The Red House Mystery is a classic detective novel written by A.A. Milne, best known for creating Winnie the Pooh. Unlike his famous children’s stories, this book delves into the realm of mystery and intrigue.
Set in the English countryside, the story revolves around the enigmatic murder of Mark Ablett, the wealthy and eccentric owner of the Red House. The plot thickens when his estranged brother, Robert Ablett, is suspected of the crime. Enter the amateur detective Anthony Gillingham, who stumbles upon the scene and decides to investigate the case.
Gillingham, with his sharp wit and unconventional approach, teams up with his friend Bill Beverley to unravel the tangled web of clues and motives surrounding the murder. As they dig deeper into the lives of the Red House’s inhabitants, they encounter a cast of colorful characters, each with their secrets and quirks.
What sets “The Red House Mystery” apart from other whodunits of its time is Milne’s clever infusion of humor and wit. The banter between Gillingham and Beverley adds a lighthearted touch to the story, making it an engaging and enjoyable read. Yet, beneath the humor lies a well-crafted mystery, with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the final reveal.
As Gillingham and Beverley unravel the mystery, they must contend with a missing revolver, a mysterious visitor, and a locked room puzzle, all while trying to prove Robert’s innocence. The novel explores themes of deception, family dynamics, and the complexity of human nature.
In the end, “The Red House Mystery” is a delightful departure from A.A. Milne’s more famous works. It showcases his versatility as a writer, demonstrating his ability to craft a compelling mystery while infusing it with the charm and humor that made him a beloved author. This book is a must-read for fans of classic detective fiction and those looking for a captivating whodunit with a touch of whimsy.