The Red House Mystery

The Red House Mystery

Book - 1922
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Publisher: London : Methuen, 1922.
Characteristics: 211 p.


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THis 1922 mystery by Alex Alan Milne is set in an English country house where Mark Ablett has been entertaining a house party consisting of a widow and her marriageable daughter, a retired major, a willful actress, and Bill Beverly a young man about town. Mark's long-lost brother Robert the black sheep of the family arrives but is found shot dead shortly thereafter. Mark Ablett has disappeared. Tony Gillingham arrives who is a friend of Bill Beverly's. Tony begins to investigate.... The author was educated at Cambridge U. and fought in the First World War. Milne was a prolific writer who published 35 plays, 6 novels, 3 books of verse, 3 collections of short stories, several works of non-fiction, edited and created sketches for Punch magazine, and created four books for children especially the 1926 story of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin, modeled after Milne's son.

Feb 19, 2018

"The Red House Mystery" by A. A. Milne is a good 'locked-room' mystery, of sorts. The sleuth is very much an amateur with a side-kick. The victim is a stranger, of sorts. The suspect has gone missing. The location: a country home. The village: quaint. The police: practically non-existent. And the whole thing is fairly light-hearted. And, yet well-plotted with good characters and decent dialogue. Fun mystery.

12charlene34 Mar 31, 2015

What a delightful surprise to find a gentle English mystery with all the whimsy and prose of Winne the Pooh!

Veepea Sep 24, 2013

A. A. Milne wanted to write the perfect mystery- and he did- but he forgot to make it relatable. The main character has an idetic memory and figures things out lickety split, but he takes his time explaining his genius to his sidekick (and the reader). The mystery itself is good, but there is no character development and I never felt connected to them.

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