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Роман, который вошел в золотой фонд классического английского детектива.
Книга, которую Александр Вулкотт назвал "одним из лучших детективных романов всех времен и народов". Произведение, которым восхищался Реймонд Чандлер.
Тонкое и увлекательное произведение, в котором основная сюжетная линия - загадочное преступление и интересное расследование - лишь блистател
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 2011 by ACT (first published 1922)
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Oct 11, 2007 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who thinks Winnie the Pooh was written by a wimp
Shelves: mycuppa
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 eno
Jul 07, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 return ...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 sidekick. Much more of a why-and-howdunnit than a whodunnit (the culprit is reasonably obvious early on), the charm of the work is more in the witty prose and the clever allusions to Sherlock Holmes and D
Debbie Zapata
Mar 14, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pg
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 ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 3-star
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 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 dragg
Jean Menzies
Oct 25, 2015 Jean Menzies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a shame there aren't more of these fantastic mysteries.
Nov 11, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Nov 15, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loanable, to-read-own
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 old ...more
Деница Райкова
Има такива книги - хем ти харесват толкова много, че искаш да ги прочетеш възможно най-бързо, хем точно по същата причина се бавиш нарочно, защото не искаш да свършват.
"Тайната на "Ред Хауз"от А. А. Милн /да, същият, за когото си мислите/ е точно такава книга. Книга, която макар и тънка /само 251 страници/ те кара да я четеш бавно, за да се наслаждаваш по-дълго.
Признавам, че когато разбрах за тази книга и реших да я прочета, приемах това като един вид предизвикателство. Първо, от доста време не
Oct 24, 2012 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, british, fiction
An English-mystery-loving group on Goodreads 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 own ...more
“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 peo
Feb 08, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: british mystery lovers
A fun, classic mystery read which makes me want to pull out more 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 me...I didn't guess it, didn't even really want to. Just wanted to enjoy t
Santosh Iyer
Nov 03, 2015 Santosh Iyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2015 Spinster rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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. S ...more
Mark Flowers
Apr 23, 2010 Mark Flowers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Oakes
Jul 30, 2013 Nancy Oakes added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of vintage mysteries
Recommended to Nancy by: goodreads mystery, crime and thriller group read
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
Jenn Estepp
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 more 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 w ...more
Full review: An excellent little mystery, definitely in the style of Christie and Ngaio Marsh! Have no idea why he didn't write more. As usual, I've done little to no research.
Shakes head. Seriously. Sometimes authors can jump across genres and sometimes they can't. Mr. Milne proves that he should have stuck with Winnie the Pooh. The dialogue was way too talky and I still, still, have no idea who did what to who and have absolutely no urge to figure it out. I breathed a sigh of relief when I was done with this book.

This is part of Goodreads Dead Writers Society genre fiction challenge for May. I realized that I was being way too nice in giving this book 3 stars and r
Nov 02, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE RED HOUSE MYSTERY. (1922). A. A. Milne. ****.
POOH! That is not what this book is about. Milne is better known for his works featuring Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh, but he did manage to take up his pen and write this one mystery novel. He wrote it – according to the dedication – to please his father, an inveterate mystery fan. It has the usual failures of a first novel, but only because it is set in a genre that was less known to the author. Milne did know how to build a character an
Nick Jones
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 es ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Why, yes, this is a murder mystery by the "Pooh-man." Isn't it funny how very many unexpected people have written mysteries or science fiction or other "genre" literature? Anyway, my favorite bit here is that our detective, having 400 a year, decides to see the world. When his father (rather sarcastically in my view) asks him to send a postcard from America, he clarifies: he's going to see the world from London. He takes an unusual job that involves seeing "human nature" (for example, he's a wai ...more
Dec 01, 2010 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
This is an amusing, some-what genre-mocking little Country House murder-mystery - but still intriguing enough to keep the pages turning. I managed to partially guess what was going on but not enough of it to spoil the story; there's nothing worse than figuring out the mystery ahead of its revelation by the amateur sleuth.

It's interesting to note that this type of story appeared to be something of a cliche to its author all the way back in 1922, hence the slightly mocking tone. How much time was
Light and silly, but good fun.
Oct 30, 2012 Frances rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of a curiosity read. I was not particularly impressed with the mystery, nor with the style. The dedication shows that Milne wrote this as a gift for his father who enjoyed mysteries and it is clear that he didn't quite manage to get it right. This is a combination of the country house/locked door/missing body plot and most of it can be guessed quite early on (and I am not the sort of reader who usually figures out the mystery before the denouement). And there isn't a cuddly animal ...more
2.5 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

A dilettante visiting his friend happens on a murder mystery.

A. A. Milne is chiefly known for his Winnie the Pooh stories, and his collections of nursery rhymes, When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six, all of which overshadowed his more serious plays and novels. One of those novels was a mystery.

Wikipedia tells me that The Red House Mystery was both popular and critically acclaimed. I'm not sure why. It's a competent but uninspiring locked room story, and if
Jul 01, 2014 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My copy had an introduction by Milne, which I think goes a long way into understanding the philosophy behind the writing. For me, I think in some ways, helps when reading a mystery. For instance, reading Agatha Christie's autobiography, I came to learn why she started and what went into her thinking when plotting out her novels. No longer is it merely trying to guess whodunit, but also trying to catch glimpses of the writer themselves. And in Milne's intro, his goal was to write a mystery using ...more
Dennis Fischman
Jun 09, 2016 Dennis Fischman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Like Milne's most famous character, I am a bear of very little brain. Almost never do I solve a mystery before the investigator does. Often when the murderer and the method are revealed, I have to go back and remind myself of some of the salient points of the story, because I've got caught up in the characters, the setting, or the language. So, this book was perfect for me.

It was written in England in the years between the World Wars, a time and place I know something about already. The chatter
May 22, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, classics
The fun for me in reading The Red House Mystery was thinking about an author's inspiration and the craft of writing. This very traditional country house murder mystery was written by the same man who brought Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore to life. Obviously, he has both imagination and a sense of whimsey.

The author's introduction to the book suggested that agents and publishers were very indifferent to this manuscript when originally presented to them. His enthusiasm for the genre evidently
Andrea Rodrigues
The Red House Mystery is a light and funny read, written by the author of Winnie the Pooh. It is Milne's only mystery story and is a simple locked-room whodunit.

Mark Ablett, a rich and controlling host receives an unexpected and unwanted visit from his estranged brother, Robert. However, Robert is found dead on the day of his visit and Mark is now missing. The mystery is enthusiastically taken up by young Antony Gillingham, a visiting friend of one of the house guests, who loves to take up new
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Alan Alexander Milne (pronounced /ˈmɪln/) 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 (née 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 teac
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“Of course it's very hampering being a detective, when you don't know anything about detecting, and when nobody knows that you're doing detection, and you can't have people up to cross-examine them, and you have neither the energy nor the means to make proper inquiries; and, in short, when you're doing the whole thing in a thoroughly amateur, haphazard way.” 12 likes
“Are you prepared to be the complete Watson?" he asked.


"Do-you-follow-me-Watson; that one. Are you prepared to have quite obvious things explained to you, to ask futile questions, to give me chances of scoring off you, to make brilliant discoveries of your own two or three days after I have made them myself all that kind of thing? Because it all helps."

"My dear Tony," said Bill delightedly, "need you ask?" Antony said nothing, and Bill went on happily to himself, "I perceive from the strawberry-mark on your shirt-front that you had strawberries for dessert. Holmes, you astonish me. Tut, tut, you know my methods. Where is the tobacco? The tobacco is in the Persian slipper. Can I leave my practice for a week? I can.”
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