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The Red House Mystery (1922)

by A A Milne (Winnie The Pooh)

Guests at an English country estate become amateur sleuths.
...in the tradition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories

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147pg

F2F Mystery Lovers Book Club (Feb selection)(2013) ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 31, 2016 |
3.5***

Mark Ablett inherited a stately manor – The Red House – and an income to maintain it. He enjoys the life of a gentleman and patron of the arts, filling his home with guests who enjoy fine dining and the various sports an estate offers. When his prodigal brother, Robert, suddenly returns from his exile in Australia things quickly go awry. Enter the charming Antony Gillingham, who is a friend of one of Mark’s guests, Bill Beverly. Antony happens to be in the area and decides to pay his friend a quick visit when he stumbles upon a chaotic scene and quickly becomes involved in the murder investigation.

The author of the beloved children’s books starring “Winnie the Pooh” and his friends turns his attention to a mystery for adults. In the vein of Agatha Christie, this is a typical “locked-room” conundrum, featuring an amateur sleuth and a cast of colorful characters. I liked his parallel to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. There isn’t a great deal of action – typical for books written in the early 20th century – but there is enough intrigue to keep me turning pages, and enough red herrings to keep me guessing. Like Christie’s And Then There Were None the final reveal comes in the form of a confession – a device that irritates me a little. Still, it’s a quick, enjoyable cozy.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
A mystery from the golden age, featuring amateur detective Antony Gillingham. Although not a bad story I found it a bit repetitive in parts. In 1922 when this was written the plot may have been unique, but the solution was pretty obvious to a reader of mystery stories nowadays. Still, it was a fun read.

Favourite quote: "There was indeed a frightful lot of books. The four walls of the library were plastered with them from floor to ceiling, save only where the door and the two windows insisted on living their own life, even though an illiterate one." ( )
  VivienneR | Dec 8, 2015 |
This was a fairly quick read thanks to Project Gutenberg. As the title might suggest, it revolves around a mystery taking place at The Red House. The owner of the house is expecting a visit from his ne'er-do-well brother, who has been living in Australia for the past decade or so. What the rest of the house (both servants and guests alike) do not expect is to have the brother end up dead and the owner missing. How fortunate that a friend of one of the house guests has shown up and fancies taking a turn at sleuthing!

Overall, I enjoyed this, even if there were some aspects of the end that could not be guessed by the reader. The solution could be predictable to veterans of the detective genre, but it is fun to tag along with Antony Gillingham and Bill Beverley as they work their way toward the truth. This is worth reading if you are an aficionado of the Golden Age of detective fiction. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Dec 5, 2015 |
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. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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Crælius, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 write you one. Here it is: with more gratitude and affection than I can well put down here.

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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 publisher made it clear, later, to him) that what the country wanted from "a well-known 'Punch' humorist" was a "humorous story".
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In the drowsy heat of the summer afternoon the Red House was taking its siesta.
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To Antony, who was older and who realized into what deep waters they were getting, it did not seem fun. But it was amazingly interesting. He saw so much, and yet somehow it was all out of focus. It was like looking at an opal, and discovering with every movement of it some new colour, some new gleam of light reflected, and yet never really seeing the opal as a whole. He was too near it, or too far away; he strained his eyes and he relaxed his eyes; it was no good. His brain could not get hold of it. But there were moments when he almost had it ... and then turned away from it. (Vintage Books 2008, p. 121)
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A "locked-room" murder

solved by pair of witty Brits

just in time for tea.

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This droll whodunit from the creator of Winnie the Pooh sparkles with witty dialogue, deft plotting, and an amusing cast. In between taking tea and playing billiards, an amateur detective and his chum investigate their genial host's disappearance. A series of lighthearted capers ensues, replete with secret passageways, underwater evidence, and other atmospheric devices.

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This droll whodunit from the creator of Winnie the Pooh sparkles with witty dialogue, deft plotting, and an amusing cast. In between taking tea and playing billiards, an amateur detective and his chum investigate their genial host's disappearance. A series of lighthearted capers ensues, replete with secret passageways, underwater evidence, and other atmospheric devices.… (more)

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