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Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab

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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to survive in his trade in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is 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 Barnab
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published July 26th 2017 by Crooked Cat Books
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Dash fan
4☆ A Fun, Laugh Out loud Cosy Historical Mystery

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab is a fun, quirky, Egyptian mystery full of crazy characters and mishaps, and hilarious laugh out loud moments.

I am fascinated by Egypt so when I read the blurb for this I was really looking forward to reading it.

Barnabas is a private detective. Although he isn't particularly great at it, as he has a way of getting his clients killed.
Wilfred is Barnabas friend and so to speak partner in crime. The perf
Lucy Banks
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Japes aplenty, some seriously funny characters, and the ancient gods of Egypt.

I was chatting to the author about this book, and was immediately sold on the concept - Victorian detectives and ancient Egypt...yes please! I'm pleased to say it was a good, fun read; with plenty of entertaining silliness and lots of creativity to boot.

Barnabas is a fairly rubbish detective, working with his friend Wilfred to solve mysteries for his clie
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Note: Many thanks to Rachel and author for providing review copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. ***

Stars – 4.5/5

Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab was a humorous cozy mystery set in Victorian London era nicely blended with Egyptian mythology. As the title and blurb suggests it was the story of two British detectives, Barnabas Tew and his assistant Wilfred Colby, and their adventurous journey to the Egyptian underworld for solving the case of missing scarab for w
Jessica Jesinghaus
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What might happen if a rather inept Victorian detective were to find himself suddenly in the Egyptian afterlife, charged with solving a case for none other than the god Anubis himself? Why hilariousness, of course! Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan is a zany, quirky tale sure to tickle your fancy.

Barnabas Tew has big dreams. Captured by the notion of becoming a famous detectiv
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, steampunk
This fun, quirky, and sometimes quite silly adventure rather flew by, for me.
Victorian London, fantasy, a touch of steampunk and a huge dollop of humor and silliness anchor the tale as our bumbling, pseudo-Holmesian, titular detective and his much less bumbling assistant Wilfred are charged by none other than Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead, with solving the case of the missing scarab.
A slew of ancient deities are only some of the hurdles with which our intrepid duo have to contend and the my
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly hilarious book! Read such a quirky book after long. When an incompetent detective is hired by an Egyptian lord, what happens? Gear up for a funny ride and know the fate of this detective and his slightly wiser, but not really, assistant.

Barnabas Tew is a detective who solve cases such that his employers end up dead. Of course he doesn’t kills them but somehow he is more of unlucky than lucky in solving his cases. But all that does not deters him from equating his case solving skills with n
Anna Blackwell
I wanted to like Barnabas Tew, I really did. Supernatural Victorian detective exploring foreign mythological happenings is an incredibly specific genre that I have been craving since reading American Gods and Sherlock in close succession.

However, no matter how much I tried, I couldn't enjoy it.

The main character Barnabas Tew, a self-styled Sherlock admirer complete with deer hunter and great coat, is a bumbling detective trying his hardest to make it as a private detective but seems to always g
Rosemary Daly
Mar 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I love Sherlock Holmes stories and Egyptian mythology, and the description led me to believe that this book would fit. Sadly disappointed. The main character is foolish, vapid, shallow, and unbelievably stupid. The story line is weak. Don't waste your time or money on this book. ...more
Isabella May
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You'll never read another book quite like this quirky, fantastical tale of Barnabas Tew! I absolutely loved it, especially the hark back to a different time and place via some of the most colourful and humorous language. Colombkill Noonan has quite an imagination and writes quite brilliantly... ...more
Savannah (The Book Prophet)
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book.

When I chose to read and review this book I was wary – but I’m happy that this book surprised me in the best way possible.

Our title character Barnabas Tew is a Private Detective living in Victorian England. He’s an aspiring Sherlock Holmes with Wilfred (forgot his last name) as his John Watson. He’s had a back track record of his past clients dying due to his mis
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
This was such an interesting and unique read! I remember reading similar storylines, when I was younger, and absolutely adoring the clever blend of detective work and history. However, as I grew, I started to notice there weren’t really any or many of these for adults. This book shows that there definitely are and they are so much better than even I remember!

I loved the blend of history and PI work. As the, somewhat failing, private investigator tries his hand at helping Anubis, fix an untimely
Joy Norstrom
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crooked-cattery
I love how clean Noonan’s storytelling is. Great pacing and easy to follow. I was never lost or confused during Barnabas and Wilfred’s adventures even though I’m not familiar with Egyptian mythology.
I wish this story was available in audiobook format as it would be great for a family road trip. Fans of the Land of Stories series would also enjoy these books.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Barnabas Tew is a very good detective in Victorian London. Or at least he tries to be, but he has had a few setbacks in the past. He can't seem to be able to keep his clients or his business alive. That is, until a great chance arises: Anubis, the great Egyptian God of the Underworld, needs him to solve a great mystery. The Scarab God has been kidnapped, and the Egyptian underworld is slowly dying
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book seemed promising from the synopsis of it.
It started well, with Barnabas trying to model himself on the great Sherlock Holmes, which would have been an almost impossible task unless you were Mycroft Holmes!
However, when Barnabas and Wilfred visit an Egyptian exhibit in a local museum, the book began to take on a rather surreal feel.
The partners in detection find themselves dead and in Egypt's underworld, as ruled by Anubis. Their task? To hunt and locate Khepre, the Scarab beetle who p
Katharine Johnson
This is a highly original, quirky tale combining a Victorian detective with history and the supernatural, and featuring a hapless hero with a cleverer sidekick. I’d never read anything like it before so had no idea what to expect but was happy to just see where it would take me. Despite the lighthearted style, Columbkill Noonan has clearly done a lot of research and writes brilliantly. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys cosy crime and humour, and can't wait to see what this author will come u ...more
June Pace
First off, the title is spectacular, the book cover is spectacular, and anything with a Steampunk/Victorian flavor is right up my alley. The two lead characters, Barnabas and Wilfred, are masterfully written in that perfect old English way of speaking that hearkens back to an age of politeness, well mannered actions, and flowery prose. I love that! Although, I will say that the (in my opinion), excessive use of exclamation points in the first few chapters nearly ruined it for me as a flowing rea ...more
Stefanie Rls
Jul 27, 2018 added it
Shelves: netgalley
'Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab' got my attention not only because of the title, but also because of the Ancient Egypt theme. Since I first learned about that period in history at school I was hooked so this book seemed definitely right up my alley!
Moreover I also like a good mystery and Sherlock and Watson are personae I just adore. So far so good for this book written by Columbkill Noonan. After all the say Barnabas and Wilfred sound a bit like those two, only funnier.
Set to
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Barnabas Tew fancies himself a detective. In school, he became enamored of the tales of Sherlock Holmes and decided he too had the requisite skills of deduction and logic. Upon graduation, he set himself up in Marylebone, got himself an assistant and waited for cases and acclaim. Sadly, our hero, who is as wide as he is tall, and tends to go off on verbal tangents at every opportunity, didn't do as well as he expected… at least not in this life.

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Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, crime
I thought this book had a great central concept, but the execution was slightly misdirected. The writing was excellent, and the humour too! But, I did find the pacing and direction of the plot to be a little slow and so not as engaging. I really wanted to LOVE it, but I certainly enjoyed it :)
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was definitely a very unique novel. The speech patterns of Barnabas Tew and his (more competent) assistant Wilfred mostly harkens back to the formality of the Victorian age with a few contemporary phrases appearing here and there which kept me on my toes as I read about their tough job in find the missing Egyptian ‘Kephre’.
The god Anubis is only one of a raft of Egyptian god and goddess characters in the story, all of them with their own foibles and traits which confuse and confound the ha
Kathy Sharp
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There aren't many books you can pick up where the heroes are dead within the first couple of chapters - but this is one of them. Still, there's plenty of fun and adventure for them in the Egyptian afterlife. A very unusual story and an entertaining read. ...more
Dsjm Reviews
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Jetana Mutter

*This book was provided for an honest review

A good mystery has the power to engross us all- sort of like a car wreck. We can’t help but look at every angle even when all we want to do is to pull ourselves away. A great mystery not only captivates you, it immerses you within the world of the characters and keeps you guessing right up until the end. Detective stories have been a staple in mysteries since around 1841- when Edgar Allen Poe published The Murders in the Rue Mo
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a good detective story as a general rule. When presented with the chance to read a book set around the time the Sherlock Holmes stories were published about a reader of them who admired them so much he desired to become a detective, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. Add to that the fact that the fact that the summary promised one of his clients to be an Egyptian god and I was more than a little intrigued!

Barnabas Tew appears as something of a bumbling sweetheart, somewhere between a
Julie Morris
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I just want to congratulate Columbkill Noonan for having the best author name to appear on my blog so far – isn’t it fabulous! I have no idea if that is her real name or just a pen name but I really hope it is the former.

Now to the book, which might just be one of the maddest but most fun books I have ever read. I mean, the plot is literally insane and I wonder if she jotted it down on the back of a cocktail napkin after a heavy night on the creme de menthe but if you can get your hea
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I don't know how many books I have read in the mystery/detective genre, but I have found out that each and every book are unique to the authors' style, and that's so refreshing. With this book I found yet another book in genre that is so different from all the others I have read, including the classics.

This is the first book in the series, so we get to met the main character Barnabas Tew, and he's a private detective. The funny thing is, he's struggling. As I keep reading the book and get to kno
Michelle Ryles
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-read
I love Egyptian history so I was really excited to read Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab. This unique and unusual book completely exceeded my expectations and, although it won’t be to everyone’s taste, I have already recommended it to one of my colleagues who enjoys reading about mythology.

I found Barnabas both exasperating and hilarious; I certainly wouldn’t have had the patience that his sidekick Wilfred has. I couldn't help but imagine Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer playing Barnab
Rochelle Jones
A Victorian London detective story with a touch of Egyptian mythology. I say a touch because other than the names, and some settings there really isn’t a lot of Egyptian content in the story. The story definitely has a distinctly mystery and case solving feel like those of Sherlock Holmes.

This was a different pace for me, but an enjoyable one. What I liked the most was the vocabulary and sentence structure with which the two main characters spoke and the majority of the book was written in. It h
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab is a comedy of errors following Barnabas and his assistant Wilfred. They are detectives, styling themselves in the manner of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, although they’re not nearly as successful - in fact, they’re actually quite terrible at the job, and several of their clients have died as a result of their botched investigations. When one of their clients pass
Mariana Leal
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I read a story targeted to a younger audience (let’s say, to a juvenile reader); because of that, I didn’t really know what to expect from this small book. Even if I can’t tell you what my expectations were at the beginning, I can tell what the outcome ended up being - a very funny, intriguing and entertaining detective fiction.

There were three main reasons that highly contributed to my enjoying of this book: the mystery itself, the british humor and the egyptian mytho
Caroline Venables
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book as it certainly is a departure from standard detective novels.  The main character Barnabus Tew wants to be the next celebrated detective following on from Sherlock Holmes.  However his powers of deduction aren’t as finely attuned and his clients have a knack of dying while he is investigating their cases.  He is assisted by Wilfred Colby, who he thinks of as intellectually inferior to himself, but as the book unfolds, we see that Wilfred, is more than capable when it ...more
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