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With women in disguise popping up all over the place, pomegranates a-plenty and hell beasts smelling of lavender; enter a world full of poppycock, nincompoops, negative nellies and flibbertigibbets. It didn't matter that I hadn't read the earlier books in the series as Noonan gets the reader right up to speed with past events, although I was super intrigued about an episode which mentions Barnabas and Wilfred having been turned into carp, so I will definitely be going back to check that out. I thoroughly enjoyed the hilarious escapades of Barnabas Tew - it lifted my spirits no end - a real gem of a book." - Charlie Tyler, author of "The Cry of the Lake" *****
Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction is a unique work of fiction in the fantasy, mythological, and detective adventure sub-genres, and was written by author Columbkill Noonan. In this fifth book in the Barnabas Tew detective series, we find our protagonist getting a much-needed rest in India with his associate Wilfred. But their peace is interrupted by Zeus, whose demands set the duo off on another grueling case. Our Victorian gentleman begins to suspect foul play, however, as the Greek gods are a fickle bunch with little to trust in. So when an intriguing woman offers help at every turn, the mystery twists in on itself in some very confusing and amusing ways.
Author Columbkill Noonan has crafted a fascinating work of detective hi-jinks and fantasy mystery which can be read as a standalone but will surely also be adored by fans of the existing series. One of the things which really stood out for me in this well-penned work was the strength and personality of the characters, achieved with detailed narration and some really excellent dialogue. The wit and wisdom of the unlucky detectives were apparent in every glorious moment as the wacky storyline unfolded. It feels like all the glory of Sherlock Holmes but spiced up with the chaos of Greek storytelling, and artfully done to boot. Overall, I would highly recommend Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction for fans of fantasy fiction that showcases a full range of thrills, humor, and heart alongside its zany and satisfying plot. - Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
- File size : 4402 KB
- Publication date : November 17, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 245 pages
- Publisher : darkstroke books (November 17, 2020)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B08H8RHYLB
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08J1WGYVN
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #321,636 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I adored the premise and the plot that blends my two favorite genres of fantasy and mystery. Most of the mysteries are finding lost objects or lost people, and through a great deal of bungling and little taps of luck when needed, they manage to solve their case. In this story, they are hired by none other than the Greek head god himself, Zeus, who fears the mortal princess he is lusting after is kidnapped. Barnabas isn't sure he wants to help Zeus, though, because he recognizes that this situation is not going to work out well for the princess and the gallant man he is – he cannot justify doing that to her.
Barnabas Tew reminded me of a Victorian age Don Quixote of the PI world. He has this ideal version of himself that exists solely in his head. He imagines himself as a Sherlock Holmes and the model of everything valued in Victorian England. But, what everyone else sees is a bungling, round little man who manages to mess everything up and make everybody angry at some point. Wilfred is the one who tries to bring Barnabas back to reality and kicks or hits him to warn him when he is crossing a line. He has to do that quite often.
But deep inside, Barnabas has a great deal of love for Wilfred, and their lady loves, Bindi and Brynhild. It is hard to see as he continuously builds himself up by knocking everyone around him down, but when push comes to shove, Barnabas will show his true feelings. My only concern is that, even though the writing flows beautifully and naturally, the dialogue, of which there is a considerable amount, is challenging to read with Barnabas's attempts to show his intelligence through the way he speaks. The words become dense, and I struggled to get through them and keep pace.
This is a fun read with its blend of fantasy and mystery, and I found it a remarkable story from start to finish.
Barnabas Tew and his former assistant-now partner Wilfred Colby are the detectives to the gods, and this current case is a doozy! Zeus wants a girl, the princess Amarantha, who was kidnapped....by her own family?? As Barnabas and Wilfred try to decide between helping Zeus (and not getting smote by lighting) and defying Zeus and helping Amarantha (but possibly becoming lightning rods); all manner is zaniness abounds!
For all that Barnabas considers himself a proper Victorian gentleman, he's really a caricature of one, as played by Mr. Magoo. This is a Sherlock Holmes and Watson as performed by Monty Python, with endless side quests and incidental silliness.There is tea at the bottom of the sea, an allergic Minotaur, discussions on the ethics of rescuing a princess for Zeus without asking what she wants, and multiple uses of a magical marble! And who IS the mysterious woman who shows up whenever our intrepid heroes need help?
For all the satirical humor, there are poignant moments. Both Barnabas and Wilfred have had to leave their own lady loves behind in the course of their adventures, and those adventures while weird and fun, are tiring for a pair of men who want nothing more than to go back home. When offered their greatest wish, to what depths of Hell will they go?
Note: The author writes Barnabas's, and to a lesser extent Wilfred's, dialogue in an extremely verbose manner. This is done for a specific style of humor that I do not know the name of. While this style of humor is not to my taste, once I grew used to it, the rest of the plot was absolutely amazing!
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Underneath all the good-natured bickering, Noonan makes some very wry social comments. Should you, in fact, kidnap a princess to give to the morally reprehensible Zeus? There is also an element of poignancy rippling underneath the text, in that both of the heroes are missing loved ones. Anyone with a passing knowledge of Greek mythology will flinch at the thought of entering a labyrinth or using wax wings to escape, and prickle at the mention of Scylla and Charybdis, but I love how Noonan turns these myths on their head and fits them into her own narrative. She also draws attention to the fact that most of these tales are to do with the unwanted desire of a male god and a woman who displeases, which usually results in her getting turned into a monster or being kidnapped. It is, at times, very funny and I especially enjoyed the episode with the Graeae’s eyeball and the detectives’ concern about their peripheral vision. I laughed out loud at a description of the Underworld being compared to Cornwall, and Charon depicted as a ‘bureaucratic fustilugs’ feels very current.
With women in disguise popping up all over the place, pomegranates a-plenty and hell beasts smelling of lavender; enter a world full of poppycock, nincompoops, negative nellies and flibbertigibbets. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the earlier books in the series as Noonan gets the reader right up to speed with past events, although I was super intrigued about an episode which mentions Barnabas and Wilfred having been turned into carp, so I will definitely be going back to check that out. I thoroughly enjoyed the hilarious escapades of Barnabas Tew – it lifted my spirits no end – a real gem of a book.