nebulous place, with many of its treasures, such as Mullaghmore Mountain (above) located in remote and difficult to access places. I would be pleased to help you to plan your trip if you tell me where you will be staying and for how long.

Sat Feb 1 19:28:55 2014

Kate & Mary & Garah Duffy writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison,
We are deeply involved reading and loving the Burren Mysteries. We feel your stories and writing could come to life for many more people if they were made into a mini-series for TV.

We will be traveling to Ireland in early July - specifically in your area around July 11. Are you participating in any book reviews or signings around that time? We have never really visited the Burren. Would it be possible to meet you?

Your writing is so captivating, we cannot put the books down once we begin reading. I am the grandmother, Garah is a daughter in law and Kate a grand daughter. We hope you continue adding to this series. Sincerely, Mary Duffy

Sat Feb 1 18:03:43 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Peter. I think of the Burren as one of the most beautiful places in the world. We are lucky to live here within easy reach of such scenery

Wed Jan 29 08:28:48 2014

peter curtin writes from lisdoonvarna , co clare ireland
love the photos of the burren. your weaving of irish/burren history through your books is magic, well done.

Tue Jan 28 23:43:41 2014

Cora Harrison
Dear Valerie,
What happened to them is what happens to all of the pupils of teachers - they grow up - go off into the world and start to make their own way.
'The Cross of Vengeance' you will notice, takes place a number of years after 'Chain of Evidence'. Cormac, Mara's son, was only a baby there, but now he is nine years old - it is almost ten years since his birth in 'Scales of Retribution'.
I was anxious to get on with the story of Mara and the Brehon Law before the final catastrophe, and was, I must confess, seduced by a possible story involving the two-armed Cross on the gable end of gable end of Kilnaboy Church and the possible involvement in a Lutheran disciple in the destroying of the round tower which is reputed to have held a relic of the true cross.
However, the next book, out in March, 'Verdict of the Court' re-visits the story of Enda, one of Mara's former pupils and talks about Shane, also. I hope that you enjoy it.

Mon Jan 27 19:54:32 2014

Valerie writes from England
Hello Cora,

I have enjoyed all the books about Mara.
I opened "Cross Of Vengeance",eagerly, and was puzzled.
What had happened to Hugh,Shane,Fiona,Aidan and
Moylan?No mention of them.

I thought that I had missed a book.Then thought I had missed a clue in "Chain Of I reread it.Nothing.

What happened in those missing six years?

Mon Jan 27 19:35:46 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland

Hello again Cora,

Rights have let me know that there is no publication date set yet for Jane Austin Stole My Boyfriend in Brazil, but as soon as they do have confirmation they will let our rights team know and I will pass on this news.

I'm sorry not to have a more definitive answer but hopefully we'll have one soon.

Wed Jan 22 20:52:15 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What very good English you write, Isabel - and thank you for such a lovely message.

I've written to my publishers to ask them whether they know about launch date of the Portuguese version of book 2 of my Jane Austen series.

I must say that I love writing about the balls and the gowns and the elegance of life then and am delighted that you enjoy reading about these things.

Sat Jan 18 10:07:12 2014

Isabel writes from Brasil
Cora, I'm in love with his book ''I was the best friend of Jane Austen'' but to be honest I'm addicted to him, to give you an idea, I've read it over fifteen times kkkk, and I would whether you know the date that the book ''Jane Austen stole My boyfriend'' will launch in Brazil?

Sat Jan 18 04:11:07 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Nicky. It's wonderful to think of my books being read on the other side of the world and I'm very grateful that you introduce me to others. I've just finished book 11 of the Burren Mysteries - 'Verdict of the Court' where Mara visits her husband's main court - the castle at Bunratty, in the neighbouring kingdom of Thomond. Hope you enjoy it when it comes your way.

Thu Jan 16 09:19:45 2014

Nicky Kendall writes from New Zealand
Just finished reading your "Cross of Vengeance". As usual with your books, I've found it such a compelling read. Thanks for being such a brilliant author. I've loved all the Burren mysteries, introduced you to countless borrowers at the libraries where I work. I've been pleased to show teenagers your Jane Austen books, and children your London mysteries. Now, from your website I've just discovered your debutante book ... I'm so looking forward to reading it. Thanks a million.

Thu Jan 16 09:14:02 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm afraid that I am not computer-savvy enough to know what that means, Joe!

Wed Jan 15 18:20:18 2014

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Nice looking subsections of this website being found on Google !

Wed Jan 15 18:04:27 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a lovely New Year present it is to get a letter like this! Thank you very much, Ash, for taking the trouble to write.

And yes, I must get to grips with a pronunciation guide - I'm not an expert and fear to get things wrong, but I suppose that is no excuse.

Wed Jan 8 09:21:28 2014

Ash McDaniel writes from USA
I love, love, love the Burren Mystery series. Every aspect, the storytelling, the history, the character development, the vivid descriptions of place and time, is absolutely pitch perfect. The one and only thing I would love to have included is a pronunciation guide to the frequently used Gaelic words. I know just enough to know that whatever I'm saying in my head is most likely dead wrong!

Wed Jan 8 02:59:28 2014

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Happy New Year!

You're quite right, of course, Joe. I met someone the other day with quite a local accent who pronounced O'Lochlainn with the o sounding just like an a. And, of course, in Gaelic, the vowel 'o' is pronounced as the 'u' in the word 'cut' - and 'ch' is soft as in the 'ch' of the musician, Bach.

Hope you enjoy 'Cross of Vengeance' when it comes out. It has got some good reviews over here.

Tue Dec 31 12:16:04 2013

Joe O'Laughin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

Best of the new year to you.

Responding to a comment you made here: "It's interesting that your name is spelled with an a, rather than an o as would be more common here - O'Lochlainn or O'Loughlin.)

I've NOT found a family story or opinion. I suspect a quick mistranscription from a poor verbal report at the Ellis Island immigration intake center? Maybe bad sinus effects from the respondent coming off a "coffin ship".

The family was definitely from Kilfenora in Clare. Great grandfather even went back to bring a betrothed bride to the frontier of commerce among early farmers in eastern Iowa.

I have seen MANY O'Laughin names in states on either side of the Missouri River, including up into Minnesota.

Laboring to get our basement free of black mold and proof against future flood. Waiting for your latest Burren book to issue here on Amazon.

Joe O'Laughlin

Mon Dec 30 14:37:02 2013

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Merry Christmas to you all. Yesterday I went out to cut holly and pine for the cottage and wore my lovely warm mittens - all the way from Canada - there was just a little bit of wet snow, but I felt very Christmassy, indeed.
Thank you all very much for such lovely gifts and for going to such trouble to see me.

Mon Dec 23 07:41:42 2013

Brenda writes from Canada
Merry Christmas Cora, greetings from your Canadian fans.
I hope you and yours enjoy a very festive holiday season.
I have just finished Cross of Vengeance and enjoyed it to the very last page.

Sun Dec 22 22:00:35 2013

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I think that the problem was that libraries in Ireland cancelled their orders and, of course, Easons is notorious for ordering big batches of books and then sending them back to the publisher - sometimes in not great condition - within weeks, on the grounds that they are not selling quickly enough. Of course, my books are not immediate best-sellers so Severn House find it much more profitable for them (and for me) to take orders from libraries in US and UK - and, indeed, Australia and New Zealand and sell the remainder off on Amazon and, I have just found out, the Book Depositary - and, of course Waterstones in England as you have found do take a certain number.

It's always a great puzzle to everyone that books about Ireland and a about an interesting part of Ireland's history seems not to be of interest to Irish libraries and booksellers.

Wed Dec 18 15:17:42 2013

margaret writes from mayo
Hi Cora,
Could you check with your publishers why your books are out of print in Ireland.
Will let you know how I get on, can't wait to get reading.

Tue Dec 17 19:38:18 2013

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks for your message, Margaret. It's heart-warming to learn that you are prepared to go to so much trouble and expense.

I do hope that you enjoy them. Please let me know - I especially love to know whether readers have guessed the murderer early on or whether it remains a secret until Mara divulges her thought processes.

Tue Dec 17 14:44:05 2013

Margaret writes from Mayo
Hi Cora, thanks for your reply. It is very frustrating that your books are not available in Ireland. Readers from Ireland can check out Waterstones website (UK), they have lots of your books, second hand too at reasonable price. Prices are in Euro's. I have ordered four books from them and shipping will be 20.25 euro's. Really looking forward to reading them.
Margaret x

Tue Dec 17 14:39:56 2013

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