Peter Hosking’s husky Australian rasp transports the listener to Melbourne in this installment of Arthur Upfield’s classic Napoleon Bonaparte series, which finds Bony far from his familiar outback terrain as he travels to a mountain resort on the trail of a postwar spy who meets a mysterious and unexpected demise.
Peter Hosking’s dynamic performance lends this quintessentially Australian detective series a sense of authenticity, capturing the essence of Upfield’s lean, hard-boiled prose as well the spirit of an eccentric cast of cigarette smoking, whiskey-swilling coastal denizens in this gripping mystery.
Although out of his element among city people, Bony displays his characteristic skills to interpret some puzzling clues and catch a murderer - providing the ingredients for another fascinating Arthur Upfield mystery.
©1982 Arthur Upfield; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
Upfield's classic detective, Napoleon Bonaparte, belongs in the same league as Holmes, Marple, Poirot, and Dalgliesh. Please give us more Bony!
set in Australia post WW2 Bony, with his half aboriginal heritage, is unique in the detective arena.
Bony - always so smooth
Yes, many. He has an unusual style that suits these books, sounding slightly old-fashioned in his speech, but as the books are slightly old-fashioned, it works well.
Not in its unabridged version-too long!
Arthur Upfield is very precise in his descriptions, which can be wordy at times, but he gets away with it. His Outback mysteries, especially, have vivid portrayals of life and the desert country, for rich and poor, black and white. Even so, they are still a cracking good whodunnit.
Yes. It is an excellent classic mystery story. The unique setting of Austrailia in the 1940's creates a delicious atmosphere. The atmosphere is authentic since Arthur Upfield wrote the book in 1946. Detective Napoleon Bonaparte is such a wonderful character. Half Abroigine
Almost any Agatha Christie
It was the developement of the characters, not just one moment
spiritual, non-fiction, like to learn new things, like classics
loved it. I'm a big fan of Arthur upfield. read near all his bony stories. especially love his description of the Australian outback.
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