Today I am taking part in the birthday celebration for the unusual book that is Barnabas Tew and The Case of the Missing Scarab. I bought this myself a little while back but as with so many books hadn’t had the chance to read it yet so when I got the chance to take part in this birthday blitz I couldn’t possibly say no. So read on and find out what do thought of a most unusual book.
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?
Purchase Link – mybook.to/Barnabas
My Review: I’ve always found Ancient Egypt and their beliefs fascinating so when I found a book that mixed them with crime fiction I was intrigued. Barnabas Tew is a bumbling detective with ideas of being a real life Sherlock Holmes, though in reality is actually not that good at being a detective and fails to solve many of his cases.
However, one day a former client recommends him to Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead, who then hires Barnabas and his assistant, Wilfred, to solve a very serious crime indeed. Throughout the book Barnabas and Wilfred try to solve the case they have been assigned while trying to navigate the underworld and its unusual inhabitants.
I enjoyed this book, right from page 1 it had a quirkiness about it that set the tone for the rest of the story. Although we don’t know a great deal about Barnabas and Wilfred we get to know their characters more as the story progresses and they make interesting decisions and react to the consequences of them. I felt the gods that they met during their investigation were quite well written and easy to picture, which for me is important. The characters of the gods were clear and came out of the page which would be appropriate given their high status. I did find the story a little repetitive and a bit too long but other than that I really enjoyed it.
It’s such an unusual book that it’s hard to know what to say about it. The story works because all of it is quite strange. The thought of someone being summoned to the Egyptian underworld is almost ridiculous so the only way it works is to have a peculiar and bumbling detective like Barnabas. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all so if you prefer your crime fiction sensible and procedural this might not be the book for you. If, however, you fancy something completely different it might be worth trying it out.
About the author:
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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