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Scales of Retribution Paperback – Dec 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (Dec 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184751331X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847513311
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,352,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb35df33c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb30142ac) out of 5 stars Best series Nov. 6 2012
By Anita L. Cooley - Published on Amazon.com
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This author takes me to Ireland out to the limestone, into the farms, fields, and mountains. I can feel the warmth of the sunshine or chill of the rain as I curl up with Mara. Each book is a treasure to me. I would rate it higher than 5 if possible.
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HASH(0xb3026ec4) out of 5 stars What Historical Mystery Should Be! Jan. 12 2013
By Mimbelina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Above all, do no harm." Physicians through the ages, including those in sixteenth century Ireland, have made that promise to those they serve. For that reason, they have been given the esteem and respect of the community. But when a physician forgets his first priority and seeks after riches and wealth, to the detriment of his patients, to whom does he answer? Who can call him to account or punish him for his wrong actions? Someone has done just that in the Burren, poisoning the corrupt physician Malachy and causing him a horrific death. Though Mara, Brehon of the Burren, knows that Malachy deserved punishment, she also knows that his secret and unlawful killing must not be allowed to go unpunished. So many people had a motive for wanting him dead, though. His own daughter, Nuala, whom he denied the rights of education and attempted to deprive of her inheritance. His new wife, who believes that she'll inherit his land and practice. The local wolfmaster whose closest pet was brutally killed by Malachy's hand. The tenants and landholders who suffered as a result of his mistreatment. Any of them had the means and opportunity to slip something into his cup, but who was angry enough to do it? Though she's only recently risen from her near-death experience giving birth and is struggling with feelings of inadequacy as a mother, Mara dedicates herself and her students at the law school to solving the murder and clearing Malachy's daughter of suspicion. Beset with worries about her husband the king, who is away at battle with the Earl of Kildare, and over the recent failure of two of her students, Mara finds the case challenging to deal with and must work hard to overcome the distractions and find the murderer before he strikes again.

Cora Harrison transports us to the beautiful land of the Burren, writing with such vivid descriptions that it's easy to picture Mara's surroundings and world. She provides a wealth of historical detail, including excerpts of ancient Brehon law at the beginning of each chapter, creating a perfect background for her intricate plot and well-drawn characters. The book stands above many of the others in the series for its wonderful depiction of Mara's torn feelings between her responsibilities as a mother and those she holds as Brehon of the Burren. How similar is her position to today's working mom! The mystery is, as usual, wonderfully complex with a variety of suspects and a very surprising (to this reader, at least) conclusion. I heartily enjoyed the book and continue to recommend this series highly.

My favorite quote was one excerpt from the Brehon code: "It is one of the great tenets of Brehon law that a woman's right to have a baby is a solute. She may even leave her husband, if he is unable to give her that baby, go to another man to become pregnant and then return to her husband - and no reproach may be made." What a vastly different interpretation from today's take on a woman's right to choose!
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HASH(0xb30283b4) out of 5 stars Another riveting mystery from Cora Harrison Jan. 5 2014
By Murph01 - Published on Amazon.com
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In this, the 6th book in this series, Mara finds herself caught in a difficult and frightening situation. Her child has arrived very early, and the delivery has left both of them weak and teetering on the edge of death. Simultaneously, the kingdom's doctor is found dead, and his daughter (Mara's charge) is a prime suspect. With her husband away at war with England and with her students about to leave for the summer, she must rely on their ability to quickly gather evidence as she tries to balance her fragile health with the demands of being the Brehon. This plot will keep readers on the edge of their seats as it moves towards its unusually intense ending.
HASH(0xb30280f0) out of 5 stars She could do a whole series based on Nuala March 10 2015
By Atheen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was a little disappointed in this mystery; not because it wasn’t a good one, but because the author made a pariah of a character I’d liked in earlier mysteries. Somehow I just felt sad about it. Of course sometimes people aren’t what we think they are, and we are sad about it. In that respect, the story is like real life. I felt like Malachy was a missed chance, someone with potential who not only hadn't met it but who failed miserably to do so. I did, however, appreciate the more thorough development of the Nuala character. She is such a strong female personality, as is Mara, that the series would make a good one for girls. In fact, if the author felt like it, she could do another whole series based on Nuala.
HASH(0xb3028768) out of 5 stars history Sept. 22 2013
By Karen Garnich - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like Harrison' characters - I have all of her books in this series, except the most recent. It is reminiscent of the Sister Fidelma series byt Peter Trmayne, but I like this better. It is a bit later in Ireland's history and brings in the emerging invasive British influence. Trmayne's is a nice prelude, setting up the transition between the church beginning's and the more traditional views that are seeming to wane in Harrison's. Love it!