*Alert* The main character of this book, Barnabas Tew, has stolen my heart. In terms of fictional character crushes I never thought I would fall for a hopeless Victorian detective.
I also never thought I would enjoy reading a mystery novel as much as I did with this one, so it has already broken boundaries with me.
Here is my review:
What did you think of the cover?
As I was in new reading territory and miles away from sugary sweet romance covers I didn’t find myself gravitating towards the cover. However, as this book was a new reading genre for me, I was willing to dive in.
What did you think of the blurb?
Barnabas Tew, a detective in Victorian London, is having a hard time making a name for himself, probably because most of his clients end up dead before he can solve their cases. His luck is about to change, though, for better or worse: Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, notices him and calls him to the Egyptian underworld. A terrible kidnapping has occurred; one that promises to put an end to the status quo and could perhaps even put an end to the entire world. It is up to Barnabas (along with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) to discover the culprit and set things to right. Can he turn his luck around and solve the most important case of his life?
The blurb was interesting, especially the bit about his clients ending up dead before he solved their cases. I could see this sort of thing happening if I became a detective.
What did you think of the book?
Two words to sum up this book – quirky and delightful!
This amusing tale of an inept Victorian detective, Barnabas Tew and his loyal assistant Wilfred who suddenly find themselves solving a crime in the Egyptian afterlife is brilliant. They have to solve the mystery of a missing beetle and save the world.
I take my book reading hat off to the author, Columbkill Noonan, who came up with a crazy, mind boggling premise and created the amazing character of Barnabas Tew.
As I got deeper into the book my love for Barnabas Tew grew. I adore his big dreams of becoming a famous detective, I love how he isn’t that smart and I could relate to his skill of speaking without thinking.
This mystery novel has a sprinkling of steampunk, a dash of fantasy and a massive helping of humour. The banter between Barnabas and Wilfred is at times hilarious.
I loved reading about the Egyptian gods and mythology.
This book was so fun it cleansed my reading palate.
I guarantee this book will take you on a memorable reading adventure.
Would you read more of this author?
Yes I definitely would read more!
Check it out – mybook.to/Barnabas
Author Bio – Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.
In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).
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