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The cross of vengeance, Cora Harrison

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The cross of vengeance
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The cross of vengeance
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Cora Harrison
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eng
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When Mara attends mass at Kilnaboy Church, it is just another duty in her busy life as Brehon of the Burren, responsible for the maintenance of law and order in the kingdom. The church holds an important relic: a piece of the true cross itself, housed inside a round tower and heralded by the huge two-armed stone cross on the church gable. Hence, on this special day, the church is packed with locals, as well as pilgrims from all over Europe. But when fire attacks the tower where the precious relic is housed, and Mara then discovers that one of the pilgrims is a disciple of Martin Luther and a hater of such sacred relics, a Spanish priest threatens the might of the Inquisition and a German traveller takes refuge in the church. However, the next morning, a naked body is found dead, spread-eagled in the shape of a cross, on top of one of the tombs on the hill behind the church. Was it one of the true pilgrims who killed him? Or perhaps the priest of the parish, helped by his grave digger? Or was it even the innkeeper, whose business has been ruined now that the relic, which attracted visitors from all over Europe, has been destroyed? Once again, it is Mara's task, along with that of her law-school pupils, to investigate and uphold the power of the law ..
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  • An unusual and beguiling murder mystery set in a sixteenth-century Ireland that is as lovely, innocent, and enchanting as Camelot—until murder befouls the setting. Mara, the Burren Brehon (maker of judgments), is wise, patient, fair, and kind, but all of these qualities are tested when a band of religious pilgrims comes through the Burren. Soon after their arrival, the Kilnaboy religious relic, which is the Burren’s most important attraction, is defaced and burned. Then one of the pilgrims is found murdered, his body spread-eagled and naked in crucifixion pose behind Kilnaboy Church. Determined to find the killer, Mara is completely puzzled: How did someone kill the pilgrim, who was a big man, remove his clothes, and haul him to the site where he was found? Was the killer one of the pilgrims or, more frightening, someone from the Burren? Cleverly written, atmospheric, captivating, and suspenseful, this is a unique murder mystery that’s sure to appeal to fans of historical mysteries. -- Melton, Emily (Reviewed 11-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 110, number 6, p23)
  • Mara, the Brehon (or judge) for the area of Ireland known as the Burren doesn’t overlook a subtle murder clue in Harrison’s clever 10th 16th-century historical (after 2013’s Chain of Evidence). Kilnaboy Church, where Mara and five of her law students help celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross, is home to what is reputedly a piece of the true cross—until someone sets a fire that destroys the relic. This act of arson is but the prelude to a killing that leaves a man’s naked corpse laid out on a tomb, displayed as if he had been crucified. Mara assumes there’s a connection between the two crimes and investigates, aided by her able pupils. The victim’s decision to skip breakfast on the day he was murdered proves vital to Mara’s inquiry, which leads to one of Harrison’s most intriguing solutions. The chapter epigraphs, drawn from medieval Irish texts, offer a tantalizing glimpse into the legal system of another time and place. Agent: Peter Buckman, Ampersand Agency (U.K.). (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 2, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 48, p)
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10248415
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Harrison, Cora
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fiction
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True
Series statement
A Burren mystery
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10
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  • Mara, Brehon of the Burren (Fictitious character)
  • Murder
  • Relics
  • Women judges
  • Burren (Ireland)
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adult
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a sixteenth-century Burren mystery
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The cross of vengeance, Cora Harrison
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text
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000052124667
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23 cm.
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215 pages
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regular print reproduction
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9780727883209
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(hardback)
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The cross of vengeance, Cora Harrison
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Copyright
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volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052124667
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
215 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780727883209
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(hardback)

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