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.
A maked body of a man is discovered entomed in wall of the Split Point Lighthouse.
This is a great book from a fantastic series.
This book is on the Gorbus top 50 mysteries of all times list. Boney the detective in action without all the personal angst found in some of the Upfield offerings. Setting is in a remote part of Austrailia
From the back cover: "The naked body of a man is discovered entombed in the wall of the Split Point Lighthouse on Australia's southeast coast; the murder is two months old, and the identity of the victim is unknown. Of Split Point's suspicious inhabitants, only Ed Penwarden, the coffin-maker, befriends Bony upon his arrival. As he delves into the case, Bony is curious to know why a coffin is moved in the night, who was the girl seen struggling with Dick Lake on the cliff top-and why the Bully Bucaneers came to deal in death.
Arthur W. Upfield was born in Britain but lived in Australia all his adult life....[He] has created a character, the half-caste Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte,...who steps alive off the page."