Think Australian Agatha Christie for these period (1950's)saturated Australian detective stories about half aborigine detective, Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony). Compare to Hercule Poirot, with Bony winning, in my opinion, with his more lovable personality.
Add the elements of race discrimination of the 1950's, the combination of aborigine instinct and tracking skills with the white man's thinking skills, an author who is comparable to Christie for unexpected plot twists, the ability of the author to evoke time and place, and you have books I enjoy reading more than once.
The Upfield Napoleon Bonaparte series give a great feel for the setting of early to mid 20th century Australia but are generally a little weak in plot. Good light read.
This book of fiction about Australian life is probably unlike any such book you have read. Intriguing, easy to read, unforgetable; an intoduction to the mysteries of the Aboriginal life as it crosses paths with the lives of those who immigrated to Australia from other lands. Highly recommended if you enjoy books that challenge your thinking of the way life is and the circumstances that can occur in it.
Arthur Upfield's Australian Napoleon Bonaparte mystery series, written in the 30s and 40s has won him millions of fans all over the world. The half-caste detective, Napoleon Bonaparte, "Bony," stands out as a timeless hero locked in a struggle to reconcile his white university education with the acute power of his aboriginal senses.
In "The Bone is Pointed", the Australian bush has claimed another man, Jeffrey Anderson. Five months later Bony begins a thorough invesigation. When he spots a gray feather dipped in blood he realizes that a ghostly presence from the local Kalchut tribe is silently tracking his every move--a presence that alerts every part of him that is linked to the bush.
This is one of the very best of the "Bony" series. It is very suspenseful and steeped in Australian atmosphere. It has been a favorite of mine for years.
Aboriginal detective Napoleon Bonaparte tackles cold cas.