The nude body of a man is discovered entombed in the walls of Split Point Lighthouse on the South-East Coast of Australia. Investigating the crime Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aborigine detective, wonders why a coffin is moved at night, who was the girl struggling with Dick Lake on the cliff top, and what caused the Bully Buccaneers to deal in death. Superintendent Bolt said, 'It's the toughest job we've ever had to bash open.' An ordinary policeman could afford to fail, but Bony never....
©1967 Arthur W. Upfield (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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"Mystery in Australia"
The reader did a great job w/dialect and descriptions of Australia were interesting.
Understated mystery, minimum of explicit violence, and interesting local characters
Fun to listen to.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this masterful read!"
At the top of my list for fiction.
The protaganist - the Inspector - he was everything you would wish an "Inspector" to be - capable and competent as an officer of the law, with a wry sense of humor and a deep appreciation for what is really important is life.
The coffin maker - i looked forward eagerly to the Inspector's every visit to him.
When the Inspector was temporarily locked in his coffin.
I tried this book on a , but loved it from the first page,an have bought more of the Inspector's books since then.
I probably wouldn't recommend this book only bc trying to listen to it can be very hard at times bc it seems a little boring. The book seems like an ok story but the narrater is a little boring :(
No book that I can think of I can compare this book to.
He's got a very clear voice & easy to understand to but he made it hard to listen to at times bc his voice seemed like it droned on.
No extreme reactions to this book.
The characters, their honesty, their humanness, their lives
I enjoyed being inside Boney's head and listening to his reasonings.
The accent for each character - I truly could tell which person was speaking by the way Peter was talking and it was easy to distinguish them.
SPOIL ALERT - When the wife confessed her small part in the deed and her husband put his crippled hands on her head...and then Boney's resolution to the matter. I truly loved him.
No ugly violence, no awful swear words - just pure entertainment, mystery and real life. I will download more of these.
"Love the feel"
The only reason I don't give this book five stars is that it isn't "great literature". Loved the feel of a different place and time, loved the lack of violence, loved the accent. Want more Upfield/Hosking for sure!
Gentle paced, but with intriguing switches. Arthur Upfield is neglected in this country, but he evokes a lost world of rural Australia. Beautifully read. You'll enjoy this one.
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