A A Milne's name is so closely associated with Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and the 100-acre Wood, that it comes as a surprise to find him writing an Agatha Christie-style 'locked-room' mystery (published in 1922). It was immediately popular; Alexander Woollcott called it "one of the three best mystery stories of all time", though Raymond Chandler wrote "It is an agreeable book, light, amusing in the Punch style, written with a deceptive smoothness that is not as easy as it looks [...] Yet, however light in texture the story may be, it is offered as a problem of logic and deduction. If it is not that, it is nothing at all. There is nothing else for it to be. If the situation is false, you cannot even accept it as a light novel, for there is no story for the light novel to be about." In true mystery fashion, the story draws the reader on relentlessly to the final denouement, and, once started, the book is very hard to put down.
Alan Alexander Milne (1882–1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems, although he was a noted playwright before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. He served in both World Wars, in the British Army in WWI, and the British Home Guard in WWII. His one mystery novel preceded the 'Pooh' books by some 4 years.
Our copy is in good general condition for its age, and miraculously retains the outer paper dust jacket (unclipped), though this is not intact, both flaps being separate from the main body, and the spine cover quite badly torn. It has, however, done its protective job well, and the book itself is bright, firmly bound, with pages only lightly browned and a few brown spots inside the covers. The spine is torn at the lower R/H angle and a little worn at the top, but these are the only external signs of wear. An excellent copy.