Interview with Author David Ahern

Special alert over in Coco's bookish corner! This week we have an author interview!

David Ahern, author of the fun (@DaveAhernWriter), witty Madam Tulip mysteries was nice enough to do a Q & A to answer all our burning questions:

Madam Tulip
By David Ahern

Coco: Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? Generally, how and where do you get your inspiration for your books?

DA: This is going to be not at all helpful: I sit down and write. Sometimes I work things out a little ahead of where I am; sometimes I just go with the characters. Then I rewrite. And rewrite.  

I get my ideas mostly from staring into space. If I stare for long enough, ideas will come just so I can get something to eat.

Coco: Are any of your characters drawn from real life relationships? And who, (if anyone) do you think you would most relate to/want to hang out with if your characters were real?   

DA: I don’t model characters on people I know, although aspects characters I remember from way back do turn up.  Who would I hang out with? Derry, of course, although I’d probably fall madly in love with her and she’d have to be tactful. Bella would be too dangerous.  There’d be every chance more or less any night out could end up in a police cell or a riot. Bruce, definitely handy to have around if the bailiffs came to call or a nightclub bouncer got tetchy.  The answer has to be Jacko. I’d be guaranteed to meet interesting people, though I doubt I’d remember much about it in the morning.

Coco: When you aren't writing, who are you reading? And more specifically, was there one book from childhood that sticks out as drawing you into the literary world?  

DA: I don’t read fiction when I’m writing, though I eat non-fiction. When I was about eight, my grandfather gave me a complete works of Dickens.  I was way too young, but I read them all anyway. Magic.

Coco: If you weren't a writer, what profession could you see yourself in (excluding being a generally sensible psychologist!).

DA: I’m an archaeology nut. Definitely missed my vocation. Even now, I pine for rain-drenched days in the bottom of a muddy trench.  Too late.

Coco: And now for one silly one! If you were a time traveler, what time period would you chose and why?

DA: Now, no question about it. I’m still surprised to have lived so long without being drafted into somebody’s army or being hung for stealing a sheep. In this part of the world, we don’t realise how lucky we are.

Coco: What time period inspires you the most?

DA: Always tomorrow.


Thanks David for the interview, I'm looking forward to many more of Derry's mysteries! 

If you have missed the reviews for the three currently published Madam Tulip books, check them out here!

Madam Tulip

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance

You can also visit David Ahern's website for more info!


Book Review: Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by David Ahern

Dear Bookworms, 

Back again with another fun Madam Tulip adventure! After reviewing the previous two books by David Ahern, he graciously gifted me an ARC of the newest installment of Madam Tulip.

Derry O'Donnell gets an offer she just can't refuse (which granted, isn't saying much when you're an unemployed actor). A part in a film being shot in Scotland, playing a (you guessed it) fortune teller. No audition necessary, cushy pay, and all expenses paid. Her BFF and fellow actor, Bruce is also given a part, same conditions, to sweeten the deal. Packing her bags, Derry sets off for the Scottish highlands where it doesn't take long for mystery to unfold. Production has been riddled with mishaps and something just doesn't sit right with Derry about the whole thing. She gets roped into doing a private reading with the producer and his family, further entangling herself in what inevitably proves to be a mortally dangerous game of who, what, why. 


Much like its predecessors, The Bones of Chance is filled with that impossible Derry circumstance. This chick seems doomed to fall into one bad situation after another. But like always, her wit and (mostly) good sense pull through in the end. Having an ex-military BFF helping out doesn't hurt the girls survival rates either if we're being honest, but she certainly holds her own in life and death situations. 

Bones of Chance was a fun read, light and humorous while simultaneously having that underlying nervous tension thrumming as any good mystery should. I enjoy the sub plots with Jacko and Vanessa, they always bring a pleasantly comical element to the story line and this time was no exception. This is definitely a fun series for all my mystery fans out there, and I certainly plan on following Derry into her next misadventure! 

Bones of Chance will be released 4/12/18 and is avaible for pre-order on Amazon! 


Until next week my bookish friends!



Book Review: Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern

Dear Bookworms, 

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

So after I read and reviewed Madam Tulip book 1, David Ahern graciously sent over the second in the series for review! 

Derry O'Donnell is back! After her play is shut down, indefinitely, due to structural damage at the theater (namely the roof caving in), Derry finds herself out of work once again. Her old acquaintance, Marlena offers her a gig reading fortunes as her alter-ego Madam Tulip for a weekend at a friends engagement party.

Unable to pass up the lucrative paycheck, and promises of donations to the theater for repairs, Derry agrees. Of course things don't go as planned (when do they in a mystery novel?) and mysterious body parts are mailed to the estate. Derry finds herself entangled in an unsettling tale of buried family secrets, deceit, and deception. 


Once, again a very good read from David Ahern. The second book in the Madam Tulip franchise follows much the same recipe as the first. Derry is plagued with visions and dreams which turn out to be foreshadowing of events to transpire throughout the novel. Her trusty BFF Bruce is back as her sidekick (love that guy) and there are plenty of humorous antics between her parents Vanessa and Jacko.

As with any good mystery there were many surprises as the story progressed, namely the ending (once you read the book you'll know what I mean!).

The book was a tad slow starting off but picked up much more around the halfway mark. Overall a fun read and one I would definitely recommend to you guys! The book is out now and available on Amazon!

Make sure to come back next week for an all new book review!




Book Review: Madam Tulip by David Ahern

Dear Bookworms,

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

Living in Ireland, Derry O'Donnell is hard pressed to find work as an actress. Hailing from America, she hasn't be cast in anything successful and is on the verge on being financially cut off from her mother when her best friend Bella convinces her to use her...unique make some money and keep her head above water.

As the daughter of a seventh son of a seventh son, Derry is a psychic; mainly doing readings for friends she has never considered making a living from her gifts, often times playing them down but desperate times call for desperate measures and her fortune telling alter ego is born, Madame Tulip. Her first gig is for a charity event hosting the rich and famous, and unfortunately, a guest winds up dead. Derry finds herself embroiled in a mystery of drugs, lies, and deceit. Signs and symbols from her readings keep manifesting in the case. Can Derry sleuth out the truth before it's too late? 

Madam Tulip
By David Ahern

This was a really great read guys! Touted as a mystery/thriller, this was a much more light, fun, mystery versus a dark gritty thriller. There was plenty of comedic relief what with the array of unique and flamboyant characters (Jacko was my favorite!), that it almost felt like a lighthearted Nancy Drew type mystery novel.

There wasn't a lot of shock and awe as far as the plot line was concerned, everything panned out as I expected, but the ride to get to the conclusion was a fun one. Ahern has definitely laid the groundwork for what could be a fun and exciting series with Madame Tulip. I am already invested in all of the characters, each providing a unique dynamic to the group giving Derry as a character more depth through each of these relationships. I, personally, hope to see more of Fitz (wink wink) in the future. If you are in the mood for a fun mystery that is sure to keep you entertained, this one is for you! 

Check out Book 2 review here! Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts