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Arthur Upfield

Arthur W. Upfield (1888-1964): Sent by a disappointed father from Englad to Australia in 1911, Arthur W. Upfield wandered the country as a cook, sheep station boundary rider, miner, and other itinerant jobs. he served in the Australian Imperial Force in World War I, fighting in Gallipoli, Egypt, and France. He married Ann Douglas, returned to England, worked as a private secretary, considered the move "a disaster", returned to Australia, failed to reconcile with wife and son, and again wandered the country soaking up incidents for his writing. He tried and failed at writing thrillers. He wrote a novel The House of Cain [1929] about a mad millionaire's safe house for murderers. Then the big break: he spent time with an old friend, the half-caste Tracker Leon and decided to write about a half-Aborigine detective, and the "Inspector Bonaparte" series was born. Late in life he became notable in the Australian Geological Society, and launched scientific expeditions. Arthur W. Upfield @ MGrost * The "Inspector Bonaparte" Police Procedural Mysteries starring Australian police Inspector "Bony" Bonaparte: * The Barrakee Mystery [1928] also titled The Lure of the Bush * The Sands of Windee [1931] * A Royal Abduction [1932] * Gripped by Drought [1932] * Wings above the Diamantina [1937] * Mr. Jelly's Business [1937] also titled Murder Down Under * Winds of Evil [1937] * The Bone is Pointed [1938] * The Mystery of Swordfish Reef [1939] * Bushranger of the Skies [1940] also titled No Footprints in the Bush * Death of a Swagman [1946] * The Devil's Steps [1948] * An Author Bites the Dust [1948] * The Widows of Broome [1951] * The Mountains Have a Secret [1952] * The New Shoe [1952] * Venom House [1953] * Murder Must Wait [1953] * Death of a Lake [1954] * Cake in the Hatbox [1955] also titled Sinister Stones * The Battling Prophet [1956] * The Man of Two Tribes [1956] * Bony Buys a Woman [1957] also titled The Bushman Who Came Back * The Bachelors of Broken Hill [1958] * Bony and the Black Virgin [1959] * Bony and the Mouse [1959] also titled Journey to the Hangman * Bony and the Kelly Gang [1960] * Bony and the White Savage [1961] * The Will of the Tribe [1962] * Madman's Bend [1963] * The Lake Frome Monster [1966] * singleton novels: * The Beach of Atonement [1930] * Breakaway House [discovered late 1980s, not yet published] * Biography of Arthur W. Upfield, by long-time companion Jessica Hawke: * Follow My Dust! In the Periodic Table of the Elements, "Au" stands for Gold [Latin: Aurum]. In the Periodic Table of the Mystery Authors, "Au" stands for Arthur Upfield! Honorable Mentions: Return to Mystery/Detective Table of Contents Return to PERIODIC TABLE OF MYSTERY AUTHORS [Grateful acknowledgment to Professor Erich Friedman for his permission for me to use the table structure and color GIFs of the Periodic Table, above, whose Mystery Author roll-over status names and correlation of Element Abbreviations with Mystery Author names are not the fault of Professor Erich Friedman but purely the work of Professor Jonathan Vos Post]