Madam Tulip – David Ahern

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.


This was the first book I have read by David Ahern and wasn’t really sure what to expect. I found Madam Tulip really enjoyable with relatable characters and an air of Miss Marple about it making it feel like a cosy ‘whodunit’

The main character, Derry O’Donnell is brilliant throughout and her sidekick, or so I feel he is, Bruce is a fantastic character resembling a friend of mine, I found myself wanting to call him Bruce, I placed him in the novel and therefore the character became my friend.

The cast of characters played their parts well. A variety of personalities, nationalities and character traits made each one feel very real and believable. The dynamics between Derry’s parents relationship is an interesting one and told in an intriguing way. The new found relationship between classes (which is the base of the story) is gripping and full of delightful twists and turns.

I found Madam Tulip really enjoyable with relatable characters and an air of Miss Marple about it making it feel like a cosy ‘whodunit’
 A wonderful read for a raining sunday afternoon curled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and cuddle throw. An entertaining read with memorable characters and believable plot.
I certainly look forward to reading about the future trial and tribulations of Madam Tulip and believe it will be a successful series of books.

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