The Red House Mystery

The Red House Mystery

by A. A. Milne


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The creator of such beloved storybook characters for children as Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore, A. A. Milne was also the author of numerous dramas, essays, and novels for adults - among them, this droll and finely crafted whodunit.In it, Milne takes readers to the Red House, a comfortable residence in the placid English countryside that is the bachelor home of Mr. Mark Ablett. While visiting this cozy retreat, amateur detective Anthony Gillingham and his chum, Bill Beverley, investigate their genial host's disappearance and its connection with a mysterious shooting. Was the victim, whose body was found after a heated exchange with the host, shot in an act of self-defense? If so, why did the host flee, and if not, what drove him to murder?Between games of billiards and bowls, the taking of tea, and other genteel pursuits, Gillingham and Beverley explore the possibilities in a light-hearted series of capers involving secret passageways, underwater evidence, and other atmospheric devices.Sparkling with witty dialogue, deft plotting, and an intriguing cast of characters, this rare gem will charm mystery lovers, Anglophiles, and general readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604507508
Publisher: Serenity Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2009
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Alan Alexander Milne (1892-1956) is best known for his books about Winnie-the-Pooh and his children's poetry, but he had a long and varied literary career. He wrote numerous plays, was a regular contributor to Punch, and wrote a number of novels. In later life he also wrote a number of serious essays. During World War I he served as an officer and then served as a Captain of the Home Guard during World War II. He married Dorothy de Selincourt and had one son, Christopher Robin.


Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England

Date of Birth:

January 18, 1882

Date of Death:

January 31, 1956

Place of Birth:

Hampstead, London

Place of Death:

Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England


Trinity College, Cambridge University (mathematics), 1903

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The Red House Mystery 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it much; easy reading. Read it at every opertunity. If you like who done it books this is a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, i hated the horrible text problems created by scanning. Soon, however, i learned to read around the corruptions and actually began tlo enjoy them. For example, the na me of the victim, robert, was corrupted many different ways -- as bobert, bohert, bobcat -- and it seemed as if everyone had their little pet name for the guy. That and other corruptions were actually amusing. The book itself is quite a charming cozy intelligently written.
Lnrosy More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. It kept me guessing the whole way through. I love the Pooh stories. However, this is one of my favorite books that Milne wrote!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book (for me ) did not get off to a good start. I found the beginning hard to follow and somewhat confused and inarticulate. But the story does pick up and runs good to the end. After a few years I will try again with perhaps a less addled mindset and catch the beginning as it probably was written. It's so difficult to enjoy any book if you don't have the beginning down pat. Probably my fault.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This dead-body-in-a-locked-room mystery was difficult to read at first, but I soon caught on to what was being said. It kept me guessing until the end. There was a different twist to this story that I didn't see coming. Enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be unreadable due to lack of proper punctuation, cardboard characters and a silly plot. I gave up after two chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Three words boring boring boring not a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story The copy was a bit difficult, but puzzleling words were the biggest problem
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This copy looked more like computer code with nonsense words throughout. Even the title at the bottom of the page had something like "bte red ...msbry" Completely unreadable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Agatha Christy, Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolf etc then this is the book you want to take to the beach
Eurydice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is of fairly limited interest: as terribly popular, pre-Pooh Milne, and as an example of the English mystery c. 1920. Sadly, I found it far less engaging than other mysteries of that era. I'd forgive, and even glory in, its improbabilities, if it had more of the humor and wry charm for which Milne is still justifiably famous.
alic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A precursor to the classic age of British mystery writing. But not as good as what it ushered in.
mysterymax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An exacting use of words makes this short, solid mystery by Milne very charming. Written in 1922, it provides the reader with all the facts needed to solve the crime. Antony Gillingham is enjoying a relaxing weekend at a country mansion. One of the guests turns up dead. Antony and his friend, Bill, solve the crime in a manner that would make Holmes and Watson proud.
IreneF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pleasant, breezy, and short, The Red House Mystery is just the thing for a lazy afternoon or a boring plane trip. It takes place in the idyllic England of the 1920's, the one where the right people were invited up to country estates to amuse themselves and be tended to by a battalion of housemaids and gardeners. A shot is fired and an unfortunate visitor gains a bullet hole in the forehead. A clever young guest sets about solving the mystery. Such jolly fun!Milne's practiced style is what sets this apart from the run of the Colonel Mustard genre of English mystery. The mystery is not terribly mysterious, the logic hasn't quite got its laces tied, and the dramatis personae are fairly stock characters, yet Milne keeps us amused to the end.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this a very fun mystery. The puzzle itself was not very difficult, but the lead characters who were detecting were fun to read. Set in the early 1900s, in England, the story moves along at the relaxed pace of a weekend in the country. Antony Gillingham stumbles upon a dead man when he seeks out his friend, Bill, who is staying in the Red House as a guest. I'm a bit sad that Milne didn't choose to continue writing mysteries with Gillingham as a detective.
lucybrown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Red House Mystery is a golden age of mystery treat with two charming amateur dectives at the helm. Readers of John Dickson Carr and Dorothy L. Sayers will find it amusing, though not as masterful as Sayers.
Lisahgolden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun read. I enjoyed the character of Antony Gillingham and his banter with Bill Beverly. I say, it was a jolly good book. It didn't bend the brain. Light reading. Completely of its time.
camillahoel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it is rather annoying to read a detective story which your friends haven't read. I mean of course when you think you have been terribly clever and worked it all out before the detective has. Because you cannot tell anyone what you think the solution is in case it is the right one. This is doubly true if you have had another theory earlier, which you have now had to abandon or revise. Any attempt at sharing your genius with the world at large must be so vague as to be completely useless as a corroboration when you close the book and say "hah! I was right!".This is my main objection to A.A. Milne's (no, not Winnie the Pooh) The Red House Mystery. It is excellent. I find it a little shocking that nobody took the time to introduce me to it earlier (perhaps there is a reason why my edition of it is labelled "A rediscovered classic". Someone clearly forgot about it). It does the formal detective story ("whodunnit") very well. Better, perhaps than any other formal detective story I have come across. Which may be why I got there before the detective did: contrary to popular belief, most formal detective stories don't really give you all that you need to know before the dénouement; they merely provide the illusion that they do. Usually, the coherence of the plot is a retroactive affair in which the reader looks back over what he (or, indeed, in these modern times, she) has read, compares it with the ending, and realises that there were clues to that (oh, dear, the butler did it) effect the whole time. It does not follow from this that one could have taken these clues and built the solution. But in Milne's book the logic of the detective is constantly held up to scrutiny. A provisional explanation of events are given which sounds plausible enough (if a little boring), but is then undermined by new information that forces a revision. This happens a lot, but the core of the resolution is given very early on in true detective fiction style. I enjoyed the detective character and his Watson, immensely. They are well aware of the tradition they are working within and frequently refer to Conan Doyle's characters as models to be interacted with or measured against. Even their conversation frequently ironically mimics that of Holmes/Watson. From this we can deduce that this is not a book which takes itself too seriously, and this increases the charm of it as far as I am concerned. A.A. Milne, in his introduction to it, writes about his demands for a detective novel that,It should be written in English. ... It is, to me, a distressing thought that in nine-tenths of the detective stories of the world murderers are continually effecting egresses when they might just as easily go out. The sleuth, the hero and the many suspected all use this same strange tongue, and we may be forgiven for feeling that neither the natural excitement of killing the right man, nor the strain of suspecting the wrong one, is sufficient excuse for so steady a flow of bad language.Indeed. Well, Milne writes English. I hardly noticed I was reading it. It translated very seamlessly into a film in my imagination. There were occasional excellent wordings that I remarked on, but there were no egresses that I could find. Of course, the excellent wordings and the witty phrase could be said to be as much part of writing in English as keeping to plain language is. There is a style to it which made me want to drink gin & tonic and ideally sit in a park. In that respect it reminds me of Wodehouse, but that could give you entirely the wrong impression. Or the right one. One never knows.My one problem with the book was that it seemed obsessed, at times, with the size of rooms and their relation to one another. It may be that this seemed unnecessary to me because I have never been the type to sit down and actually try to work out the solution (except through brilliant intuitive flashes, of course). I dare say someone who did would find it useful. All in
LeslitGS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anthony Gillingham is a financially comfortable young man who wanders around the countryside trying out new jobs at his leisure. When he happens to come upon a panicked man and a corpse on his way to visit his friend Bill, Gillingham decides that his newest career path will be detective. With Bill at his side as a faithful Watson, the two proceed to discreetly poke their noses into corners and secret passages to uncover the truth and missing murderer. The saying goes 'never judge a book by it's cover,' but lets be honest, the covers are pretty darn important anymore. In a world where covers are no longer simple cloth bindings with gilt letters and accents, every cover competes for attention and love from a potential reader. Consequently, many are brilliantly colored with incredible designs and eye-catching glitz. Some even are glittery, and many are embossed. But it is just this state of covers that will draw the casual peruser's eye to something very simple and straightforward, and this is why, in fact, I picked up The Red House Mystery by Milne. I did not even really stop to think about the fact that--hey, Pooh Corner! You know? I just saw a white cover with black and read print and a small picture of a man with a gun smack in the center. Then I picked it up and read the first page and was hooked. You see, me and mysteries go way back. I used to be massively into them, devouring the Cat Who series along with some stand alone mystery novels and YA series. I was seriously a mystery fan. Then, somewhere along the way, I branched out and never really got back into them as hugely. I think part of what really killed it was the fact that the Cat Who series began to decline into repetitious mush and a couple of other bad apples over the years. I lost faith in the genre. But Milne has reignited my interest! As we follow our lead, Gillingham, through his mystery-hunting, we find ourselves privvy to all that he knows and some of what he suspects [though, admittedly, he grows rather fond of being vague and Holmes-ish and pointedly leaves Bill out of the loop at times]. Like any solid mystery novel, the reader is provided enough information to begin formulating his or her assumptions and theories to be proven or disproven at the end. Something else to be enjoyed, in my opinion, is the casual pacing of the novel. The story is set in an English Gentleman's home where all the necessities are provided and the only activities are urbane sports and entertainments. Inasmuch, Anthony and Bill are strolling around the gardens, playing billiards and generally enjoying what would amount to a blissful vacation in the modern middle class terms. The book is short, so most of the text is, in fact, their conversations. The set-up takes very little time and the rest is the investigation being allowed to unfold for the audience. Evidence is presented here and there, clues are discovered, and all the while, Gillingham is there, absorbing and pondering, like the reader. In the end, there is only one real complaint I have against the book, and that is, indeed, the finale. Not that the case's solution lacked intrigue or satisfaction, but the presentation of the information was...easy. Lackluster, in a way. It was not entirely out of place, and managed to wrap things up neatly, but...well, I suppose that's just me being a whiner. Good book. Good story. I hope to lay my hands on some other Milne in the future--heaven knows I have the Pooh books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Agatha Christie you’ll enjoy this who-dun-it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a witty, intelligent, and charming mystery. It's a shame he only wrote the one! Antony and his sidekick, Bill, are as appealing as Holmes and Watson or Poirot and Hastings. The world of Winnie-the-Pooh is a brilliant one, and this mystery is equally well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing. Appropriate characters for that period in history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never knew Milne had written a mystery until I happened to discover this a few weeks ago. It was a great read. I would highly recommend!
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