Book Review: The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne

The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne is a classic whodunnit novel that will appeal to fans of the genre. The book is written in the style of a “locked room” mystery, with the murder taking place in a closed setting with a limited number of suspects.

The Red House Mystery is a detective novel by A. A. Milne, first published in 1922. The novel follows the investigation of a murder at a country house in England and features the amateur detective duo of Antony Gillingham and his friend Bill Beverley.

The story begins with the arrival of Antony Gillingham at the Red House, where he intends to visit his friend Bill Beverley. However, he soon becomes embroiled in a murder investigation when the body of Mark Ablett’s long-lost brother, Robert, is discovered on the property.

Mark Ablett, the owner of the Red House and host of the ill-fated house party, has disappeared, and suspicion falls on him as the prime suspect. Gillingham decides to take up the role of detective, with Beverley as his assistant and sets out to solve the case.

As they investigate, Gillingham and Beverley uncover a web of secrets and lies among the house party guests and must sort through several plausible theories to get to the truth. The novel features several twists and turns, and readers will enjoy trying to piece together the clues alongside the amateur detectives.

The amateur detective duo of Antony Gillingham and Bill Beverley is delightful, with Gillingham playing the role of the Sherlock Holmes-style detective to Beverley’s Watson. The banter between the two men is clever and entertaining, and the dynamic between them highlights the novel.

The novel’s plot is well-crafted, with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing. Milne’s misdirection is particularly effective, and readers will be held on their toes as they try to solve the mystery alongside the amateur detectives.The Red House Mystery is notable for its wit, charm, and playful take on the classic detective novel. Milne’s writing is engaging and clever, and the book is a must-read for fans of the genre.

You can buy a copy of The Red House Mystery on Amazon here.


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