The Red House Mystery #2020

The Red House Mystery By A.A. Milne The Red House Mystery 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 d
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  • Author: A.A. Milne
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  • The Red House Mystery By A.A. Milne 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 MaThe 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.Running Time 6 55 46
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    1. A.A. Milne

      Alan Alexander Milne pronounced m ln was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie the Pooh and for various children s poems A A Milne was born in Kilburn, London, to parents Vince Milne and Sarah Marie Milne n e Heginbotham and grew up at Henley House School, 6 7 Mortimer Road now Crescent , Kilburn, a small public school run by his father One of his teachers was H G Wells who taught there in 1889 90 Milne attended Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied on a mathematics scholarship While there, he edited and wrote for Granta, a student magazine He collaborated with his brother Kenneth and their articles appeared over the initials AKM Milne s work came to the attention of the leading British humour magazine Punch, where Milne was to become a contributor and later an assistant editor.Milne joined the British Army in World War I and served as an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and later, after a debilitating illness, the Royal Corps of Signals He was discharged on February 14, 1919.After the war, he wrote a denunciation of war titled Peace with Honour 1934 , which he retracted somewhat with 1940 s War with Honour During World War II, Milne was one of the most prominent critics of English writer P G Wodehouse, who was captured at his country home in France by the Nazis and imprisoned for a year Wodehouse made radio broadcasts about his internment, which were broadcast from Berlin Although the light hearted broadcasts made fun of the Germans, Milne accused Wodehouse of committing an act of near treason by cooperating with his country s enemy Wodehouse got some revenge on his former friend by creating fatuous parodies of the Christopher Robin poems in some of his later stories, and claiming that Milne was probably jealous of all other writers But I loved his stuff He married Dorothy Daphne de S lincourt in 1913, and their only son, Christopher Robin Milne, was born in 1920 In 1925, A A Milne bought a country home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex During World War II, A A Milne was Captain of the Home Guard in Hartfield Forest Row, insisting on being plain Mr Milne to the members of his platoon He retired to the farm after a stroke and brain surgery in 1952 left him an invalid and by August 1953 he seemed very old and disenchanted.He was 74 years old when he passed away in 1956.

    607 thoughts on “The Red House Mystery”


    1. 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 o [...]


    2. 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 group show 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 hi [...]


    3. 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 fro [...]


    4. 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 Much of a why and howdunnit than a whodunnit the culprit is reasonably obvious early on , the charm of the work is in the witty prose and the clever allusions to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson than i [...]


    5. Long long ago, not so very far away, I read this, completely delighted by the fact that the creator of Winnie the Pooh wrote a murder mystery I loved it then, and so was happy when The Red House Mystery was chosen as a book of the month for the English Mysteries Club Unfortunately, I didn t love the reread so much The writing was fun, with occasional Pooh ish moments Perhaps it was true that inspectors liked dragging ponds, but the question was, Did Cayleys like having them dragged But there wer [...]


    6. In my ignorance I never knew that Milne had written anything except the Pooh books So when I found this title as well as some plays at Gutenberg, I was eager to see what his other work was like I was not disappointed in this locked room mystery it was fun to read the amateur detective Antony Gillingham and his friend Bill Beverley were quite clever and the solution all made sense, even if I could not work it out myself I never seem to be able to in this type of mystery story, even when I am gett [...]



    7. The so called Golden Age of Detective Fiction was a largely British phenomenon that took place in the 1920s and 1930s and its masters are among the most well known names in the mystery genre Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, etc The stories of this time had a number of conventions which they did not invent, but certainly popularized , and they were so prevalent that several essays were written codifying them These will be familiar to anyone with a passing familiarity with older myste [...]



    8. Where I got the book free public domain download on the Kindle.A rather coy little country house murder mystery set just after World War I, and yet the war is never mentioned Which sets the tone a little bit of escapist fantasy, Winnie the Pooh s creator s try at a genre that took off like a rocket in the between wars period, providing an intellectual puzzle to distract the reader from the fact that their world was up sh t creek without a paddle.And a very self conscious stab at the genre at tha [...]


    9. An English mystery loving group on picked this as their October book to read, so I was happy to give it a go I had great sentimental hopes for it, as it s written by the author of Winnie the Pooh Alas, it fell far short of my expectations The book is a locked room type mystery, in which a body is discovered in the office of a wealthy country gentleman s house There are houseguests and neighbors to make things interesting, and the victim is the ne er d owell brother of the house owner the Red Hou [...]




    10. 3.5 stars My copy of this book is so old it s not even listed here it s published by Methuen, the 14th edition that I found in a little antique book store near my house and paid a dollar for The Red House Mystery is not a bad read neither is it, as Milne says in his introduction, very nearly the ideal detective story It s a country house, locked room sort of story, with lots of red herrings, two amateurs playing at Holmes and Watson and an ending that I sort of guessed but not really It s also o [...]


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    12. A fun, classic mystery read which makes me want to pull out of those older British mysteries which take place in fine homes in small or large villages where people come for long weekends of golf and croquet And wonderful meals of course though some of those breakfast foods do sound a bit off putting to my ears And then, naturally there is a murder which must be solved by an amateur sleuth This one definitely had meI didn t guess it, didn t even really want to Just wanted to enjoy the ride.



    13. You know the feeling when you re bored at work and decide that some reading would be nice, but none of the ebooks you ve brought with you work on the work computer, so you turn to Gutenberg instead No Well, that s what happened to me one rainy December morning And let me just take this opportunity to gush over Project Gutenberg and their immense library of thousands and thousands of legally free ebooks Awesome finds, though obviously not today s bestsellers, what with the copyright laws Still, f [...]


    14. The story is set in an English country house called the Red House whose bachelor owner Mark Ablett is entertaining a house party with several guests.At breakfast, he receives a letter informing him that his wayward brother Robert from Austalia will be visiting his house that very day in the afternoon Mark informs the other guests of this and sends them off to play golf while he prepares to meet his brother.Robert arrives in the afternoon and is received by Audrey, the parlour maid and taken to t [...]


    15. Milne s introduction is worth quoting at length, because it s such a hilarious encapsulation of the way publishers think both in the 20s and now When I told my agent a few years ago that I was going to write a detective story, he recovered as quickly as could be expected, but made it clear to me as a succession of editors and publishers made it clear, later, to him that what the country wanted form a well known Punch humorist was a humorous story However, I was resolved upon a life of crime and [...]


    16. He wanted an audience, even for his vices Red House is not so much a murder mystery as a who dun it of manners Published in 1922 before Milne s famous children s books , it owes as much as a debt to P G Wodehouse as Arthur Conan Doyle Not bad writing, not good either Milne would eventually find his measure in the hundred acre wood It s very hampering being a detective, when you don t know anything about detecting, and when nobody knows that you re doing detecting, and you can t have people up to [...]


    17. Did you know that Mr Winnie the Pooh wrote a mystery I know Me, neither But, he wrote it for his dad who was a big mystery reader insert collective, Aww and it is decent country house fare It reminds me sort of what Allingham was going for with her first, but much better done And I sort of wish that he had written because his hero is grade A likable As an astute mystery reader aficionado, I sort of had the culprit figured out early on, but it was still fun seeing the how and the why of the situ [...]


    18. Full review books n music 201 An excellent little mystery, definitely in the style of Christie and Ngaio Marsh Have no idea why he didn t write As usual, I ve done little to no research.


    19. This little mystery from A.A Milne, unfortunately the only one he wrote, is as charming and engaging as you might expect from the author of the Christopher Robin and Winnie ther Pooh stories The puzzle itself isn t particularly hard, and the reader has a pretty good idea what went on for at least the last half of the book But I often choose to read and I m likely to re read mysteries that have atmosphere, witty description and dialogue, and likeable characters and here Milne shines The amateur [...]


    20. The Red House Mystery 1922 is the one and only adult mystery novel by A A Milne, the author of children s stories about Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and all the other inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood According to the dedication page, he wrote the book for his father who had a great fondness for the mystery novel.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 I can do [...]


    21. Milne, best known for his children s stories about Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood, was a self proclaimed devotee of the detective novel He particularly admired the stories that featured an amateur detective up against the amateur villain No master criminals or investigative experts for him So, when he decided to try his hand at crime fiction, it was perfectly natural that his mystery would be solved by someone with no detecting background.The Red House Mystery is, naturally, a country [...]


    22. I think the phrase is, And now for something completely different I just read the Virginia Woolf classic Mrs Dalloway and I need a break I am curious about Winnie the Pooh s creator as a mystery writer I got The Red House Mystery from the GR bookswap a while ago It is time to pull it off the shelf After the first dozen pages I am enjoying it it is safe to say that there will be no stream of consciousness run on sentences from Mr Milne Whew The Red House Mystery is by A A Milne This is not a clas [...]


    23. My partner bought me this she saw a 1950 paperback edition in a second hand bookshop in Beverley Which happens to be the name of one of the characters in the book, but we didn t know that at the time She hadn t heard of it and nor had I She didn t buy it because I am a fan of English country house murder stories, but because I was brought up on Winnie the Pooh And I don t like English country house murder stories a member of the English upper classes is murdered, another member of the establishm [...]



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