It's funny to think of the author of Winnie the Pooh writing a mystery novel! It's not a bad crack at it, either. It doesn't stand out as being especially good, but it's enjoyable enough and I do enjoy that the Watson character isn't *too* silly.
I bought myself a little gift from Folio basically so I could get the free journal 🤷🏼♀️. But I am also drawn to this cover and illustrations AND the fact that it‘s written by AAMilne!
Has anyone read this?
I‘ve read some of Milne‘s plays and enjoyed them, but I‘m delighted to discover this excellent addition to the mystery genre from him as well. If you enjoy Christie and Chesterton and their fellows, then The Red House Mystery will be another enjoyable romp through the murder-riddled English countryside!
Shoulda stuck to your day job, AA Milne.
Actually, this stand alone mystery story by the author of Winnie the Pooh predates The Hundred Acre Woods. He gave the genre a good try, and even though the denouement was clever the middle section was a bit wobbly. It‘s as if, like Winnie, the story had been indulging in a bit too much honey. 🍯
Many of us are familiar with the creator of the beloved characters Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore, but A.A.Milne was also the author of numerous dramas and novels for adults, among them, this little gem of finely crafted #whodunit.
This is my go-to genre when I need something a little lighter. There's murder but no-one is terribly upset and it's all jolly good fun. The Red House has all the cozy tropes, eccentric amateur detective, admiring sidekick, country house setting. But after a good start it drifted, and I drifted as it lost steam in the last third. It was a good way to cleanse the literary palette but it's not the best of its kind.
That moment when you discover that The Red House isn't a hard boiled crime novel featuring a Sam Spade-esqe Winnie the Pooh and is actually a fairly tedious crime novel not set in the 100 acre wood. 😔
Interesting introduction by A.A. Milne to his novel The Red House Mystery regarding what makes a good detective story.
A.A. Milne is best known as the author of Winnie-the-Pooh. However he was well known playwright and poet before his earlier work was overshadowed by his children's books success.