Welcome to my tour stop for Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow by Columbkill Noonan. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my stop on the tour! Check out my review and let me know what you think.
Rama, the Hindu god who maintains dharma, or the balance of all things, is in terrible trouble, and only Barnabas and Wilfred can save him!
Private detectives to the gods, Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby, believed they’d discovered the secret to taking charge of their destinies. Unfortunately, they’re about to be taught a hard lesson: nothing is as it seems and taking control is easier said than done.
Fresh off their most challenging case to date, the two detectives step into a cenote: an otherworldly portal that connects worlds and can take them anywhere if they how to use it. Each is hoping to be reunited with someone he left behind, but they soon realize that something has gone terribly, disastrously wrong. Instead of being reunited with their lady-loves, they find themselves in a Hindu temple, together with Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire.
Kamadeva asks them to save his friend Rama, who is in grave danger. It seems an innocent enough request, but Barnabas and Wilfred have learned that not everything is at it seems, and the right thing to do is not always so obvious. It doesn’t take long to discover that not all the gods want Rama saved, leaving the two detectives to make a terrible choice.
The detectives have faced dangerous deities before, but the Hindu gods are different. Otherworldly, wise, and full of shadowy motivations, they all seek to manipulate the hapless detectives to suit their purposes.
Can Barnabas and Wilfred see through the illusions and the lies to uncover the truth of the matter? Or will they fail, and choose the wrong side?
Oh, whenever Barnabas Tew and his assistant Wilfred go on another adventure, you can be sure I’ll be reading right along! This time, they’ve unexpectedly arrived at a Hindu Temple, tasked with saving Rama…if they can quit bickering (about whose fault it was they ended up in the wrong place) for long enough!
I LOVE Barnabas and Wilfred’s relationship. Between the quirky and constant bickering, they are still very clearly the best of friends! Their friendship has developed more and more over the series, and Barnabas has even promoted Wilfred to junior partner! I have laughed, cried and rolled my eyes through this series. Honestly, these characters are probably the most unique characters I’ve read!
As per usual, Columbkill Noonan has written an intriguing mystery set amongst the Hindu Gods. It’s such a unique concept, and I really love how each Barnabas novel has had this in common – the characters are always in unique locations with a very unique mystery to solve!
If you’re looking for a unique mystery, with lots of interesting mythology, and two bumbling detectives that will irk you and make you love them all in a matter of minutes, this is definitely the series to check out! Each book can be read as a standalone, but I enjoyed reading in order because I got to see the friendship of Barnabas and Wilfred grow!
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.
Let me know what you think!