Murder at Beechlands didn't do too much for me--even though I love the cover. It took me forever to read it, and I must have read 3 or 4 books in between beginning and finishing this one.
I left it at the table outside where I often sit and read, but it dragged. And dragged. Still, I wanted to know who did it, so I read other books, but kept going back and spending a little time with this one.
Here is the synopsis form Powell's Books:
Inspector Lane Parry of Scotland Yard finds himself on a busman's holiday when he forced to take refuge from a heavy snowstorm in a country hotel while traveling in Sussex in January 1948. At first, he mistakes the guests for inmates in a lunatic asylum until the body of Wing Commander Lawton (Lawty) Lawrence is found in the snow. First pubished in 1948 in the U.K. as A Party for None and in the U.S. as A Party for Lawty. It is the second book of the Parry duet. The first, Murder at Shots Hall, is also available from TheRue Morgue Press.
Fiction. Country House Mystery. Original publ. date, 1948. 187 pages.