MADAM TULIP by DAVID AHERN #IndieThursday #amreading #BookReview @daveahernwriter



Suspense, mystery, action, a little romance and lots of laughs

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.

Fans of humorous mystery writers Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen will love Madam Tulip.

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.



There are times when you just need something quite light to read, a book that you can cosy down with a hot chocolate and a packet of digestive biscuits, well this is how I felt with David Ahern’s debut novel. It had loads of vibrant colourful characters that thoroughly entertained me as the mystery was unravelled by Madam Tulip. I think that David Ahern and myself most have got our humour from the same place because he continually made me giggle, which I love in a book.

There is a saying that the clothes make a person and it is very true in the case of Madam Tulip. The transformation from meek and mild Derry O’Donnell in her twenties, that couldn’t quite decide if she had super natural abilities or not, to the middle aged rounded Madam Tulip were amazing. Derry had some super relationships with a few characters two of my favourites were with her dad and particularly one of her besties when being instructed on how to be a boyfriend. Loved the closeness of them and continually laughed at their conversations, hilarious! There is so much happening in this book that will keep any reader happy. Looking forward to reading book two very soon.



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.

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