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 the 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 the perfect Watson, 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!
Public Domain (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks
This is one of the best books I have heard. Okay, the voicing's not great but the story more than makes up for it. The solution is out of the ordinary and a surprise for those who don't follow the clues closely.
I won't buy another book narrated by William Sutherland. He was too difficult to understand - I guess his accent was too strong and he sounded muffled.
It had a really interested plot
"A sweet book but just a bit boring"
As the introduction explains, AA Milne wrote this book to amuse his father ? and it reads like a bit like a charade. It does have a slightly Pooh-ish quality to it, but lacks the essential humour of Pooh. It should probably be seen as a literary curiosity. However, the reading by William Sutherland is definitely on the poor side. Were this book to be read by somebody who really camped it up or even sent it up, this could be a very amusing listen. One can?t help thinking Milne intended the book to be transformed into a stage play with people in flannels coming in through French windows, and the reading needs something of that atmosphere to make it swing. Not worth going for if you pay for your books by the unit, but perhaps worth trying if you have a monthly subscription and are interested in the early history of murder stories.
"Poor sound quality"
Was really excited to listen to this book but can't bear more than 5 minutes. It sounds like the narrator is running out of batteries in a tunnel, just a slow drone with background hissing. I'd advise a different recording, though perhaps if you have to tech to speed him up it wouldn't be so bad.
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