Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts

I read the 2nd book in the Madam Tulip series by David Ahern, this month.


About: "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."

Don't let the look and feel of a cozy fool you. This book is quite a thriller as the story moves along.  I like the basic plot of Derry trying to pay her skills using her psychic/fortune telling skills for hire.

Things are looking up for Derry. She has an a role in a play at the local theatre. Yay!
Ooops. There was fire and the stage burned down. 

Derry's mother wants her to come to London and work for her at her art gallery. Derry really doesn't think that is something she wants to do. Her mother is kind of bossy. Her artist father agrees to donate a painting for the fund raiser to rebuild the stage. Then an actress acquaintance offers her a job for a weekend, telling fortunes at a party for a wealthy countess and family in England. They also have their own art gallery on the grounds. Well, someone sends them a gruesome package while Derry is there and things go downhill pretty quickly. While the investigation into this delivery stalls the weekend festivities, Derry decides to go to London and visit her mother. Sebastian who is engaged to one of the countess's granddaughters just happens to be going that way and can give her a ride.

Hmm. Sebastian knows one of her mother's customers. The customer seems a bit strange. Now what happened to Sebastian? He was supposed to pick Derry up at her mother's gallery for lunch? 

Once again, Derry stumbles into a dangerous situation. Wealth, royalty, art thieves, forgery, kidnapping
Will Derry be able to get herself out of this one with her card reading?

Not only did I like the story, but a bit of the history of England and royalty is spread throughout the book, which I found interesting.

Book #3, Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance will be out in April.

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