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Cora Harrison

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Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA

Cora Harrison

Post by Margaret » Mon November 3rd, 2008, 10:24 pm

I just discovered this mystery author. She's written two mysteries set in western Ireland in 1509 about a woman Brehon - the Irish version of a judge, who administers Brehon law. Irish laws of that time were completely different from the harsh English laws. For starters, there was no capital punishment, and there were no jails. The nature of Brehon law has an effect on the mystery, which has a gentle sweetness that reminded me very much of Andrew McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I really enjoyed this author, though her work is quite different from the typical mystery - even a typical cozy is a lot darker.

My Lady Judge is the first novel in the series (I've reviewed it at http://www.HistoricalNovels.info/My-Lady-Judge.html), and A Secret and Unlawful Killing (which I haven't yet read) is #2, just published this year.
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