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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. A. Milne Narrator: William Sutherland Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Like all really nice people, you have a weakness for detective stories…The least that I can do is write you one.” So wrote A. A. Milne to his father, to whom he dedicated this delectable mystery. 

Mark Ablett’s stately mansion, the Red House, is filled with very proper guests when his most improper brother returns from Australia. The prodigal brother enters Mark’s study, the parlor maid hears arguing, and the brother dies—rather suddenly, with a bullet between his eyes. The study is locked from the inside, and Mark is missing!

Investigating the crime is wealthy Antony Gillingham, who rivals Sherlock Holmes in his remarkable powers of observation. He is aided by his friend, Bill Beverley, a cheerful young man in white flannels. Echoes of Christopher Robin and his friends chime nostalgically throughout this charming classic of detection!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is an agreeable book…written with a deceptive smoothness that is not as easy as it looks.”

    Raymond Chandler

  • “A detective comedy of pronounced élan and ingenuity.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Though Milne is immediately associated with Winnie-the-Pooh and pals, he nonetheless wrote a number of adult titles, including this 1922 novel in which guests at a country estate become amateur sleuths when a shooting occurs and all evidence points toward their host.”

    Library Journal

  • “This droll whodunit from the creator of Winnie the Pooh sparkles with witty dialogue, deft plotting, and an amusing cast. In between taking tea and playing billiards, an amateur detective and his chum investigate their genial host’s disappearance. A series of lighthearted capers ensues, replete with secret passageways, underwater evidence, and other atmospheric devices.”

    Goodreads.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steff | 2/13/2014

    " I wish he had written more of these mysteries. He could have done a whole series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bonnie Needles | 2/11/2014

    " After reading the book and then reading some of the reviews I agree with everyone! It was a delightful romp into an Edwardian era and so like Wooster and Christie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrea Sachs | 2/10/2014

    " Rather fun, old-fashioned mystery by Winnie The Pooh author - surprise! You get to unravel the mystery as the main character does - and there is little else about the book. The characters aren't very well defined, but you get some idea of them. It is mainly a puzzle to solve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Martine Peacock | 2/10/2014

    " The book captures a time when young men smoked pipes, linked arms, attended house parties held by wealthy hosts, and said, "Righto" a lot. I'm glad Milne moved on to Winnie-the-Pooh as I wouldn't bother with another of these mysteries if there were one. It's pleasant and droll, but no more. "

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