Murder Down Under (Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte #4)
It is interesting that this fourth book in the series has had two titles and both seem strange choices. Mr Jelly’s Business is what the audiobook I listened to was called, and there was a mystery about ...more
It wasn't explained how Inspector Napolean Bonaparte came by his moniker but I was pleased to find that he prefers to go by "Bony". I get the impression that writing a series featuring a half cas...more
I believe I will be looking for the others in this series.
Napoleon "Bony" Bonaparte is half-caste (half aboriginal and half white) and an Inspector for the Queensland police. He's on vacation when his young acquaintance, John Muir, asks for his help regarding a ...more
Farmer George Loftus has gone missing. Is he dead or has he done a bunk? Another farmer, Mr Jelly, periodically disappears also but always comes back a few days later refusing to tell anyone where he has been.
Despite his daft name Napoleon Bonaparte, is a great character and greatly underrated in my opinion. The way Upfield de ...more
Still incredibly unbelievably racist but complicated and interesting, just be warned you may not be able to stomach it when Bony starts pondering his own potential reversion to a "savage state", which he usually ponders when he faces possible failure -- ie if he doesn't solve a case then he will lose everything about his middle class family life, university education, etc. and have to go live in the bush. So, that is an interesting conflict but the ...more
This was written about the time of some of the Agatha Christie's I've read recently. I couldn't help but make a comparison. Bony, ...more
I can honestly highly recommend Mr. Jelly's Business to anyone who a)enjoys a good mystery or b) enjoys reading books set in Australia. As I've noted in previous reviews, you do have to be careful not to judge the book by today's standards, especially when it comes to attitude. Don't forget that this was not originally written in 1982, but many decades earlier.
One night, Mr. Lof ...more
Another favorite author of mine is Bruce Chatwin but he's not in the search list. I wonder why?
Arthur William Upfield (1 September 1890 – 13 February 1964) was an Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte ('Bony') of the Queensland Police Force, a half-caste Aborigine.
Born in England, Upfield moved to Australia in 1910 and fought with the Australian military during the First World War. Following his wa ...more