Thursday, 12 April 2018

Review of David Ahern - Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance

Published April 12th

Review of 'Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance' by David Ahern

"This third book in the Madame Tulip series is wonderful read, and David Ahern’s wry humour is a delight." - whisperingstories

"David Ahern never fails to bring laughter, intrigue and a kaleidoscope of colorful characters together." - tometender

A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.
A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.

As Derry and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Tulip can’t predict is her own.

"I don’t hesitate to give five stars and say that I can’t wait for the next book." - barbtaub

"David Ahern's sense of humour blends cozy with sudden flare-up. His style is unusually entertaining."- booktaste

"I don’t hesitate to give five stars and say that I can’t wait for the next book." - barbtaub

"If you like your cozy mysteries with just enough of a mysteriously psychic spin to keep you on edge wondering what might be possible, then this is definitely a series you should check out!" - jillelizabeth

"This is the third Madam Tulip book, and my favourite so far!" - bookshineandreadbows

My review 

This is the second book I have read in the Madam Tulip series and although the first I read a while ago, it wasn't long before I sunk into a comfortably familiar feel with the writing and the great characters. The book stands alone well even if you haven't read any others in the series and despite missing out the second book, I fell into the plot quickly and with page-turning enjoyment. The filming in Scotland gives an interesting read and something different to the mystery. I enjoyed how Derry and Bruce find adventure wherever they go. The psychic element to the author's novels are both entertaining and fascinating.

There is such a diverse and wonderful array of characters in the book that you can't help but enjoy loving every minute of this read. A fantastic mystery novel with larger than life characters. The author has a great talent throwing you off the scent as the mystery unfolds for a surprising ending. A very enjoyable read that I would recommend.

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 but soon absconded 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.

Madam Tulip wasn’t David Ahern's first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth 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.

You can learn more about David Ahern and Madam Tulip on his website

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