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.
Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts, as stated in the description, is the second book in the series following the antics of Derry O’Donnell.
I don’t think it is essential to have read the first in the series but I think it will give readers a better understanding of how Derry got into the fortune telling business.
Derry is back acting in the theatre only for the theatre be in dire need of repair that sees her yet again out of work. She is forced into helping out in an art gallery by her over bearing mother. She also manages to get a gig in a stately home as her Madam Tulip persona.
I don’t know how Derry does it but she always manages to wind up in some pretty glamorous places. The family at the stately home are slightly strange though and there was only really Bryony that I took to. It was understandable that Derry couldn’t wait to get out of there.
It isn’t long of course before Derry manages to get herself involved in yet another crime that leaves her no choice but to try and get to the bottom of.
I found the crime side of things in this novel a lot more intriguing than the first in the series. Even though a lot more light hearted than a normal ‘crime’ book, it is packed full of mystery and suspense and it feels very much like a classic ‘who dunnit’. Things certainly get a lot more exciting towards the end and it was very gripping in parts.
Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts is another enjoyable read that has a whole array of wacky characters. Even though I have mentioned it in my review for the first book, I still stand by that this series would be great for the television. I think fans of Jonathan Creek and a like, will absolutely love the Madam Tulip series. It’s certainly a series that seems to be going from strength to strength.
My thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.