However, the plot was kept interesting enough to keep me reading and I did enjoy the idea of a strong female leader existing in medieval Ireland. I also enjoyed the excerpts of Brehon law that Harrison includes at the beginning of each chapter, especially this one: A woman has a right to bear a child and she may divorce her husband if any failing on his part impedes that right. Divorce may be obtained if the husband is impotent, too fat for intercourse, if he spurns the marriage bed… [or] if he is sterile and his wife has been fruitful in an earlier marriage.
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In the case of sterility, if the husband wishes to retain he wife, she has the right to conceive a child with another man and then to return to her husband. The child must be reared by the husband with all rights and privileges as if it were his own. Dec 14, Kathleen rated it it was amazing. Is it possible that this is my favorite Burren mystery, or do I always say that? For sure this one was superb with visits by Mara and the King to the Aran Islands as well as Galway and just all over her neighborhood in the Burren.
Mara is expecting her son in this book and I know how all that will come out. Nula gets situated for her life here as does everyone, actually. A very fine book with lots of the Brehon Law spelled out for us and a terrific mystery. If you have not read this one yet, you s Is it possible that this is my favorite Burren mystery, or do I always say that? If you have not read this one yet, you surely need to do so. Cora Harrison's Irish history as it relates to the Burren and Brehon law is always accurate. I LOVE this series but contrary to other readers it was not my favorite. To me, the book just seemed to plod along very slowly.
It took me forever to get into it. However, I like how they keep progressing with character development. Even the main characters never stand still, like real people, they're always growing, changing and adapting to whatever and whomever life throws at them. They're always well written and the historical notes of medieval Ireland at the beginning of every chapter of eve I LOVE this series but contrary to other readers it was not my favorite. They're always well written and the historical notes of medieval Ireland at the beginning of every chapter of every book are worth their weight in gold.
Fans of historical detective stories should gobble these up. Another solid entry in this series set in early 's Ireland, featuring Mara who is not only a Brehon but also runs the local law school and is betrothed to the local clan chief and King. As usual, the series provides an eloquent mingling of Mara's personal life, presentation of the facts of the mystery and interpretation of the laws of the day, and well-wrought depiction of the physical environment and the life of the people at that time.
I apologize for the lack of a 'real' review I need to just give a star rating and move along so I can catch up!
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Aug 01, Cris rated it really liked it Shelves: Another satisfying historical mystery. Although I would recommend reading the earlier stories in this series, it's not completely necessary. If you liked the other mysteries by Harrison, you'll enjoy this one. Aug 05, Patricia rated it really liked it. This is a "who dunnit" mystery set in sixteenth century Ireland, a female judge and some references to Irish law. It was well written and interesting.
I see now on goodreads that it is book 5 of a series.
I thought it was a stand-alone novel. I will need to read others by this author. Feb 15, Tessa rated it it was amazing.
I love this series each book gets better. Jan 10, Joan rated it really liked it. Another intriguing mystery in this series on medieval Ireland featuring a female Brehon, or judge.
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Feb 14, Susie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love these books. I hope there are more and that each is as original as the first. Feb 08, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: Since I came in mid-series, I thought it could have used a who's who list at the front--especially with many similar names.
Jul 22, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: Another solid entry in the Brehon Mara series, marred somewhat by Mara and her students overlooking two very obvious clues until the text had reached book length.
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Oct 18, Leslie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I thought I had guessed the murderer before the end but there was an extra twist I hadn't expected. The author has settled into her scenery and characters and I've really been enjoying this series. Oct 26, Doreen added it. A good story with many twists.
Jan 22, Pam Bales rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent historical fiction with a strong female lead. This is the fifth in the series. Apr 20, Erin72 rated it really liked it Shelves: REally enjoyed this one. Good story and interesting, well-developed characters. Learning about old Irish law and customs is a real plus for this series! Jun 14, Madeleine rated it liked it Shelves: Boo, this is the last one! A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations , on the part of the author or publisher.
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