Books by Cora Harrison

DEATH OF A NOVICE by Cora Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2018

"A thin mystery with forgettable suspects and a tangled conclusion make this one of Reverend Mother's lesser efforts."
A fifth case for Reverend Mother Aquinas, of St. Mary's of the Isle Convent, strikes shockingly close to home. Read full book review >
A GRUESOME DISCOVERY by Cora Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2018

"The competent and exacting detective's contacts and knowledge of Cork again help her solve a difficult mystery in fine fashion."
In 1925 Cork, Ireland, a horrifying find in an old trunk leads an unlikely sleuth to further discoveries scarcely less shocking. Read full book review >
BEYOND ABSOLUTION by Cora Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Beneath the entertaining historical tidbits, Harrison (A Shocking Assassination, 2016, etc.) provides a puzzle that will challenge the most dedicated mystery reader."
The murder of a beloved priest sends shock waves through Cork. Read full book review >
A SHOCKING ASSASSINATION by Cora Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The second in Harrison's historical series (A Shameful Murder, 2015) paints a fascinating picture of life in Ireland as it makes the painful transition to a republic. A vexing mystery and a clever sleuth cap it off."
The burning and looting may have subsided, but Ireland's struggle for independence has left the city of Cork still very much on edge in the 1920s. Read full book review >
VERDICT OF THE COURT by Cora Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"The information on Brehon law that prefaces each chapter adds historical interest to this diverting mystery, even if Mara is no match for Peter Tremayne's seventh-century Brehon Sister Fidelma."
The Christmas festivities planned by Mara, a "Brehon" who dispenses justice in 16th-century Ireland, are spoiled by the murder of a fellow judge. Read full book review >
I WAS JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND by Cora Harrison
FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Knowledgeable readers will long for Austen's own writing instead. (Historical romance. 11 & up)"
From a promising beginning—Jane Austen's best friend Jenny sneaks out of their austere boarding school at midnight to post a letter to the budding author's mother warning of Jane's terrible fever—this effort winds down to pages of syrupy-sweet, diary-format narrative. Read full book review >
A SECRET AND UNLAWFUL KILLING by Cora Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Mara's second (My Lady Judge, 2007, etc.) features well-drawn characters, a tantalizing mystery and an intriguing look at the surprisingly complex and liberal laws of 1509 Ireland."
Two linked murders pose a pretty problem for the Brehon of the kingdom of Burren, in 16th-century western Ireland. Read full book review >