Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Enlightened Cow by Columbkill Noonan – Book Review

Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Enlightened Cow by Columbkill Noonan – Book Review



Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow 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?


Barnabas Tew and his assistant Wilfred have arrived in a strange place…..they were heading for Midgard or Egypt, but as they couldn’t decide which, as they used the Cenote, they were thinking of different destinations and so arrived at neither.

But where are they? Well according to the green skinned, many armed couple 8n the same room, they are in Sindhu or India as the British call it….

They are tasked with rescuing Rama….which to this pair of argumentative buffoons, sounds simple….so off they go.

BUT, they meet a talking fish and due to a lack of respect, they are turned into fish themselves..! To be returned to human form, they have to rescue an earth cow and so this madcap adventure begins….

Can they rescue the earth cow? Can they also save Rama, the 7th incarnation of Vishnu…….does he want saving?

This is an adventure of two bumbling detectives who are best friends that bicker constantly….with bizarre talking fish and crabs in this joyous romp that will make you laugh out loud. 

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.


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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.

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