About the author (As seen on Amazon)
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 is 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. Madam 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.
Genre: Mystery/ thriller
Publication date: 3rd April 2016
Publisher: Malin Press
ISBN: (epub) 9780993544811
Copy provided by: the author
Blurb (as seen on Amazon)
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.
Madam 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 role of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.
Firstly I would like to thank the author David Ahern for providing me with a copy of Madam Tulip. On reading the blurb, I found myself intrigued and was eager to make a start.
The simplicity of the front cover is makes the vital parts stand out. I like the way the title with swirly writing; the way the top of the T turns into a tulip, and a single frog is in the middle of the crystal ball. These are all very simple but affective.
Madam Tulip by David Ahern is a story full of adventure, mystery, celebrities lifestyles, a death, friendships and going the extra mile to save them all the makings for a good read.
The main Character of this story is Derry she is 27 and a struggling actor in Ireland. She is in desperate need to earn some money or face going back to America to live with her high achieving mother; which she really doesn’t really want to do. This is how Madam Tulip was born and idea that came from her friend Bella; who asked her to do a reading for her one evening, and said she should try earn money from doing readings and maybe she will be able to stay, doing what she loves. She gets her first gig for a celebrity charity do and she has been asked to do reading for guest’s for the weekend. The gig is in a massive castle hotel.
I really liked the lead up and the creating on Madam Tulips outfit and props, calling on her acting friends to help with make-up, cloths and wig, it was fun to read. On the day of the gig Derry and Bella go to the hotel to get ready, but Bella is not to stay. Bella really wants to stay but Derry say’s she can’t and Bella agrees to go but does she?
As the story unfolds Derry find’s a few things that are odd. The celebrity world is so very glam. and then there’s the drugs going around; which in that department don’t go well at all. Bella find’s herself locked up and Derry known’s her friend and is very suspicious about what is going on, and becomes a bit of a detective in the process.
I found Derry progressed throughout this story and she has many layers to her character which I found really interesting. I also liked the pace of this story, not to fast but just right and you can also really feel the theatrical feel to the book! David’s writing is very descriptive giving you the reader a clear image in you head and kept me pressing the next page button on my kindle. If you like a bit of mystery, adventure, crime, friendship and strange parents then give this first book a try. I’m looking forward to the next adventure of the intriguing Madam Tulip series.
Marie’s Book Boutique gives Madam Tulip by David Ahern 4 sparkly stars