Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Carolyn.
Funnily enough I have always wanted to see Canada!
The Burren is beautiful, especially on a sunny day. Try to climb Mullaghmore (the mountain above this page) if you get a chance.

Wed Dec 8 15:50:51 2010

Carolyn Dey writes from Canada
Thank you so much for so many enjoyable reading hours. I am only on your second Burren mystery and am looking forward to visiting Ireland sometime in the near future as I am feeling quite attached to it from your books (maybe because my great-grandfather came to Canada in the potato famine).

From your books, you have described so many places I would like to see.

Thanks again.


Wed Dec 8 14:42:25 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I received your message, Conor, but I'm afraid that I can't help - something to do with copyright etc.

Why don't you ask your teacher for help? And of course there is always the good old dictionary.

It probably wouldn't do your Irish much good to have a direct translation - there's no gain without pain, they say!

Tue Dec 7 10:21:10 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland

I so wished you saw it in the sun! The first few years of the reign of Henry VIII of England (the era where I set my stories) had outstanding summmer - we've had terrible ones for the last few years - and the Burren does really sparkle in the sun.
Still it has its own beauty in the mist. Did you manage to see Mulloughmore? It lies to the east of Poulnabrone. You need to go from Kilfenora half way to Corofin and then turn sharp left just past the ruined church of Kilnaboy - keep going until you see the mountain. My six-year-old grandson climbed it so it is not too difficult.

Fri Nov 26 08:23:36 2010

Diana writes from USA
Hi Cora--
Love the books. I discovered them just after we came back from a week in Ireland. The Burren was one of the places we visited--I had read a guide on ancient Ireland and it sounded very interesting.
We drove (an adventure in itself) from Lahinch up to the Burren with no map--it was a cloudy day and on the backroads we didn't see anyone. It was mysterious and amazing, with the landscape and the mountains were just as you described. We stopped at Newtown Castle and Poulnabroune Tomb, and drove through Kinvarra.
When I began reading the books it was like visiting the Burren again. We are already planning our next visit to Ireland, and I hope to see more of this beautiful area as well as the rest of Ireland.
I'm a librarian, and have recommended your books to quite a few patrons. It's the first time that I received a thank you note from someone thanking me for suggesting a book! They really loved your work, as do I.
Looking forward to your next book.

Thu Nov 25 23:51:01 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Louis: I suppose I could do that, but I think that kids like reading each other's messages and may not want to plough through remarks about books that they will not have read.
Glad you like my books. Which ones did you buy? I hope that you didn't buy 'Michaelmas Tribute' AND 'A Secret & Unlawful Killing' as they are the same book (one published in the UK and one in America)

Sat Nov 13 11:16:57 2010

LOUIS writes from America
Hey Cora I was wondering why dont you put the childrens notes mixed in with the adults I mean a children write in here nyway .

Love ur books and I bought 6 of them today

Fri Nov 12 16:27:26 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Stiofan: They ran out of print - twice - and then decided just to concentrate on the paperback (which I think is now out-of-print)

I have a few spare copies and since you are a neighbour can leave a signed copy for you somewhere convenient. Or if you trust me with your address (it will not be published as all messages come to me first) I will post it to you if that is more convenient.

Wed Nov 3 20:17:04 2010

Stiofan Schmeitz writes from Co. Clare
Hello Cora,
what is the reason why "Writ in Stone" is not available in hardcover any more? I tried every conceivable online shop and tried 2 book stores but with no luck.
I checked for new books from you frequently but for one reason or another missed this one.
Thanks for a hint.

Wed Nov 3 20:10:41 2010

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

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