I saw a post on Twitter by Rachel’s Random Resources a while ago inviting bloggers to take part in a blog blitz. Being fairly new to the blogging world I wasn’t entirely sure what a Blog Blitz was so I decided to inquire further. It sounded like a very interesting way to promote a book and when I looked at the information of the book that this blitz was in aid of it piqued my interest! Read below to find out why
What is Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab?
Barnabas Tew, a detective in Victorian London, is having a hard time making a name for himself, probably because most of his clients end up dead before he can solve their cases. His luck is about to change, though, for better or worse: Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, notices him and calls him to the Egyptian underworld. A terrible kidnapping has occurred; one that promises to put an end to the status quo and could perhaps even put an end to the entire world. It is up to Barnabas (along with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) to discover the culprit and set things to right. Can he turn his luck around and solve the most important case of his life?
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Victorian Detective you say? Egyptian Underworld is it?
Then let me blitz away.
Now if you have read any of my blog posts before you will know that I don’t do reviews, what I like to do is more of a discussion piece (maybe even a mini essay type thing sometimes) on a book. There is one theme in this book that stood out to me that I would like to discuss, and that is strong female characters.
If you have ever been slightly obsessed with period crime mysteries like myself, such as Poirot, Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes you may have noticed that very often the only time you will see a female character who is strong and capable is usually when she is also evil and a murderess so it was quite refreshing to see a few female characters in this book, which was in the style of a period crime novel, who drove the narrative in a positive way. Indeed it is my opinion that Barnabas and Wilfred probably would have struggled to get anything done at all without the female characters in this book.
The woman leapt down from her perch with feline grace. As she walked across the room toward them, they saw that she pranced forward standing entirely on her tip-toes like a cat.
My favourite of these strong female characters in this novel is Bastet, the warrior cat Goddess who just loves to put people in their place. She is unbeatable in battle and shows no fear in the face of her enemies. Although I really enjoyed meeting all of the Egyptian gods in the book and reading about their individual personality traits that came through in their behaviours and actions, Bastet really stood out to me as a very well written character, her movements were described as wholly cat like and her personality went from lazing around to ready for business in the blink of an eye, just like my own Egyptian Mau cat, and I imagine that if she were to develop human characteristics she would be very much like Noonan’s version of Bastet!
Who is Columbkill Noonan?
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 website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).
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