Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison lives in Ireland and has published some 65 books for adults and children. My Lady Judge, her adult debut, is the first in a series of mysteries set in the Burren in 16th-century Ireland, featuring the learned and practical Mara, a woman Brehon or investigating magistrate. Michaelmas Tribute and Sting of Justice continue the Burren series, which includes Writ in Stone, Eye of the Law, Scales of Retribution, Deed of Murder, Laws in Conflict, Chain of Evidence, Cross of Vengeance, Verdict of the Court, Condemned to Death, A Fatal Inheritance and An Unjust Judge (all Severn House).

For younger readers, Cora has also written I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend and Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend! (both Macmillan), and The London Murder Mysteries: The Montgomery Murder (winner of three children’s book awards), The Deadly Fire, Murder on Stage, Death of a Chimney Sweep,The Body in the Fog, and Death in the Devil’s Den (all Sapere Books). Debutantes and Debutantes in Love (Macmillan) are set in the 1920s, when four sisters seeking to restore the fortunes of their noble but impoverished family become involved in the new world of moving pictures.

A Shameful Murder (Severn House) is the first in an adult series set in 1920s Cork featuring Reverend Mother, a nun in her 70s, who steps in to solve crimes and bring justice to a bitterly divided community. Her detective work continues in A Shocking Assassination, Beyond Absolution, A Gruesome Discovery, Death of a Novice, Murder at the Queen’s Old Castle, Death of a Prominent Citizen, Murder in an Orchard Cemetery, Murder in the Cathedral, and The Deadly Weed (all Severn House/Canongate). The Cardinal’s Court (The History Press) is a crime story set in Cardinal Wolsey’s Hampton Court.

Cora has also embarked on The Gaslight Mysteries (Severn House/Canongate), in which a number of crimes are investigated by best-selling Victorian novelists Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. Titles published so far are Season of Darkness, Winter of Despair, Summer of Secrets, and Spring of Hope.