MADAM TULIP AND THE BONES OF CHANCE
by David Ahern
Suspense, mystery, action, a little romance and lots of laughs.
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.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I can’t say I ever wanted to be a writer. It’s just something I do. Like growing onions.
-What draws you to your genre(s) of choice?
I love a mystery, especially character-driven ones, and I like action in a story, but I don’t enjoy gore. Cozy mysteries are fun but rarely page-turners, and thrillers tend to have too much explicit violence for me (okay, call me a wuss!). So to find a mystery-thriller that’s as much fun as a cozy, I had to write one myself.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
US Navy SEALS were once based on an island airbase off Scotland’s West coast waiting for defecting Soviet aircraft or the space shuttle to make an emergency landing. True, although the story doesn’t figure in the book as it was too many years ago.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
Any of my main characters, although each would present hazards: Derry, I’d probably fall for and make a fool of myself; Jacko would be great company but the chances are I’d wake up with a hangover and only the vaguest memory of where I’d actually been; Bella would get us both arrested for some obscure but principled transgression; Vanessa would want me to sign something I didn’t understand. I think Bruce is the answer, as I could exchange supportive advice about surviving auditions for protection from thugs, aggressive drunks and over-mighty bouncers.
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
Keep going. You haven’t failed until you stop.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Horror. I’m so squeamish that if I was a medical doctor I’d have to ask patients to stand in a closet with a paper bag over their heads before telling me their symptoms. Or maybe write me a note.
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.
Madam Tulip wasn’t David Ahern's first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’s 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.
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