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Publisher's Summary

Why was the redoubtable King Henry, an aborigine from Western Australia, killed during a thunderstorm in New South Wales? What was the feud that led to murder after nineteen long years had passed? And who was the woman who saw the murder and kept silent?

This first story of Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aborigine detective, takes him to a sheep station in the Darling River bush country where he encounters those problems he understands so well... mixed blood and divided loyalties.

PLEASE NOTE: Part of the appeal of Arthur Upfield's stories lies in their authentic portrayal of many aspects of outback Australian life in the 1930s and through into the 1950s. These books reflect and depict the attitudes and ways of speech of that era particularly with regard to Aborigines and to women. In reproducing this book the publisher does not endorse the attitudes or opinions they express.

©1965 First published 1929 by Hutchinson and Company Ltd. © Bonaparte Holdings Pty Ltd, 1965. (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Napoleon Bonaparte, my best detective." ( The Daily Express)

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Enchanting word pictures

Upfield's descriptions of the western districts are so vivid they take you right there.Brilliant. Not very PC but good yarn.

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  • Judith
  • 27-10-2015

Dated and racist but still poetic.

This book is hard to listen to because it is amazingly racist but yet the descriptions are wonderful and parts of the story are very exciting. The mystery is easy to figure out. Not sure if everyone will like it. The narrator is wonderful. The publisher has put a disclaimer on it because of the racist and sexist language. It is a classic but I feel very ambivalent about recommending it.

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  • A. Raymond
  • 15-06-2015

Story from another time....

I'd read other books from Arthur Upfield with Bony, the detective, and I hesitated before buying an Audble version until I saw who was reading/performing the story. I love Peter Hosking and was not disappointed. The stories are from a time when Australia was truly a wild frontier and the half-aboriginal detective is such an unusual character. The later stories keep giving more details of his skills and eccentricities. I can't wait for my next purchase. Truly stories you sit in the car listening for an acceptable point to turn off the story.....

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  • Anne
  • 08-12-2015

First far from best

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Enjoyed the book, but I was disappointed that the key character took such a small part in it. The book centers much more on the squatter's family and affairs than with the mystery. There isn't much mystery at that.

Have you listened to any of Peter Hosking’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love Peter Hosking's readings.

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  • Glenecollins
  • 15-01-2015

The first in a brilliantly written series

Anyone interested in the human condition, history & or a good story should read the Bony series.

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  • Marie
  • 19-07-2015

Hard to Read/Listen To Despite Publisher Warning

While I understand that Upfield's books reflect the attitudes and policies in Australia during the period he was writing, I had a difficult time finishing this book.I think the fact that the author seemed to be accepting of the attitudes toward Aborigines, including the feeling that it was okay to kill a black man, was so off putting it made me cringe.

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  • BGW
  • 25-07-2018

a great series!

I came across this series several years ago and have red and listened to almost all the books. it is a series that I keep safe in my paperback collection. I am slowly purchasing the Kindle versions.

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  • Steve
  • 30-06-2017

Wonderful painted picture

Arthur upfield is a wonderful author who can paint a wonderful picture with words. He is not shackled by the main story line but describes the environment and lives of those in the story. Once you get past the old-time attitudes, and out of date use of descriptive words linked to Australian first people, it's a great story. Don't let words of the past worry you.

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  • Tracey
  • 01-02-2015

barrakee

If you could sum up The Barrakee Mystery in three words, what would they be?

another classic bony

What other book might you compare The Barrakee Mystery to and why?

death of a swagman good storyline well read

What does Peter Hosking bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he has the gift of good narrating of a story not a boring monotone of some

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

arthur upfield was one of the best of his era in writing a mystery without all the violence and drama of new classic austraila life of the years