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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Barnabus Tew & the Case of the Hellenic Abduction

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction

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?

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Author Bio

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

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My Review

Barnabas Tew and his assistant turned business partner, Wilfred Colby have been two of my favourite characters in recent years. I’ve followed their journey from the museum in Victorian England to mythological lands galore. Theirs has always been a story I look forward to reading.

As detectives to the gods, it seems only fitting they are finally summoned by Zeus himself when a princess has been kidnapped. As ever, finding the missing girl is no straightforward task, and Barnabus & Wilfred are led off track on several occasions. But this time, the desire to complete their mission has also gone off track, since this time around, there are doubts about Zeus’s motives.

Being the gentlemen they are, neither feels comfortable with returning the girl to Zeus once they are convinced his intentions are not honourable. Have they reached the end of the road? What will become of them if they fail to follow Zeus’s orders?

In this story, the two men are more reflective and introspective, and there are constant reminders of the loves they found and lost along the way. For me, there was too much repetition of how they met Bindi and Brynhild, so much so it made the ending almost predictable.

What I did enjoy was seeing how the two men now felt about each other, and I have to say that Wilfred has the patience of a saint. (Barnabus in full flow is a force to be reckoned with; there is only so much eye-rolling I could do faced with his antics. Yes, I know, I should have expected this from him, but I had hoped he might change a little for the better, not get annoyingly worse.)

Nonetheless, despite Barnabus bumbling on in his own inimitable style and getting my hackles up, this was another fun read with just enough Greek myth to intrigue, a marvellous cast of characters and a satisfying mystery. An amusing aspect of this was that even amongst the Greek gods, there was a need for societal reform and a healthy opposition to the rule of law when so unevenly practised. Art imitating life, you might say 😉

Dry humour and staunch loyalty to Queen Victoria kept Barnabus in character. Olympus – and Zeus – had no idea what would hit them! Another great mystery solved by the duo, and hats off to Wilfred for staying sane. Long may they enjoy their later years, and may they both be blessed with happiness, love and the occasional cup of tea with biscuits.

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