After a free day, I’m back for another review. This one is part of a blog tour hosted by the amazing Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, so I want to thank her and Columbkill Noonan for the eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
And “what is the book, Jess?” you may ask, it’s called “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab“, and it’s a Mystery Fiction type of book, about a detective in Victorian era, and I will leave my thoughts for the review. So here are some information about the book and author.
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
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, on Facebook or on Twitter.
I don’t know how many books I have read in the mystery/detective genre, but I have found out that each and every book are unique to the authors’ style, and that’s so refreshing. With this book I found yet another book in genre that is so different from all the others I have read, including the classics.
This is the first book in the series, so we get to met the main character Barnabas Tew, and he’s a private detective. The funny thing is, he’s struggling. As I keep reading the book and get to know more about Barnabas, I found the all situation and his thought quite hilarious. The humor that Columbkill added to her book gave the plot some softness and uniqueness that I enjoyed.
But that’s not the only unique thing about this book. When you read the blurb you see that there is this paranormal/fantasy kind of thing going on, since Anubis, the Egyptian God of the Dead, makes an appearance. When I read that, I didn’t know what to think, but once I read the book… It works!
The reason why I’m using the word ‘unique’ a lot is because I don’t know what else to say to describe the book. It was a different take on the usual private detective book, an unexpected story, with characters that leave a mark in the plot, with a storyline quite intriguing because, let’s be honest, when was the last time you read a mystery/detective book with an Egyptian God as the client?
And if that paranormal aspect of the book hasn’t convince you to read the book, can I just remind you that there is humor in the book?… Image Barnabas, an Englishmen, private detective with big dreams, but whose abilities are not that over the top, and Wilfred, Barnabas’ loyal assistant and an interesting character, with perfect manners. And then imagine them going to the Underworld to find the Scarab God, the one who is responsible for rolling the sun across the sky each day. Imagine that adventure!
Can you imagine the journey to uncover each mystery and in the end solving the case. Imagine how much troubles Barnabas would put himself (and Wilfred) in? Doesn’t that sound fun? It does (and it was) sound fun to me. I went on a journey too, but to me is was a journey of laughter and having fun with Barnabas actions and how Wilfred would react to what’s going on. I think I could see this book series turn into a TV show. I would certainly watch it.
Because I find Egyptian Mythology very curious, I was excited to know the authors take on that. I would love to know more about it, but the way the characters, the Gods, were portrait made the book even more fun to read.
I do recommend this book and I can’t wait to read the next adventure this duo will have, and what kind of problems will happen.
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