Arthur W Upfield – The Novels

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This list details the Reference books I used for informational purposes, the reference books and novels concerning Upfield, and the Novels of Upfield.

General Information on Crime Fiction.

1. St. James Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers. Fourth Edition.

2. Australian Crime Fiction. John Loder. Published by DW Thorpe.

Reference Books Specifically Concerning Arthur W Upfield.

1.    Follow My Dust, A Biography Of Arthur W Upfield by Jessica Hawke. – Heinemann (London) – 1957

2.    The Spirit Of Australia by Ray Brown.

The Non Bony Novels of Arthur W Upfield.

This lists the title, the publisher and the year the novel was first published.

1.    The House Of Cain. (UK) Hutchinson (London) – 1928. (US) Dorrance (Philadelphia) – 1929

2.    The Beach Of Atonement. Hutchinson – 1930

3.    A Royal Abduction. Hutchinson – 1932

4.    Gripped By Drought. Hutchinson – 1932

5.    Breakaway House. Angus And Robertson (Sydney) 1987

6.    The Great Melbourne Cup Mystery. ETT Imprint (Watson’s Bay, Sydney) – 1996. Originally, this was run as a serial in the Melbourne Herald newspaper in 1932.

The first four titles were later published by Dennis Macmillan in the U.S. in the 1980’s and were passed off as First Editions, but there is some conjecture that the Publisher did not have approval to publish them, and they have been classified as Pirated.

Non Fiction Novel by Arthur W Upfield.

The Murchison Murders. Midget Masterpiece Publishing (Sydney) – 1934.

This was the author’s account of the actual murder committed by Snowy Rowles, and the investigation into the murder, and how these things closely related to his Bony novel, The Sands Of Windee.

The Bony Novels of Arthur W Upfield.

This section details each of the Upfield ‘Bony’ novels, the location and name of the Original publishers, and the date it was first published.

There have since been many other releases of the Upfield Bony books from a variety of publishers, in paperback versions, and a good list of these is available at the Tom Thompson Official Arthur W Upfield site at this link. The books were very popular also in Germany, and have been published also in translated versions by a variety of those German Publishers.

1. The Barrakee Mystery.        (UK) Hutchinson – 1929. Also published as The Lure Of the Bush. (US) Doubleday – 1965.

2. The Sands Of Windee.        Hutchinson – 1931. (Australia) Angus and Robertson – 1958.

3. Wings Above The Diamantina.    Angus and Robertson – 1936. Also published as Winged Mystery. (UK) John Hamilton – 1937. Also published as Wings Above The Claypan. Doubleday – 1943.

4. Mr Jelly’s Business.        Angus and Robertson – 1937. John Hamilton – 1937. Also published as Murder Down Under. Doubleday – 1943.

5. Winds Of Evil.            Angus and Robertson – 1937. John Hamilton – 1939. Doubleday – 1944.

6. The Bone Is Pointed.        Angus and Robertson – 1938. John Hamilton –  1939. Doubleday –  1947.

7. The Mystery Of Swordfish Reef.    Angus and Robertson – 1939. Doubleday – 1943. (UK) Heinemann – 1960.

8. Bushranger Of The Skies.        Angus and Robertson – 1940. (UK) British Book Centre – 1963. Also published as No Footprints In The Bush. Doubleday- 1944.

9. Death Of A Swagman.        Doubleday – 1945. (UK) Aldor – 1946. Angus And Robertson – 1947.

10. The Devils Steps.            Doubleday – 1946. Aldor – 1948. (Australia) Invincible Press (Sydney) – 1950-1953.

11. An Author Bites The Dust.    Angus and Robertson – 1948. Doubleday – 1948.

12. The Mountains Have A Secret.    Doubleday – 1948. Heinemann – 1952. This novel was also serialised in Detective Fiction magazine Volume 1 Number 1 onwards in Australia by Frank Johnson (Sydney).

13. The Widows Of Broome.        Doubleday – 1950. Heinemann – 1951.

14. The Bachelors Of Broken Hill.    Doubleday – 1950. Invincible Press – 1950. Heinemann – 1958.

15. The New Shoe.            Doubleday – 1951. Heinemann – 1952. Also published under the title The Clue Of The New Shoe.

16. Venom House.            Doubleday – 1952. Heinemann – 1953.

17. Murder Must Wait.        Doubleday – 953. Heinemann – 1953.

18. Death Of A Lake.            Heinemann – 1954. Doubleday – 1954.

19. Sinister Stones.            Doubleday – 1954. Also published under the title Cake In The Hat Box  by Heinemann – 1955.

20. The Battling Prophet.        Heinemann – 1956. This novel was also serialised prior to this first publishing in novel form by World’s News weekly in 1955.

21. The Man Of Two Tribes.        Doubleday – 1956. Heinemann. 1956. Also published under the title of Man Of Two Tribes by Heinemann – 1956.

22. The Bushman Who Came Back.        Doubleday – 1957. Also published under the title Bony Buys A Woman. Heinemann – 1957.

23. Bony And The Black Virgin.    Heinemann – 1959. Also published under the title The Torn Branch.

24. Journey To The Hangman.        Doubleday – 1959. Also published under the title Bony And The Mouse. Heinemann – 1959.

25. Valley Of Smugglers.    Doubleday – 1960. Also published under the title Bony And The Kelly Gang, Heinemann – 1960.

26. The White Savage.    Doubleday – 1961. Also published under the title Bony And The White Savage. Heinemann – 1961.

27. The Will Of The Tribe.        Doubleday – 1962. Heinemann – 1962.

28. Madman’s Bend.            Heinemann – 1963. Also published under the title The Body At Madman’s Bend. Doubleday – 1963.

29. The Lake Frome Monster.    Heinemann – 1966. This last book was completed by Mrs. Dorothy Strange and J.L. Price from Upfield’s notes and published 2 years after his death.

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