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The Red House Mystery

A. A. Milne

Book Overview: 

Antony Gillingham arrives at the Red House moments after a gunshot is heard. The room is locked, the murderer has disappeared and, in Antony’s opinion, the police are going about it the wrong way. Antony, who was looking for a new profession anyway, decides to solve the murder himself, with a little help from his friend Bill.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Elsie was not sorry to get the message. It interrupted a few remarks from Mrs. Stevens about Elsie's conduct that afternoon which were (Elsie thought) much better interrupted. In Mrs. Stevens' opinion any crime committed that afternoon in the office was as nothing to the double crime committed by the unhappy Elsie.

For Elsie realized too late that she would have done better to have said nothing about her presence in the hall that afternoon. She was bad at concealing the truth and Mrs. Stevens was good at discovering it. Elsie knew perfectly well that she had no business to come down the front stairs, and it was no excuse to say that she happened to come out of Miss Norris' room just at the head of the stairs, and didn't think it would matter, as there was nobody in the hall, and what was she doing anyhow in Miss Norris' room at that time? Returning a magazine? Lent by Miss Norris, might she ask? Well, not exactly lent. Really, Elsie!—and this in a respect. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Maybe 2 1/2 stars for the 1920s setting.

Like some other reviewers I’m glad Milne went on to write Winnie the Pooh. Detective fiction was not his strength. This book and Agatha Christie’s early hits are exact contemporaries so one wouldn’t have influenced the other. Something was definitely in the ai

Odd to think it now, but before A. A. Milne thought up the most enduring characters and books of his legacy from the 100-acre Wood, Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh, he was an adept writer of mysteries of which The Red House Mystery is considered the best. I must admit that about ten years ago

Novela entretenida.
Algunos la consideran una novela "whodunit" (habitación cerrada), aunque dista mucho de ser el tema central.
Los personajes principales, Anthony Gillingham y Bill Beverley, son muy interesantes y forman una buena pareja.
Hay un asesinato en el cual Anthony se ve envuelto sin querer.

I'd call this more of 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

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