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Death of a Lake On A Vast Sheep Station In The Outback, Raymond Gillen Goes Swimming In The Lake One Night And Is Never Seen Again After The Failure Of Local Police To Solve The Mystery, Bony Arrives Disguised As A Horse Breaker, And Uncovers A Story Of Sexual Tension And Murder The Lake Is Evaporating In The Intense Drought Only When It Dies Will The Mystery Be Solved Apart From Its Strengths As A Crime Novel, This Is Probably The Best Book Ever Written About Drought In Australia


10 thoughts on “Death of a Lake

  1. says:

    Enjoyable Australian crime fiction novel, written and set in outback Australia during the 1950s This is the 18th Inspector Napoleon Boneparte novel written by English born Australian author, Arthur Upfield 1890 1964.Inspector Napoleon Bony Boneparte is sent to a vast outback sheep station disguised as a horse breaker to investigate the mysterious and unsolved disappearance 18 months earlier of stationhand Ray Gillen Gillen had previously won the lottery in Queensland a lucrative motive f Enjoyable Australian crime fiction novel, written and set in outback Australia during the 1950s This is the 18th Inspector Napoleon Boneparte novel written by English born Australian author, Arthur Upfield 1890 1964.Inspector Napoleon Bony Boneparte is sent to a vast outback sheep station disguised as a horse breaker to investigate the mysterious and unsolved disappearance 18 months earlier of stationhand Ray Gillen Gillen had previously won the lottery in Queensland a lucrative motive for his sudden disappearance One stifling night he went for a swim to cool off in nearby Lake Otway and was never seen again Did he drown Was he murdered What secrets do the lake and or the residents of the outback station hold And thus the plot thickens.The Lake itself becomes a central feature of the novel Lake Otway is a fictitious non permanent lake possibly based on Lake Eyre It becomes a vast body of water every 20 or so years and then slowly dries up over the next 2 3 years as drought once again takes grip It s evaporation runs parallel to the storyline only when it dies back to bare earth in the intense outback heat will the mystery be solved Overall, in keeping with the times, a nice clean cut mystery with inferred sexual tension and not a swear word in sight Occasionally I found the language perhaps a little dated, although in equal parts, I enjoyed the Australianisms of the era Cobbers rolled smokes, skinned rabbits, ate kangaroo steaks for breakfast and talked of their dusty outback travels around campfires heating the obligatory billy The main character Bony spends most of this book impersonating a horse breaker He is part Aboriginal and is laconic, even enigmatic in the way he goes about his business in this novel Having not previously read any Arthur Upfield books, I only glimpsed the true authoritative police aspect of Inspector Boneparte towards the end of the book Nevertheless, I liked what I saw and can see how Upfield managed to base some 29 mystery novels around him over 30 years More of a mystery to me, is why it has taken me so long to read one of these books The descriptions were fantastic I could feel the intense outback heat and the choking dusty grip of drought I enjoyed Bony and the cast of outback characters, and found the plot strong enough to build intrigue and suspense throughout the book I am glad I have discovered this series, albeit belatedly, and I will be back for


  2. says:

    Cake in a Hat Box is the 19th in Arthur Upfield s Bony series The story starts with the discovery by a long distance truck driver of the body of Constable Stenhouse in his jeep on the road to Agar s Lagoon Stenhouse, a competent policeman but not a well liked man, has been shot, and his native tracker is missing At first, it looks like, the tracker, Jackie Musgrove, has shot his Constable and cleared out with his swag and rifle But the local blacks are making smoke signals and gathering purp Cake in a Hat Box is the 19th in Arthur Upfield s Bony series The story starts with the discovery by a long distance truck driver of the body of Constable Stenhouse in his jeep on the road to Agar s Lagoon Stenhouse, a competent policeman but not a well liked man, has been shot, and his native tracker is missing At first, it looks like, the tracker, Jackie Musgrove, has shot his Constable and cleared out with his swag and rifle But the local blacks are making smoke signals and gathering purposefully Bony happens to be in the town of Agar s Lagoon due to engine trouble in his flight home from Broome, and as the case getsinteresting, he relishes being asked to help with the investigation This Bony book is filled with a collection of outback characters, some stoic, some downright bizarre Despite Bony s occasional laconic attitude, Upfield gives us fast paced novel with an original plot, a few twists, especially the motive and the murderer Upfield s extensive knowledge of the outback and the aboriginal shines through all his Bony novels Is there really a cake in a hat box Does Bony actually get his murderer his time No spoilers here Another enjoyable Bony installment


  3. says:

    emprunt biblioth que Porchester, grosse exploitation agricole des profondeurs du bush australien, les employ s regardent avec anxi t l ass chement inexorable du lac Otway Un homme y a trouv la mort dans des circonstances myst rieuses et chacun attend la r apparition du corps Pour pouvoir enqu ter avec discr tion et efficacit , l inspecteur m tis Napol on Bonaparte, dit Bony, d cide de se rendre sur place en se faisant passer pour le nouveau dresseur de chevaux sauvages Avant de perc emprunt biblioth que Porchester, grosse exploitation agricole des profondeurs du bush australien, les employ s regardent avec anxi t l ass chement inexorable du lac Otway Un homme y a trouv la mort dans des circonstances myst rieuses et chacun attend la r apparition du corps Pour pouvoir enqu ter avec discr tion et efficacit , l inspecteur m tis Napol on Bonaparte, dit Bony, d cide de se rendre sur place en se faisant passer pour le nouveau dresseur de chevaux sauvages Avant de percer tous les secrets de ceux qui vivent sur l , il lui faudra d abord gagner le respect des hommes et d jouer avec tact les avances des femmes Un d fi d licatArthur Upfield, le p re du roman policier ethnologique, exploite ici un ph nom ne naturel spectaculaire comme seule l Australie sait en produire Son intrigue b n ficie d un cadre absolument unique La disparition du lac et la progression de l enqu te polici re se disputent le suspense, le tout dans une ambiance pesante de suspicion et de chantage Passsionnant


  4. says:

    Four and a half stars.Despite the improbability of it all, this is a cracking page turner Bony is a great character and the descriptions of the bush and, in this case, the drought are incredible.Thoroughly recommended.


  5. says:

    The audio book begins with the usual warning that the publisher does not ascribe to Upfield s now politically incorrect views However they do reflect popularly held opinions, particularly abour aborigines, in the 1950s.The story moves a bit slowly in this tale because Lake Otway, a lake that had filled three years before because of flooding in the north, is in the process of evaporating and dying There are wonderful descriptions of what happens as the lake gets shallower and shallower and smal The audio book begins with the usual warning that the publisher does not ascribe to Upfield s now politically incorrect views However they do reflect popularly held opinions, particularly abour aborigines, in the 1950s.The story moves a bit slowly in this tale because Lake Otway, a lake that had filled three years before because of flooding in the north, is in the process of evaporating and dying There are wonderful descriptions of what happens as the lake gets shallower and shallower and smaller and smaller At the same time the rabbit population blows out The daily temperature is well over 110F and the outstation near the lake burns to the ground one night.You can t help but be impressed by Upfield s detailed observations of life on Outback stations.Bony turns up undercover to investigate the Ray Gillen s disappearance and discovers that all the hands living at the outstation have, unusually, stayed on since Gillen s disappearance, not taking holidays and so on Something is keeping them all there.The tension builds very well, and the narration by Peter Hosking is in a class of its own


  6. says:

    Another Bony novel that nearly had me missing my train station Lake Otway is a transient, filling every 20 years or so during a big wet and then drying out While it was full a station hand went for a swim and never came back His body has never been found Bony sees the report and decides to investigate, under cover of some horse breaking.Why is atmosphere at the Lake Otway outstation so tense and suspicious, with everyone watching each other Why is everyone so keen to find the body, keen en Another Bony novel that nearly had me missing my train station Lake Otway is a transient, filling every 20 years or so during a big wet and then drying out While it was full a station hand went for a swim and never came back His body has never been found Bony sees the report and decides to investigate, under cover of some horse breaking.Why is atmosphere at the Lake Otway outstation so tense and suspicious, with everyone watching each other Why is everyone so keen to find the body, keen enough to regularly ride around the rapidly dwindling lake in scorching weather Then an outsider confides to Bony that the drowned man had won a lottery and carried over 12,000 pounds in his suitcase money which wasn t among the belongings listed in the disappearance report


  7. says:

    Death of a Lake is the 18th book in the Napoleon Bonaparte series In my opinion, it is one of Upfield s better efforts, as the author puts our intrepid detective back in the wilds of Australia, away from the towns and cities where Bony appeared in the previous couple of books Upfield s strength is the way he brings the Australian wilderness to the forefront and makes the reader experience the dust and heat of the Outback A magnificent job of descriptive prose The plot is also one of Upfiel Death of a Lake is the 18th book in the Napoleon Bonaparte series In my opinion, it is one of Upfield s better efforts, as the author puts our intrepid detective back in the wilds of Australia, away from the towns and cities where Bony appeared in the previous couple of books Upfield s strength is the way he brings the Australian wilderness to the forefront and makes the reader experience the dust and heat of the Outback A magnificent job of descriptive prose The plot is also one of Upfield s best, as their are wheels within wheels as our protagonist solves a cold case death Published in the early 1950 s, there are elements of racism and sexism, but as any literature, of a certain era, they must be overlooked as of the times to be thoroughly enjoyed A very good read


  8. says:

    This was recommended to me by a work colleague Unfortunately time has not been kind to the Bony series with the expected racism and sexism running rampant throughout the text The mystery was not particularly interesting and sometimes confusing and the characters were mostly broad brush ocker Aussie types There was some tension whilst the lake was evaporating away to reveal a possible murder victim, but the best bits were during a fierce heatwave which has a devastating effect on all the out This was recommended to me by a work colleague Unfortunately time has not been kind to the Bony series with the expected racism and sexism running rampant throughout the text The mystery was not particularly interesting and sometimes confusing and the characters were mostly broad brush ocker Aussie types There was some tension whilst the lake was evaporating away to reveal a possible murder victim, but the best bits were during a fierce heatwave which has a devastating effect on all the outback inhabitants human and animal Crime novels set in the Australian outback seem to be all the rage at the moment and you would be better served to pick up any of those than this antiquated tale


  9. says:

    Huis clos dans la chaleur crasante d un d sert australien au d but du XXe si cle Bony m ne l enqu te sous couverture dans une exploitation au bord d un lac qui est en train de s ass cher Tous les protagonistes sont des suspects potentiels avant le d nouement final Un policer l ancienne dans un univers peu commun.


  10. says:

    Out west in NSW during the hottest Summer on record, Bony takes on the role of a breaker A bloke on the run with a large amount of cash has disappeared Lake Otway is dying in the heat, rabbits are in plague proportions and heading for the water Yet another brilliant novel with some harrowing descriptions of death by selection in the Outback.