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Tunning denouement in the very last sentences Dialogues and descriptions very funny at times too Very well read by unmentio I picked this up years ago at a used book funny at times too Very well read by unmentio I picked this up years ago at a used book and ust had real trouble getting around to reading it However once I did I had trouble putting it down I took me about 5 days ust reading it on the commute I kept missing my stop tooI believe I Will Be Looking will be looking the others in this seriesNapoleon Bony Bonaparte is half caste half aboriginal and half white and an Inspector for the ueensland police He s on vacation when his young acuaintance John Muir asks for his help regarding a murder case in Western Australia Bony is an expert tracker He mostly works undercover So he goes undercover for the Rabbit Fence people They know who and what he is but no one else is supposed toThis book has also been published under the name Mr Jelly s Business That was part of the mystery what was his business It was a very uick read I want to read in this series Hope some of them are still in print But I ll be looking for Arthur W Upfield in used book stores possibly even the library A few terms were confusing to me not having ever been to Australia but not too many George Loftus wrecked his car a couple miles from home and vanishedMr Jelly gets a telegram and leaves town without telling his daughters he is going When he gets back he shuts himself up in his room speaking and seeing no one for daysDetective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is on leave when he is told about the disappearance He immediately asks to work the case Then he meets Sunflower Jelly and promises to solve the mystery of her fatherDid Loftus vanish voluntarily or was he murdered It was raining that night Tracks are wiped out Bony is sure he was murdered but who did it Why Where is the bodyWhy is Mr Jelly fascinated by the executions of murderersEven though the culprits and reason are guessable the story keeps the reader enthralled It is a cat and mouse game up until the very endThis book is set in an area of Australia a cat and mouse game up until the very endThis book is set in an area of Australia wheat is grown It is easy to read fun to read I am having a bit of an Arthur Upfield 1890 1964 binge at the moment I love this author s 1930s Australian settings his main character Bony the detective the gentle humour the clever plotting and his easy to read laconic writing style Upfield was almost a forgotten author until he was rediscovered and his books reprinted I believe he is up there with the best of English crimemystery writers of the 1930s such as Edmund Crispin Michael Innes and Francis Isles Anthony Berkley Mr Jelly s Business has all the usual ingredients plus the bonus of being set in my home state Western Australia in the tiny wheat belt town of Burracoppin Clues red herrings likeable and not so likeable characters and a keen sense of place all make for a suspenseful story Being written in 1937 it reflects the prevailing attitudes and language in regard to Aborigines and women but as long as you are aware of this the story is a slow paced mystery that is a oy to read. Es absorbed in the second mystery of Mr Jelly an amateur criminologist who himself often disappears on secret business that he finds the key to the strange goings on in this seemingly ordinary farming communi. .
Cosy ish mystery soon becamewell what it became Two parallel mysteries that Bony is convinced are related Mr #Loftus disappearance into thin air a few hundred yards from his home and Mr Jelly #disappearance into thin air a few hundred yards from his home and Mr Jelly periodic disappearances for days at a time from his home only to return and shut himself up for several days in his study He s obsessed with murder trials to the point himself up for several days in his study He s obsessed with murder trials to the point having studio photos of killers in frames on the study walls I was mildly amused by the 1930s idea that murder is hereditary and in Upfield s case that murderers all carry certain physical characteristics Mr Jelly is convinced that he can tell a murderer ust by looking at them or feeling their heads Phrenology they called that in the 19th century Supposedly you can read a person s character and personality by feeling their skull Up until at least the mid 1990s there was a phrenologist s consulting room in my city of 800000 people so there is apparently still a market for it Curiously enough according to Jelly petty crime like stealing etc is down to environment but murder is inborn nature versus nurture and no room left for free will or self controlChasing down the killer reminded me of The Petrified Forest This book came out at about the same time maybe Upfield had seen it The ending was well done and a good twist but it reminds me of my reaction to certain films It s very good which is why I don t like it Therefore three stars 2020 rereadSome aspects of this mystery I either figured out or likely subconsciously remembered Not my favorite book in the Napoleon Bonaparte series but the reader does get to know a little about Bony s personal life in this one This is a marvelously atmospheric tale of life in rural Australia is the 1930 s There are two separate but intertwined mysteries for Bony to solve in his inimitable styleFarmer 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 beenDespite his daft name Napoleon Bonaparte is a great character and greatly underrated in my opinion The way Upfield describes the minutiae of Bony s detecting process is brilliantHighly recommended 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 uite unusual With that we get a glimpse of the racism that was prevalent at the time but also that the settlers are 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 read recently I couldn t but make a comparison Bony as he is called is not humble than Hercule Poirot far from it ust not as willing to sit in the limelight I think Upfield is a better writer that is his prose is complex and interesting Ch Very clever interweaving of two mysteries who is responsible for the disappearance of farmer Loftus and what is mr Jelly s business with a Ntry of Western Australia Bony immediately suspects murder but can’t find the evidence to confirm itLoftus’ wife seems concerned about him but his handsome hired man is an enigmaIt is not until Bony becom. This is the first Upfield mystery I ve read and i found it surprisingly readable the and I found it surprisingly readable The takes place in 1931 and I always expect to have to climb over language hurdles before I get into the swing of old books This book was an easy read from the beginning and into the swing of old books This book was an easy read from the beginning and enjoyed the simple style of the writingIt 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 his moniker but I was pleased to find that he prefers to go by Bony I get the impression writing a series featuring a half caste well educated Australian detective was a daring thing for Upfield to do at the time This book is set in a small Western Australian wheat growing town and I liked the reactions of the exclusively white residents to Bony I got a bit fed up of hearing that Bony was so good at his BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 89 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 89: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) job because he d inherited characteristics from his aborginal mother to add to those inherited from his white father and how this blend made him superior to everyone I guess the author was making a point and was perhaps brave to do so but I got a bit tired of the repetitionThe main mystery in this book happens when Bony is on holiday and he decides to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a farmer This case absorbs him so much that he stays on after his leave is over and risks losing hisob over it From other opinions I ve heard I gather getting fired and reinstated is a staple of the Bony books but he seemed to take this a bit easily Mainly my problem was that the case of the missing farmer ust isn t that intriguing There are other things going on that are intriguing and Bony has an interesting and entertaining way of investigating but the basic premise of the book didn t work for meI liked the setting and the characters and I d like to read about Bony but I was disappointed by the plot and its resolution in this book Finally the alternative title Mr Jelly s Business is much better than the one it s published under This is a novel with a lousy US release title Murder Down Under and some incidental detecting Mostly it is a lovely evocation of a time the 30s and place rural Western Australia unfamiliar to us yanks The strengths are a fascinating detective think a mixed race Hercule Poirot a fluid writing style and a beautifully rendered setting The weakness some may perceive is that Upfield has a 30s white guy understanding of racial uestions and some dubious racial ideas crop up in the narration even though the author s heart is clearly in the right place The other weakness are the mysteries themselves which are vaguely disappointing even though the solution of the secondary mystery is postponed rather brilliantly to the last line of the bookThe story is told in a fairly leisurely fashion until the final confrontation between villain and detective which is very suspenseful Definitely worth a read and I am going to hunt down other books by this author who was unknown to me Well written and the first two thirds was enjoyable but then it became increasingly unpleasant at least for me What started as Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte agrees to help a colleague in the matter of the disappearance of farmer George Loftus Loftus’ car was found abandoned near the world’s longest fence in the wheat cou.

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Mr Jelly's Business