Writ in Stone
by Cora Harrison

A Mystery of Medieval Ireland

Christmas, 1510; the Burren, West coast of Ireland. Mara, Brehon of the Burren, has accepted the offer of marriage made by King Turlough Donn O’Brien, ruler of that tiny kingdom of stony land and terraced mountains on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The marriage is planned to take place at the Cistercian Abbey on Christmas Day. But, on the eve of the marriage festivities, a man kneeling in prayer beside the tomb of an ancestor in the abbey church is violently battered to death.

Who could have planned to kill the king? Or was it his cousin, Mahon O’Brien, who was the planned victim? And what part did the abbot, cousin to one man, and brother to the other, play in the tragedy? A heavy fall of snow has cut off the abbey from the outside world; the assassin must still be within the cloister walls. Mara must act quickly before a second death occurs.


Harrison provides a textbook example of how to do a historical right by artfully combining an insightful and sympathetic detective with a fair-play puzzle and a plausible depiction of the period

Publishers Weekly

"Readers new to the author and the setting will find this installment a good introduction"


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 London.www.coraharrison.com

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Writ in Stone by Cora Harrison is available in the following formats

Ebook97817801009131st April 2011N/A224$14.99
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