Hold your flying horses!

Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby are back, and, once again, they’re in a bit of a pickle.


Barnabas and Wilfred, two earnest but bumbling Victorian detectives, travel through the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, trying to stave off the impending end of the world – an event which the locals call Ragnarok. This time, however, the intrepid twosome has some help: a brave Viking seer named Brynhild and her flying horse.

Can the two plucky detectives and the fearsome Brynhild outwit those who would bring about Ragnarok? Will they survive the harsh conditions and terrifying creatures of the Norse afterlife?

Will they save the world…again?

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Character interview

Today we sit down with Barnabas, the eponymous character in the best-selling Barnabas Tew series. The second book, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds” has just been released, so Barnabas is very excited to answer our questions and tell us a little something about the book!

 Mr. Tew, welcome to Island Confidential. Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

Well, I suppose you’re all very much aware of my detective skills; not to brag, of course, but I did save the world more than once, you know. But you said something people wouldn’t guess? In that case I’d have to say that I am an absolutely abominable croquet player. There, I admitted it. Indeed, I can scarcely hit the ball without digging up the lawn in the process. And what is the point, just whacking balls about on the grass? It is utter silliness, and I am glad to be bad at it.

Which character do you get along with the best?

Wilfred, of course. He is the best assistant a detective could hope to have. Indeed, I think I may not have saved the world nearly so well without his help.

Is there anyone you have a conflict with?

Brynhild and I had quite a few arguments, but I am really quite fond of her. Sometimes you don’t really know what you think until you start to argue with someone. It really clarifies your thinking.

Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

I do wish she’d be a bit more predictable, to tell you the truth. I never know where I’m going to end up. I mean, to be snatched out of London and dropped into first Ancient Egypt, and now this terribly uncivilized Viking place? Absurd.

What’s next for you?

I suppose you’ll have to ask Ms. Noonan about that. She never tells me anything.


About the Author

Columbkill Noonan has an M.S. in Biology (she has, in turn, been a field biologist, an environmental compliance inspector, and a lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology).

When she’s not teaching or writing, she can usually be found riding her rescue horse, Mittens, practicing yoga (on the ground, in an aerial silk, on a SUP board, and sometimes even on Mittens), or spending far too much time at the local organic, vegan market.

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