Barnabas Tew & The Case of the Missing Scarab took me by surprise & made me laugh through my nose multiple times; it’s a quirky, lighthearted mystery with some interesting Egyptian mythology throughout.
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?
I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect with this book, but since recently falling in love with Heloise Chancey (book 1 & book 2) I thought I’d try out another historical fiction mystery book… Barnabas Tew is a lot less serious that Heloise Chancey but it has quirks & details that still make it a good read; there’s a lot of humour throughout & the mystery definitely keeps you guessing! Plus, the interesting Egyptian mythological characters give the book an extra layer.
Now, this isn’t the best book I’ve ever read but after a long, tiring day at work it’s a great book to come home to – it’s laid-back & easy to read, with enough character to keep you engaged. Although admittedly, sometimes it feels like the author is trying a bit too hard to be funny & the writing is a bit long winded – despite this it did make me laugh & the final reveal did take me by surprise.
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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. You can visit her website by clicking here.