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ARC Review – Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern

ARC Review – Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by  David AhernMadam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern
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Published by Malin Press on October 20th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 355
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.


Madam Tulip! Actress, fortune-teller, psychic, sleuth!
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 threats, 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.
Madame Tulip and the Knave of Hearts is the second 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’Donnell is asked to make another appearance as Madam Tulip fortune teller to the rich and famous. She begrudgingly obliges as the play she was in was canceled due to a tragic accident where the stage was destroyed. Needing the money she once again puts on the gown of Madam Tulip. This time she in England. At the stately home, she finds herself in, strange things start happening like body parts showing up. She finds herself once again immersed in a murder mystery. Will she be able to find the truth before she gets hurt?

In ” an Oyster Shell – Another mystery packed adventure with Madam Tulip. I recommend it.

The Pearls – This is another great installment of the Madam Tulip series. I like the constant struggle that Derry goes through as an actress. This really sets up the story for her to become Madam Tulip it’s always done begrudgingly. She want’s to make it as an actress, not Madam Tulip. I find this conflict interesting. The conflict was multi-faceted and made for an interesting read. There was a lot going on.

You definitely see the strengths of character building in this second book. The characters from the previous book become more defined than they were last time. The character Bruce is a testament to that. We get to see a lot more of him in this book. The characters overall were well developed. The supporting characters really helped to move the story along.

The setting was beautiful, countryside England.

The Sand –  The tone could get a little dull at times.

4 pearls!

4 Stars

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.

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