Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds
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?
A little bit of cheating as the paragraph below is from my review of Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab
The author has attempted to write in a way that befits the Sherlockian period and style, and most of the time she succeeds. While some odd phraseology jarred a little, and led me to read it in stages, the fabulous cast of characters and their interactions with each other, makes this book a real delight. It has levels of absurdity which draw you in, and a degree of farcicality that leaves you shaking your head and laughing. Yet the whole preposterous nature of the story is so well drawn that, whatever madness the writer throws at you, the reader blithely accepts it and carries on with their enjoyment.
This is as true of this book as it is of the first.
I also said in my previous review that I was firmly in the Roman and Norse camp historically speaking, so I was looking forward to reading about Barnabas and Wilfred navigating their way around the Norse Gods and world(s). I wasn’t disappointed.
The introduction of Brynhild and her horse Hynder was brilliant. (The horse’s name made me laugh – is it pronounced HINDER?) Barnabas is still the inept, bumptious detective, and Wilfred is his usual lovely self; his crush on Brynhild is deliciously sweet. These two men are each great foils for the other, and are at the centre of the novel’s humour. For her part, Brynhild displays the utmost restraint with Barnabas; she’s formidable and brings an added frisson of peril and interest to their journey and investigation.
You don’t need to have read the first book to read this one, though of course, I would always recommend reading the first book in any series. Not knowing anything about the Nine Worlds isn’t a stumbling block either, but just in case I have included some information here. The author’s vivid imagery brings everything to life for the reader; her pace, her quirky imaginative style, and her sense of the absurd, hooks readers and hangs on to them to the bitter end.
Another reading delight from Columbkill Noonan, with guaranteed entertainment from Barnabas and Wilfred, Brynhild, and the host of gods, goddesses, dwarves. dragons, giants, elves, and more. You’ll be laughing, face-palming, giggling, and eye-rolling at their escapades. One thing you won’t be is bored.
Read and enjoy.
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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 online: www.columbkill.weebly.com
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