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Publisher's Summary

"Like all really nice people, you have a weakness for detective stories.... After all that you have done for me, the least that I can do is write one." So wrote A. A. Milne, beloved creator of Winnie the Pooh, 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 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

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A Classic

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.

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  • Todd
  • Worcester, MA, USA
  • 10-17-03

difficult listen

Loved the book - thought I might enjoy listening to it, but couldn't get past the terrible, flat narration.

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You should still get it.

The audio quality is not the greatest. It’s understandable but that’s about the best part. However the story is well written and is definitely worth the listen. Hopefully Audible will redo this book with a better recording in the future.

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Difficult to understand narrator

Would you try another book from A. A. Milne and/or William Sutherland?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

It had a really interested plot

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Sutherland?

Hugh Frazer

Did The Red House Mystery inspire you to do anything?

No

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  • Louisa
  • 11-24-06

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.

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  • Satinalibrary
  • 12-15-12

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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  • franwan
  • 04-01-18

agatha christie could not have done better

What did you like most about The Red House Mystery?

I love agatha christie for as much as her characters as stories, however, this is a distinctly male voice and the main protagonist is entertaining, young and non judgemental

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Red House Mystery?

when the protagonists sidekick had to pretend to go to bed