A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.
A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.
As Derry and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Tulip can’t predict is her own.
Madame Tulip is the third 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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have already had the pleasure of reading the first two books in the series and really got involved with the quirky characters and totally off the cuff entertaining stories. This book though has to be my favourite so far. I just loved returning to these now much-loved characters to see what mischief Derry’s ‘talent’ could lead them into. The books are more on the cosy mystery side to curl up with as they really are pure gems to try to work out the who and why events are happening, that everyone else seems to be oblivious to. I have to giggle away at some of the situations she gets up to the neck in.
Now Derry doesn’t perform as herself in the role of Madam Tulip. Getting ready is an art in itself, with copious amounts of makeup, wig and padding. Not many people know who she really is. The character was originally brought about to subsidise the lack of cash flow from her acting career. Madam Tulip has become quite a celebrity in her own right but it has also got her into some pretty sticky situations in the past and this book is no different. Being Madam Tulip gives Derry the opportunity to probe into people’s minds and feelings and push the wrong buttons!
When Derry and her most faithfully friend Bruce, get the opportunity to go to the Scotland in real paid acting roles they jump at the chance. It is a perfect part for Derry, one of a gypsy fortune-teller and seeing as she has a bit of a gift in that department, she should be a natural right? Well the props that she is using, the bones of chance, seem to work pretty real for her leading to her new and potentially deadly outcome. After her vision she begins to see people in a very different light.
Although this story is set mainly set in Scotland David Ahern manages still to include the key characters that I have grown to love and cringe at on behalf of Derry. Bruce has to be my all time favourite, Derry’s best friend and quite handy with his many hidden talents from his past life. Her parents, on the other hand are a breed all to themselves, quite hilarious, as long as they aren’t your parents!
So when the opportunity comes up to not only make a little extra cash but also the chance to investigate the her latest theories, Derry takes on the role as Madam Tulip to ‘tell the fortunes’ of not only fellow actors but also the local gentry.
David Ahern’s misadventures of Madam Tulip are perfect to read anytime anywhere. Loving the series.
HERE IS A LITTLE 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 but soon absconded 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.
Madam Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth 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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