My Lady Judge

My Lady Judge

A Mystery of Medieval Ireland

Book - 2007
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In the sixteenth century, as it is now, the Burren, on the western seaboard of Ireland, was a land of gray stone forts, fields of rich green grass, and swirling mountain terraces. It was also home to an independent kingdom that lived peacefully by the ancient Brehon laws of their forebears.

On the first eve of May, 1509, hundreds of people from the Burren climbed the gouged-out limestone terraces of Mullaghmore Mountain to celebrate the great May Day festival, lighting a bonfire and singing and dancing through the night, then returning through the gray dawn to the safety of their homes. But one man did not come back down the steeply spiralling path. His body lay exposed to the ravens and wolves on the bare, lonely mountain for two nights . . . and no one spoke of him, or told what they had seen.

And when Mara, a woman appointed by King Turlough Don O'Brien to be judge and lawgiver to the stony kingdom, came to investigate, she was met with a wall of silence . . .

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Minotaur,, 2007.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780312368364
Branch Call Number: M HARR
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 31, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It was like an English cozy. I have not read this author before, but I look forward to reading more of her books.

Jul 11, 2012

The mystery was complex enough to be interesting. The setting and characters were a little too idyllic to draw me in.

hermlou Apr 26, 2011

Mara is Brehon of Burren, a position of responsibility. She teaches a group of boys, and one of them is murdered during a village gathering. The plot includes instruction in the law of medieval Ireland and its differences from English law. Warm characters and a good plot make this a better read than Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma series.

zed33 Sep 26, 2010

I enjoy this whole series and eagerly await new releases. I had never heard of Brehon law until I read this book. I now view it as a very sensible system of justice and wish the English had taken it a little more seriously and maybe adopted some if its tenets when they decided to run over Ireland.

May 19, 2010

A diverse cast of characters in this historical mystery makes for a very enjoyable read. This is the series debut novel and I look forward to following their exploits in the next installments.

Jul 21, 2008



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