‘Everybody knows that in Ireland seventh sons of seventh sons have extraordinary powers and can do all kinds of mystical things….Hasn’t the gift been male since time immemorial? But Tulip isn’t in the least concerned.
Times change even in the realms of the supernatural.’
Madam Tulip is a novel with a difference!!
After reading a number of psychological thrillers recently I was looking for something a little lighter and whimsical. I had received a copy from the author David Ahern a few weeks back so decided it was the perfect timing to sit down, put the feet up and head off on a mysterious journey with Madam Tulip…..
Suspense, mystery, action, a little romance and lots of laughs!
Out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell is talented, professional, 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 career as Madam Tulip, fortune teller to the rich and famous.
As Derry is drawn deeper into a seedy world of celebrities, supermodels, and millionaires, she finds that the fortune-teller’s role as confidante is the most dangerous part anyone could play.’
Derry O’ Donnell is an out of work actress. Twenty-seven years of age and without any prospect in her sight, Derry is at a stage in her life where decisions have to be made. She is currently being financed for her stay in Dublin by her mother, Vanessa, who is the owner of a very upscale Art Gallery on Fifth Avenue, New York. Derry receives an ultimatum. Her mother gives her three weeks to get her act together or she is stopping funding Derry and will insist she return to the States with her.
Derry’s father, Jacko, seventh son of a seventh son, is a completely different character. An artist with a very relaxed approach to life, Jacko very much lives in the moment. He grabs life seemingly without a care in the world and very little grasp on reality.
In her bid to remain in Dublin, Derry embarks on a new venture. She has always had a sixth sense and has used this psychic ability with friends who ask for occasional requests. With the assistance of these friends, Derry transforms herself into Madam Tulip.
‘Derry turned to the mirror. If it were possible not to recognise oneself she wouldn’t have. The woman looking back at her had an unnaturally pale face that somehow looked chubbier than before. Her bosom was ample. Her dress was silk. Around her neck hung multiple strings of heavy beads. To top off the ensemble, they settled on a headdress – a delicate creation with three small feathers and two bigger yellow ones laying back over the hair.’
As Derry is soon to discover, life as Madam Tulip unleashes a whole new world, not all so good….
What follows is a mischievous tale of mystery and fun.
Derry is invited to a castle for a celebrity charity event as Madam Tulip. The guests are a mix of supermodels, singers and business people, all relishing in the wealth they have accumulated and only too ready to let everyone else know about it. Derry is completely unfazed by all this extreme show of riches and plays her role perfectly as the psychic to these famous people.
Unfortunately, events take a serious twist and Derry finds herself in the centre of a very dangerous situation.
Using all her wits Derry has to be inventive and intuitive to survive…
Will Madam Tulip save the day?
Well you will just have read Madam Tulip to find out…
Madam Tulip is a perfect read for those days when you want nothing more than to lose yourself in a bit of fun. The characters are a mix of farcical and humorous, all adding colour to this light hearted mystery set in the Irish countryside with a very lovable heroine at the fore…
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About the Author
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 and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.
For no particular reason, David Ahern took to writing fiction. Madame 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.
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