Hello Book Lovers! Welcome to my stop during the blog tour for Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to Rachel for invite and author for providing me the review copy of the book! Check out my review and book details below.
Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds by Columbkill Noonan
Publication Date: July 7th 2018
Read Date: August 20th 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Detective Mystery
Hold your flying horses!
Barnabas and Wilfred, two earnest but bumbling Victorian detectives, travel through the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, trying to stave off the impending end of the world, an event which the locals call “Ragnarok”. This time around, however, the intrepid twosome has some help: a brave Viking seer named Brynhild and her flying horse.
Can the two plucky detectives and the fearsome Brynhild outwit those who would bring about Ragnarok? Will they survive the harsh conditions and terrifying creatures of the Norse afterlife? Will they save the world…again?
Barnabas Tew series
Barnabas Tew and the case of the nine world was second in series, a mix of Humor, cozy sleuthing mystery, Norse mythology and entertainment about two bumbling British detectives from Victorian era whisked away from the real world to the mythical world to solve cases for Gods. First for Egyptian God Anubis and now for Norse God, Odin.
Book started exactly from where the first ended. Barnabas and Wilfred’s journey continues from Egyptian underworld to the Asgard. There were few things from the first book in the beginning that could help readers to recall what have happened but one can’t read this book out of order. I advise to read it in series as you get more familiarized with main characters and their quirky habits in first book.
The plot revolved around Norse mythology and nine realms so there were new Norse characters introduced in this book I never heard before. Whatever I knew about Norse Gods was from the Thor/Marvel movies. Author narrated this part with sufficient brief details that first timers like me can enjoy it without effort.
Barnabas and Wilfred were at loss in this book. They knew a bit of Egyptian mythology in their previous adventure but had a zero knowledge on Norse Mythology and thus made even more blunders. I laughed out loud when they misunderstood Ragnarok for a tea time!!
But here they had advantage of having a very helpful guide, Brynhild – the skald -who had lot of knowledge about Gods and their history. She was most reasonable and brave among the trio and also bit commanding. Thank God she took reins in her hand in tricky situations but it was really difficult with blabbering nature of Barnabas. I wonder how Wilfred has managed all this time! Wilfred was obsequious assistant of Barnabas who knew him better than himself. He was another savior who handled both situations and Barnabas remarkably.
Barnabas was timid, moody, egoistic, and full of himself but more on innocent side. One cannot help but get irritated with this character and still he had this ability to grown on readers eventually. He surprised me many times with his unexpected courage and his tremendous chivalry was adorable.
The more I read the more I felt there should be a movie on this book. It was so amusing to imagine Barnabas and other characters. Author did wonderful job in describing character’s expression and situations. It was more hilarious to read this book than the first one.
One thing I so much loved in this book was amusing vocabulary like poppycock, scallywag, rapscallion, and ne’er-do-well. I don’t know about you guys but I haven’t come across such awesome words in any book before. Again the conversations to be precise arguments between characters takes all the stars here.
I knew this case was not going to be straightforward as long as Barnabas was assigned to it. There were lot of hurdles and blunders and that delayed the investigation. I bet you will find yourself shaking head in disbelief and smacking hand on your forehead lot of time throughout this book.
No clues and lot of suspects and so much talk of fate and destiny made it unpredictable. There was a bit repetitiveness because of excessive talkative nature of Barnabas but I didn’t mind it. At around 70% I was thinking if they are going to solve a case or just going to stall it by interviewing suspects and making more mistakes. But thankfully climax was near and they finally reached the conclusion of their case.
Gods can be so weird and Odin surpassed all the limits in this book. I was shocked and laughing at the same time on reading that near end scene of Barnabas with Odin. End of the book was amazing. I was laughing so hard by action of Barnabas and was a bit sympathetic for Wilfred.
Again there is hint for the next book but this time I don’t have any idea which mythology it is and where they are going for next adventure.
Overall, it was humor dripping, entertaining, and delightful cozy mystery filled with Norse Mythology that I recommend to all readers.
Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.
In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).
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