Mr. Jelly's Business

A Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 7
Narrated by: Peter Hosking
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
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Mr. Jelly's Business is one of the finest of Arthur Upfield's many distinguished stories about the career of Detective Inspector Napoleon ("Bony") Bonaparte. It takes Bony to the West Australian town of Burracoppin to investigate the disappearance of George Loftus, whose car was found wrecked near the longest fence in the world, the 1,500 mile Rabbit Fence. He meets Loftus's wife, who is anything but grief-stricken at her husband's disappearance; Loftus's hired man, singularly reticent about his own past history; and many of Burracoppin's numerous gossips. Later he encounters the mysterious Mr. Jelly, whose business causes his charming daughters great anxiety.

The double question of Loftus' disappearance and Mr. Jelly's business taxes Bony's well-known powers of observation and deduction to the utmost, until the two problems are simultaneously solved.

As anyone who knows Arthur Upfield's other work would expect, Mr. Jelly's Business is more than a story of crime and detection: It also offers an admirable picture of life in West Australia's wheat country.

Public Domain (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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One of best in this series.

Narration: Perfect.

Story: Clever and interesting. The female detective is hysterical.

Highly recommended. All of Upfield's books are good; this one especially so.

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The best of the “Boney” mysteries I’ve listened to so far.

The mystery—2 really—in this story was good, and the character of the detective, one Napoleon Bonaparte, half-white, half Aborigine, is an original. But in many ways, the true stars are the depictions of the land and people. This one was written in the 30’s, during the depression, and takes place in Western Australia. Yes, they are racist—and sexist—but the author’s attitudes are a lot more progressive than those of many of the characters with whom Boney must deal.
Reader is wonderful; I could listen to him read a phone book!

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Didn’t expect that.

Delightful with a twist in the tail. Forgive the pun. Great entertainment and highly recommended.

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aussie detective of old

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes as with all arthur upfield books great story and twists to mysterys

What did you like best about this story?

bony is a great character swarve and debonair

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

the way he tells the tale

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

catch the jelly