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Verdict of the Court: A mystery set in sixteenth-century Ireland (A Burren Mystery Book 11) Kindle Edition
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- Book 11 of 12 in A Burren Mystery (12 Book Series)
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The Christmas celebration and 20th anniversary of King Turlough Donn’s reign over the three kingdoms of Thomond, Corcomroe and Burran are interrupted by the murder of The Brehon of Turlough. Mara, the King’s wife and overseer of the law, must determine the murderer. An attack on the castle, sabotage on the Turlough’s cannon, and the enemy’s deadly trebuchet and guns may completely overshadow bringing a killer to justice.
A wonderfully descriptive opening provides a very picturesque sense of place while also informing us of Mara and her backstory. It’s wonderful to have a protagonist who is not only a woman, but one of power and respected by men. However, there is nothing strident about the character as her power is based on the actual laws of place and time.
Mara is an interesting, fully-developed character about whom you come to care. Her relationship with King Turlough is one to be envied. Some of the young people are particularly enjoyable.
Each chapter begins with information what explains Brehon law and society. One fact I found particularly fascinating was that there was a law pertaining to satire…”The law regards satire as a very severe attack on a persona because it strikes and cuts a log n-enech (literally the ‘price of his face’-but meaning the ‘honor price.) Anything that causes a person to lose face, injures that person and recompense has to be paid.” There is nothing better than to be entertained and educated at the same time.Read more ›
Even though Mara is not usually called upon to be the Brehon (judge) in this different region, circumstances push her into investigating a death which happens during the Christmas festivities. In uncovering the reason for that death she happens upon a larger problem which has an impact on everyone involved in this series. This novel had a plot which was so well constructed that I never guessed where the author was leading. The mystery involved would have been entertaining enough by itself, but when the additional plot element was introduced it signaled a change in the whole dynamic of relationships long established and hints at new possibilities for future novels. Needless to say, this author has added material which will enable her to continue to develop this series over a long period of time. Definitely an absorbing reading experience and highly recommended for readers who enjoy historical mysteries.
I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
The historical Brehon Law details are very well documented at each new chapter and beautiful storytelling takes you into the heart of the Burren which is in the west of Ireland.
The characters within this story come all vividly to life in this mystery full of intrigue, betrayal, treachery and murder.
The story starts when Mara, Brehon of the Burren and wife of King Turlough Donn O'Brien of Burren, Corcomroe and Thomond, finds herself and her scholars at a festive Christmas celebration at the Castle of Bunratty in Thomond when all of a sudden during these festivities the Brehon of Thomond is found dead, stabbed with a knife.
During Mara's investigations the Castle is attacked and all lives are at risk, while at the same time Mara is wondering if the death of the Brehon of Thomond has anything to do with the betrayal and treachery that is taking place within the Castle now.
What will follow is an exciting mystery with a lot of suspense and a mystery which is told in a splendid way and that will end with a thrilling plot.
This great little book and this lovely Irish lady author deservedly get from me a certain "Verdict of Excellence"!
One of my favourite things about this novel, was the way the plot gently unfolded. It felt very natural and not as if the author had to keep coercing it into behaving as she wished it to. One event sprung from another and there was never a time when I wished this story would hurry along.
The dialogue was excellent and interesting and written exactly as one would expect for a book set in this period. The characters each seemed to have their own way of speaking and reflecting their personality, which is really important in any novel, I believe. Being able to distinguish class, education and so forth from the way a character speaks makes the novel feel so much more alive and believable.
I love historical novels, and I appreciated that this one was researched so well and had such a solid foundation for the story. If you are also interested in historical novels, you can't go wrong with this one.
I recommend it.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided by Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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Completely up to the standard expected . I great read Cora Harrison always on my top 10 reading listPublished 22 months ago by k barns
I have read several others about these characters and enjoyed them very much. The histrical details where accurate and intersting and the plot good. Read morePublished on 22 May 2014 by ljay