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La Maison Maléfique (Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte #16)

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Deux noyades suspectes, une somptueuse demeure communément appelée la Maison Maléfique, occupée par deux sœurs ennemies et leur demi-frère, un homme athlétique dont l'esprit a oublié de grandir, l'os pointé par les aborigènes sur ceux qui les ont exterminés et leurs descendants... ce sont là quelques pièces d'un puzzle que l'inspecteur Napoléon Bonaparte, patiemment, va te ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published 1999 by 10-18 (first published 1952)
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This Bony story is more of a pyschological thriller than the usual fantastic bushcraft.

Venom House is the moated stone house of the Answerths, set in the 50's before electricity came to this small town in Queensland. Mary Answerth, the rawboned tough as bootleather oldest sibling, in charge of the men and the beasts of the cattle station; Janet, the supposed civilised philantrophist, bad painter, reader of poetry in charge of the house and the youngest, Morris, the 27yr old mentally challenged
Jan 06, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Venom House is the 16th novel of the Bony series by Arthur Upfield. Bony finds himself in the coastal town of Edison, in south-eastern Queensland, investigating two bodies found in a man-made lake which surrounds the Answerth family’s mansion known as Venom House. The bodies are those of Ed Carlow, the local butcher, suspected of rustling local cattle to augment his business; and the second wife of the late Jacob Answerth. The household is a strange one: Janet Answerth, the eldest sister, femini ...more
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Nov 04, 2015 Julie scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the 16th novel in this series this is my first read by Arthur W Upfield. I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Venom House" It definitely was quirky and à little off the wall to say the least the Answerth family are anything but your average family.Janet and Mary are the 2 strange and tough as old boot's sisters and their younger half brother Morris who is 27 years old but is mentally challenged and has the mind of a child and is constantly locked away in his room. Detective Bony as he' ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young people are missing so much! Back in the 40s and 50s, Arthur Upfield brought Australia and his Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte to life. In VENOM HOUSE, Bony faces down the Answerth family, a combination of memorable characters. Readers will never forget the night spent in silent stalking through the Answerth mansion.

A lot of the Bony books are available on So far I have listened to AN AUTHOR BITES THE DUST, and was affronted when the reader apologized for political incor
Glen U
Jan 07, 2017 Glen U rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Venom House" is Arthur W. Upfield's 16th book in the outstanding Napoleon Bonaparte detective series. The Australian half-caste protagonist is again asked to bring his unique blend of Outback nature craft and Sherlockian logic to solve another murder. An imaginative and novel plot line, a cast of sibling villains, and the usual aplomb and unflappability of Bony makes for one Upton's best stories. This book, more than any other previous Upton entry, proves that Upton belongs in the ranks of the ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A bloke's not a real driver if he has to use brakes" (88).

"Money," scoffed Bony. "What is money?"
"Featherweight stuff the boss hands out and the Government takes off you."
"Precisely, Mawson, and so milk your bank for as much as possible. It isn't worth the germs sticking to it, anyway" (159).
Jane Routley
Sep 05, 2011 Jane Routley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upfield had some annoying plot habits so I mostly read these for the atmosphere and this one is a humdinger. A moated house that is being slowly overwhelmed by the river and a wonderful scene of stalking a killer in the black
Enrique Escalona
Jun 09, 2014 Enrique Escalona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aventuras que van al grano, personajes que con dos trazos uno imagina en una pantalla de cine. Por cierto ¿por qué nadie lo ha hecho película? Un libro que queda doblado y maltratado por leerse con una mezcla de nervios, emoción y humor negro.
Jan 17, 2013 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always enjoy Upfield. As Jane said. Read it for the atmosphere, sense of particular environment and location in the outback. Dont bother with plot.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Un roman policier original qui se lit vite. J'ai beaucoup aimé les personnages et notamment celui de Napoléon Bonaparte, l'inspecteur mi-aborigène mi-européen. Une belle découverte!
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Aka Arthur Upfield

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
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