The Answerth family's mansion seems to deserve its nickname of "Venom House". Perhaps that's because of its forbidding setting, an island in the centre of a man-made lake, its treacherous waters studded by the skeletons of long-dead trees. Perhaps it's because of the unquiet ghosts of the Aborigines slaughtered by Answerth ancestors. Or perhaps it's just because the Answerth household is such a strange one.
©2009 Bolinda Publishing; (P)1989 Arthur Upfield
I have lost count of the number of times I have listened to this book. The performance is impeccable and the story is engaging. If you have never listened to a Detective Bonaparte story before, I would certainly recommend beginning with this one.
"Very good listen. Makes you regret leaving the car."
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are true bush folk. I missed the anxiety Bony exhibits in other books about his ancestry and he does not use his extraordinary skills to the same degree. The family and story seem like it could be anywhere, but the outcome is pure Bony style Australia.
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