This is a country house mystery, but the country house is in part a pub where everyone drinks. The victim is killed while at the bar.
The story takes place during the Blackout in WW II. It is also filled with how people look at women and men in terms of gender roles. The possible suspects include a jealous wife, two wanna be alpha males, a writer, and the bartender.
The mystery is solved by a man sent from London, who is conflicted.
It's entertaining but not particularly enthralling.