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Murder Must Wait - A Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
Murder Must Wait - A Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
Author: Arthur W. Upfield
"It's Napoleon Bonaparte at his best. — "Deep in Australia on the edge of the bush country, the half-caste detective inspector tackles kidnaping (sic) and murder... — "The clues lead from the small town social life of the village of Mitford to the world of the aborigine where Bony takes his super-gifts of both races to combat the crime. — "For thos...  more »
ISBN: 202923
Publication Date: 11/1963
Pages: 176
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Publisher: Berkeley Medallion
Book Type: Paperback
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Mr. Upfield attempts to shine a favorable light on Australian aborigines, but the book has a bit of a jaded feel about it. Not surprising for a book first published in 1953 and dealing, as least tangentially, in race relations.

Babies are being kidnapped from out of their cribs, and local police have had to resort to a specialist. This detective, improbably named Napoleon Bonaparte, has almost superhuman powers of observation and tracking because of his half-aborigine heritage. He calls in a female officer- who has "all the gifts the job demanded", including being a master of jujitsu- because he wants an expert in babies.

An interesting slice of place and history, but I found its dated feel a bit unpleasant. The detective is apparently flawless and engenders the admiration of all around him, which is another thing I find tiresome in a story. I like my detectives with discernible flaws.
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