Condemned to Death

Cora Harrison


Number 12 in Harrison’s ongoing series about Mara, Brehon (judge) of the three kingdoms. Set in 16th-century Ireland, this tale of a female judge tells of her efforts to solve a murder mystery. Complicating her efforts are the closed ranks of the coastal fisherman. In spite if their lack of cooperation, Mara solves the mystery. Unfortunately, she is too late to save the guilty party.

Another satisfying novel by Cora Harrison, this historical mystery provides much fact about 16th-century Ireland, including information about a dietary delicacy called samphire. My favorite restaurant in town served a garnish they called sea beans. Looking a lot like asparagus, this delicious form of sea weed was a big hit. Turns out it was samphire under another name. I hope to encounter it again.


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