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Editorial Reviews

Two men have been beaten to death in the drought-stricken Australian outback, and it's up to Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte to find the murderer and the motive. But by the time he arrives it's been six months since the men died, and Bony (as his friends call him) must search doggedly among the sunbaked landscape to find clues. Despite his perfect track record, this might be his toughest case yet. Arthur Upfield's vivid writing gives the outback the presence of another character, while the talented Peter Hosking’s gruff yet gentle voice makes the story a pleasure to hear.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is called to the drought-stricken outback for this, his latest case.
At a desolate sheep station, two men have been savagely beaten to death, and it's Bony's job to make an arrest. This isn't an easy case, since clues are scarce in this sun-baked, sand-blown country, but Bony's understanding of the bush and the people who live there – both black and white – leads him inexorably to the killer.
©1971 Arthur Upfield (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Bony – a unique figure among top-flight detectives." (BBC)
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Customer Reviews

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By Tracey on 09-05-15

bony the best

Would you consider the audio edition of Bony and the Black Virgin to be better than the print version?

yes and no i like the print version of arthur upfied books but the audio is good peter hoskings is a great narrator and i like the way he reads a story

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

it again in the upfield style keeps you thinking the plot out

Which scene was your favorite?

the scene at the end but no spoiler told here

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no i just enjoyed a well read story as i enjoy this character a his exploits no better bush detective story writer of the era than arthur upfield his knowledge of australia and its bush folk

Any additional comments?

there are a few more books by this author i hope that are read by peter in the future

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By Protea on 12-05-12


If you like Inspector Napoleon books you will enjoy reading this book. It is well written and interesting.

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By Jean Cappell on 07-18-15

Bony to the rescue

I really enjoyed these books from Arthur Upfield.
They portray a way of life that seems alien to us,
Just hard work but strong friendship with like
Minded people.

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