Mystery Books

  • Claws and Effect: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

    CLAWS AND EFFECTWinter puts tiny Crozet, Virginia, in a deep freeze and everyone seems to be suffering from the winter bla

  • The Dead Zone (Signet)

    Beware, The Wheel of Fortune…Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one ho

  • The False Inspector Dew

    The year is 1921. A passionate affair between voracious romance reader Alma Webster and her dentist, Walter Baranov, has led to hi

  • Killing Time: A Novel

    Returning to the entrancing supernatural territory of her popular novels Dream Man and Son of the Morning, New York Times bestsell

  • The Stabbing In The Stables (Fethering Mysteries)

    Fethering's favorite sleuths are at it again as Jude and Carole Seddon find themselves in the midst of some horseplay, after stumb

  • Silent Joe

    Scarred for life by a brutal father, Joe Trona found a safe haven and a loving childhood in the home of the couple who adopted him

  • Code to Zero

    In this classic Cold War thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett puts his own electrifying twist on t

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Mystery Movies

  • Mystic River

    Three friends who grew up in working-class Boston drift apart after a terrible tragedy. Years later, brutal events reconnect them.

  • Flightplan (Widescreen Edition)

    Academy Award(R) winner Jodie Foster (Best Actress, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, 1991) gives an outstanding performance in the heart-

  • The Killing Room

    In this highly charged, psychological thrill ride, four strangers are recruited as volunteers in a scientific research study. But

  • Memento

    Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we've just seen, the two men's pas

  • Orphan

    Orphan (DVD)Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga star as a couple who adopt a 9-year-old girl after losing their ow

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Mystery Authors

Arthur W. Upfield biography




Arthur W. Upfield

(1890 - 1964)

Arthur W. Upfield was born in England, but moved to Australia and adopted it as his homeland. He travelled throughout the country and tried his hand at many trades, including boundary rider and station hand. His travels lent him a weath of first hand experiences that make his books fascinating and believable. He captures the majesty of Australia, especially the outback country, and its people, both black and white.

Upfield's books have been troublesomely difficult to find as a result of their frequently erratic availability. As far as I know, none of the "non-Bony" books was ever printed beyond their original printings, and even many volumes in the Bony mysteries are frequently out of print for long periods of time. Angus and Robertson of Sydney published most of the Bony novels in paperback throughout the 1970's, 1980's and into the early 1990's then stopped printing them. In America a good number of the novels were printed by Collier/Scribner's during the same period, then suddenly stopped as well in the mid-1990's. It appears that Scribner's is slowly re-releasing a few Bony titles in new, larger, and somewhat overpriced editions. If you are interested in getting your hands on these books, your best bet is to check at second-hand bookshops; Upfield's books aren't as plentiful as they used to be (I remember when Powell's Books in Portland had an entire shelf of Upfield's books, but now I could hold their stock in one hand), but they're still out there and if you're patient you should be able to find them. I've also found that public libraries frequently have complete sets of the Doubleday Crime Club editions. Libraries and especially nursing homes and convalescent hospitals usually have some of the Ulverscroft large print editions of the Bony novels -- I borrowed several from my great-grandmother's nursing home before I was able to find copies to buy.

Information source: wikipedia