Press Release: The Red House Mystery
A. A. Milne
Introduced by Ann Thwaite
Illustrated by Mark Thomas
‘A detective comedy of pronounced elan and ingenuity’
times literary supplement
From the pen that brought you Winnie-the-Pooh comes this tale of murder, deceit, jealousy and croquet. When ne’er-do-well Robert Ablett is found dead at his brother’s country home, a crime of passion or an unfortunate accident seem the most obvious explanations, but to would-be sleuth Antony Gillingham the death suggests a far stranger story.
This was A. A. Milne’s first and last – though successful – true venture into crime writing, a genre he declared a passion for. Light-hearted and gently suspenseful, The Red House Mystery is brilliantly crafted to offer the reader pleasure in both following Gillingham’s methods and attempting to outwit him.
This Folio edition features an introduction by Milne’s biographer Ann Thwaite, and Milne’s own original 1926 introduction. Mark Thomas has created a series of stylish colour images as well as integrated black and white illustrations. Also new to this edition is a plan of the eponymous house, devised by Thwaite and drawn by Thomas.
As Milne notes in his introduction, the crime writer has two choices when conveying the detective’s thought process – to ‘Watsonise or soliloquise’. Milne opts for the former, and in doing so creates two endearing characters who contrast and complement one another as they investigate croquetboxes, uncover secret passages and deploy sleeping dummies as cover for moonlit expeditions.
With sharp dialogue and a cast of engaging characters, this is a delightful caper for lovers of golden-age crime fiction, A. A. Milne fans and anyone who appreciates a lively, ingenious mystery.
Bound in cloth, blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Goudy Old Style with
Aphasia display. 224 pages. 5 colour illustrations and 9 integrated black & white images.
Illustrated endpapers. Printed slipcover. 9˝x 6¼˝.
UK £29.95 US $49.95 Can $59.95 Aus $62.95
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