Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Review of Madam Tulip by David Ahern

Book review of Madam Tulip by David Ahern


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 Madam 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.

I found this story a great fun crime read. I'm not usually a crime fan (I mainly read literary/romance) but I was drawn in by the storyline and really warmed to the characters as the novel progresses. This is the first book in the Madam Tulip stories and I am already looking forward to reading the next in the series!

I liked Derry and her alter ego Madam Tulip. I was worried about the fortune telling/psychic element, and how much this would impact into the story (and take it into the realms of ridiculous) but pleased this was toned down during her crime solving days. A thrilling read that kept me on my toes right until the end. This is a carefully constructed read with enough twists and turns; Ahern writes well. I really got a sense of place from the Irish setting to the novel. Ahern also writes his secondary characters in great thoughtful depth, with Derry's parents taking a charming part in the story.

Enjoyable fun crime solving read for readers looking for a lighter crime novel.

Buy the novel here:  http://amzn.eu/131ceQi

More 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. Why not sign up for the Madam Tulip Newsletter to hear about new releases, launches and everything Tulip? 

You can connect with David Ahern on his website, on Facebook and on Twitter www.davidahern.info https://www.facebook.com/davidahernwriter https://www.twitter.com/daveahernwriter

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