Review on Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern


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.


Publication Date: 20th October 2016

Publisher: Malin Press

ISBN: paperback 978-0-9935448-2-8

ebook 978-0-9935448-3-5

Pages: 357 pages

Genre: Mystery/ Thriller

Format: ebook

Copy Provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on Amazon)

When out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell moonlights as celebrity fortune- teller Madam Tulip in an English stately home, she’s trying to make some cash. Instead, she is drawn into an alien world of wealth, titled privilege and family secrets.

A countess once a chorus girl, a gambling earl and his daughters, a cultured and handsome art expert-all caught in a terrifying web of ghastly treats, murder and abduction. As an aristocratic engagement party turns into a nightmare, Derry and her friend Bruce face the prospect of a gruesome and infamous death.

Madam Tulip is the second in the new series of Tulip adventures.

My Review

Firstly I would like to thank the author David Ahern for asking me to read and review the second book in the Madam Tulip series on Marie’s Book Boutique. ( you can check my review for the first book here )

I really like the front cover of this book very much! I think the blue back ground really makes the title, authors name and the image really stand out perfectly, catching the eye like any cover should! I also thought that its wonderful the way the green writing; ‘Madam Tulip’ and ‘David Ahern’ is tied in with the outline of the knight hand and the tulip and then the colour change to red with the rest of the title, very affective.

Madam Tulip and the Knave of hearts by David Ahern is the second instalment in the Madam Tulip adventures, with a third book in the writing process. After reading the first book; which I really enjoyed, I was intrigued as to what Madam Tulip could get up to next! It has mystery, adventure, a death and of course some fortune-telling, because hey that’s Madam Tulip!

At the beginning of the story Derry stars off with an acting job at the Palace theatre in Dublin; but unfortunately the theatre roof caves in making the stage unsafe and therefore they have to close the theatre and stop the show as there is no other theatre that isn’t being used. Derry and her friends think of ways in which they can rise the money the roof needs to be fixed. They all get involved including Derry’s parents which I genuinely enjoyed because those two are really quite humorous characters and make me chuckle a lot! When Derry gets the job offer to go to a countess to be Madam Tulip, Derry becomes intrigued and apprehensive all at the same time. I would say the story becomes a little flat as the story goes on because you as the reader are introduced to so many characters that it becomes a little confusing at times. Which really wasn’t the case in the first book however it was really lovely to catch up with the Madam Tulip character. She has something about her that’s so likeable and charming. I thought it was a shame we didn’t get to see more of Bella because she was so much fun! but it was nice to get to know Bruce; who accompanies Madam Tulip to her next gig, he is the man who can call his hand to almost anything and used to be in the US Navy SEAL.

All ought this story is part of a series you can read them as a standalone if you really wanted to but I would advise to read the first one first as you will understand Madam Tulip a lot better.

For me I felt a bit disappointed in this one as I didn’t feel like it got going until right at the beginning and then again at the end, the middle just felt flat to me like a lull if you like. This is a shame because I really enjoyed the first book very much, and hoping the last instalment will be as good as the first.


Marie’s Book Boutique gives Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern 3 sparkly stars.






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