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Verdict of the Court: A Mystery Set in Sixteenth-Century Ireland (Mara, the Brehon Mystery)by Cora Harrison
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A festive celebration turns into a fight for survival when Mara and her clan come under attack . . .
Christmas 1519 is the twentieth anniversary of King Turlough Donn's reign over the three kingdoms of Thomond, Corcomroe and Burren, so Mara and her scholars are spending the festive period in her husband's principal court, the castle of Bunratty in Thomond. However, in the midst of celebrations, the Brehon of Thomond is found dead, slumped across a table with a knife protruding from below his shoulder blade, while all around him Turlough's relations and friends dance and feast.
Mara's difficult task in probing the motives of the multiple suspects, made worse by her suspicion that someone near and dear to her is involved, is interrupted by a dramatic attack on the castle. Turlough's cannon has been sabotaged and now a trebuchet batters the castle with huge rocks and the lives of all are at risk. Has this treachery and betrayal anything to do the mysterious death of the Brehon, but most importantly how will Mara's husband answer the call for surrender . . .?
"Set in late December 1519, Harrison's subpar 11th Burren mystery (after 2013's The Cross of Vengeance) takes Mara, the brehon (examining magistrate) of the region of Ireland known as the Burren, to Bunratty Castle, which falls within the jurisdiction of her unpopular colleague, Brehon TÃ³mas MacClancy. Mara is looking forward to a week of relaxing during the Christmas season, but she soon has a murder to solve — that of MacClancy, stabbed during a banquet. The knife wound is so shallow that even the local king, Turlough Donn O'Brien, Mara's husband, wonders how it could have been lethal. Whodunit fans will easily guess the explanation. In addition, battle scenes dominate the book's last section and threaten to overwhelm the crime solving. Given the author's strong track record, readers can reasonably hope that she will return to form in the next installment. Agent: Peter Buckman, Ampersand Agency (U.K.). (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Christmas 1519: in the midst of celebrations, the Brehon of Thomond is found dead and it is Mara's difficult task to investigate the murder. Then suddenly the castle is attacked: how will Mara's husband answer the call for surrender . . .?
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.
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