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By Jove! What a mystery...
on 4 October 2014
I had no idea that AA Milne had written an amateur detective story until I saw the CRA blog (Crime Friction Lover) on Twitter and my curiosity piqued.
This is a decent, clean murder mystery without a hint of the gratuitous. Even the murder appeared to be described in a nice manner. It’s a typical, traditional whodunit: an apparent locked room problem with a little intrigue is included into a relatively short read. It’s written in quite refreshing and upbeat way, which to be honest I didn't expect.
The characters were interesting and the ending’s pretty good. However, there was one minor irritation part way through, as Milne allowed his amateur “Sherlock” to share his findings/thoughts in painstaking detail. Given the fact that this is a short book anyway I found this unnecessary.
If you want a light-hearted, cosy crime story that you could read on a slow afternoon then look no further than ‘The Red House Mystery’. All things being equal, I’m glad I stumbled upon the opportunity to discover it myself.
A small comment about the cover and the print:
I found the typeface coupled with the narrow line spacing difficult to read. Also, the cover is looked like it was produced on matt card from your average printer. Yes, I appreciate that it’s a ‘vintage’ paperback, but I would have expected something a little nicer for the price.