Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End by David Ahern – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have read and loved all of the Madam Tulip mysteries, so I was very pleased to receive a free e-copy of the fifth book in the series “Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End” by David Ahern to review.

Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End by David Ahern

Here is the book blurb.

On the private island of a rich banker, a young and talented stone-mason falls from a cliff. A tragic accident? Or murder?

After the collapse of their theatrical tour, actress Derry O’Donnell and sidekick Bruce must work to pay their way in a West of Ireland village. As Madam Tulip, Derry tells fortunes for a local charity only to be drawn into a maze of mystery and intrigue.

The dead man’s sister obsessed with justice and who will stop at nothing. A daughter bequeathed an island mansion beyond her means. A glamorous French widow and her heart-throb son certain they have been cheated of their legacy. Add an enigmatic letter hinting at a hidden fortune, and the reader is in for a gripping and humourous mystery adventure.

Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End is the fifth in the series of mystery-adventures in which out-of-luck actress Derry O’Donnell finds the End of the Rainbow may not be what it seems.

Madam Tulip is the sideline fortune-telling persona of actress Derry and each book is filled with mystery and intrigue, but all work perfectly as stand-alone reads.

So this story begins with Derry and friend Bruce discovering that the rest of their touring theatre group have skipped from the hotel, leaving them to foot the bill, but they have no funds. A deal is done with hotel manager James Boyle, that Derry as Madam Tulip will tell fortunes at the festival to help raise funds for the local lifeboat, whilst Bruce will be bar doorman.

After doing a fortune telling for Mary Jo, she is stunned when Mary Jo announces that the cards have backed up her belief that her brother Michael was murdered. Derry didn’t see that in the cards!

Another surprise was seeing one of her father, Jacko’s paintings hanging in James Boyle’s office, and discovering they were old friends. Cue – Jacko turning up later in the book. Coincidences abound as there are more of Jacko’s paintings at the nearby Baron mansion, a family Derry has just been introduced to, chasing mysteries of their own, which Derry gets drawn into.

So many strands woven into this great story. Intrigue, mystery, action, danger and a cryptic puzzle., which taught me about topics I knew nothing of.

Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End is available on Amazon in kindle format. An excellent thrilling action-packed mystery which I certainly recommend.

Here are the links to my reviews of the previous Madam Tulip titles.
Madam Tulip
Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts
Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance
Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree

About the author

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland. He become a research psychologist in Scotland and the Netherlands, before inevitably his genes kicked in and he 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.

After stints playing in great bands, all doomed to obscurity, and writing equally obscure plays, he took to novel-writing. He now creates the Madam Tulip mysteries, in part as a tribute to the way actors never give up dreaming, but mostly to make himself laugh and scratch his head. David Ahern loves pretending this is actual work.

David lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, a cat, a tame pheasant, a clan of badgers and a vegetable garden.

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6 thoughts on “Madam Tulip and the Rainbow’s End by David Ahern – book review

  1. Susan B

    A strange but interesting-sounding series of books. Always grateful for your reviews as there are so many books out there the choice can be overwheling.


  2. RaisieBay

    Very intriguing, I’ve not heard of Madam Tulip before so I guess I should start at the beginning but it sounds like something to add to my TBR pile for sure.



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