“Mystery, suspense and lots of laughs!”


Derry O’Donnell, out-of-work actress, is  broke.  Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, and with a little help from her theatrical friends, Derry embarks on a part-time career as Madam Tulip, fortune teller to the rich and famous. But at her first fortune-telling gig – a celebrity charity weekend in an Irish castle – a famous rap artist is found dead.
Mystery, edge-of your seat suspense and laugh-out-loud moments, as Derry O’Donnell and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, and find that the one future Madam Tulip can’t predict is her own.

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What reviewers are saying about ‘Madam Tulip‘ 

“Totally,totally delightful.” – cnkbookreviews

“Great plot, fabulous characters in a suspenseful mystery.” tometender

“Oh my word, this book was so good! I absolutely loved it! Madam Tulip has just the right amount of mystery, humor, suspense, and all around great writing!” – carrieksbookreviews

“I absolutely loved loved loved this novel and can’t wait to read the next one!” – kerensasreadingnook

“Derry O’Donnell is one of the most unique heroines I have come across.” – nightowlreviews

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Knave coverWhen 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 – all with secrets to confide and requests for Madam Tulip. Add a cultured and handsome art expert, and you’re set for a baffling mystery that will keep you turning the pages and have you laughing out loud.
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What reviewers are saying about ‘The Knave of Hearts‘ 

“Another mystery packed adventure with Madam Tulip. I recommend it.” – writingpearls

“Packed full of mystery and suspense” – bytheletterbookreviews

“I am giving this book five stars as it was that good and I will be recommending this book to everyone who loves a good mystery.” – baronessbooktrove

“The characters are fresh and the story exciting. It is a wild ride” – mikestheaterofthemind

“I was genuinely still guessing at who was involved in what shenanigans right up until the reveal moment.” – bookshineandreadbows

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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.
Mystery, humor and suspense, as Derry O’Donnell and her friend Bruce discover than in movieland, nothing is as it seems.
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What reviewers are saying about ‘The Bones of Chance‘ 

“Would I recommend it? Without a doubt! These books should be on the best seller lists!” – behindthewillows

“I don’t hesitate to give five stars and say that I can’t wait for the next book.” – barbtaub

“Another hilarious and suspenseful Madam Tulip book.  A page turner just like the previous two.” – theaspiringwordsmith

“This is the third Madam Tulip book, and my favourite so far!” – bookshineandreadbows

“This third book in the Madame Tulip series is wonderful read, and David Ahern’s wry humour is a delight.” – whisperingstories

“I had that really satisfying sense of being immersed in the middle of something highly enjoyable and well-written, happy in the knowledge that there is more to come.” – booksandwinegums

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Serpent's Tree coverActress Derry O’Donnell, moonlighting as fortune-teller Madam Tulip, finds herself in a famous pop singer’s entourage. But at the star’s glittering birthday party in the Dublin mountains, Derry finds a band riven by rivalries and feuds. Behind the trouble is a mysterious Russian guru, a shaman hated by everyone but the singer whose life she dominates.
When the shaman mysteriously disappears, suspicion threatens to tear the band apart. Was she victim or poisoner? Guilty or innocent? Dead or alive?
Two brilliant and beautiful musicians; an ambitious band manager with a shady past; a sax player entranced by Vikings—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.
Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree is fourth in the Madam Tulip mystery series, in which Derry O’Donnell, her sidekick Bruce and best friend Bella, play the most exciting and perilous roles of their acting lives.

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What reviewers are saying about ‘The Serpent’s Tree

“Diverse and colourful characters are fabulously realised.”Between The Lines

“…a treat in store for you.” … “absolutely bingeworthy.” Barb Taub, author

“Lots of wit, some pretty distinguished characters, some brilliantly entertaining scenes and a mystery that remains hidden until the end!” TomeTender

“Loved the whole series … Can’t wait for the next book.” Amazon customer

“The best book in the series so far. Highly recommended.”  –  Goodreads Reviewer 

“It’s the characters that keep me coming back for more.” – Goodreads Reviewer

“I was still biting my nails throughout!”
“…a fun and fast read.” – Goodreads reviewer 

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MADAM TULIP box set!
The Madam Tulip 
Collection, Books 1-3.
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