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Two men are killed by cyanide poisoning before Bony comes to Broken Hill to take up the case, and a third dies soon after he arrives. All die in crowded public places, and all are elderly and single. Witnesses recall a woman being near each man before he died, but their descriptions seem to be of entirely different women. Clues are old and witnesses have been mishandled by an inept investigator before Bony arrives in the prosperous mining town, but with the help of the local constabulary, a professional burglar vacationing in Broken Hill, and an amateur quick-sketch artist, Inspector Bonaparte mounts an investigation to identify the murderer before she finds another victim.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684850580
ISBN-10: 0684850583
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Scribner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 14-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Review: Bachelors of Broken Hill by Arthur Upfield - Reviewed by (21 Sep 2013)

The Bachelors of Broken Hill is the fourteenth book in the popular Bony series by Arthur Upfield. After two cyanide poisonings in the outback town of Broken Hill have left the local police and a Detective Inspector from Sydney baffled, Bony consents to take the case. Both victims are elderly bachelors with a tendency to spill food on their clothes, although Bony is the first to concede this is not a killing offence. In both cases, a tall, older lady was at the scene, but descriptions of the possible poisoner are, at best, vague. While Bony is investigating, a third poisoning takes place, followed by the stabbing of a female police constable. In this instalment, Bony employs the use of a sketch artist, a journalist and a burglar hoping to escape notice away from the city. There is a blue bag with a red drawstring, a baby’s dummy, a glass knife, a black tracker, a stooping customer and a fugitive magician. While Bony may , at times sound slightly arrogant regards his skills, he always gives credit where it is due and is happy to praise the hard-working local constabulary. Another masterpiece of detection.