Sunday, July 9, 2017
THE BACHELORS OF BROKEN HILL - Arthur Upfield.
Among the inhabitants of a properous mining town in New South Wales stalks a killer. two elderly bachelors have already died from cyanide poisoning.
When Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aboriginal detective, arrives on the scene two months later he is faced with a cold trail- no motive, no clues- only vague descriptions of a woman who was on the scene at the time.
So Bony sits down to wait for what he feels must be the inevitable- a third killing...
This has excellent dialogue , very clever banter between the characters but if you hope to solve the mystery good luck as the solution comes completely out of the blue with no hint in the lead up.
This doesn't make it a dud book, just frustrating for the mystery reader who likes chance to have a guess at the solution.
Unlike the earlier books in the series (published 1958) there is not the accent on Bony's mixed race which is not mentioned.
Worth the read but like a lot of Christie the cheat by the author is massive.