Friday, September 23, 2016

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern (Madam Tulip, #2)

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts
by David Ahern

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Madam Tulip - Book 2
Publisher: David Ahern; 1 edition (October 20, 2016)
Publication Date: October 20, 2016
Genre: Suspense | Supernatural | Sleuths
Print Length: 290 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Suspense, mystery, action, a little romance and lots of laughs.

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 by David Ahern
(Madam Tulip, #2)
Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts (Madam Tulip, #2)Madame Tulip is back and her alter ego, actress Derry O’Donnell finds herself, once again, embroiled in danger and death with a few extra body parts just lying around.

The life of the wealthy can be a bit pretentious, add old money, missing artwork and a title or two, then steep like a good old-fashioned cup of tea for a quirky mystery that just begs to be solved by Derry and Bruce. But could this mystery prove beyond even Derry’s sleuthing abilities? David Ahern’s Madame Tulip and the Knave of Hearts puts Derry in the midst of murder, robbery, mayhem and those closed, stiff upper lips of aristocracy-not to mention works of art valued at millions…if they are real.

Settle in for a good old fashioned who-dunnit and who belongs to that hand in the sink and why was it cut off? Derry finds herself employed as a fortune teller for an engagement party that may never happen. Along with Her friend, Bruce, ex-military sidekick, these two get into the thick of it while the “titled” are trying to keep things hush-hush. Could there be more than the dirty secrets of the aristocracy behind the cone of silence? Has someone been forging masterpieces for profit? How are Russians involved? Better question, why is Derry involved? Does it have something to do with her quirky parents?

David Ahern has upped his own artistic game and this often quirky, sometimes humorous, tale is, from start to finish entertaining, witty and certainly a mystery as to the just who the bad guy is and how he/she did it! Great plot, fabulous characters in a suspenseful mystery that never bogs down as Derry reads the cards and sees too much in the future.

I received this ARC edition from David Ahern in exchange for my honest review.

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