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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

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...more

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 Goodreads English Mysteries Club.

Unfortunately, I didn't...more

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 sideki...more

Ποτέ, ίσως, δεν θα μπορούσαν οι θαυμαστές του 'Ουίνι, το αρκουδάκι' να φανταστούν ότι ο Μίλν θα ξεπερνούσε κάθε λογοτεχνική προσδοκία και θα έγραφε ένα αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα μυστηρίου. Σύμφωνα με την εισαγωγή του βιβλίου, το έναυσμα το έλαβε από τον πατέρα του, ο οποίος ήταν λάτρης της αστυνομικ...more

WHAT a delightful book!! I really, really enjoyed this little mystery by A.A. Milne. I had no idea he had written anything besides Winnie-the-Pooh and was excited when this was picked for our book club!

An interesting mystery, dead bodies, intrigue and quirky characters make for a lov...more

کی فکر میکرد نویسنده داستان وینی-پو (خرس زرده که عسل میخورد!) بتونه چنین کتابی بنویسه!؟
داستان معماگونه خوبیه، تعلیق های زیادی داره و واقعا هیجان انگیزه. نثرش ساده س وداستان سریع جلو میره اما سریع به جواب نمیرسی و تعلیقش نگهت میداره. البته میشد جواب معماش رو حدس زد تقریبا از وسطای داستان اما...more

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 ham...more

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