About this book…
Suspense, mystery, action, a little romance and lots of laughs
Out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell is young, talented, a teeny bit psychic … and broke. Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, and with a little help from her theatrical friends, Derry embarks on a part-time career as Madame Tulip, fortune-teller to the rich and famous. But at her first fortune-telling gig – a celebrity charity weekend in a castle – a famous rap artist will die.
As Derry is drawn deeper into a seedy world of celebrities, supermodels and millionaires, she finds herself playing the most dangerous role of her acting life. Trapped in a maze of intrigue, money and drugs, Derry’s attempts at amateur detective could soon destroy her friends, her ex-lover, her father and herself.
Madame Tulip is the first in a series of Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.
Fans of humorous mystery writers Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen will love Madam Tulip.
I was really attracted to this book, first by that fabulous cover and then by the blurb as I’m always on the look out for something a little bit different, a story to surprise me and take me away for a few hours. And thankfully Madam Tulip did just that! The adventures of Derry O’Donnell, who has her dad to thank for her psychic abilities due to him being the seventh son of a seventh son, made for a great few hours reading. When issued with an ultimatum by her mum, jobbing actress Derry decides to use those abilities as Madam Tulip, psychic to the rich and famous. But it looks like those abilities are about to lead her into trouble when murder makes an appearance during her first major “performance”.
In fact it’s pretty difficult for me to slot this into any particular genre! It’s part Bridget Jones and part cosy mystery but with a slightly wicked edge. It’s very readable thanks to the quirky character driven plot told with an underlying dark humour and I found it a refreshing change so couldn’t put it down! My favourite character was of course Derry, she was so down to earth and I just loved the way she became Madam Tulip. I also took to Jacko, her gambling addict of a Dad and Vanessa, her bossy gallery owning mother. In fact I had a pretty good connection to Vanessa and didn’t think she was as bad as Derry made her out to be! All mum’s just want the best for their children no matter how old they are!
This was a very entertaining murder mystery that is definitely worth checking out especially as this one is actually the first in a planned series!
Many thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
Madam Tulip is out now and available to buy from Amazon UK
About the author
David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate and taught in major Universities but could never explain to his granny why he didn’t own a stethoscope.
Finding the challenge of pretending to know things exhausting, David Ahern shaved off his beard and absconded once more, this time to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series. He won numerous awards, but found nobody was much impressed.
For want of a better plan, David Ahern took to writing fiction. Madame Tulip isn’t his first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’s ever had with a computer. He is now writing the third in the series and enjoys pretending that this activity is actual work.
David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.