GENRE: Mystery/Mythology


About the Book

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.

Read an Excerpt

“Perhaps there’s been a mistake,” he said. “Maybe I’m not really dead. Is there someone I could talk to? Someone who could straighten out this mess?”

“Sorry,” said Anti. “But this is how it is. You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t dead.”

“I just would have thought that dying would be, well, more noticeable,” said Barnabas sadly.

“So does everyone,” said Anti. “Almost no one really believes they are dead at first. And it must be especially hard for you, to have gone in such a, well, an unexpected way.”

My Review

I admit, I had a challenging time with the beginning of this book. I’m not used to reading books where the narrative includes so much omniscient point of view and parentheses. It threw me. However, once I got past the new-to-me style, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The main character, Barnabas Tew reminded me of a cross between Hercule Poirot and Columbo … insanely smart yet somewhat bumbling. You have a hard time taking his skills seriously until you actually sit back and watch him work his way through the mystery at hand.

I’m a lover of ancient Egypt and all the tales that go with it, both made up and real. I enjoyed the references to Egyptology and the author’s handling of the history.

Humor abounds in a story you won’t want to miss!

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.

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A Giveaway

Columbkill Noonan will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit the previous sites for more reviews as well as more chances to win!

July 26: Rainy Day Reviews
August 2: Liz’s Reading Life
August 2: Sharing Links and Wisdom
August 9: Natural Bri
August 9: Jennifer Macaire, Tell me a Story
August 16Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 16Thornton Berry Shire Press

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this final day of the author’s four-week tour. Please come back again soon for more authors, books and giveaways!



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  1. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  2. Victoria says:

    Thanks for sharing your review!

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