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Arthur W. Upfield (1998) Murder Down Under.

This is one of Upfield's best murder mysteries. His protégée, Napoleon (Bony) Bonaparte investigates a murder while on vacation in the wheat town of Burracoppin of Western Australia. In the fascinating scenery of the Australian Outback quirky characters will drag you into a complex puzzle.

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Arthur W. Upfield (1998) The Bachelors of Broken Hill.

Set in a remote mining town, Upfield's murder mystery brings to life a long-ago forgotten world.

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Arthur W. Upfield (1998) The Bone is Pointed.

This novel is from a different time (the mid-1950s) and an entirely different place (a remote town in Australia's ranch country). Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte investigates in a world defined by social and cultural tensions between white ranchers and aborigines.

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Arthur W. Upfield (1998) The Mystery of the Swordfish Reef.

Inspector Napoleon (Bony) Bonaparte goes undercover in an Australian fishing village to investigate a murder that occurred at sea. This is a murder mystery for those who are fond of deep sea fishing.

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Arthur W. Upfield (1983) The New Shoe.

Another novel featuring Australian Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (nomen est omen) of the Queensland Police.

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Arthur W. Upfield (1964) The Will of the Tribe.

An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) mystery that gives a glimpse into the lost world of aboriginal culture.

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Peter Temple (2007) The Broken Shore: A Novel.

Joe Cashin, a city homicide cop, investigates the killing of an elderly millionaire in a quiet coastal region of South Australia. The search takes him to the underworld of child pornography and sexual abuse. Temple's vivid characters amidst a magical landscape are stunning. A sophisticated thriller!

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Kerry Greenwood (2007) Cocaine Blues.

Pyryne Fisher, a 1920s female sleuth investigates a poisoning incident and the Melbourne drug trade.

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Kerry Greenwood (2006) Murder on the Ballarat Train.

In the third book of the Phryne Fisher mystery series, the heroine investigates the murder of an elderly woman in a train and rescues a young girl who has lost her memory. Funny.

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Peter Lalor (2005) Blood Stain.

Kathy Knight, grandmother and slaughter house worker in Aberdeen, Australia sliced her partner John Price into pieces and cooked him for a meal. Peter Lalor covered the Knight case for the Daily Telegraph, a top newspaper in Australia. His book is one of the most gruesome true crime stories and not for the faint of heart.

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