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‘The Bone is Pointed‘ by Arthur W. Upfield is a murder mystery set in outback Australia. The Detective Inspector is Napoleon Bonaparte, who is a University educated, half-casteaboriginal. Bony is his nickname, and he is extremely intelligent, suave, and charming.
I must say that I am ashamed to admit that I have never read any books by Upfield before. One of my lovely bloggers, John Jonelis, recommended Upfield’s books. Upfield was born in England but lived in Australia all his adult life. He was sent to Australia by his father after failing his professional exams.
I enjoyed this book because the parts of the outback that are described, are parts that I have visited many times. I love the outback, it’s such a beautiful place. It was quite nostalgic for me to read. This books was published in 1947, and the language is more formal than today, and the attitudes have changed quite a bit.
Jeffrey Anderson, is a drunken sadist who disappears while out working on Karwir Station. His horse returns without a rider, and his body is never found. Five months later Bony is assigned to the case. He takes up the cold case with a determination that brooks no opposition. He uses his native skills inherited from his mother, as well as his more formal education to solve the case.