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The Red House Mystery

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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. Ma
Paperback, 156 pages
Published November 18th 2010 by Dover Publications
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Oct 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Carol♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
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 & 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 g
Jun 30, 2016 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
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
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
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 3-star, hist-myst
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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who knew that Mr. Pooh wrote murder mysteries? Not me. It was surprisingly good.
Jean Menzies
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such a shame there aren't more of these fantastic mysteries.
Saleh MoonWalker
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 همچنان خوندنش تا آخر هیجان انگیز بود.
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a good, old-fashioned English manorhouse mystery.
Nancy Oakes
Jul 30, 2013 added it
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
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
Feb 11, 2011 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
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Santosh Iyer
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Mark Flowers
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
“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
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
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Eric Tanafon
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 more likely to re-read) mysteries that have atmosphere, witty description and dialogue, and likeable characters; and here Milne shines. T ...more
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 c
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 coun
Larry Bassett
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
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
May 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
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 rated it really liked it
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
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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.” 13 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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