Saturday, June 2, 2018



Barnabas Tew is a detective in Victorian London, although he is not nearly as successful as he dreamed he'd be. In fact, there are times that he fears that he may not be very good at the detecting business, after all. 

Everything changes, however, during a visit to the museum, where an encounter with a none-too-friendly mummy whisks Barnabas away from everything he knows. It seems that the Egyptian afterlife is in turmoil and the fate of the entire world is at stake, and Barnabas has been sent for by Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the dead, to save the day.

Barnabas is in over his head but determined to prove himself once and for all. With only his trusty assistant Wilfred at his side, will Barnabas manage to solve the case and save the Egyptian afterlife? Or will the dangerous and unpredictable Egyptian gods get the best of the intrepid duo?


Title: Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab

Author: Columbkill Noonan

Character’s full name: Apep, God of Chaos

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books (June 3, 2017)

Genre: Cozy Mystery, 1st in series


Apep is one of the minor gods of chaos in the Egyptian pantheon. (Don’t tell him he’s a minor god, though, that is a sore subject!) He is reptilian, and his job is to sow discord in the world.


Apep, how did you first meet Columbkill?

I suppose it was just after the great battle with Bastet. She came around, asking a lot of questions, trying to find out what happened. Pretty nosy, really.

Want to dish about her?

Well, like I said, she’s nosy. And she seems to not like chaos and discord much, too. Who doesn’t like chaos and discord? So weird.

Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
I’m in a lot of books, since I’m so very important, you know, so it doesn’t surprise me that I’m in this one. I’m on a bunch of hieroglyphics, too, just so you know.

Tell us about your favorite scene in the book. 

Well it’s certainly not the battle scene, that’s for sure!

What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Why, sow discord and chaos, of course! That’s what being a god of chaos is all about. My favorite thing is to try to keep the sun from rising every day. I’ve never been able to stop it, but one day. . .

If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
Definitely the battle scene.

Tell the truth. What do you think of your fellow characters?
I sort of hate them, really. Do-gooders, judgmental namby-pambies…I really don’t have anything nice to say about them. Of course I really don’t ever have anything nice to say, as a rule.

If you had a free day with no responsibilities what would you do?
I’d probably just go around causing arguments, making people mad at each other, trying to end the world…you  know, the usual. Oh, and maybe go on a reality TV show. I think I’d be pretty good at that.

What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
People tend to be afraid of my fangs. They think I’m going to eat them. And sometimes I do. And I’m really not sure what they think of me after I eat them. I’ve never asked, and I doubt they’d answer if I did.

What's the worst thing that's happened in your life? 
We’re back to the battle again. I learned to never underestimate a nervous little Victorian detective again. And cats. I learned I really don’t like cats.

Tell us about your best friend. 
I don’t have any friends, because I’m a god of chaos. Gods of chaos don’t really do friendship, you know?

What are you most afraid of?
Cats. Really, can we stop talking about this?

What’s the best trait your author has given you?
The best trait she gave me was my pure evilness. She really did a good job capturing that.

If your story were a movie, who would play you?
Is Godzilla available?

If you could be “adopted” by another writer, who would you choose?
Nietzche, for sure. He’s so depressing.

Will you encourage Columbkill to write a sequel?
Only if she lets the dark side win for a change! What’s with all the “good triumphing over evil,” anyway? It’s not fair, if you ask me.


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. 

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