Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks for the message, Tony & Mary. There's a Burke in the next book, 'Sting of Justice' which will be coming out in the UK at the begininng of May and will probably be in Australia a couple of weeks later.
I have a brother in Sydney, so it's nice to hear from Australia - I think you are my first fans from there!

Sun Feb 22 11:41:34 2009

 
Tony & Mary Bourke(nee McNamar writes from Australia
As you can see we have strong Irish ties and have visited Ireland and the Burren in recent years. My McNamara ancesters came to Australia in 1876. My husband picked up a copy of My Lady Judge quite by accident, and we both read and thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't get hold of the A Secret and Unlawful Killing fast enough. We really liked the characters and also to learn of the rather sophisticated form of justice the Gaelic culture had. We are both looking forward to your next publication. Many thanks. Mary

Sun Feb 22 11:15:47 2009

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
That was a lovely message, Mari. You can't belive how much pleasure it gives me to hear that people like my books.

I hope that you can see from the photographs on this website - all taken by my son-in-law on a few frosty days after Christmas a couple of years ago - that the Burren is even more beautiful than I managed to put into words.

Book three, 'Sting of Justice' will come out in May in the UK and Ireland and in the following September in the US. Hopefully, by September 2009, also, book four, 'Writ in Stone' will be out in the UK, but I'm not sure about America for this one.

Sun Jan 18 11:25:23 2009

 
Mari Bonomi writes from USA
I have just finished back-to-back reading of your first two Mara the Brehon novels. (Took me about 3 1/2 days!)

What a joy! I have long wished to visit Ireland, but now I have such images in my head of the land, the sky - I must see them for myself to see if the word-pictures you painted are accurate!

I do hope there is another Mara novel coming (or lots more, actually!). The last line of the second novel (and I agree: Michaelmas Tribute would have been just fine; we hist-myst readers are thoroughly familiar with British nomenclature) was such that it could be a "closing benediction" on Mara or a hint of another novel with many changes coming.

I have recommended your novels to CrimeThruTime discussion group at Yahoo; we're a listserv community of hist-myst readers and writers who love to share what we're reading and what we think of it. I think you might enjoy it :)

Again, thank you for the pleasure I took in your novels :)

Sat Jan 17 18:36:35 2009

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
You must tell your husband, Sue, that the Burren is still carpeted with orchids in the spring and summer. They grow on the mountain sides, in the valleys, in the grykes between the paving stones, under the hedges and along the roadside. I think that he would love to see them - there are some very rare varieties.

Tue Dec 30 13:43:19 2008

 
Sue Cosner writes from USA
I agree with everyone who has written. I have long been a fan of Sister Fidelma mysteries, but also in any and all "medieval" mysteries - Crowner John being a particular favorite also. I also agree that the name for the second book should not have to have been changed - we all who read these books have some semblance of undrstanding of the terminology. I have visited Great Britain but have not been able to visit Ireland yet - thank you for the wonderful descriptions - my husband, who raises orchids, was especially impressed with your frequent mentions of orchids and other flora. Thank you again, I cannot wait for my copy of A Secret and Unlawful Killing to arrive (my Christmas present to myself!)

Sat Dec 27 00:23:47 2008

 
Andrew Kenkel writes from USA
You're very welcome. I began the sequence out of order and began with book two. Today I picked up the first book at the library and will be starting it once I finish my "to do" list. It is my reward for finishing the list and can't wait to get started. To my frustration I have not been to Ireland yet. I used to work with two siblings from Ireland, they left for Canada in '60s and then moved to the US a few years after that. He lived in England in the '90s so I was able to visit England and Wales, but always seemed to run out of time and budget before we got to Ireland or Scotland. Well, you can tell that I tend to "prattle" on, so I will close with best wishes to you for the Holiday season.

Mon Dec 15 05:21:01 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Andrew, for such a nice message. Which of the books did you read?
I've just driven through the Burren, back from County Sligo. It was very misty, but still magical.
Do you ever visit Ireland?

Sat Dec 13 16:07:33 2008

 
Andrew Kenkel writes from USA
Thank you for such a wonderful read. From cover to cover I was engaged and had a hard time putting it down. I so thoroughly enjoy historical fiction (I hope that is the correct term), and your novel was one of the best. Keep up the good work, and a big heart-felt thank you from a country boy who felt he was in Ireland the past few days enjoying the beauty you describe so well.

Thu Dec 11 20:41:01 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Carole: Michaemas was felt to be a term that Americans would be unfamiliar with so my American publishers decided to change it.
I'd be interested to know what you think.

Thu Dec 4 20:31:20 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Sorry to have been a while in replying, Carole; I've been in London for a few days, visiting publishers, literary agent, doing some Christmas shopping and some sightseeing.
I'm delighted that you like the books and the characters. I must confess that I am rather fond of Mara - and Turlough, of course! And I do enjoy a detective story myself and find that I equally enjoy plotting the red herrings etc. in my own book.
What part of Ireland did your mother come from?

Thu Dec 4 20:25:15 2008

 
Carole Hacker writes from USA
Love your books! I have been a long time Sister Fidelma fan so I can now add another new favorite, Brehon Mara. Once I started the books I can hardly put them down and then the sad part - it ends. You detail the characters so well that they seem to come to life. My mother was pure Irish so I also enjoy all of the Celtic history mixed with the mystery. Looking forward to your new books.
One question - Why did they change the name of your second book here in the USA?

Sun Nov 30 23:29:58 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Capturing the atmosphere of the Burren was my dearest ambition when I began to write this series and I'm delighted that you think that I managed that, Denise.

Fri Nov 21 16:10:55 2008

 
Denise writes from USA
I just finished My Lady Judge and enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series, whatever the titles. You might want to tell your publishers (gently, it wouldn't do to startle them) that quite a lot of Americans have access to dictionaries, Google, wikipedia etc. And readers that are willing to try a book that takes place in a different culture & era are comfortable with looking up the odd word or two.
Thank you for the pictures of the Burren. I was there about 3 years ago and was amazed at the beauty of the place. Your book captured the atmosphere perfectly.

Fri Nov 21 02:04:03 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks for your message, Marilyn. I'm glad you enjoyed the books.

The problem with judgement/judgment is that the original script is as published in England and people in America may find the odd discrepancy with American spelling as in grey/gray.

Wed Oct 29 10:02:55 2008

 
Marilyn Schmitz writes from USA
I've very much enjoyed your books but where, or where is your proof-reader? "Judgment" has only one "e", not two.

Tue Oct 28 22:32:55 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Kathleen,
The third is just being typeset and I have finished books five and six.
I have such a clear vision of how this series is to go and what I want to do is to concentrate on people of the Burren. Though not wanting to make a soap opera out of it, I just visualize various characters moving in and out of the focus of the story. Garrett MacNamara, taoiseach of the MacNamara clan, is mentioned a few times in book one, but then plays a starring role in book two. The bard, Rory, is one of four young lovers in book one, has a couple of mentions in book two, and then becomes a murder suspect in book three. Ardal O’Lochlainn, taoiseach, is prominent from the start, but in book five, when a young man, claiming to be his son, arrives from the Aran Islands, Ardal is the focus of the story.

Mon Sep 22 17:58:13 2008

 
Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
I was enthralled from start to finish of this book and so hated to finish it. I feel like I have left friends and a special place behind.
I read Historical Mysteries to explore a different time and place and this new series is the very best.( and Medievals are my favorite)
I have both of these books tucked away for another read.
I hope that a third is being developed as I write.
Kathleen

Mon Sep 22 17:37:20 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
You have a good Irish name, Kathleen, so I can see that your family has kept up the connection.
I don't know if you have ever visited Galway but if you do so you will see that your ancestors have been commemorated in the traffic roundabouts on the ring road around the city. The nine tribes of Galway each have their own roundabout - there are also Skerritt, Martin, Lynch etc.
Glad you like the series and I hope you enjoy the book. Let me know how you found it.

Fri Sep 19 18:42:42 2008

 
Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
Received the 2nd book yesterday.I just love them. My ancestors (Faunt/Fant) were one of the "Tribes" of Galway.
I imagine them there.
Kathleen

Fri Sep 19 18:19:02 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I love those pictures of the Burren. They were taken one winter's evening shortly before sunset and I think they show the incredible beauty of the Burren scenery.

Tue Aug 26 10:33:00 2008

 
Pete Mason writes from UK
Very pleased to see your website now has added links to bigger versions of the pictures on the picture album.

Mon Aug 25 01:16:07 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It's surprising the number of people from all over the world who are descended from the inhabitants of the Burren. I'm glad that my book brought the place alive for you, Marjorie - many thanks for writing to tell me this.

I read a book that said the early days of the reign of Henry VIII (the time that my series is set) had very good weather with hot summers.

I wish we had them now - these last few years have had very wet summers - which is a shame for those visiting the Burren as it looks so wonderful when the sun comes out.

Wed Jul 30 15:16:03 2008

 
Marjorie writes from Manchester, England
Congratulations, I have just finished the Michaelmas Tribute. I have really enjoyed both of the books so far and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. It really brings the people and the area of the Burren alive and gives some insight for me into how my ancestors from this region lived in ancient times as well as providing a wonderful story. Fantastic.

Wed Jul 30 13:41:15 2008

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks for your message, Sandie. Funnily enough, I intended Mara to remain as a single and independent career lady, but rather fell for Turlough Donn, myself, so decided that she would not be able to resist him in his troubles.
I'm afraid that book 3, 'Sting of Justice', is scheduled for May 2009. I wish it were quicker. I've finished book 5 already and am now planning book 6.

Jennifer, I hope you got my card - Macmillan forwarded yours to me.

Fri Jul 18 14:00:24 2008

 
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