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Death of a Swagman

Death of a Swagman In an isolated hut not far from the sleepy country town of Merino stockman George Kendall is found dead and it looks very much like murder Six weeks later when the murderer is still at large anothe

In an isolated hut not far from the sleepy country town of Merino, stockman George Kendall is found dead and it looks very much like murder Six weeks later, when the murderer is still at large, another stockman turns up in the township and, as a first move, provokes the local sergeant to lock him up This particular stockman is Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, andIn an isolated hut not far from the sleepy country town of Merino, stockman George Kendall is found dead and it looks very much like murder Six weeks later, when the murderer is still at large, another stockman turns up in the township and, as a first move, provokes the local sergeant to lock him up This particular stockman is Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, and there s method in his seeming madness While serving a semi detention sentence and being made to paint the police station, he wears the best of all possible disguises for a policeman on the trail of a ruthless and single minded killer.

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  1. Arthur W. Upfield Peter Hosking says:
    Aka Arthur UpfieldArthur 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 war service, he travelled extensively throughout Australia, obtaining a knowledge of Australian Aboriginal culture that would later be used extensively in his written works In addition to his detective fiction, Upfield was also a member of the Australian Geological Society and was involved in numerous scientific expeditions Upfield s works remained popular after his death, and in the 1970s were the basis for an Australian television series entitled Boney.

Comment 912 on “Death of a Swagman

  1. John says:
    Bony in disguise there s nothing unusual in that Bony at his methodical best, working his way into the life of Merino Is there a serial killer at work in the district Another great story commanding your devoted attention You ll have to keep reading non stop No time to eat or do anything else just keep turning those pages

  2. Sue Law says:
    A top Bony novel A stockman is found dead in his hut near Lake Mungo and the detective sent from the city can make no headway, but Bony spots a message a traditional copper can t understand and knows the murder is not the way it seems Briskly paced and based in an area I ve visited.

  3. Marianne says:
    Death of a Swagman is the 9th of Arthur Upfield s Inspector Bonaparte Mysteries A swagman is found dead in a pool of blood in a hut near the Riverina town of Merino Bony only sees a photo of the hut but is convinced the man did not die there, and is intrigued enough to take the case He arrives in town incognito, gets himself arrested and, as well as painting the Police Station fence a sickly yellow, he investigates as only Bony can During the course of the investigation, he befriends the Police [...]

  4. Sally says:
    I love all the Upfield Bony mysteries Although I read most of these in paperback about 18 years ago, I don t recall reading this one It is the 9th in the published series While all of the elements I enjoy about this series are there, this one had two things about it that I didn t like as much One is that the murderer turned out not to be who I hoped and expected it would be, and the other is that the reason why the person committed the murders is a little quirky Still, I enjoyed the audiobook na [...]

  5. Sandy Shin says:
    I have always been a mystery reader, but this book introduced me to another facet of good writing, letting readers have a view of different cultures The criminal investigation is a side plot, the main attraction is the country and people.This book also was one of a series on the same character, inspiring me to read the ones earlier in the series and discovering and reading the subsequent books as they came available All are good reads.Bony is a half breed in race conscious Australia and his inte [...]

  6. Mary Newcomb says:
    Bony arrives in Merino, NSW, Australia sheep country, in case you needed a hint and is jailed almost immediately While most detectives would find it difficult to investigate a cold case form behind bars, Bony is no ordinary Detective Inspector and a jail in the bush is a little bit different as well This series is most intriguing for its look into a different place and era Also, the investigating is first rate.

  7. Joy says:
    Bony, arriving in an outback town under cover, is immediately arrested as a vagrant Working out his sentence, he acquaints himself with the personalities and footprints of the inhabitants One of them is killing and dumping bodies at an old laborers hut Bony s patient investigation suddenly takes on urgency, and one of the colorful, highly individual inhabitants has killed his last victim.

  8. Sharron says:
    These stories are dated and at times even a bit corny but I m a fan anyway Bony is an entertaining, one of a kind detective That said, like all of Upfield s books, this title is really all about the Australian bush and not about detection.

  9. Ann Tonks says:
    I just couldn t finish it I was genuinely curious to discover the indigenous detective Inspetor Bonaparte but the character was impossible to relate to and the white tone from 1945 was irritating So I ll never know who killed the swagman.

  10. Lucy says:
    Mr James relaxed Bony lit another cigarette What he had remembered was the rebuke he had received when he had thought to smoke on the parsonage veranda With seeming inadvertence, the smoke of this cigarette travelled to and about Mr James s head 170 1.

  11. Kaylynn says:
    I liked the setting and the detective, but the mystery was only so so.

  12. Melanie McKissock says:
    An unusual tale, set in an intriguing time and place The detective is a likeable character, but the motive for the crimes in just odd.

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