The cross of vengeance : a Burren mystery / Cora Harrison.

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    • Publication Information:
      First world edition
    • Abstract:
      Summary: September, 1517: when fire destroys the famous relic of the Holy Cross in Kilnaboy Church and then a pilgrim is found murdered, it is up to Mara, as Brehon of the Burren, and her law students, to find out who did such a thing -- and why.
    • Notes:
      "A sixteenth-century Irish mystery"--Cover.
    • ISBN:
      9780727883209 (hbk.)
      0727883208 (hbk.)
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Booklist Reviews 2013 November #2

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. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2013 December #1

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.)

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