Friday, 28 July 2017

Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan



Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab
Author: Columbkill Noonan
Genre: Mystery/Mythology
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Date of Publication: July 26, 2017
Number of pages: 273
Word Count: 84,467
Cover Artist: Adobe Stock/Lynea/Soqoqo

Tagline: Baker Street isn’t the only place in town

Book Description:
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.

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EXCERPT

“You see,” said Anubis, “Khepre has gone missing. Are you familiar with Khepre?”

Barnabas shook his head.

“Khepre is our scarab beetle. He is responsible for rolling Ra across the sky every morning and then down beneath the earth every night. Without Khepre the sun cannot move. The sun will no longer rise and set as it should.”

“That is why it is so hot in here?” ventured Barnabas, proud of his deductive skills. He had noticed almost immediately how very bright the light was in this place and that the air was intolerably stuffy.

“Exactly,” said Anubis. “And if this continues for much longer, the heat and the constant daylight will spill out onto the mortal world. There will be famine and death and chaos. You can see that this must not happen.”

“Of course,” agreed Barnabas. “That sounds perfectly dreadful.”

“Dreadful, indeed,” said Anubis. “That is the task that I have for you. You must find Khepre for us. The fate of the world depends upon it.”





About the Author
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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49 comments:

  1. The book description and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great cover, loved the excerpt too!

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  3. Sounds interesting. Thanks for hosting.

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  4. Well, I could understand any detective feeling he was in a little over his head on this one.

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  5. This sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing :)

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  6. This sounds like a really interesting mystery. I'm looking forward to reading it

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  7. Just added the book to my tbr , I can't wait to read it

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    1. Thank you very much, hope you enjoy it!

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  8. An interesting mix of genres.

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  9. This sounds like a great read.

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    1. Thank you very much, that's good to hear!

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  10. Enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like a great read.

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  11. Its not often you hear about a victorian detective and anubis in the same sentence. This sounds amazing.

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    1. Thanks, I really let the imagination fly on this one ��

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  12. Congratulations on your book's release, I enjoyed the excerpt! Good luck on the tour and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  13. Sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  14. This sounds like a good, tongue-in-cheek mystery!

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    1. Thank you, it is very tongue-in-cheek 😄

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    2. I've got to ask: considering your name, where's the Irish connection?

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  15. Liked the description and excerpt. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention and thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. did anyone inspire your characters?

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    1. Most definitely! Although, I can't say whom, exactly... 😉

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  17. Sounds good!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  18. It sounds like an interesting story.

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  19. I like the book cover. This sounds like a great mystery!

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  20. From the description it sounds like a cross between Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy movies.

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  21. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    the book looks absolutely amazing! I would really like to read it!

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  22. Victorian London, Egyptian gods, and a down on his luck P.I...sounds like an unusual and interesting mix.

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