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Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Red House Mystery

by A.A. Milne

My niece Julie told me about this adult mystery by Winnie-the-Pooh author. My interest was naturally peaked.

This cozy mystery was written in 1922 for Milne's father who loved mysteries. I wouldn't say it was a great work of fiction, but it was fun to read. The lead character has some of the same charm as Winnie-the-Pooh so I couldn't help but like him even though I was suspicious of him in a couple of places.

Anthony Gillingham stops by an English country estate to visit his old friend Bill and gets more than he bargained for. Bill is visiting is friend along with several others. (I think it's interesting how 'people of fortune' used to flit from one home to another in groups and stay for weeks.) That was what Bill was doing when Anthony stopped by to visit. As Anthony arrives he discovers the brother of Bill's host has just been murdered and the host is no where to be found. Anthony and Bill decide to become amateur sleuths and solve the murder. Each tiny shred of evidence leads to a multitude of questions in this unusual case.

This was a quick, fun read. I understand Milne has a few other adult novels, but I've been unable to locate them. Of course, I'll keep trying.

13 comments:

Mishel said...

How fun (= I was always a big fan of Pooh. Glad you liked this mystery.

Tricia said...

I didn't know he wrote adult books. How interesting!

Joy said...

Well, this is interesting . . . I never knew. Thanks.

Framed said...

I didn't know either until Julie told me about this book. I'll keep it in my mind in case I do the Decades Challenge next year. Did you buy this book or borrow it from the library?

Booklogged said...

Mishel, Tricia and Joy, I know, it's very cool. I can see why he's remember for Winni-the-Pooh and not this mystery.

Framed, I bought it. If you want to borrow it I won't mooch it. I'll bet you could read it in one sitting.

Staci said...

Thanks for bringing this book to our attention. I had no idea that he ventured outside of children's literature!!

Kailana said...

I am not big on mysteries, so when I saw the title of your post, I wasn't super interested. (No offense!) Then, I saw the author and my mind had two thoughts: "Did I read that right?" and then "Is that who I think it is?"

jenclair said...

Have always had a great fondness for Milne's Pooh and for his children's poetry. Now I'd like to try some of his adult novels, especially a mystery!

Lisa said...

I never realized he wrote adult novels, as well. Thanks for this review.

pussreboots said...

The Red House Mystery is a sentimental favorite of mine.

Literary Feline said...

I didn't know Milne wrote adult fiction as well. I love the Winnie the Poor story.

Iliana said...

Oh wow, I had no idea... This really sounds fun. Keep us posted if you find more of these!

Kristen M. said...

I'm definitely going to find this one. It sounds like something that I am in the mood for right now.