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Far from his usual stomping grounds in the bush of the Australian outback, Arthur Upfield’s The Mystery of Swordfish Reef finds the willfully unorthodox Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte in an unfamiliar environment: the vast ocean off the southeastern coast of Australia, where a fisherman’s severed head, riddled with bullet holes, washes ashore after he and his crew’s fishing vessel goes missing. Frustrated with a lack of physical evidence, Bony, whose wry attitude and unassailable confidence is superbly portrayed by talented narrator Peter Hosking, immerses himself in the world of sword-fishing to get to the bottom of this seemingly impenetrable mystery.

Publisher's Summary

An intriguing case for Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte begins on a calm October day in an Australian seaside town. Three men set out to sea for a day's fishing ... and do not return. Despite intensive searches, no trace of the men or their boat is found until, weeks later, a passing trawler hauls in a gruesome catch - the head of one of the missing fishermen. It is quite clear that its owner was murdered with a pistol bullet. But by whom, and why, is for Bony to find out.
©1998 Arthur Upfield; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 08-31-14

bony

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

a good mystery another upfield tresure

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mystery of Swordfish Reef?

the sailfish scene and the way you can imagine the fishing

What about Peter Hosking’s performance did you like?

the way he portraye,s his many parts of the story charicters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes

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  • Retriever470
  • 04-06-15

Great story told with vigour

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

Engaging, logical, satisfactory

What did you like best about this story?

Bony using the talents of the local fishermen to read the sea as easily as he reads the bush.

What about Peter Hosking’s performance did you like?

I wasn't sure at first about his delivery, but he really grew on me. He has a different tone for each character and makes an excellent job of pacing the narration, too.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Engaging characters who bring the story alive.