My Lady Judge
On the eve ofthe first of May, 1509, people from all over the Burren, on the western seaboard ofIreland, climb themountainofMullaghmoreto celebrate the festival of Beltaine. One man does not come down again. Colman, assistant to Mara, Brehon of the Burren, has been murdered and his employer must search for his killer.
Although she has the support and indeed the love of King Turlough Don O’Brien, Mara finds it a difficult task with many suspects and little help from the tight-knit local community. Matters are especially complicated because some of Mara’s young students seem to be implicated, and the murdered man was both unpopular and secretive.
The character of Mara is taken from a real-life female Brehon, or judge, from the 16th century whose case notes are in the British Library. From these brief fragments, Cora Harrison has woven a fascinating and beautifully evocative mystery. The unconventional heroine is well drawn, and there are plenty of plot twists to keep the action flowing.
My Lady Judge is an enthralling murder mystery with a strong historical basis. It is sure to appeal to fans of the detective genre and, in particular, to fans of Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma series.