Dark of Night: Episode One by CS Duffy @csduffywriter #ScottishNoir #MurderMystery #KindleUnlimited

Dark of Night: Episode One by [Duffy, CS]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

How far would you go to catch a serial killer?

“Fast paced Tartan Noir at its best. And OMG what a cliffhanger”
“Seriously invested in the characters and very much enjoying the Glesga banter and humour.”
”Pure gave me the chills.”
– reader reviews

Just when Ruari musters the courage to confess his love for best friend Lorna, she goes missing. When Lorna’s body is found in the Campsies, Ruari sets out to retrace her last steps in the hopes of finding her killer – but somebody has beaten him to it. Now the hunt is on for a serial killer terrorising Glasgow.

As Ruari is drawn ever deeper into a labyrinth of darkness, somebody is watching his every move. Will he catch the killer – before the killer catches him?

Dark of night is a fast-paced, twisty serial killer thriller set in Glasgow, turbo-charged with Scandi-esque noir and black humour.

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Dark of Night: Episode One

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ARE REVIEW

Well there is a saying, don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today and in Ruari’s case there was never a truer statement. Finally after years of friendship with Lorna, he has built up enough courage to tell her that he loved her. Now that is big, or it would have been if she hadn’t been murdered. Gosh life is a bummer at times. Well Ruari is determined not to sit back and let the trail go cold to find her killer, so what he lacked in courage to declare his love for her he doesn’t lack in conviction in finding out why she has been killed and by who.

Set in Glasgow this is pure Scottish gold. The descriptions of the area sound very authentic to the point I think I could do a tour of the City and Campsies just from my knowledge from the book. Then the characters have that natural interaction that just brings them to life with a raw quick-witted humour. It feels like it is written with an intimate knowledge of walking these streets and modelling many of the characters from life there.

This is the author’s debut novel, not that you could tell for a minute but it does come with a warning. This is Episode One of Three and to get the full outcome of the story you really do need to read all three books. Is it worth it? Most definitely because this really is a little belter.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.S. Duffy writes psychological suspense thrillers with a healthy dose of black humour. Her background is in film and TV. She has several projects in development in Sweden and the UK, and her thriller feature Guilty will be shot summer 2018 in Canada. She is the author of Life is Swede, a thriller that was originally written as a blog – leading several readers to contact Swedish news agencies asking them why they hadn’t reported the murder that features in the blog. Dark of Night is her first novel.
AUTHOR LINKS:

http://csduffy.com/

Twitter: @csduffywriter

https://www.instagram.com/csduffywriter/

OTHER BOOK IN THIS SERIES AT THE TIME THAT I READ THIS BOOK

Dark of Night: Episode Two

Dark of Night: Episode Two

Dark of Night: Episode One by [Duffy, CS]

Dark of Night: Episode One by CS Duffy @csduffywriter #ScottishNoir #MurderMystery #KindleUnlimited

 

Dark of Night: Episode One by [Duffy, CS]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

How far would you go to catch a serial killer?

“Fast paced Tartan Noir at its best. And OMG what a cliffhanger”
“Seriously invested in the characters and very much enjoying the Glesga banter and humour.”
”Pure gave me the chills.”
– reader reviews

Just when Ruari musters the courage to confess his love for best friend Lorna, she goes missing. When Lorna’s body is found in the Campsies, Ruari sets out to retrace her last steps in the hopes of finding her killer – but somebody has beaten him to it. Now the hunt is on for a serial killer terrorising Glasgow.

As Ruari is drawn ever deeper into a labyrinth of darkness, somebody is watching his every move. Will he catch the killer – before the killer catches him?

Dark of night is a fast-paced, twisty serial killer thriller set in Glasgow, turbo-charged with Scandi-esque noir and black humour.

Buy Link:

Dark of Night: Episode One

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ARE REVIEW

Well there is a saying, don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today and in Ruari’s case there was never a truer statement. Finally after years of friendship with Lorna, he has built up enough courage to tell her that he loved her. Now that is big, or it would have been if she hadn’t been murdered. Gosh life is a bummer at times. Well Ruari is determined not to sit back and let the trail go cold to find her killer, so what he lacked in courage to declare his love for her he doesn’t lack in conviction in finding out why she has been killed and by who.

Set in Glasgow this is pure Scottish gold. The descriptions of the area sound very authentic to the point I think I could do a tour of the City and Campsies just from my knowledge from the book. Then the characters have that natural interaction that just brings them to life with a raw quick-witted humour. It feels like it is written with an intimate knowledge of walking these streets and modelling many of the characters from life there.

This is the author’s debut novel, not that you could tell for a minute but it does come with a warning. This is Episode One of Three and to get the full outcome of the story you really do need to read all three books. Is it worth it? Most definitely because this really is a little belter.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.S. Duffy writes psychological suspense thrillers with a healthy dose of black humour. Her background is in film and TV. She has several projects in development in Sweden and the UK, and her thriller feature Guilty will be shot summer 2018 in Canada. She is the author of Life is Swede, a thriller that was originally written as a blog – leading several readers to contact Swedish news agencies asking them why they hadn’t reported the murder that features in the blog. Dark of Night is her first novel.
AUTHOR LINKS:

http://csduffy.com/

Twitter: @csduffywriter

https://www.instagram.com/csduffywriter/

 

OTHER BOOK IN THIS SERIES AT THE TIME THAT I READ THIS BOOK

Dark of Night: Episode Two

Dark of Night: Episode Two

 

Dark Ice (Dan Reno Novel #4) by Dave Stanton @DanRenoNovels @BloodhoundBook #BlogBlitz #NetGalley #DanReno #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Blitz for DARK ICE by Dave Stanton

BOOK DESCRIPTION

While skiing deep in Lake Tahoe’s backcountry, private detective Dan Reno finds the first naked body, buried under fresh snow. Reno’s contacted by the grieving father who wants to know who murdered his daughter and why?

How did the body end up in such a remote, mountainous location? The questions become murkier when a second body is found. Is there a serial killer stalking promiscuous young women in South Lake Tahoe? Or are the murders linked to a different criminal agenda?

Searching for answers, Reno is accosted by a gang of racist bikers with a score to settle. He also must deal with his pal, Cody Gibbons, who the police consider a suspect. The clues lead to the owner of a strip club and a womanizing police captain, but is either the killer?

The bikers up the ante, but are unaware that Cody Gibbons has Reno’s back at any cost. Meanwhile, the police won’t tolerate Reno’s continued involvement in the case. But Reno knows he’s getting close. And the most critical clue comes from the last person he’d suspect.

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Dark Ice: a fast-paced thriller (Dan Reno …

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

When private detective Dan Reno decides he wants to escape the woes of the world, he really does go off grid to do it. Not satisfied with the newly snow-covered slopes of Lake Tahoe’s backcountry, he has to go one further to where no-one else has dared to go. That is apart from the murderer who had killed a young woman and buried her in the snow, with presumably the intention of her not to be found until after winter and the big thaw. That was of course before Reno literally stumbles onto her.

Now this is really tragic but nothing new to Reno in his line of work. But when things take a turn for the worse and involve his best bud Cody he really must step in. Oh and of course with a pretty decent cash incentive from the father of the dead girl in the snow, that helps too. Looks like Reno and sidekick Cody are going to ruffle some people’s feathers and cause a little pain to get to the bottom of who this potential serial killer is.

I just love this twosome that seem to get away with far more than they should but it does make real fast, furious and compelling reading. There is humour, brawls and super sleuth unpredictable can’t believe they just did that investigating. After saying that, getting justice done and the bad guys gone, one way or another, is their prime aim. There are some real close calls for Reno in this story but it is all about pulling the chaff from the wheat to see a clearer picture of what is really going on.

This is now book four in the series, although book two for me. Each can be read as a stand alone but I must admit that it was nice to come into the story knowing some of the characters already. I really enjoyed all of the shock waves as it come together at the end. Cracking entertainment!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

AUTHOR LINKS:

www.facebook.com/DanRenoNovels

danrenonovels.com/

Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

www.amazon.co.uk/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

www.amazon.com/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Stateline: a fast-paced thriller you won't be able to put down (Dan Reno Book 1)

Stateline: a fast-paced thriller …

 

Blind Luck: a gripping thriller that you don't want to miss (Dan Reno Book 2)

Blind Luck: a gripping thriller that you …

 

Mortal Outcomes: a fast-paced thriller that will keep you hooked (Dan Reno Book 3)

Mortal Outcomes: a fast-paced thriller …

 

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Look to Your Wife by Paula Byrne @paulajaynebyrne @HarperCollinsUK #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Grace Pengelly of Harper Collins London for inviting to read and review this book LOOK TO YOUR WIFE by Paula Byrne

Look to Your Wife by [Byrne, Paula]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A debut novel by a bestselling non-fiction author, this is a witty, wholly entrancing story of the pleasures, pains and obsessions of contemporary life.

Lisa Blaize – teacher, and would-be fashion writer, mother and second wife – feels out of place when her high-flying husband becomes the headmaster of a school in a country town. Isolated and far from her metropolitan upbringing, she turns to the one place where she learns she can be uninhibited.

But ‘Twitter may be my undoing’, Lisa discovers as her one-time private life becomes all too public. Soon she is dealing with an online stalker and her husband’s reputation is put at risk, but will she be able to give up her addiction?

From the gossip of the classroom to our obsession with instant communication, Look To Your Wife is witty and brilliantly observed, revealing the pleasures and pains of contemporary life.

Buy Link:

Look to Your Wife

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is an ultra modern look at todays social media madness that grabs people from every generation. I am talking about Twitter, tweeting, hash-tags and followers because if you haven’t got those followers then you are talking to yourself!

Oh yes been there done that and still doing it. A place where random strangers like, comment and share my ramblings of the day and in turn I do the same with theirs. Well for Lisa it became a bit of a compulsion when she had to leave her friends and family behind, after her husband took a promotion as Headmaster at a public school in the countryside. Of course he was intending to make his mark on the place which left stay at home, successful one book wonder Lisa with time on her hands.

From an online cyber lover, to promoting her up and coming second book, her life becomes general knowledge to the Twitter world and trolls crawl out hiding behind their twitter names. Lisa doesn’t really help herself with her constant posts which bring the worst out in someone who knows her. This gives her husband Edward a really tough time at school with the notice board and personal information for all to see. The thing is who could be the stalker among the people they thought they knew? Things really do turn more sinister.

The writing goes from view points of the characters to actual twitter type postings, myself I liked this as it gave the whole thing a more authentic edge to it. Lisa I felt was very shallow and selfish a lot of the time and not really a character that I took straight away but I did feel sorry for her in different parts. I liked the way the story drew me in not releasing the danger that were festering until it was too late. A very clever and entertaining way to waken you to social media dangers.

I really liked this book which I felt was very typical and topical of the way a lot of people live today.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paula Byrne is the author the bestselling biographies ‘Perdita’, ‘Mad World’, ‘The Real Jane Austen’, ‘Belle’, ‘Kick’ and ‘The Genius of Jane Austen’. She is founder and chief executive of ReLit, the Bibliotherapy Foundation, a charity devoted to the mental health benefits of reading. She is married to Sir Jonathan Bate and lives in Oxford.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website

House of Beauty by Melba Escobar @melbaes @HarperCollinsUK #Colombia #WorldLiterature

I wish to thank Grace Pengelly of Harper Collins for inviting me to read and review HOUSE OF BEAUTY by Melba Escobar

House of Beauty

BOOK DESCRIPTION

This is a thought-provoking Colombian crime novel set in and around a high-end beauty salon in a beauty salon in Bogotá.

House of Beauty is a high-end salon in Bogotá’s exclusive Zona Rosa area, and Karen is one of its best beauticians. But there is more to her role than the best way to apply wax, or how to give the perfect massage. Her clients confide in her, and she knows all about them. Their breast implants, their weekends in Miami, their divorces and affairs.

 

Karen has problems of her own. She’s in trouble, and she needs money. More money than she can make at House of Beauty.

 

Most serious of all: a teenage girl is found dead, and Karen was one of the last people to see her alive. So the girl’s mother is desperate to talk to her…

Buy Link:

House of Beauty: The Colombian crime sensation and bestseller

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a stunning book cover, very different to so many that are alike these days and to be honest so is what is inside. Set in Colombia the story transported me into an alien society. A society where crimes just seemed to be accepted by victims that had given up on the hope of any justice been done. I aren’t talking about life on the streets either. The story unwinds in a high-class beauty salon in Bogotá’s Zona Rosa area. 

I don’t know what it is about anything from the high street hair saloon in the UK to the Beauty Saloon in this story but get a woman relaxing while she has her weekly pamper and her tongue seems to relax too. Things that she wouldn’t normally tell her best friend, about her husband’s business, to who she is sleeping with, is told freely to the woman pampering her. But Karen is hearing the secrets of the high-class citizens of Bogotá and being brought young schools girls to enhance their beauty that will be picked up later. One such girl is found dead.

The story is told mainly through the voices of women that are all connected one way or another by the Beauty Saloon and what is apparent is the brutality of the men that have no respect for any of these women, no matter what class they belong to. Beauty seems to be no more than skin deep in this society. It is something to be bargained with for a better life but at what price? There are only couple of good guys in this story but primarily it is a story about corruption that goes to the top, with everything having a price.

The most horrifying thing is how very blatant it all was, it made my blood run cold. The author of this book has created at atmosphere of terror where I felt I should read in whispers in my mind so the wrong people couldn’t over hear. I really didn’t know if on the next pages they would still be there or explained away in a sentence. The last chapter really rounded it off for me in the most haunting way.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melba Escobar writes for the Colombian newspapers El Espectador and El País. Her novel House of Beauty was chosen as one of the best books of 2016 by the Colombian National Novel Prize . She lives in Bogotá.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @melbaes

 

Uncommon Cruelty (DI Gus McGuire #4) by Liz Mistry @LizCrimeWarp @Bloodhoundbook #GuestPost #BlogBlitz #KindleUnlimited #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.

But that is just the beginning.

As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.

Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.

Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?

Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

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Uncommon Cruelty (a DI Gus McGuire case 4

I WISH TO THANK LIZ FOR THIS WONDERFUL GUEST POST THAT GIVES A VIVID AND FRANK VIEW OF WHAT THE STREETS OF BRADFORD ARE REALLY LIKE

Let Me take You Through The Streets of Gus McGuire’s Bradford

I’ve lived in Bradford for over thirty years. It is my adoptive home and I make no bones about the fact that I love my city. That said, every city has its dark underbelly and, I have to say, I love exploring that and bringing to life issues that face the city. Bradford is a poor city and with poverty comes vulnerability and exploitation and pain. It is a diverse city and that is sometimes accompanied by distrust, wariness and fear. However, it is also a Northern city, and it’s a Yorkshire city and, with that, comes heart. To me, Bradford is Warm and Rich and Fearless. It is resilient. It is a panorama of cultural spirit and no matter what gets thrown at Bradfordians, they rise to the occasion with spirit and aplomb. I hope that these sentiments shine through when I’m writing Gus’ character.

Whilst I explore the darker sides of Bradford in my books (I am a crime fiction writer, after all), I hope I do more than that. I hope that I highlight societal issues in a sensitive way, whilst celebrating the things in Bradford worth celebrating.

So, allow me to take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of Gus McGuire’s Bradford.

Heaton Woods

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Five minutes’ walk from inner city Manningham, Heaton Woods are a delight to explore. Over forty acres of both ancient and new woodland are looked after by the Heaton Woodlands Trust charity. With paths leading to Shipley and Frizinghall you could never get tired of ambling through these woods. Gus and Bingo (his wee dog) spend an inordinate amount of time walking through them, and sometimes, in Gus’ case jogging through them. In fact, Gus’ house on Marriners Drive at the bottom of Emm Lane, backs onto them. You’ll often find Gus sitting at Sean’s pond, meditating and thinking things through or sitting by the banks of the stream. It calms him and helps him connect with the world in a beautiful environment, whilst escaping from the pressures of his job.

Lister Park and Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

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Gus has grown up in this area of Bradford and he is delighted with the way Lister Park has developed over the years. All year round, the park is well-utilised, but in spring and summer it explodes with activity and vibrancy. It caters to everyone and Gus loves seeing Bradford’s diverse communities using all of the parks facilities. It is a melting pot of migrants from Ireland, Scotland, the Ukraine, Mirpur Pakistan, India, West indies and Africa, with newer arrivals from Eastern Europe. It’s tennis, badminton and basketball facilities are well used and it makes Gus proud when he sees mixed groups of older people playing bowls on the parks greens in the summer. The boating pond is home to geese, ducks and the most beautiful swans. The children’s play area is extensive and Gus takes Mo’s children there when he can, finishing off with an ice cream in the parks café.

The Mughal gardens with their ornate arches and beautiful waterways with fountains provides a calming place to sit and ponder life, as do the many seats around the garden area in front of cartwright Hall. Gus loves the art that has escaped the splendid Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and

is dotted around the park. Cartwright Hall hosts an amazing array of diverse artworks from around the globe and is home to the well visited Hockney gallery. Further up there is a bandstand and a delightful sensory garden. Gus is a familiar figure among the power walkers and joggers with his dreadlocks and piercing blue eyes as he, regardless of the weather, jogs through the park on his way to The Fort.

City Park

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Built in the centre of Bradford surrounded by the magnificent Town Hall building, City Library, the Alhambra Theatre and the National Media museum, City park is a hive of activity. Its mirror pool with fountains draws the crowds throughout the year. It is the largest pool of its kind in the UK. No wonder, City Park features a lot in Untainted Blood. The thing Gus loves most about this area though has to be Sunbridge Wells; the underground tunnels that meander misleadingly uphill from City Park to the top of the city, play host to many bars and eateries as well as shops and stalls. Gus loves nothing more than to eat in The Tapas Bar before vacating to end the evening with a whisky in Alibi bar. In the city centre you’ll be spoiled for choice … no wonder Bradford has been crowned UK Curry Capital six times. Bradford is the first city to be awarded UNESCO City of Film

Shipley Glen

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Shipley Glen, is another of Gus’ haunts with Bingo. With a tramway from Saltaire/Baildon up to the top of the glen where the views are to die for. The huge flat slabs, sheer drops and bracing breeze make it one of Gus’ favourite jogging spots. Of course, a body was also discovered there (not telling you which book though). How many cities can boast such a lovely site within a stone’s throw of the city centre. It is a geological marvel, with commanding panoramic views overlooking Saltaire World Heritage Site which in itself is a complex of historic mill buildings and cultural attractions, founded by Bradford textile philanthropist, Sir Titus Salt in 1853.

Bingley

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It was in Myrtle park in Bingley that we see Gus’ heart get broken. Bingley, on the outskirts of Bradford boasts a whole plethora of scenic views. Near St Ives’ country estate it has quality eateries, canal and riverside walks and picturesque churches. Gus often drinks in the Potting Shed and eats in The White Horse.

These are just a few of the Bradford places Gus likes to spend time. Unfortunately, as you and I know, he doesn’t have a lot of down time. Especially not now, for in Uncommon Cruelty he has a disastrous house party, two dead people and a missing teen to contend with.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in.  She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of  teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK.  She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016.  She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.

She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website: https://lizmistrycrimewriter.wordpress.com/

Blog: https://thecrimewarp.blogspot.co.uk/

Email: LizMistryAuthor@yahoo.com

Twitter: @LizCrimeWarp

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LizMistrybooks/about/

OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

Unquiet Souls (a DI Gus McGuire case Book 1)

Unquiet Souls (a DI Gus McGuire case 1 

Uncoiled Lies (a DI Gus McGuire case Book 2)

Uncoiled Lies (a DI Gus McGuire case 2

Untainted Blood ( DI Gus McGuire case Book 3)

Untainted Blood ( DI Gus McGuire case 3

 

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Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance (Madam Tulip #3) by David Ahern #WomenSleuths #MysteryThriller #KindleUnlimited @daveahernwriter

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by [Ahern, David]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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.

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Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance

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

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.

AUTHOR LINKS:

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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Madam Tulip

Madam Tulip

 

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts