of A. A. Milne: The Red House Mystery

A. A. Milne. The Red House Mystery (1922)

Milne writes his mystery novel with the same humor and charm that characterize his beloved Winnie-the-Pooh stories. This would be a great novel to teach in middle or high school as a classic example of the vintage mystery genre. It is, of course, a body-in-a-locked-room-of-an-English-country-house story, complete with amateur sleuth and his sidekick. One of my favorite parts was the introduction, where Milne airs his views on the detective story: “Of beer an enthusiast has said that it could never be bad, but that some brands might be better than others; in the same spirit (if I may use the word) I approach every new detective story.”

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