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Peter Hosking's intense voice plays the full emotional range of this truly Australian mystery. Set in a remote mining town, The Bachelors of Broken Hill by Arthur W. Upfield tells the story of two unexplained murders. Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is called in to solve the crimes, but is left waiting for another killing when the clues lead nowhere. In chilling tones, award-winning Hosking delivers a lucid performance of this literary mystery, at once a novel and a document of Australian life and culture at the time it was written.

Publisher's Summary

A Golden Age mystery, from the incomparable Arthur Upfield. Arthur Upfield was the first non-American to be awarded full membership of the Mystery Writers Guild of America.

Among the 28,000 inhabitants of Broken Hill, there stalks a killer. Already two elderly bachelors have died horribly from cyanide poisoning. Now, two months later, Detective Inspector Napolean Bonaparte faces a cold trail - no motive, no clues. So Bony waits for what he believes to be inevitable - a third killing.

©1998 Arthur W. Upfield; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Peter Hosking animates the characters...bringing the richness and vastness of the Australian continent vividly to life....Hosking enriches Upfield's characters with intonations ranging from heated thrill to deadly cold calculation." (AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner)

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  • Pam
  • Mangilao, GU, United States
  • 08-15-12

Down with sloppy eaters

Who is killing elderly men who have food stains on their clothing? In solving that little problem, we also learn a great deal about a marvelous place in Australia called Broken Hill, who killed the female clerk at the police station and a little about glass daggers.

It's all solved, of course, by Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony to his friends) that marvelous half-caste aborigine with the astounding blue eyes and the incredible nose for winkling out even the most mysterious crime.

Buy this book. You will never guess the end in a million years!

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I found out about Mr. Upfield by reading a bio sketch of Tony Hillerman that said he got some of his inspiration to write the Chee/Leaphorn books from Mr. Upfields Bonepart

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Highly enjoyable.

Great voice characterizations. Humorous story as well as a good mystery. Always enjoy Bony through Peter Hosking.

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  • Ian
  • 01-07-11

Slow and steady

The pace of Upfield's books is suited to hot Australian days, but the evocative portrait of the country in the late 1940s that he weaves and the growing tension of the plot means there's no danger of your nodding off. Wonderfully read. More of Upfield's work - once so popular - would be most welcome.

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  • mrsvee
  • 07-12-16

Constant faults, but generally pleasing reading.

Mispronunciations and misplaced emphases too regular to be totally acceptable. But, the reader's voice quite pleasant.

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  • Helen V
  • 01-08-15

Old one but good one

If you are looking for political correctness don't listen. If you want to hear a true reflection of the language and phrasing of the era listen on. Upfield draws beautiful and accurate word pictures of rural Australia. Refreshing to have a who done it that doesn't need graphic violence or sex to keep the story moving. Great to hear an Australian story read with an Australian accent and the correct pronunciation.