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The Mountains Have a Secret

An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 12
Narrated by: Peter Hosking
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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A thrilling mystery and one of the incomparable Inspector Bonaparte's toughest cases.

Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte travels to Victoria, where two young women have disappeared while hiking in the Grampians. Not long after the search for the girls is called off, a local detective is found shot dead.

Bony visits the hotel the women were last seen at, and meets the hotel's unsavoury proprietor. The resulting encounter propels Bony into an investigation which almost costs him his life.

Please Note: Part of the appeal of Arthur Upfield's stories lies in their authentic portrayal of many aspects of outback Australian life in the 1930s and through into the 1950s. These audiobooks reflect and depict the attitudes and ways of speech of that era particularly with regard to Aborigines and to women. In reproducing this audiobook the publisher does not endorse the attitudes or opinions they express.

©2016 WA Upfield (P)2016 Bolinda

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Classic Bony Detective Story.

Narration: Clear and nicely paced. I am, however, less enthralled with attempt to affect Texan accent.

Story: After now having listened to seven audios in this series I know well the paradigm: Brilliant, charming, self-possessed half-caste senior detective solves murder mysteries. Along the way he befriends troubled people needing sympathy and material, emotional assistance. He, of course, insists on working alone. His ethics are beyond reproach, although he has out-of-the box interpretations of and administrations of justice.

A fun series. Listening to this one is worth one's while, although not one of the best in the series.

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Great fun, fantastic narrator

As usual, peerless descriptions of Australian countryside; here, the Grampians. Bony was entertaining as well, although I felt he was slower on the uptake than usual. Also, the denouement was not entirely satisfying. It was, however, quite action-filled, and there were some extremely entertaining secondary characters. The Texan, in particular, was well-drawn, and beautifully read by Peter Hosking.

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Great story well read

Upfield brings post WWII Australia to life through a great performance by Peter Hosking
I love the Bony stories and I think this is one of the better ones.

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 10-08-16

secrets keeped

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

yes as with any of the bony series it is well written and read .more slueth than blood and gore books.

What did you like best about this story?

the way the book flows naturally keeping you thinking

Which scene was your favorite?

hard to pick just one

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no extreme reaction just enjoyed the story

Any additional comments?

i would suggest i you haven,t got to read any of these books give them a go a classic that will keep you entertained

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  • mrsvee
  • 06-27-19

Most enjoyable.

Even though this wS a most enjoyable listen, there were a couple of mispronunciations that jarred. Eg...cupola ss cue- polla instead of cup ( what you have your coffee in) ola. Producers, please correct as they are being recorded. Yes, most enjoyable in spite of.

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  • Kerrie Blowes
  • 09-07-18

A very easy listen

The story and beautiful descriptive writing easily allows the reader to be transported back to a time in Australia just after the end of the 2nd world war. The tale twists and winds and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. The narrators voice is easy to listen too. The ending left me a little disappointed with a few unanswered questions about a couple of characters, Old man Simpson and Glen Shannon or maybe I just missed something. I really like the book and it's my first Arthur Upfield. I will definitely read more of his though.