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Fun locked-room mystery,
This review is from: The Red House Mystery (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
First published in 1922 "The Red House Mystery" is one of Milne's adult novels, a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery which vividly evokes its English country house setting as summed up in the opening paragraph:
"In the drowsy heat of the summer afternoon the Red House was taking its siesta. There was a lazy murmur of bees in the flower-borders, a gentle cooing of pigeons in the tops of the elms. From distant lawns came the whir of a mowing-machine, that most restful of all country sounds; making ease the sweeter in that it is taken while others are working."
The style of the book is light and witty and the character of Bill Beverley (exemplified by the expression 'Righto') makes a fun Watson to the novel's Holmes, the worldly Tony Gillingham, a jack of all trades who decides it might be fun to play detective. Certain features make this novel stand out from other mysteries of the era: for most of the book, for example, the stage is peopled by only three characters, and the narrative consists of a solution to the murder being gradually refined.
Highly recommended for those who like golden age detective stories.