A refreshing blend of wit and intrigue, A. A. Milne’s only mystery novel is a masterpiece

Mark Ablett is not really a snob—not the worst kind of snob, at least. He simply prefers artists to everyone else, and the discussion of his own creative abilities to any other talk whatsoever. His vanities are easily forgiven especially since he is generous with his money—inherited not from his clergyman father but from a neighborhood spinster who took a liking to him—and he is always willing to play the host at the Red House, his delightful country estate.

One lazy summer morning, as his guests enjoy breakfast before a round of golf, Mark opens a surprising letter. His brother Robert, the black sheep of the family, gone some fifteen years now, is back from Australia and plans to call at the Red House that very afternoon. It is the first that Mark’s friends and servants have heard of a brother, but that shock is nothing compared to what happens next: After being shown into an empty office to wait for the master of the house, Robert is shot dead. Mark is nowhere to be found, not unlike the pistol that fired the fatal bullet. It is up to Tony Gillingham, man of leisure, and his young friend Bill Beverley to assume the roles of Sherlock and Watson and solve a crime so clever that Alexander Woollcott pronounced it “one of the three best mystery stories of all time.”

Beloved children’s author A. A. Milne was a great fan of detective stories. His first and last attempt at the genre is an absolute delight—one of the most original and charming novels of the Golden Age of crime fiction. 

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Alan Bennett reads A.A. Milne's much-loved stories about a small bear and his friends. The collection includes; Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner and A Party for Pooh.

What is the connection between a bear of very little brain and a honey pot? Usually it's the very sticky paw of Winnie the Pooh, as he takes a break between adventures for a little something. In these stories, taken from the book 'Winnie-the-Pooh', Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place, Eeyore loses a tail, Piglet meets a Heffalump, Eeyore has a birthday and gets two presents, and an expedition is mounted to the North Pole! As usual they are accompanied by Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl - to say nothing of Pooh's very clever young human friend, Christopher Robin. Now with a musical introduction, Alan Bennett gives A.A. Milne's characters the voices you felt they were always meant to have in this collection of stories about Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Owl.

The stories are:
Winnie-the-Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place
Pooh and Piglet Nearly Catch a Woozle and Eeyore Loses a Tail
Piglet Meets a Heffalump
Eeyore has a birthday and Gets Two Presents
Christopher Robin Leads an Exposition to the North Pole
A House is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore
Tigger Comes to the Forest and has Breakfast
A Search is Organdized and Piglet Nearly Meets the Heffalump Again
Pooh Invents a New Game and Eeyore Joins In
Piglet Does a Very Grand Thing and Owl Moves House
Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest
Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water
Christoper Robin Gives Pooh a Party
Tiggers Don't Climb Trees
Rabbit has a Busy Day
Tigger is Unbounced

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