The Red House Mystery, A.A. Milne (ed. Vintage Books)
Number of pages: 211
Release date: November 2009
Tags: Crime – Murder – British Literature – Novel – Mystery – Detective
Far from the gentle slopes of the Hundred Acre Wood lies The Red House, the setting for A. A. Milne’s only detective story, where secret passages, uninvited guests, a sinister valet and a puzzling murder lay the foundations for a classic crime caper. When the local police prove baffled, it is up to a guest at a local inn to appoint himself ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and, together with his friend and loyal ‘Watson’, delve deeper into the mysteries of the dead man.
The Red House Mystery is a lot gem from a time before Tigger and a perfectly crafted whodunnit with witty dialogue, deft plotting and a most curious cast of characters.
“Do you follow me, Watson?”
This short book is a mystery novel which shows the resolution of a mystery by two characters that act like Sherlock and Watson.
The main protagonist enters in this suspicious murder without being invited as a guest by the host. We can follow his thoughts while we read the story. He gives many clues that help us to discover the murderer. He is more open to talking about his hypothesis to his friend, the Major, than the real Sherlock. The revelation chapter is entirely different; you do not have the scene where everyone is meeting to listen to the conclusion of the detective.
The presentation of the secondary characters is not clear as you have a flashback but the author did not warn it. Nevertheless, the main protagonists complete each other as on the one hand, you have Anthony that he is immersed in his thoughts and the case and on the other end, the Major that take it less seriously, nearly as a game.
Conclusion: A good mystery novel that makes you doubt about the final.