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.
Set in Ireland you really get a sense of the wonderful Irish countryside through out this novel. The luxurious castle that Derry finds herself visiting, I especially would have loved to have been able to stay at, though hopefully when there is less mayhem going on there.
Derry is a likeable character who somehow finds herself being talked into becoming a fortune teller. Even though she does have a slight gift, which has been passed down the generations in her family, she probably isn’t the most convincing one, though luckily a few of the characters in the book struggle to see that.
I loved Bella, Derry’s friend, she has a certain energy about her that drew me in. She’s certainly a fun loving gal, who would be great to have around.
Derry ends up finding herself being somewhat involved when a death happens at the hotel and even though she doesn’t want to get involved, after her friend is wrongly arrested, she decides she has no other choice but to try and find out what exactly has gone on and get to the bottom of it all.
Madam Tulip isn’t by any means a fast paced crime novel, I would say it is more bordering on the cozy mystery side of crime. It is more suspense/mystery than action/thriller. I think readers that are looking for an enjoyable but more light hearted crime/mystery will really enjoy this book. I can see it working really well as a series on television.
My thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.
Madam Tulip is available to purchase from Amazon.