Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte

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4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185 ratings

The Barrakee Mystery Publisher's Summary

Why was the redoubtable King Henry, an aborigine from Western Australia, killed during a thunderstorm in New South Wales? What was the feud that led to murder after nineteen long years had passed? And who was the woman who saw the murder and kept silent?

This first story of Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aborigine detective, takes him to a sheep station in the Darling River bush country where he encounters those problems he understands so well... mixed blood and divided loyalties.

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 books reflect and depict the attitudes and ways of speech of that era particularly with regard to Aborigines and to women. In reproducing this book the publisher does not endorse the attitudes or opinions they express.

©1965 First published 1929 by Hutchinson and Company Ltd. © Bonaparte Holdings Pty Ltd, 1965. (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • The Barrakee Mystery

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    Why was the redoubtable King Henry, an aborigine from Western Australia, killed during a thunderstorm in New South Wales? What was the feud that led to murder after nineteen long years had passed? And who was the woman who saw the murder and kept silent? This first story of Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aborigine detective, takes him to a sheep station in the Darling River bush country where he encounters those problems he understands so well... mixed blood and divided loyalties.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dated and racist but still poetic.

    • By Judith on 10-27-15

    Regular price: $18.65

  • Book 2

    • Sands of Windee

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    The police never notice the small detail in the background of a police photograph of an abandoned car. A detail that tells Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte plainly that the mysterious disappearance of Luke Marks near Windee Station is anything but accidental. Why had Luke Marks driven specially out to Windee? Had he been murdered or had he, as the local police believed, wandered away from his car and been overwhelmed in a dust-storm? Bony feels the answers lie somewhere in the sands of Windee.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Boney is more than a simple half caste bush bum.

    • By SGL on 07-26-15

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  • Book 3

    • Wings Above the Diamantina

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    The discovery of the stolen red monoplane on the dry, flat bottom of Emu Lake meant many things to many people. For Elizabeth Nettlefold, the chance to nurse its strangely ill passenger meant a new purpose in life. For Dr Knowles, brilliant physician and town drunk, it meant the revival of a romantic dream. For a person or persons unknown, it meant a murder plan gone badly awry. And for Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, it meant one of the toughest cases of his career.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Bonaparte Mystery!

    • By Mary Corbet on 04-02-13

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  • Book 4

    • Mr. Jelly's Business

    • A Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Didn’t expect that.

    • By susanK on 05-30-18

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 5

    • Winds of Evil

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    The incomparable Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is back - and now he must solve one of his most baffling cases. When Bony sets out to investigate two bizarre murders at Wirragatta Station, deep in the Australian Outback, all the odds are against him. The crimes were committed a year before, the scent is now cold, and any surviving clues have been confused by a bumbling policeman. As Bony gets closer to the trail, the mysterious murderer sets out to stop him. Can Bony stop the killer first?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Along Comes Audible!

    • By Joseph on 11-12-12

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  • Book 6

    • The Bone Is Pointed

    • By: Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Jack Anderson was a big man with a foul temper, a sadist and a drunk. Five months after his horse appeared riderless, no trace of the man has surfaced and no one seems to care. But Bony is determined to follow the cold trail and smoke out some answers.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Click "next" if you are on the fence for this one

    • By Dennis on 04-12-13

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  • Book 7

    • The Mystery of Swordfish Reef

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
    • By: Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • bony

    • By Tracey on 08-31-14

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  • Book 8

    • Bushranger of the Skies

    • An Inspector Bonaparte Mystery
    • By: Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    An Inspector Bonaparte Mystery. An extraordinary case for Detective-Inspector Napolean Bonaparte opens when a police car is bombed from the air on a lonely outback road by a mysterious pilot who plans to conquer a nation. The trail through the Land of Burning Water tests Bonys endurance to the limit and takes the detective as close to death as he has ever been.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Page Turner, Upfield at his best

    • By L. Gayle on 10-19-09

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  • Book 9

    • Death of a Swagman

    • By: Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    In an isolated hut not far from the sleepy country town of Merino, stockman George Kendall is found dead and it looks very much like murder. Six weeks later, when the murderer is still at large, another stockman turns up in the township and, as a first move, provokes the local sergeant to lock him up. This particular stockman is Detective-Inspector Napolean Bonaparte, and there's method in his seeming madness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • one of the best readers ever of a great story

    • By Margie on 01-20-17

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  • Book 10

    • Devil's Steps

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
    • By: Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte leaves his familiar outback environment for Melbourne and a nearby mountain resort on special assignment for Military Intelligence. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Classic Mystery

    • By Lawrence on 05-11-09

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  • Book 11

    • An Author Bites the Dust

    • By: Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    A cat ... a ping-pong ball ... a drunken gardener ... With these slight clues to go on Detective-Inspector Bonaparte investigates the mysterious death of famous author, Mervyn Blake, who dies an agonizing death late one night in his writing room. But how did he die? No one knows. No one that is until Bony's acute observation of human nature uncovers the murderer - and the method used to kill Blake.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Location, location, location

    • By jonmontanavega on 05-29-10

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  • Book 12

    • The Mountains Have a Secret

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 12
    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story well read

    • By Glenecollins on 05-26-17

    Regular price: $22.38

  • Book 13

    • The Widows of Broome

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 13
    • By: Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Broome is a small, sun-drenched town on the barren northwest coast of Australia. It's small enough that everyone knows everyone else's business. How, then, did someone murder two widows in similar fashion and not leave any clues? It's a case for Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, who arrives on the scene incognito. He's barely begun his investigation when a third woman is killed. Bony realises that he is dealing with a madman, and that time is running out to stop a forth murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Arthur Upfield!!

    • By Mary Corbet on 11-26-13

    Regular price: $19.49

  • Book 14

    • The Bachelors of Broken Hill

    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Down with sloppy eaters

    • By Pam on 08-15-12

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  • Book 15

    • The Clue of the New Shoe

    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 79

    The nude body of a man is discovered entombed in the walls of Split Point Lighthouse on the South-East Coast of Australia. Investigating the crime Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aborigine detective, wonders why a coffin is moved at night, who was the girl struggling with Dick Lake on the cliff top, and what caused the Bully Buccaneers to deal in death. Superintendent Bolt said, 'It's the toughest job we've ever had to bash open.' An ordinary policeman could afford to fail, but Bony never....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love the feel

    • By Josie on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 16

    • Venom House

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
    • By: Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    An Inspector Bonaparte Mystery. The Answerth family's mansion seems to deserve its nickname of "Venom House". Perhaps that's because of its forbidding setting, an island in the centre of a man-made lake, its treacherous waters studded by the skeletons of long-dead trees. Perhaps it's because of the unquiet ghosts of the Aborigines slaughtered by Answerth ancestors. Or perhaps it's just because the Answerth household is such a strange one.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good listen. Makes you regret leaving the car.

    • By A. Raymond on 07-27-15

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 17

    • Murder Must Wait

    • A Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 19
    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte arrives in the little town of Mitford, New South Wales, to find that five babies have been abducted and a murder committed. The half-aborigine sleuth calls in policewoman Alice McGorr to help him, and one of the most important clues they find is a cave drawing depicting an aboriginal legend. Bony, as unorthodox and cunning as ever, reenacts the legend in order to solve the mystery.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bony in town

    • By John on 07-10-12

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  • Book 18

    • Death of a Lake

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
    • By: Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Napoleon Bonaparte returns in this classic Australian mystery from the classic Bony series. One night Raymond Gillen, shortly after winning over £12,000 in a lottery, went for a late-night swim in the waters of Lake Otway and never came back. No one doubted that he drowned; the main question on everyone's lips was, what happened to the money? Three years later drought is taking its toll, and Lake Otway is close to death, losing the last of its water. Five men and two women wait to find out whether the shrinking lake will uncover Gillen's body.

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  • Book 19

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  • Book 20

    • The Battling Prophet

    • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte mystery
    • By: Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
    • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Ben Wickham, a famous meteorologist whose uncannily accurate forecasts have helped famers and graziers all over Australia, has died after a three-week drinking bout. The doctor certifies that his death was cause by heart failure, due to alcoholic poisoning. But Ben's neighbour and drinking partner, John Luton, is convinced his friends didn't die from too much gin.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • bony again

    • By Tracey on 07-09-15

    Regular price: $18.65

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