≡ Menu

Review – Madam Tulip by David Ahern

Review – Madam Tulip by David AhernMadam Tulip by David Ahern
Published by Malin Press on April 3rd 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 308
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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.

Derry O’Donnel is in between actress jobs. Much to her mother’s dismay, she hasn’t caught her big break yet. Her mother insists that she comes to New York to make her way in the corporate world. Running out of options Derry embellishes on her sixth sense and starts telling fortunes. Lucky for her her dad is the seventh son of the seventh son which means she has the gift. Could this gift get her out of debt or into more trouble than she bargained for?

In ” an Oyster Shell – It was an in-depth mystery that was a little drawn out but still made for an interesting read.

The Pearls –  You can’t have a book set in Ireland and not talk about the setting. Though more descriptions could have been used you got the essence of Irish culture. Overall the book had an English/European feel to it. It was all very nice.

The characters were strong and well-developed. I was extremely impressed with the author’s talent for character voice. Each character was distinct. When I was reading it, it was almost as if I could hear each character in there given voice. I liked that very much. I enjoyed Derry/Madam Tulip very much. Best heroine I have read in a long time.

The plot was very fun and unexpected. It was elaborate yet comprehensive. I liked how the author weaved in a paranormal aspect. Yet, it was nothing more than a really strong sixth sense. Very believable and questionable at the same time. It was part of the appeal of this novel was it coincidence? Was it something more? Very fun.

The Sand –  The climax was extremely prolonged and I lost interest in it eager – for the book to be over. It had been so good up until  then.

I feel like the author could have embellished on things more things to give us a better feel of the setting.

The romance was disappointing, non-committal.

3.5 Pearls


About 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 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 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. He won numerous awards but found nobody was much impressed.

For want of a better plan, David Ahern took to writing fiction. Madame Tulip isn’t his first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’s ever had with a computer. He is now writing the third in the series and enjoys pretending that this activity 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.

{ 0 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge