- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; First World Publication edition (3 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0727883208
- ISBN-13: 978-0727883209
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,009,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Cross of Vengeance (A Burren Mystery) Hardcover – 3 Sep 2013
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Harrison's clever 10th 16th-century historical"
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"Cleverly written, atmospheric, captivating, and suspenseful""
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About the Author
Cora Harrison published twenty-six children's books before turning to adult novels with the 'Mara' series of Celtic historical mysteries set in 16th century Ireland. Cora lives on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The tale is now set in the year AD 1519 and again it tells the story of Mara, Brehon of the Burren, but due to the leap of six years, its predessor was set in AD 1513, the old familiar scholars like Fachtnan, Aidan, Moylan, Fiona, Hugh and Shane have been replaced by Slevin from Donegal, Mara's grandson Domhnall, Mara's son Cormac and his foster-brother Art and Finbar from Cloyne.
Again the book is very informative with historical details about Brehon Law in Ireland in the 16th Century, and this Irish lady deserves so much more credit for her stories, simply because her Burren mysteries are just excellent.
This story is about the Cross of Kilnaboy Church, and it seems to be an important relic, some say it's a piece of the true cross itself, when Mara sets out to attend mass at this same Kilnaboy Church with her scholars.
After the service a fire breaks out in the round tower where the relic is housed, when next morning a dead body is found of one of the pilgrims, naked and spreadeagled in the shape of the cross a little way from this same Kilnaboy Church.
And so it's up to Mara and the pupils of her law-school to investigate this deed and to bring the culprit to justice.
This is another excellent "Thrilling Irish murder mystery"!
Even though this novel is the tenth in the series I had no problem whatsoever with being able to understand the background of the characters, the foundation of the legal system, and the author did a wonderful job of making me comfortable with the characters as well as the surroundings. This is the type of mystery novel where the crime is solved by discussion among many interested parties so I was given all the information showing how Mara came to her conclusion. The themes of religious fervor and human nature are what hold this story together. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will not hesitate to read more in the series.
I received this novel as an ARC from NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.