Monday, 8 April 2019

#BlogTour Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent by Columbkill Noonan


Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Barnabas Tew and The Case of the Cursed Serpent by Columbkill Noonan. Noonan combines history and mythology almost seamlessly with this time-travelling, era and culture skipping end of the world saving Victorian duo.


About the Author
Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling "Barnabas Tew" series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred. Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.



About the book
Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent
“For Queen, for Country, and for….Uncle Rabbit?”

Just when Barnabas and Wilfred thought the world was safe at last, along comes a new threat: the Mayan Lords of Death have hatched a plan to overthrow the natural order of things, involving a cursed serpent god, two untrustworthy sets of twins, and a dead bunny that must be resuscitated at all costs. Only Barnabas and Wilfred can possibly unravel the convoluted plot, but they face danger after danger as they attempt to do so. If they fail, up will be down and down will be up, and the evil Lords of Death will take over the heavens.

Do Barnabas and Wilfred have the courage, skill (and luck!) to save the world yet again?

Review
This is the third book in the Barnabas Tew series. It can be read as a standalone novel, however due to the complexity of the Tew premise I would suggest reading the others or the first in the series, especially because this one starts out with the main characters already in the middle of trouble.

Barnabas and Wilfred end up in the middle of the Mayan civilisation, in a room with a woman who has a snake on her head. Or is the snake a hat? Is the snake part of the hat? So many philosophical chicken or egg questions.

Needless to say the appearance of two Victorian gentlemen in the middle of abunch of Mayan gods and demons makes for an interesting combination. Barnabas and Wilfred start out trying to instil their own sense of normality on the people and gods around them. They have no time for names and titles embedded in cultural appreciation, so first up is changing them to something more simplistic like Smith, Jones or man number 1.

In a kind of time-space continuum plot the Victorian tag-team has to ensure Uncle Rabbit is reawakened to keep the natural order of things in place. Without Rabbit there is no room to renew and evolve, there is only the same every day over and over again.

It has shades of Gaiman with a strong focus on the Mayan culture and mythology. There is correlation between the macabre games and the sacrificial aspect. In fact Noonan combines history and mythology almost seamlessly with this time-travelling, era and culture skipping end of the world saving Victorian duo.

It's hard to fit into one particular genre and is definitely a series for readers who like to mix it up a little.

Buy Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent at Amazon UkPublisher: Crooked Cat Books; pub date 2 April 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

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