Is there anything better than curling up with a good “who dunnit”, cup of warm tea in hand?
I don’t know, but that’s what I did last night with this cozy mystery. Yep, read it in an evening and I am paying for it this morning. It was well worth it.
Madam Tulip #1 (Release Date: April 3, 2016)
Out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell is talented, professional, just a little psychic… and broke. Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, 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 luxurious castle – a famous rap artist mysteriously dies.
As Derry is drawn deeper into a seedy world of fashion, millionaires, horses and cocaine, she must race to save her best friend from jail and a supermodel from being murdered. Her efforts threaten to destroy her friends, her ex-lover, her father and herself.
*Madame Tulip is the first in a series of thrilling and hilarious Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant amateur detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.
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Omg! This book was so much fun! Firstly, it takes place in Ireland and is written by an Irish author so big bonus points there (Can’t help it, I’m biased)! Secondly, it’s really entertaining, with a plethora of odd-ball characters and a really endearing protagonist. Without giving anything away, Derry’s Dad? Hilarious! And I adored her friend Bruce. Of course you will have to read it to find out why.
This is a classic cozy mystery with a list of suspects, plenty of red herrings and of course a crime to be solved. The twist, is that Derry gets involved by accident and yet is the one to figure much of it out. What makes this story unique, is that Derry is clairvoyant which helps point her in the right direction. Unfortunately, she doesn’t hold much faith in her gift.
The writing is excellent, the plot is a tad predictable at times but very entertaining, and the characters are a delight. I wouldn’t have stayed up so late reading otherwise.
Give this one a go, my dear readers. You will love it!
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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 and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.
For no particular reason, David Ahern took to writing fiction. Madame Tulip wasn’t his first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. The second in the Madam Tulip mystery series, Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts, was published in autumn 2016. He is now writing the third Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this 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.
To find out more about Madam Tulip and David Ahern, visit David Ahern