book beginnings on Friday: The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. (You might also consider visiting the original post where you can link to your own book beginning.)

The Red House Mystery is the only mystery novel (so says the back of my book) by A.A. Milne, who is famous for his Winnie the Pooh series – which of course I love (doesn’t everyone? I like to quote Eeyore), but apparently Milne was forever offended that the world recognized him for his children’s books and not for his adult writings. Well, I’m going to give you a shot, Milne, as Pooh was obviously genius, and I like mystery novels.

Here is the book beginning:

In the drowsy heat of the summer afternoon the Red House was taking its siesta. There was a lazy murmur of bees in the flower-borders, a gentle cooing of pigeons in the tops of the elms. From distant lawns came the whir of a mowing-machine, that most restful of all country sounds; making ease the sweeter in that it is taken while others are working.

How lovely is that? I think I shall enjoy this book. It has the same whimsical, leisurely, pleasant tone as Pooh (oh forgive me Milne, it’s a compliment).

4 Responses

  1. I didn’t know that he wrote mysteries! And I kind of like this beginning too! It really sets the scene well.

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

  2. O this sounds good. I love a good mystery.

  3. […] The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne, and it was delightful! (My post will be up in a few days.) […]

  4. […] the Pooh books. I love Pooh, and I love detective novels, so this seemed like an obvious choice. I noted a few weeks ago that it begins with a tone very like Pooh. I was […]

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