The Red House Mystery (Version 2)


Read by Kirsten Wever

(4.5 stars; 11 reviews)

Author A. A. Milne is best known to the world as the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh. Yet Milne was versatile, having written dozens of plays, humorous articles, books and – The Red House Mystery. In which…

Mark Ablett is the massively narcissistic owner of The Red House, a beautiful English country mansion. The estate is managed mostly by Mark’s side-kick and younger cousin, Cayley. As a wealthy artiste, Mark has chosen his handful of guests both to pander to his self-image and to allow him near-total control of virtually all aspects of his luxurious country house “show,” as it were.

In the novel’s first eight hours, Milne presents a literary tour-de-force: first, the unexpected arrival (after 15 years’ absence) of Robert, Mark’s n'ere-do-well brother from Australia; second, Robert’s murder; and third, Mark’s own disappearance. Enter Antony Gillingham, our brilliant but modest gentleman sleuth. He arrives on a passing visit to his young friend Bill, one of Mark’s house guests, who later becomes the faithful “Watson” to Antony’s Holmes. Follows the juxtaposition of three distinct theories of the crime (or perhaps, given Mark’s disappearance, crimes) as put forward by Antony, by Mark’s confidant, Cayley, and by local police Inspector Birch. It is of course Antony, with Bill’s help, who solves this this delightful and extremely well-crafted mystery. - Summary by Kirsten Wever (7 hr 12 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 - Mrs. Stevens is Frightened 16:55 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 2 - Mr. Gillingham Gets Out at the Wrong Station 20:28 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 3 - Two Men and a Body 18:51 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 4 - The Brother from Australia 19:01 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 5 - Mr. Gillingham Chooses a New Profession 21:12 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 6 - Outside Or Inside? 16:28 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 7 - Portrait of a Gentleman 16:12 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 8 - “Do You Follow Me, Watson?” 23:07 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 9 - Possibilities of a Croquet Set 21:19 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 10 - Mr. Gillingham Talks Nonsense 20:02 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 11 - The Reverend Theodore Ussher 18:46 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 12 - A Shadow on the Wall 15:12 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 13 - The Open Window 19:49 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 14 - Mr. Beverley Qualifies for the Stage 19:01 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 15 - Mrs. Norbury Confides in Dear Mr. Gillingham 21:01 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 16 - Getting Ready for the Night 20:50 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 17 - Mr. Beverley Takes the Water 29:12 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 18 - Guess-work 16:31 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 19 - The Inquest 21:15 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 20 - Mr. Beverley is Tactful 13:58 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 21 - Cayley’s Apology 27:19 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 22 - Mr. Beverley Moves On 15:36 Read by Kirsten Wever