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The Red House Mystery [Reading] ➽ The Red House Mystery Author A.A. Milne – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Far from the gentle slopes of the Hundred Acre Wood lies The Red House, the setting for AA Milne s only detective story, where secret passages, uninvited guests, a sinister valet and a puzzling murder Far from the gentle slopes of the Hundred Acre Wood lies The Red House, the setting for AA Milne s only detective story, where secret passages, uninvited guests, a sinister valet and a puzzling murder lay the foundations for a classic crime caper And when the local police prove baffled, it is up to a guest at a local inn to appoint himself Sherlock Holmes and, together with his friend The Red MOBI :º and loyal Watson , delve deeper into the mysteries of the dead man The Red House Mystery is a lost gem from a time before Tigger and a perfectly crafted whodunit with witty dialogue, deft plotting and a most curious cast of characters.


10 thoughts on “The Red House Mystery

  1. Beverly Beverly says:

    An excellent, locked room mystery, by the grand pooh bah, A.A Milne, The Red House Mystery is great fun I already was in on the secret thanks to spoilers in Eight Perfect Murders which I just finished, but I was intrigued by the description and I m really glad I read it The main sleuth and his sidekick style themselves, playfully, as a modern Holmes and Watson, modern, as in the 1920s, when this was written Our hero of the piece, Anthony Gillingham, decides to visit a friend of his, Bill Bev An excellent, locked room mystery, by the grand pooh bah, A.A Milne, The Red House Mystery is great fun I already was in on the secret thanks to spoilers in Eight Perfect Murders which I just finished, but I was intrigued by the description and I m really glad I read it The main sleuth and his sidekick style themselves, playfully, as a modern Holmes and Watson, modern, as in the 1920s, when this was written Our hero of the piece, Anthony Gillingham, decides to visit a friend of his, Bill Beverley who is staying at a local house Gillingham arrives at the Red House just as it s owner s brother has been murdered Gillingham is asked to stay and give his account to the police and for the inquest, as is Bill The other guests are shuttled away, back to London Tony having no knowledge of the victim or the people looks at the mystery of who killed the bother of Mark Ablett and of where Mark is as a puzzle that may be fun to solve and enlists Bill to help The intrepid two go great guns at the mystery Tony is very smart and comes up with some scenarios right away Bill, doing his best impression of Watson, tries humbly to keep up Sometimes Tony is wrongheaded and unlike Holmes, deprecates himself for it I liked his modesty, especially


  2. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    How I love this mystery It s terribly, terribly English and Edwardian, a la Agatha Christie s best, and bursting with delicious humor Goes to show that A.A Milne wasn t a one trick pony Like E.B White, he could write great stories for adults as well as children.I don t think the edition pictured includes this wonderful dedication page that appears in mine To John Vine Milne My Dear Father,Like all really nice people, you have a weakness for detective stories, and feel that there are not eno How I love this mystery It s terribly, terribly English and Edwardian, a la Agatha Christie s best, and bursting with delicious humor Goes to show that A.A Milne wasn t a one trick pony Like E.B White, he could write great stories for adults as well as children.I don t think the edition pictured includes this wonderful dedication page that appears in mine To John Vine Milne My Dear Father,Like all really nice people, you have a weakness for detective stories, and feel that there are not enough of them So after all that you have done for me, the least that I can do for you is to write you one Here it is withgratitude and affection than I can well put down here.A.A.M If you re a really nice person who has a weakness for detective stories, give The Red House Mystery a whirl I hope you enjoy it as much as I do


  3. Mara Mara says:

    I d call thisof a locked room mystery than an isolated closed circle, but it definitely has some of the same charms as that kind of story and it certainly is a country house mystery The thing that worked best for me was the writing itself the mystery was only OK, but I think that s probably because it was an early version of this kind of twist Short sweet, I d recommend it to anyone interested in classic mystery or the origins of the genre Sadly, Pooh was not the culprit I d call thisof a locked room mystery than an isolated closed circle, but it definitely has some of the same charms as that kind of story and it certainly is a country house mystery The thing that worked best for me was the writing itself the mystery was only OK, but I think that s probably because it was an early version of this kind of twist Short sweet, I d recommend it to anyone interested in classic mystery or the origins of the genre Sadly, Pooh was not the culprit


  4. Fiona Fiona says:

    Read in preparation for reading Eight Perfect Murders, otherwise published as Rules for Perfect Murders Antony Gillingham arrives at a country house, The Red House, just as a murder is committed He is a man who lives by his wits, taking up whatever occupation appeals to him or offers itself to him at any time, and so he becomes an amateur sleuth for the purposes of finding out whodunnit.It s a thoroughly enjoyable, locked room murder mystery It s full of By Joves and I say, old chap and men Read in preparation for reading Eight Perfect Murders, otherwise published as Rules for Perfect Murders Antony Gillingham arrives at a country house, The Red House, just as a murder is committed He is a man who lives by his wits, taking up whatever occupation appeals to him or offers itself to him at any time, and so he becomes an amateur sleuth for the purposes of finding out whodunnit.It s a thoroughly enjoyable, locked room murder mystery It s full of By Joves and I say, old chap and men walking across the lawn arm in arm It s of its time the early 1920s and class The Red House s servants and local villagers are of the ooh arr variety simple folks inthan one way Milne dedicated the book to his father and I felt there were quite a few in jokes for his amusement There is a lot of humour in it for us as well Milne clearly had a very dry wit.I guessed some elements of the outcome early on but that just held my interest in trying to work out how we got to Z from A Gillingham s analogy is an algebra problem At the end, Milne out Christies Christie and Gillingham out Poirots Poirot with his forensic analysis of how and why the crime was committed Between 4 and 5 stars for me but because it entertained me so much, I m giving it 5


  5. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    Even though I was on a very action packed holiday, I still think the length of time it took me to read this novel shows I wasn t totally engaged by it.I ve read the comments on the Reading the Detectives Group I think their suggestion that this was written as a parody was a good one I was a bit obtuse on this, as I read it straight Reading it with my sense of humour switched off, I found it long winded, far too many characters early on I guessed t Even though I was on a very action packed holiday, I still think the length of time it took me to read this novel shows I wasn t totally engaged by it.I ve read the comments on the Reading the Detectives Group I think their suggestion that this was written as a parody was a good one I was a bit obtuse on this, as I read it straight Reading it with my sense of humour switched off, I found it long winded, far too many characters early on I guessed the murderer view spoiler the victim hide spoiler very quickly.What I did like was the relationship between this book s Holmes Watson The dialogue between Anthony Bill was quite wonderful I certainly wouldn t have minded reading another of their adventures


  6. Emily Emily says:

    I really liked this book, which is A.A Milne s only mystery novel Written in 1922, it reads like a cross between Wodehouse and Christie, which is probably the highest compliment I can give It s a locked room mystery that features a self aware amateur sleuth who just happens to arrive at the scene of the crime the Red House as he stops in to see a friend Even though there s really only one suspect, the fun of the book is figuring out what actually happened.I read this because it s listed I really liked this book, which is A.A Milne s only mystery novel Written in 1922, it reads like a cross between Wodehouse and Christie, which is probably the highest compliment I can give It s a locked room mystery that features a self aware amateur sleuth who just happens to arrive at the scene of the crime the Red House as he stops in to see a friend Even though there s really only one suspect, the fun of the book is figuring out what actually happened.I read this because it s listed in Eight Perfect Murders, but I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys golden age mystery or just wants an escapist read It has secret passageways, midnight stakeouts, and ghost sightings, and it gently skewers Sherlock Holmes while including a Watson to aid in the investigation The writing is sharp and funny, and it made me laugh Very fun.Other thoughts view spoiler Somewhat unbelievable that no one realized Robert s body was actually Mark s body, but I forgive the book I will accept it But don t they always check dental records I guess everyone is like oh they don t have dentists in AUSTRALIA, the place where you go to hide out a scandal I loved the dialogue between the servants in the first part of the book and was sad that it didn t continue throughout I was on the edge of my seat any time Antony and Bill tried to follow or outfox Cayley I love that Antony makes Bill dive the lake Sucks to be Watson Bill I don t know if this had occurred to you, but every bit of water looks like the next bit LOL I had trouble with the whole romance plot so I just ignored it I think there was enough motive for Cayley without the engagement I mean, what was going to happen Miss Norbury was going to finally give in I love all the 1922 detail Don t bother to dress for dinner, of course Oh, of course not There s been a murder, so I can forego my collar Honestly, the most relatable thing about Mark is that he has upstairs clothes and downstairs clothes hide spoiler


  7. Susan Susan says:

    A A Milne wrote a little remembered mystery book before he delved into the 100 Acre Wood and created one of the most beloved classic characters in fiction Winnie the Pooh The mystery is set during a country house party, in 1922 Our amateur sleuth arrives to visit a friend, to find someone hammering on the door and a body within Asked to help, he decides to play Sherlock Holmes, with his friend acting as his Watson The host has gone missing and his ne er do well brother, who had just return A A Milne wrote a little remembered mystery book before he delved into the 100 Acre Wood and created one of the most beloved classic characters in fiction Winnie the Pooh The mystery is set during a country house party, in 1922 Our amateur sleuth arrives to visit a friend, to find someone hammering on the door and a body within Asked to help, he decides to play Sherlock Holmes, with his friend acting as his Watson The host has gone missing and his ne er do well brother, who had just returned from Australia, is lying dead This is a charming book, much better than I thought it would be My only complaint is that I worked out who the murderer was fairly quickly The whole book is a little tongue in cheek, almost as though Milne were merely trying out the genre as a writing exercise However, saying that, it is a very enjoyable read and comparable with other mystery books written at the time Had Milne decided to carry the books into a series, I think he could have been very successful However, he obviously went on to other things, so it is lucky that we do have this book to sample what he could produce as a crime writer


  8. Emma Emma says:

    I read and thoroughly enjoyed Peter Swanson s Eight Perfect Murders last week and wanted to read those books referenced So who knew AA Milne wrote anything outside the hundred acre woods Not me Having the memory of a goldfish, I had already forgotten the spoilers revealed by Swanson, so despite the very dated style, I found I had to keep reading because I needed to know how the murder was done Now I know.


  9. Veronique Veronique says:

    3.5Like all really nice people, you have a weakness for detective stories, and feel that there are not enough of them So, after all that you have done for me, the least that I can do for you is to write you oneMilne, famous creator of Winnie the Pooh, wrote one detective mystery, seemingly as a gesture for his father as the dedication shows Imagine my curiosity And as it happens, I rather enjoyed it, even though it was a little too tongue in cheek for my liking.Much of the action con 3.5Like all really nice people, you have a weakness for detective stories, and feel that there are not enough of them So, after all that you have done for me, the least that I can do for you is to write you oneMilne, famous creator of Winnie the Pooh, wrote one detective mystery, seemingly as a gesture for his father as the dedication shows Imagine my curiosity And as it happens, I rather enjoyed it, even though it was a little too tongue in cheek for my liking.Much of the action consists in Anthony Gillingham, our would be investigator, taking on the mantel of Sherlock Holmes, finding himself someone to play the role of Watson, and thus attired, making the use of his grey cells to come up with various theories The setting is pure classic murder mystery a house with secret passages, a library, a lake, etc The characters peopling this space did feel stereotyped but then they were not the focus of the novel No, Milne concentrated on the conundrum, toying with the reader and the poor Watson.From what I ve gathered, the contemporary public enjoyed it and wanted , but our author was attracted by very different pastures Mind you, there is a parallel between mysteries and children stories they both end with the order re established and thus offer a very similar kind of comforting feeling I guess that is one of the reasons mysteries are so popular O


  10. Kim Kim says:

    AA Milne wrote this novel his only foray into the murder mystery genre in 1922, during the period he worked as a columnist for Punch magazine and before the Winnie the Pooh books were published It s a pleasant read, with an attractive amateur sleuth hero and an entertaining if slightly dim sidekick Muchof a why and howdunnit than a whodunnit the culprit is reasonably obvious early on , the charm of the work isin the witty prose and the clever allusions to Sherlock Holmes and D AA Milne wrote this novel his only foray into the murder mystery genre in 1922, during the period he worked as a columnist for Punch magazine and before the Winnie the Pooh books were published It s a pleasant read, with an attractive amateur sleuth hero and an entertaining if slightly dim sidekick Muchof a why and howdunnit than a whodunnit the culprit is reasonably obvious early on , the charm of the work isin the witty prose and the clever allusions to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson than in the mystery itself Had it not been for the way in which the mystery is resolved, I would have been tempted to give this an extra 1 2 star However, I have a probably quite unreasonable aversion to the lengthy and discursive confession by the culprit device When I come across it in this case it takes the form of a letter written by the culprit to the sleuth it makes me a bit crazy I m not sure that the adventures of Anthony amateur sleuth and Bill sidekick could have been spun into a series In reality, probably not Still, I m glad that Milne had a go at the genre and I m glad I read his effort This was a quick and easy read and fun to share with my friend Jemidar and others in the English Mysteries Club


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