Blog Tour: ‘Barnabus Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction’ by Columbkill Noonan

This is the fifth book in Noonan’s ‘Barnabus Tew’ series. I would recommend reading the books in order but stipulate that it isn’t entirely necessary; there were some past events alluded to which would have been nice to know the history of, but those references in no way detracted from my enjoyment – if anything, it made the protagonists’ eccentricities and badinage more endearing.

Barnabus and his sidekick, Wilfred, are a pair of bumbling yet extremely lucky detectives, and their cases take them far and wide (including through time and space). It’s not often that you get a time- and space-travelling duo solving crimes, and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I wasn’t disappointed.

Whilst the Victoriana is a little strained at times, and the history not always exact, it didn’t matter; Noonan’s great characters and brilliant use of language (and obvious enjoyment in doing so), pulled me in quickly.

I found myself shaking my head in exasperation at the characters on occasion, but that is the nature of the book series’ premise and counts as a definite plus; I even laughed out loud a couple of times, too – which isn’t really like me.

All in all, an enjoyable and engaging, fun read.



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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