Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab
by Columbkill Noonan


GENRE: Mystery / Mythology


BLURB: 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.


Barnabas CoverExcerpt: “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.”


Columbkill NoonanAUTHOR Bio and Links: 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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The land of the dead is in chaos – the scarab who pushes the sun across the sky is missing! Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead, needs help. But who can he get to help? Anubis, decides to hire Barnabas after hearing about him from one of Barnabas’s clients (perished, poor fellow – though not by any  fault of Barnabas’s!)
Poor Barnabas Tew! A detective who cannot detect – he is seriously thinking of hanging up his thinking cap and getting another job – perhaps he’d be better suited to being a lowly assistant – and his assistant could be better suited as a…chimney sweep! As you can see – life is not all roses for Barnaby Tew. But Anubis is most persuasive, finding the scarab could be the key to saving the world, and Barnabas has high hopes – and in this charming, Victorian era novel, Egyption mythology and mystery are combined in a thoroughly satisfying tale. Barnabas is a clever detective (despite his misgivings and lack of confidence) and Wilfrid, his plucky assistant, is always there when needed – and he is needed when the story moves from their home in England to the Egyptian underworld and they must face the dangerous and unpredictable Egyptian gods!
Lots of twists in the tale, much fun and adventure, excellent writing and interesting historical and mythological anecdotes make this a highly recommended book!