[BOOKS] ✬ Mr. Jelly's Business By Arthur W. Upfield – Motyourdrive.co.uk

Mr. Jelly's Business summary Mr. Jelly's Business, series Mr. Jelly's Business, book Mr. Jelly's Business, pdf Mr. Jelly's Business, Mr. Jelly's Business 5f54015b70 Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Agrees To Help A Colleague In The Matter Of The Disappearance Of Farmer George Loftus Loftus Car Was Found Abandoned Near The World S Longest Fence, In The Wheat Country Of Western Australia Bony Immediately Suspects Murder But Can T Find The Evidence To Confirm ItLoftus Wife Seems Concerned About Him, But His Handsome Hired Man Is An EnigmaIt Is Not Until Bony Becomes Absorbed In The Second Mystery Of Mr Jelly, An Amateur Criminologist Who Himself Often Disappears On Secret Business, That He Finds The Key To The Strange Goings On In This Seemingly Ordinary Farming Community

10 thoughts on “Mr. Jelly's Business

  1. says:

    Very clever interweaving of two mysteries who is responsible for the disappearance of farmer Loftus, and what is mr Jelly s business with a stunning denouement in the very last sentences Dialogues and descriptions very funny at times, too Very well read by unmentioned reader on Youtube guess this is what upper class Australian English sounds like there are two of the series I will definitely read listen to of Arthur Upfield.

  2. says:

    This is the first Upfield mystery I ve read and I found it surprisingly readable The story takes place in 1931 and I always expect to have to climb over language hurdles before I get into the swing of old books This book was an easy read from the beginning and I enjoyed the simple style of the writing.

    It wasn t explained how Inspector Napolean Bonaparte came by his moniker but I was pleased to find that he prefers to go by Bony I get the impression that writing a series featuring a half caste well educated Australian detective was a daring thing for Upfield to do at the time This book is set in a small Western Australian wheat growing town and I liked the reactions of the exclusively white residents to Bony I got a bit fed up of hearing that Bony was so good at his job because he d inherited characteristics from his aborginal mother to add to those inherited from his white father and how this blend made him superior to everyone I guess the author was making a point and was perhaps brave to do so but I got a bit tired of the repetition.

    The main mystery in this book happens when Bony is on holiday and he decides to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a farmer This case absorbs him so much that he stays on after his leave is over and risks losing his job over it From other opinions I ve heard I gather getting fired and reinstated is a staple of the Bony books but he seemed to take this a bit easily Mainly my problem was that the case of the missing farmer just isn t that intriguing There are other things going on that are intriguing and Bony has an interesting and entertaining way of investigating but the basic premise of the book didn t work for me.

    I liked the setting and the characters and I d like to read about Bony but I was disappointed by the plot and its resolution in this book Finally, the alternative title Mr Jelly s Business is much better than the one it s published under

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    I picked this up years ago at a used book sale and just had real trouble getting around to reading it However, once I did, I had trouble putting it down I took me about 5 days, just reading it on the commute I kept missing my stop, too.I believe I will be looking for the others in this series.Napoleon Bony Bonaparte is half caste half aboriginal and half white and an Inspector for the Queensland police He s on vacation when his young acquaintance, John Muir, asks for his help regarding a murder case in Western Australia Bony is an expert tracker He mostly works undercover So he goes undercover for the Rabbit Fence people They know who and what he is but no one else is supposed to.This book has also been published under the name Mr Jelly s Business That was part of the mystery what was his business It was a very quick read I want to read in this series Hope some of them are still in print But I ll be looking for Arthur W Upfield in used book stores, possibly even the library A few terms were confusing to me, not having ever been to Australia, but not too many.

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    This is a marvelously atmospheric tale of life in rural Australia is the 1930 s There are two separate but intertwined mysteries for Bony to solve in his inimitable style.Farmer George Loftus has gone missing Is he dead or has he done a bunk Another farmer, Mr Jelly, periodically disappears also but always comes back a few days later refusing to tell anyone where he has been.Despite his daft name Napoleon Bonaparte, is a great character and greatly underrated in my opinion The way Upfield describes the minutiae of Bony s detecting process is brilliant.Highly recommended.

  5. says:

    This is a novel with a lousy US release title Murder Down Under and some incidental detecting Mostly, it is a lovely evocation of a time the 30s and place rural Western Australia unfamiliar to us yanks The strengths are a fascinating detective think a mixed race Hercule Poirot , a fluid writing style, and a beautifully rendered setting The weakness some may perceive is that Upfield has a 30s white guy understanding of racial questions, and some dubious racial ideas crop up in the narration, even though the author s heart is clearly in the right place The other weakness are the mysteries themselves, which are vaguely disappointing, even though the solution of the secondary mystery is postponed, rather brilliantly, to the last line of the book.The story is told in a fairly leisurely fashion until the final confrontation between villain and detective, which is very suspenseful Definitely worth a read, and I am going to hunt down other books by this author, who was unknown to me.

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    George Loftus wrecked his car a couple miles from home and vanished.Mr Jelly gets a telegram and leaves town without telling his daughters he is going When he gets back, he shuts himself up in his room speaking and seeing no one for days.Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is on leave when he is told about the disappearance He immediately asks to work the case Then he meets Sunflower Jelly and promises to solve the mystery of her father.Did Loftus vanish voluntarily or was he murdered It was raining that night Tracks are wiped out Bony is sure he was murdered, but who did it Why Where is the body Why is Mr Jelly fascinated by the executions of murderers Even though the culprits and reason are guessable, the story keeps the reader enthralled It is a cat and mouse game up until the very end.This book is set in an area of Australia where wheat is grown It is easy to read, fun to read.

  7. says:

    In spite of awarding only three stars, I enjoyed this book The setting is Australia of the early 1930s The detective, Napoleon Bonaparte, is a half caste That he is well educated and well spoken is apparently quite unusual With that, we get a glimpse of the racism that was prevalent at the time, but also that the settlers are tolerant than we might expect This was written about the time of some of the Agatha Christie s I ve read recently I couldn t help but make a comparison Bony, as he is called, is not humble than Hercule Poirot far from it just not as willing to sit in the limelight I think Upfield is a better writer that is, his prose is complex and interesting Christie provides a better mystery, no doubt about it in my mind That they each have at least one advantage over the other means I ll probably keep reading both.

  8. says:

    Well written, and the first two thirds was enjoyable, but then it became increasingly unpleasant, at least for me What started as a cosy ish mystery soon becamewell, what it became Two parallel mysteries that Bony is convinced are related Mr Loftus disappearance into thin air a few hundred yards from his home, and Mr Jelly s periodic disappearances for days at a time from his home, only to return and shut himself up for several days in his study He s obsessed with murder trials, to the point of having studio photos of killers in frames on the study walls I was mildly amused by the 1930s idea that murder is hereditary and, in Upfield s case, that murderers all carry certain physical characteristics Mr Jelly is convinced that he can tell a murderer just by looking at them or feeling their heads Phrenology, they called that in the 19th century Supposedly you can read a person s character and personality by feeling their skull Up until at least the mid 1990s, there was a phrenologist s consulting room in my city of 800,000 people, so there is apparently still a market for it. Curiously enough, according to Jelly petty crime like stealing etc is down to environment, but murder is inborn nature versus nurture, and no room left for free will or self control Chasing down the killer reminded me of The Petrified Forest This book came out at about the same time maybe Upfield had seen it The ending was well done, and a good twist, but it reminds me of my reaction to certain films It s very good, which is why I don t like it Therefore three stars.

  9. says:

    I am having a bit of an Arthur Upfield 1890 1964 binge at the moment I love this author s 1930s Australian settings, his main character Bony the detective, the gentle humour, the clever plotting and his easy to read, laconic writing style Upfield was almost a forgotten author until he was rediscovered and his books reprinted I believe he is up there with the best of English crime mystery writers of the 1930s such as Edmund Crispin, Michael Innes and Francis Isles Anthony Berkley Mr Jelly s Business has all the usual ingredients plus the bonus of being set in my home state Western Australia in the tiny wheat belt town of Burracoppin Clues, red herrings, likeable and not so likeable characters and a keen sense of place all make for a suspenseful story Being written in 1937 it reflects the prevailing attitudes and language in regard to Aborigines and women, but as long as you are aware of this, the story is a slow paced mystery that is a joy to read.

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    Burracoppin s a town near the rabbit proof fence in Western Australia, a town that holds secrets Bony does a swap with his pal John Muir for the chance of a mystery to suit his talents while on holiday Mr Jelly disappears and reappears mysteriously during the hours of darkness What s he up to Resourceful Bony seems to have met his match, will he be able to solve this, perhaps his greatest case

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