Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Aisling writes from Ireland
Dear Cora, I read my first one of your books "I was Jane Austens Best Friend" and I think it was fantastic. I really lived it and you made all the charectars brilliantly. I am a great fan of Jane Austen and I think I was born in the wrong era! I hope you can write some sort of follow-up! It was really an inspiring novel. I hope it is made into a film sometime, perhaps you should send it to a film corporation?? I would love it!
Thanks so much!
Love, Aisling

P.S. I really loved Cousin Eliza, even though she was a terrible flirt!

Thu Apr 8 23:43:32 2010

Barbara writes from U.S.A.
Dear Cora: After reading your first Mara book, I was totally hooked. Your beautiful descriptions remind me so much of all the places I visited in Ireland. I am taken back to the burren that I loved so much.
Your books are not easy to get here; but I finally learned to order from the U.K. for them. Please keep me informed of your next one so I can order again.
Thank you for an entertaining, romantic and suspenseful series. I love the books.
Please email me at

Wed Apr 7 03:39:26 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Jackie,

Thanks for your message. It's lovely to hear that you liked the books. I, too, am fascinated by Brehon law and its community-based aspects. Wouldn't it be wonderful if communities came together and enforced good behaviour on its members without the use of prison?

I think that all of my books are available on Amazon UK - you will probably have to wait for 'Eye of the Law' on, but it should soon be available.

Please don't look for 'Michaelmas Tribute'. It's the same book as 'A Secret & Unlawful Killing'. For some reason the American publisher thought 'Michaelmas' would be an unfamiliar word for the American public. Many Americans have written to me expressing annoyance at this decision and its implications!

Fri Apr 2 07:59:28 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Prish,

Many thanks for your kind words.

The research is a pleasure to me - it is so interesting to plough through the Brehon laws and to decide how matters could have been handled.

I wish there were more written accounts of Ireland at the time, but there is very little. One has to wait for the Elizabethan era for this - and it is very biased against the 'native Irish'. Unfortunately, virtually nothing, other than legends and Brehon laws have survived from the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

Fri Apr 2 07:57:42 2010

Jackie Wallace (nee Concannon) writes from USA
Dear Cora:

I have just finished My Lady Judge, Sting of Justice and A Secret and Unlawful Killing. I found it hard to put any of them down and am so pleased that you have a new book coming out in March. I hope I will be able to obtain it over here.

I have always been interested in the Brehon laws and your attention to detail is wonderful let alone, I think I have figured out who did what and where but usually am wrong. I have not read Eye of the Law, Write in Stone or Michaelmas Tribute but will certainly try to obtain them.

Thank you again for your wonderful books

Fri Apr 2 00:18:46 2010

Prish Hawkes writes from England
Dear Cora
I have just finished reading the Eye of the Law which I enjoyed very much indeed. It is not just the unravelling of the mystery of the murders but the meticulous research that delivers such a vivid picture of the 1500s and the beautifully written descriptive passages about the Burren .
Thank you Cora...when is the next book out!!

Wed Mar 31 13:00:02 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Nancy,

I'm glad that you found 'My Lady Judge' interesting. I hoped to be able to convey a sense of respect for this rather community-based way of life - and also perhaps a sadness that it was soon to come to an end when defeated by a superior power - fully armed with the belief that they were doing God's work!
I think the similarities between ending of the Celtic Brehon-Law society and the American Indian society are plain.

Thanks for your nice message,

Sat Mar 27 12:03:27 2010

nancy todero writes from usa
dear cora,
I am almost done with 'my lady judge'.
Somehow I got lucky enough to find the first of the burren books. I am looking forward to reading the next 4 books!!
Thanks for sticking with your passion of story-telling!!
Your AWESOME at this!! I've always been drawn towards anything and everything Irish & Native American. Very similar beliefs, religions and communitiy lives. I have found some roots in the county (farnanaugh)? Still investigating this!
It's great reading, keep up the indulging stories.

~~peace & blessings~~ nancy~~

Fri Mar 26 18:41:02 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
How nice you are! In fact, though one shouldn't generalise, I think all Americans are extremely nice.

I don't think there are any plans to have me do a book door of the States - i shouldn't think that my books sell well enough for that, but if you do come to Ireland, let me know and I'll show you my favourite parts of the Burren.

Have you read 'My Lady Judge'? I think you would enjoy that as it is the first in the series.

Tue Mar 23 14:56:37 2010

Sharon Davis writes from Tidewater VA USA
My husband and had the wonderful pleasure of visiting Ireland a few years ago and briefly saw the Burren and fell in the love with whole of Ireland. We can't wait to come back for another visit.

I just found your book "THE STING OF JUSTICE" and am having a very hard time putting it down. It contains many of my favorite topics: Ireland, the Law and a well written mystery. The next time I am at a bookstore I will be looking for more of your books.
Is there any chance that you might do a book tour of the US? I promise I will be in line for a chance to meet you in person.
Please keep writing and giving us such pleasure.

Tue Mar 23 14:31:55 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Sorry not to have got back to you before now, Donna, - I'm so busy writing that I forget to answer my mail sometimes.

Thank you so much for your lovely message. I do love to write about the Burren five hundred years ago and it's wonderful to think that others enjoy my stories. The characters are very real to me. Mara is my own creation (though there were women Brehons), but King Turlough Donn O'Brien was a real person, although there are only a few sentences on record about him.

I must confess that, although I can read and understand simple Gaelic, I would be very unreliable as to pronunciation. I must see if I can get someone to do a 'cheat sheet' for me!

Have you read 'Eye of the Law'? It will soon be out.

Thanks again for a lovely message.


Sun Mar 14 19:35:28 2010

Donna Blessing writes from USA-Chalottesville, V A
Dear Ms Harison

Gosh, I love the characters you have created and the setting of the Burrens. The majority of my heritage is from County Cork; not exactly near the Burren, but the flavor is present.

I must thank you for taking heart in hand together with your creativity and love of the Burren and gifting people like me a chance to go back in time to a place of wildness, beauty, hardship and integrity. I am fascinated with your characters, Mara, Turlough and the different clans, customs and daily life.

Will you ever include a cheat sheet on how to pronounce the ancient Irish names?

Please don't stop writing about these ancient, yet vitally alive, people.

Donna Blessing

Tue Mar 9 15:19:12 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
At Kinvarra you will be very near to the Burren.
Perhaps we could meet and have a coffee.
The only problem is that I will be going away in early June or late May so I'll let you know when that is finalized - otherwise it would be great to meet you.
Don't forget to visit Mullaghmore (pictured above). It's a nice easy climb to the summit. My six-year-old grandson did it last summer!

Sun Mar 7 16:07:07 2010 writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison,
I, along with a dear friend, both of us living on the Western Slope of Colorado, high in the mountains, am a great fan of your Burren books and am now excited to see that you have written about other subjects. I will be in Ireland in mid to late May, initially studying fiction writing with Irene Graham, and then visiting Kinvara, the ancestral home of the matrilinial side of my family. I intend to visit and walk on the Burren as part of my adventuring.
Will you be speaking or teaching or anything of the sort? Is there anything I can bring you from Colorado? Thank you for the wonderful character of Mara and the unfolding of her adventures.
I have stayed up late many a night because I could not put these books down. Sincerely, Masa Holle

Sun Mar 7 15:23:15 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It's so lovely to get a message like that!

I do hope that you enjoy 'Eye of the Law'. It's got a fascinating piece of quite strange Brehon law in it. I wonder what you will think when you read it...
Enjoy your book!

Sat Mar 6 16:46:12 2010

Marlene Hazlehurst
Just purchased Eye of The Law and can't wait to read it. Am going on a weeks hols in 3 weeks time. It's supposed to come with me - what are the chances of it lasting that long??
Love the characters and stories - totally addicted - thanks for the pleasure your books bring - keep writing

Fri Mar 5 20:15:44 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Yes, I did promise to see about a map. It seems very complicated to actually copy a map and put it on - and my efforts at drawing one look rather pathetic. Google is, I suppose, the best solution, though I was a bit put off by the number of misspellings and omissions when I did look at the Burren in Google.

Tue Feb 23 17:22:25 2010

pauline writes from england
Interesting looking back to see the rewuest for a map as I like to know where I am! Lucky enough to have visited - briefly - and bought book of maps, but there is a good interactive map on the Burren website

Mon Feb 22 21:44:35 2010

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Here is what I discovered re forks.

Ireland, of course, in those days, was much more influenced by Spain and the continent than by England,

'The fork as an eating utensil was introduced in the Middle East before the year 1000. First introduced to Europe in the 10th century by Theophanu, Byzantine wife of Emperor Otto II, the table fork had, by the 11th century made its way to Italy. The fork's arrival in northern Europe was more difficult. For many years it was viewed as an unmanly Italian affectation. The Roman Catholic Church expressly disapproved of its use: "God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to Him to substitute artificial metallic forks for them when eating." It was not until the 18th century that the fork became commonly used in Great Britain.'

Mon Jan 11 13:57:03 2010

Rose writes from Wales
You mention on page 29 of 'The Sting of Justice' that Lawyer Bodkin in 1509 'placed his fork with mathematical precision in the centre of his empty plate ...'. As it is generally accepted that forks were not common in GB until the 18th century, was Ireland two centuries ahead of England at this time, is it an anachronism or is there another explanation?

Mon Jan 11 13:34:21 2010

I am a deeply impatient person, too.

And there's nothing wrong with not wanting your characters to be cardboard cutouts.

Thu Dec 31 20:56:57 2009

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Robert, I shall have to think very carefully and seriously about this.
I confess that I am of a very impulsive and impatient disposition and tend to rush at this sort of thing. I am deeply interested in character and other aspects of the story, perhaps, get overlooked.

Thu Dec 31 19:44:37 2009

Robert writes from USA
As for an old calendar: here is Dionysius Exiguus' rule:

Argumentum 12.
If you want to find out which day of the week it is on the first day of
January, for non-leap years, then add the years since the incarnation of our
Lord Jesus Christ, say 675 years. Subtract one, 674 are left over. Divide
those into the fourth part, and add the fourth part obtained by the division
to 674, yielding 842 altogether. Divide those by 7, 2 are left over. It is
Monday on the first of January. If 5 [are left over] then [it is] Thursday,
if one, then Sunday; if nothing, Saturday.

Wed Dec 30 03:23:35 2009

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Glenys for your message.Yes, Granuaille, was near to that period, just forty years or so later.

Happy Christmas!

Thu Dec 24 20:30:10 2009

Glenys Heath writes from UK(Cheshire)
Thankyou Cora for your wonderful Burren novels.The characters are so well drawn and I think Mara and Turlough are absolutely fantastic. So clever and painstaking but also very empathic and bringing the best out even in the villains!
I feel lost now as I have just finished Writ in Stone are there any more on the go ?Hope so. This is a fascinating period in history and in law. I am now reading Ariana Franklin love historical mysteries.
I can't think if Mara time coincides with Granuaille time but I think it was morelikely to be Elizabeth 1st.
Happy Christmas and looking forward to more books in 2010.

Thanks Glenys

Thu Dec 24 18:17:46 2009

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