Publisher: Malin Press
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release date: 12 04 2018
Price*: Kindle £2.87 (GBP)/ Paperback £9.45 (GBP)
Kindle $4.02 (USD)/ Paperback $13.29 (USD)
Pages: ~ 362
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Description of the book: 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.
Madame Tulip is the third 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.
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.
Madame 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.
Website – www.davidahern.info / Facebook – www.facebook.com/davidahernwriter / Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/daveahernwriter
Today on my blog I would like to welcome David Ahern, author of Madam Tulip series. A couple of days back, he released his third book in the series called Madam Tulip And The Bones of Chance. David kindly agreed to answer some of my questions, so without further due, here is a Q&A with Davin Ahern.
BI: What Inspired you to write Madam Tulip series?
DA: I wanted to have some fun, having written a bunch of serious books and plays. I grew up around theatre people, and I love actors. They’re dedicated to their craft and they want so much to perform and grow. But in most places, and in Ireland especially, the work just isn’t there. So most actors are unemployed much of the time and moonlight at something. The thing about fortune tellers is that people tell them all kinds of things they wouldn’t tell anyone else. Add secrets to celebrity and money, and a fortune teller may learn some things they’d be safer not knowing.
BI: Tell us a little about Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance and how this book was born?
DA: Derry and Bruce get an unexpected acting job on a movie in Scotland. But nothing is as it seems. Somebody means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as fortune-teller Madam Tulip, holds the key to who and why. She finds that getting between a murder and their victim is a dangerous place to be.
BI: Which character was your favourite to write and why?
DA: Jacko, Derry’s reprobate father. I may be heading that way.
BI: Derry is always surrounded by rich and famous, where do you look for the information/ how do you do your research?
DA: If you’ve known a lot of people, you don’t have to research over-much. The details of lifestyles are all over the internet, but the way people tick – you have to know them for that.
BI: What was the biggest challenge while writing Derry’s stories?
DA: I guess finding the balance between humour and tension, mystery and action, character and plot. That’s always a balancing act, but I think it’s worked out fine.
BI: Could you describe your writing day to us?
DA: Check work mails first, then if I don’t have some other project on the go that’s screaming for attention, I just sit down and write. A couple of hours, and that’s it. Come editing time, everything changes; that’s more like a full time job. Yuk. But like every writer these days, I have to fight for the time.
BI: What are your reading habits and what kind of books do you prefer to read?
DA: I love comedy writers. Woodhouse, Thurber, our own Flann O’Brien, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams… In other genres, I worship EF Benson (Mapp and Lucia) and Patrick O’Brien (Master and Commander).
BI: What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?
DA: Making myself laugh out loud.
BI: What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
DA: Don’t worry about being published. Worry about writing. Do it every day. And when you’ve finished the book, don’t worry about being published then either. Write the next book. The rest will look after itself.
BI: Please, share a secret with the readers 😀
DA: Can’t. it’s a secret.
Thank You very much, David, for answering the questions, and best of luck with the series. My review of the third Madam Tulip book will be posted sometime this week, meanwhile, here are the reviews for Madam Tulip (#1) and Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts (#2). Enjoy 🙂
Thank You for your time 🙂
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