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Todeszauber (Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte #6)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  293 ratings  ·  26 reviews
During a violent storm, Jeffrey Anderson vanishes without a trace in the Australian bush. When the search for Anderson goes nowhere, Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is charged with finding the missing man. He discovers that Andreson was known as a violent hothead and was not popular among the Aborigines. On the day of his disappearance the members of the Kalchuts tribe had a ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by New Media German Language (first published 1938)
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The Bone Is Pointed is the sixth novel in Arthur W. Upfield's detective series featuring Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the second of the these novels which I have read. In this outing Bony is called to the bush country where a man went missing five months ago. Few people really care what happened to Jack Anderson. He was a cruel man with a nasty temper...a man who wasn't afraid to use his whip on those who crossed him. Have the bush men exacted revenge for his beating of one of their own? ...more
I have read all the "Bony" books before, but in this mystery the natural features of the Australian Outback are vivid and gritty. The migration of the rabbits (world gone mad) and the Aboriginal "pointing of the bone" make this like a lesson in natural history and anthropology. Done with the ever charming detective Napoleon Bonaparte, who's ancestry is part European and part Aborigine. Fascinating. Was there a TV series made based on these books? Arthur W.Upfield is the Tony Hillerman of Austral ...more
#6 in the Napoleon "Bony" Bonaparte series. Bony is the son of an English mother and an Australian aboriginal father. This tale of mysterious doings on a pair of stations (ranches) in the rural Australia of the 1940s is fascinating. Bony makes it a point that he has never failed to solve a case and he has never quit one until it was solved. When he is assigned to find what happened to a fence rider who disappeared in an epic rainstorm five months earlier he must utilize all of his knowledge of b ...more
"In this country colour is no bar to a keen man's progress providing that he has twice the ability of his rivals. I have devoted my gifts to the detection of crime, believing that when justice is sure the community is less troubled by the criminal. That I stand midway between the black man, who makes fire with a stick, and the white man, who kills women and babes with bombs and machine guns, should not be accounted against me. I have been satisfied with the employment of my mental and inherited ...more
Mary Stanton
If you haven't discovered Arthur Upfield--well, you'll love his setting. It's Australia in the 30's witha half-aborigine detective named Napoleon Bonaparte. The best of this series is THE BONE IS POINTED. ...more
Timothy Ferguson
Oh, such a complicated book for what’s basically a simple detective mystery. It’s the first in the Bony series I’ve listened to, and I enjoyed it immensely except for a disquiet through the whole thing on the matter of race. Are Bony’s feelings of internalised inferiority (due to having a black mother) meant to represent that author’s opinion? Are they meant to show how some black people felt at the time? Can you really admire a hero (and otherwise he’s far more personable than, say Hercule Poir ...more
I first read this book when I was in High School, it was a book on my English reading list. I enjoyed it then and some 40 years later this book still managed to keep me enthralled. With the plot being set in outback Australia this just added to the enjoyment and it was a great mystery read.
Arthur Upfield has definitely matured as a writer by this novel. Enjoyed it a lot as usual.
isabelle de leeneer
I love the whole series written by Arthur Upfield, a pseudonym for two cousins who wrote these wonderful stories happening in the deep Australia, in the fifties. Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, who's mother is aboriginal and father is white, who is very unconventional in his methods and is at its best in the great open spaces where only farms and sheep and horses can be seen, takes us with hime to discover this country and the farmers with their hard life. Just by reading these stories, I wanted t ...more
Mahmoud Adly Ezzat
I wish I could finish reading to the very end of this novel. But unfortunately the language of most characters was taking time to understand than concentrating with other details. Writing with the local Australian accent was not suitable for me. But in general it was a great plot with many details to distract the inspector (or after all, the reader), plus the beautiful description of the scenes.
I know they can be corny and to some sometimes racist, but I love the Bony books. I can't count the amount of times I've read them but they're a great fall back for something light and good! My mother apparently started reading them when she was in hospital having me ^.^ lol. I think it's sad they're not in print here in Australia - and yet apparently they are in other countries :/
Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is, in Australian lingo of the mid-20th century, a "half-caste." That is, he is half-Aborigine and half-white. Arthur Upfield might not have been the best mystery writer ever, but he did challenge white Australian stereotypes about the Aborigines.
Arthur Upfield writes some intense mysteries, and he is uncanny at keeping the perpetrator a secret until the very end. The Bone is Pointed deals with many Australian aboriginal mysteries and is my favorite of his many books.
William Doonan
I had never heard of Upfield until a friend told me about him. This is a very good book, dated, for sure, and loaded with the languages and prejudices of the time in which is was written. But it was a blast to read.
The Napoleon Bonaparte series of mysteries follows a brilliant half-caste detective in a skillfully evoked 1930's Australia. Fascinating view into another culture and time.
This book and the others ones in this series (I've read them all) give one a view of life in the outback of Australia, incised and pared down to essentials.
Mary Newcomb
Jeffrey Anderson has been missing for 5 months when Bony is called in to investigate. Despite great personal risk, he figures it all out in fine fashion.

Aboriginal shaman uses sympathetic magic in an attempt to harm Bony. This story goes into tribal beliefs and their interactions with whites in greater depth.
Hazel Roberts
I enjoy the Boney stories .They are set in 1930's to 1950's in Australia sometimes in the city but predominantly in more rempte areas of the country
I love the use of 'native' Aussie 'things', the names of the natives, the description of the landscape, the rabbits, the boning...
Peter Metcalfe
the first book of Upfield that i read and one of many by the original man of mystery in the Australian landscape
Bony tracks a death in the bush and is cursed by the Blacks. He figures it out anyway. Okay.
Interesting look at 1940's Australia in the form of a mystery.
One of Upfield's better efforts because it evokes the Bush so well.
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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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