Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan - Book Review & Giveaway


Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab

by Columbkill Noonan

About the Book


Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Published by Crooked Cat Books
Release Date - June 3, 2017
Paperback: 274 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1546786078
Digital ASIN: B072JMJV1F


Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to survive in
his trade in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as
clever as he had hoped to be, he is plagued by a lack of
confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to
prevent the untimely deaths of several of his clients.

Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian God of
the Dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who
perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was
almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for
Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that
the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the
sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps
dismembered entirely.

The Land of the Dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over
into the Land of the Living if Barnabas – together with his
trusty assistant, Wilfred – cannot set matters to right. Pulled
from his predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone,
Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and
dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery
of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.


What a quirky and insane read this is!
Barnabas Tew used to dream of being the most successful
private detective in the world (like his hero Sherlock Holmes)
but, unfortunately, he has only solved a few cases, mainly
due to his self doubt.
He is such a likeable character but utterly hopeless!
His adventures in the Land of the Dead are very funny, as he
meets several gods along the way.
I enjoyed the interactions between Barnabas and his poor
assistant Wilfred, which probably should be the other way
round as Wilfred was sometimes far too clever for his own
good!
I thought the writing was simple and silly, but, once I'd got
used to it, I just enjoyed it for what it was, it doesn't take
itself too seriously, it's just a unique, funny and entertaining
read.

About the Author


Columbkill Noonan has an M.S. in Biology (she has, in turn,
been a field biologist, an environmental compliance 
inspector, and a lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology).


When she's not teaching or writing, she can usually be
found riding her rescue horse, Mittens, practicing yoga
(on the ground, in an aerial silk, on a SUP board, and
sometimes even on Mittens), or spending far too much
time at the local organic, vegan market.


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