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Madam Tulip: An Irish Cozy Mystery by [Ahern, David]
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Madam Tulip: An Irish Cozy Mystery Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Madam Tulip (2 Book Series)

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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. 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. Why not sign up for the Madam Tulip Newsletter to hear about new releases, launches and everything Tulip? You can connect with David Ahern on his website, on Facebook and on Twitter www.davidahern.info https://www.facebook.com/davidahernwriter https://www.twitter.com/daveahernwriter

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1560 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Malin Press; 1 edition (1 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are times when you just need something quite light to read, a book that you can cosy down with a hot chocolate and a packet of digestive biscuits, well this is how I felt with David Ahern's debut novel. It had loads of vibrant colourful characters that thoroughly entertained me as the mystery was unravelled by Madam Tulip. I think that David Ahern and myself most have got our humour from the same place because he continually made me giggle, which I love in a book.

There is a saying that the clothes make a person and it is very true in the case of Madam Tulip. The transformation from meek and mild Derry O'Donnell in her twenties, that couldn't quite decide if she had super natural abilities or not, to the middle aged rounded Madam Tulip were amazing. Derry had some super relationships with a few characters two of my favourites were with her dad and particularly one of her besties when being instructed on how to be a boyfriend. Loved the closeness of them and continually laughed at their conversations, hilarious! There is so much happening in this book that will keep any reader happy. Looking forward to reading book two very soon.
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Although I read a lot of crime fiction and thrillers it's been a while since I've read a cosy mystery. However, having enjoyed the genre in the past I was delighted when David Ahern contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in reading Madam Tulip.
As the first book in what will be a series of Madam Tulip books (there is already a second book, Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts, with a third book on the way) the story builds slowly as first we are introduced to the characters and their relationships to one another, setting the scene for the crime that Derry inadvertently becomes involved in. As the lead character it is vital that Derry O'Donnell has enough depth to be an engaging protagonist who can carry a series. Thankfully she is exactly that. She is intelligent, resourceful and self deprecating, and by cleverly giving her an alter ego (the eponymous Madam Tulip) the author has provided her not only with a reason for becoming involved with a situation where a crime occurs but also with an alternative method for interacting with the other characters. The use of her second sight makes for an interesting twist and I was pleased to note, not overdone. It provides her - and us - with clues but they are never straightforward and still require solving using the more traditional cosy mystery methods of solving crimes - snooping and luck. The secondary characters are also well written, I particularly enjoyed the relationship Derry has with her parents - and they have with each other; it's probably best described as somewhat dysfunctional yet written with a light touch that makes any disagreements more comedic than bitter. The crime that kick starts Derry's amateur sleuthing isn't particularly unusual, a rap singer dies at the first charity fundraiser Madam Tulip has been engaged to attend.
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When Derry is skint, she starts monetising her ‘gift’ – the ability to tell the future. As Madam Tulip, she finds out that the gift can easily become a curse

Twenty-seven-year-old Derry O’Donnel, half Irish, half American, is living in Dublin. Her mother has a successful art gallery in New York, her father fears his ex-wife and whenever she comes to Ireland he hides away, mostly at his daughter’s. Derry’s dream is to become an actress. In the meantime, she has no job and is “fully qualified for unemployment in three different languages.” But time is running out for Derry as her mother has given her an ultimatum: find a job within three weeks or move to the US and work for her mother’s art gallery. Derry is desperate to try anything….

Madam Tulip is an entertaining read. There are paranormal references as Derry sometimes pictures events in dreams and reads cards – but she herself is convinced it is more luck than anything else. The fact that Derry struggles to accept money for what she does shows, in my eyes, her authenticity and I praise David Ahern for letting his protagonist consider the negative side-effects of exploiting her gift. I love the way the author describes events or moods, such as “Derry was enveloped by a gloom darker than the stairwell outside her door, whose bulbs hadn’t been changed since the Titanic was news and the Irish ate potatoes rather than Croquette Perigourdine.” Simply fantastic! If you are not into paranormal novels, do not worry because you can easily read it as an upbeat detective novel with likeable quirky characters and exciting actions where the crimes never become too dark or menacing. A funny enjoyable mystery liberally sprinkled with the pure gold of Irish wit and humour.
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Derry is an aspiring actor but her successful mother is pressuring her to get a job and if she can't find one within three weeks she must concede her loss and move to New York to work in her mother's art gallery. Pushy, controlling parents aren't typically a trope of crime fiction but it drives Derry to pursuing a career as Madam Tulip, and exploiting her gifts in the art of fortune-telling.

Madam Tulip is a very safe read, take it to the beach on a Sunday afternoon or on holiday like I did and enjoy reading a quirky book, full of well-plotted characters without having to do much thinking as the story unfolds quite neatly for you.

One of those well-plotted characters is Bruce, I loved reading about Bruce. Honourably discharged from the Navy for being gay, Bruce is another aspiring actor currently out of work -if anyone is looking for actors last minute my best bet would be to check Ireland if there's any truth in this book. There's something very Bridget Jones about Derry and her friends, Bruce and Bella and then Derry's quirky father Jacko, and no Bridget Jones-esque story would be complete without a love interest, though in my opinion the less said about him the better, I wasn't overly drawn to him but maybe that's just me.

As I mentioned the book is set in Ireland, I've never been to Ireland and I'm not sure if that's why I got a little english town/city vibe from the book -I might just be applying what I know to the book and I read a lot of crime fiction set in the North East of England, which is where I live and I could picture Madam Tulip working just as well if it said it was set here or in Scotland, but that could be said for a lot of books, I just didn't get an overly Ireland vibe from the description.
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