Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Visit to 16th Century Ireland ~ Cross of Venegeance

Sixteenth  century Ireland is such a marvelous place for a mystery novel and the Burren's stark,rocky setting merely enhances the tale. Cora Harrison's evocative style of writing transports the reader to this unique time and place.

Mara,the Brehon of the Burren,is a vivid character,who has sophisticated skills described in this excerpt of Brehon Law "judge of three languages and competent in traditional and canon law" He/she may administer laws in the name of its king." She additionally is married to the King Turlough and respected and admired by all.

In 1519 Irish law and the overarching English laws were dramatically different and in a collision course. In each of these ten books the author is able to illustrate those differences both legally and culturally in an impressive fashion. These times were important and cultural remnants exist to this day. Harrison has a masterful grasp of the particular history in which she sets her mysteries.

This particular mystery had me reading feverishly to see learn the outcome and who actually did which deed. The very well developed plot surely twisted and turned until the very end.

Please, please tell me there will be more tales of the Burren! Very soon!

Received from NetGalley for an honest review. Very soon to be released so order now!


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