The Deadly Weed
by Cora Harrison

The Reverend Mother’s investigative skills are called into action when a local tobacco factory burns down and fingers are pointed at one of her ex pupils…

1920s. Cork, Ireland. Early one morning the Reverend Mother receives news of a deadly fire at the local cigarette factory, a place where she’d been so proud that some of her pupils had been given a steady job. In a city full of poverty, unemployment and political unrest, these ex pupils of hers had surely been blessed with such prospects. Now, though, she is worried . . . What happened at the cigarette factory and why are there rumours circulating that one of her ‘girls’ was responsible?

Inspector Patrick Cashman is under pressure to quickly find the cause of the fire – and identify a suspect – to placate the visiting Lord Mayor and Commissioner and secure his hopes of promotion. Patrick turns to his friend, the journalist and law student Eileen MacSweeney, for help, along with the ever insightful and calm Reverend Mother. From the fog-ridden streets of the slums to the green pastures and prosperity of nearby Youghal, together they begin to unravel a seedy history of greed, ambition and a desire for power.


“Stellar . . . Harrison is writing at the top of her game”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“A complex mystery and an indictment of the treatment of the poor add up to a sobering yet enjoyable read”

Kirkus Reviews

“Will appeal . . . to readers of the long-running series or historical-mystery buffs”

Library Journal

“Excellent . . . The pacing, clueing, and characterizations are all top-notch. Father Brown fans will be in heaven”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Murder in an Orchard Cemetery

“Harrison’s outstanding ninth whodunit . . . ranks near the top among mysteries with a religious lead”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Murder in the Cathedral

“Plenty of suspects dramatizing Ireland’s religious differences provide an excellent character-driven mystery”

Kirkus Reviews on Murder in the Cathedral

“A leisurely paced mystery with roots in the history and culture of Cork. It’s a treat for Irish history buffs who follow the series”

Library Journal on Murder in an Orchard Cemetery

“A historically interesting mystery with a wise, empathetic sleuth and a shocking denouement”

Kirkus Reviews on Murder in an Orchard Cemetery

“Harrison adroitly combines the Reverend Mother's clever investigation with a sympathetic portrayal of the plight of Cork's poor. Fans of historical puzzle mysteries will be delighted”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Death of a Prominent Citizen

Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison turned to writing historical fiction after she retired from teaching to live on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland. As well as the Reverend Mother series, she is the author of the ‘Mara’ series of Celtic mysteries, set in sixteenth-century Ireland, and the new Gaslight mystery series set in Victorian

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The Deadly Weed by Cora Harrison is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483098257th March 2023146 X 224mm208$29.99
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