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Murder Down Under by Arthur W. Upfield
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May 05, 11

Read from May 01 to 04, 2011

In spite of awarding only three stars, I enjoyed this book. The setting is Australia of the early 1930s. The detective, Napoleon Bonaparte, is a "half-caste". That he is well-educated and well-spoken is apparently quite unusual. With that, we get a glimpse of the racism that was prevalent at the time, but also that the settlers are more tolerant than we might expect.

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, as he is called, is not more humble than Hercule Poirot - far from it - just not as willing to sit in the limelight. I think Upfield is a better writer; that is, his prose is more complex and interesting. Christie provides a better mystery, no doubt about it in my mind. That they each have at least one advantage over the other means I'll probably keep reading both.

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message 1: by Maria (new)

Maria Well, while Christie was no writer she WAS addictive.

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