10 Famous Authors Who Made Unlikely Genre Jumps

A. A. Milne

Did you know that A. A. Milne, author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, also wrote a popular whodunit? Four years before creating Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and the rest, Milne wrote The Red House Mystery, a classic English country house “locked-room” murder yarn in the Agatha Christie vein. The host of a house party receives an unexpected visit from his black-sheep brother, who swiftly winds up shot to death in a seemingly impossible manner. Famed critic (and regular at Dorothy Parker’s Algonquin Round Table) Alexander Woolcott pronounced it “one of the three best mystery stories of all time,” and it’s been in print pretty much continuously ever since.