The backdrop for this inspector Bony mystery is an Australian writer's convention. Mervyn Blake is the host, one of the most respected writers who talks well about nothing. At night, alone in his writing room, Blake is murdered. With few clues to go on, the mystery seems unsolvable, but not to the deductive methods of Inspector Bonaparte Bony. Peter Hosking performs this audio mystery, emphasizing the pompousness of the writing world that Arthur Upfield was poking fun at, as well as the ingenious methods of his protagonist.
One of the few Bonaparte mysteries not set in the Outback, An Author Bites the Dust reveals the author as his best and most ingenious.
©1987 Arthur Upfield; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
I like books that work at several levels. For example, historical novels that spin a good story and also give me a flavor of the time and place. This is what Upfield does in his Bony novels. Most are set before WWII in Australia and feature an aborigine who has become a detective.
This one takes place in an unfamiliar settering: suburban Australia before the war. I probably enjoyed many of the others better, but ... that does not mean this one isn't a good listen.
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