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Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Hellenic Abduction by [Columbkill Noonan]

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*****Extremely funny. Loved the interaction between Barnabas and hisbest friend/partner in crime Wilfred - Kenneth Arant, author of "A Snake'sLife" and "I'm The Bad Guy"   *****"Barnabas and Wilfred are two hilarious Englishmen and self-aware Sherlock and Watson wannabes solving otherworldly mysteries. Their misadventures will make you laugh your head off." - Alex Morgenstern, author of Sword of Ares.                        *****"This book is so much fun to read. I love the humour and the relationship between the staunchly loyal to Queen Victoria, mercurial Barnabas with his dramatic self-indulgent mood swings and that of his long-suffering former assistant, now partner, Wilfred Colby. Whisked up in a cyclone they bypass obligatory thunderbolts and head through the magical doors on Olympus to meet, ruler of the Greek gods, Zeus, who gives them the task of rescuing Princess Amarantha; but does she want or need rescuing? Enter a world where, even in the depths of the ocean, everything stops for tea.      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." - 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

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  • 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
  • Page numbers source ISBN : B08J1WGYVN
  • Lending : Enabled
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Charlie Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars A witty and action-packed detective story based on the Greek myths.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2020
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