02 August 2017

Review Tour & Giveaway ~ Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab
by Columbkill Noonan
Genre: Mystery/Mythology


Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to make a go of it in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is riddled with anxiety and plagued by a lack of confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to prevent the untimely deaths of several of his clients.

Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps dismembered entirely.

The land of the dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over into the land of the living if Barnabas (together with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) cannot set matters to right. Pulled from his safe and predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone, Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.


“Aaah!” he yelped, startled out of his daydreams of grandeur by the sight of four tiny figures running straight towards him. His hands flew up to flutter in a great furor about his head, but he was far too frightened to leap to his feet.

The four figures racing towards him were about the size of children, but they, like Anti the grumpy boatman, were not entirely human. They each had the head of a different animal. One looked like a lion, another a hyena, yet another a tiger, and the last looked like a canary. (A canary? thought Barnabas. The other creatures looked ferocious and fearsome, but the canary was not that scary at all. Indeed, it was quite adorable, really).

Still, Barnabas did not find it at all adorable when the four of them reached out, dragged him to his feet, and began to bear him away quite roughly.

“Unhand me!” he shouted, affronted and afraid. “You scoundrels! I’ll have the bobbies on you before you… Ow!” he squealed as the canary delivered a mighty peck to his hand.


Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab is not a book I would normally pick up, but since I'm interested in history and ancient Egypt, I figured I take a chance on it.

I was pleasantly surprised by the story line, Barnabas, and Wilfred. The banter between Barnabas and Wilfred was brilliant, I couldn't get enough of it. Barnabas, himself, is a fun, exciting character you can't help but love. Seeing the world through his eyes will defiantly fascinate you.  The mystery behind the missing scarab is suspenseful and keeps on the edge of your seat.

So if you are looking for a read that will captivate you with intrigue, history, and laughs, then I would recommend you pick up Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab.

About The Author

Columbkill Noonan has an M.S. in Biology (she has, in turn, been a field biologist, an environmental compliance inspector, and a lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology).
When she's not teaching or writing, she can usually be found riding her rescue horse, Mittens, practicing yoga (on the ground, in an aerial silk, on a SUP board, and sometimes even on Mittens), or spending far too much time at the local organic, vegan market.

To keep up with Columbkill, visit her blog, find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.


  1. Yes, thank you! (And Barnabas is blushing!) ;)

  2. I love your cover and would love to read your book.

  3. Thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway.

  4. What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Oooh that's a hard question! I just started reading Anne Oerry's William Monk series, and the first one is very good! Monk is a detective too (although quite a bit more series than Barnabas!)

  5. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  6. This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

  7. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!