#BlogTour #Review : Barnabas Tew and The Case of the Hellenic Abduction by Columbkill Noonan. @ColumbkillNoon1 @rararesources

Today I’m reviewing the latest in this fabulously quirky series. I’ve read and reviewed all of the previous books except one (which will be done in time). Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review, and for introducing me to this series in the first place.

The Book:

Zeus is used to getting what he wants…but that was before he met Barnabas Tew!

Barnabas and Wilfred, the unluckiest detectives ever, are happily enjoying their time in India, working on mastering their emotions, and learning how to do all sorts of interesting yoga poses. They’re having a splendid time, and feel as if they’ve finally found some peace in their lives. Everything changes, though, when Zeus suddenly whisks them away from their idyllic retreat and demands that they solve a case for him.

Having no choice, they reluctantly accept the job, but quickly come to realize that nothing is as it should be. Zeus’ motives are suspect from the beginning, the rest of the Greek gods and goddesses are untrustworthy at best, and Barnabas’ temper hasn’t improved at all during his time in India. And, most importantly, who is the mysterious lady who keeps popping up just when they need her? Is she friend, or is she foe?

To make matters even worse, both Barnabas and Wilfred have unresolved feelings of their own. Can they settle their own emotional affairs, once and for all? Will they figure out what’s right and what’s wrong in this topsy-turvy world of lies, intrigue, and trickery? Or will the Greek gods and goddesses prove too much for them?

Purchase Link – mybook.to/Hellenic

The Review: This is the latest in the series involving the bumbling but somehow effective duo of Barnabas and Wilfred. While there are enough back references to help with understanding I do think it would be better to read book 1 of the series first if you are new to it, to understand the unusual situation these two are in, and the duo themselves.

I loved this book, it’s still got the same feel as the previous ones (keeping a series like this going can be tricky) so this is something to be recognised. It’s not going to be for everyone but I love being able to suspend belief while reading and be swept into whatever world Barnabas and Wilfred have been pulled into this time, in this case they get to meet some Greek Gods and end up debating the morality of what they have been asked to do. Between the previous book and this one, the duo have been in India learning yoga and other things. This done seem that have done Barnabas some good and I feel he is a little, dare I say it, more sensible this time.

Having said that it doesn’t change him too much and he is still his usual bumbling self just a little less panicky when panicky situations arise, as they always do where these two are concerned. The detectives, in searching for a princess, come across all sorts of characters from Greek mythology such as the minotaur and Icarus. This does two things to the story, it tells us about Greek mythology and also provides various puzzles and conundrums for the pair to solve or wiggle their way out of.

As with the previous books the locations are perfectly described and the characters are almost larger than life. It makes for a fun read that takes you somewhere quite different from other books, and definitely far away from whereever you are when you are reading it. There is definitely an element of detection and mystery solving in the book but it’s paired well with the location, characters and this makes it a unique type of mystery story. Definitely worth checking out the series if you like a bit of mythology with your detecting and fancy something different. I’m just glad I’ve not read the Viking book yet so I have something to look forward to while I wait for the next in this series

The Author:

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the best-selling Barnabas Tew series, which features a proper British detective from Victorian London who ends up solving mythological cases for gods all around the world. She was was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology at a university in Maryland. Her writing is mostly speculative fiction (especially stories that involve mythology, or the supernatural, or any combination thereof). Some of her work is a bit on the spooky side, but usually there is a touch of humor (who says the afterlife has to be serious?) 

When she’s not teaching or writing, Columbkill can be found with her rescue horse (whose name is Mittens), hiking in the woods, or doing yoga of all kinds (aerial yoga and SUP yoga are particular favorites). She is an avid traveler, and can’t wait to get back to seeing the world again. You can visit her on Twitter @ColumbkillNoon1, or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan.

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