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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction is a unique work of fiction in the fantasy, mythological, and detective adventure sub-genres, and was written by author Columbkill Noonan. In this fifth book in the Barnabas Tew detective series, we find our protagonist getting a much-needed rest in India with his associate Wilfred. But their peace is interrupted by Zeus, whose demands set the duo off on another grueling case. Our Victorian gentleman begins to suspect foul play, however, as the Greek gods are a fickle bunch with little to trust in. So when an intriguing woman offers help at every turn, the mystery twists in on itself in some very confusing and amusing ways.
Author Columbkill Noonan has crafted a fascinating work of detective hi-jinks and fantasy mystery which can be read as a standalone but will surely also be adored by fans of the existing series. One of the things which really stood out for me in this well-penned work was the strength and personality of the characters, achieved with detailed narration and some really excellent dialogue. The wit and wisdom of the unlucky detectives were apparent in every glorious moment as the wacky storyline unfolded. It feels like all the glory of Sherlock Holmes but spiced up with the chaos of Greek storytelling, and artfully done to boot. Overall, I would highly recommend Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction for fans of fantasy fiction that showcases a full range of thrills, humor, and heart alongside its zany and satisfying plot.