Book Review: Madame Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree by David Ahern

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Dear Bookworms,

This read was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

What is this book about?

Derry O’Donnell, mostly struggling actress and sometimes fortune teller Madame Tulip, lands a gig with a budding and successful pop band to provide readings and general babysitting of its slightly unbalanced star.

Basically a paid groupie, she gets a behind the scenes look at what appears on the outside as the picture of perfection.

In reality, the group is riddled with jealousies and backstabbing. The groups paid shaman is missing and there is clearly a fear that she has been murdered.

A member of the band may have also been poisoned. With so much invested in the groups success, it’s manager is hoping Derry can smooth things over and keep the band together and productive. With so much drama and darkness hanging over the group, Derry once again finds herself embroiled in a mystery, one which will ultimately put her life in jeopardy.

So? What did I think?

This one is the fourth book in the Madame Tulip Series and as always, Derry gets herself caught up in a mystery. I am confident at this point that if acting doesn’t pan out, she has a great shot at becoming a successful PI.

This book was once again filled with mystery, red herrings, deceit, and just a touch of her insane father Jacko O’Donnell for some comedic relief. (seriously he is probably my favorite character in the series- I could read a book solely about him- or watch a reality show if he was real haha).

Great characters!

I enjoyed that Derry’s friends and often sidekicks to her antics were back. Bella and Bruce are great secondary characters, and I felt Bruce was really able to shine in this one.

I love his ability to maintain complete composure even when faced with life threatening situations. I suppose it’s the Navy Seal in him. As I have come to expect, Derry winds up in heart-stoppingly dangerous situations that you are SURE she won’t be able to get out of, which makes for some great reading.

My rating

I’ll give this one a 4/5 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Awesome read if you are a fan of cozy mysteries and one I would for sure recommend to you guys.

Until next week!!



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