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A Death in Vegas

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In A Death in Vegas, the president of BenBugs, a company that specializes in beneficial bugs for organic gardening, discovers a young woman dead in his Las Vegas hotel suite. She had worked as a sexy lady bug at his convention booth—and he had nothing to do with her death.

While that’s being investigated, the FBI raids his booth on a money-laundering scam that he knows
Paperback, 174 pages
Published August 15th 2014 by White Whisker Books (first published July 28th 2014)
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Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Who does just good things?”

Imagine a Humphrey Bogart's character without the knowledge and experience of a detective. This is, in my view, our “culprit” Patton Burch (“[...] as in tree.” / “With a U, not an I”): an average man with an ordinary successful life who, pushed by the police prejudice, transforms himself into an amateur but tenacious detective.

“I’m not a cop or a private eye, true—doesn’t mean I’m not doing the right thing."
The plot, well built, plays with the innocence and guilt of
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I loved, loved, and loved A Death in Vegas by Christopher Meeks. It is a standalone mystery but it could easily be the start of a series. Patton Burch, like the tree except spelled with a u instead of an i) is the president of BenBugs, a company that sells beneficial bugs to gardeners. That they don’t have to use sprays. Patton is at a business convention in Las Vegas. He hired a smart, sexy and engaging model named Chatterley to pose as a bug at his booth. She meets him for dinner with her ...more
Sherry Fundin
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I love the cover and title for A Death In Vegas by Christopher Meeks. It foreshadows this intriguing mystery as Patton stumbles, fumbles and gropes his way through the investigation of the murder of Samantha (Chatterley), looking for his own answers.

How does a bug guy at a convention end up waking in the morning to find a dead girl in his hotel room? The premise is pretty cliché, but the way Patton conducts his own investigation is not. You will want to read A Death In Vegas to find out.

He could
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for and honest review.

Patton Burch, owner of BenBugs, is at a Lawn and Garden convention in Vegas when he wakes up to find the woman playing a ladybug at his booth dead in his hotel room. Even though nothing happened between him and the beautiful Chatterley, now that she’s dead, in his room, everyone’s going to think he was banging the ladybug. And that includes his wife. Oh, dear. But that’s not the end of his troubles. When forensics
Becky Willis
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With his wife missing; in his somewhat shaky marriage, he is now on a quest to find out what happened to the girl in his room. Is her name really Chatterley? Why was she frightened the night before her death? Was her death due to her asthma? Or was she possibly murdered. All Patton knows is he didn’t kill her and now has to figure out who did.

Patton is easy to like right from the start. I felt myself feeling sorry for him. In a sense I started routing for him with all of his luck not going his
Jessica Bronder
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Patton Burch is the owner of BenBugs, a company that provides bugs for organic gardeners to use instead of chemicals. He is at a lawn and garden show in Las Vegas. With the insistence of his wife, he has hired a young, beautiful girl, Chatterly, to be a sexy ladybug at his booth. After the first day and a strange series of circumstances he runs into Chatterly after the show and has dinner with her. This leads to her spending the night in his hotel room, innocently, and him finding her dead the ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I didn't intend to read this book in a single day, I swear it was an accident! I just sat down thinking I would read the first few chapters and before I knew it, well, let's just say I was roped in.
I'm a big fan of anything mystery-related. I love whodunits, detective shows, true crime, all of it. So, when I tell you I've never read a mystery novel quite like this before, that should really mean something.
The premise is as follows: Patton Burch is the head of a beneficial bugs company (the kind
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Death in Vegas by Christopher Meeks is a highly recommended crime novel in which a murder suspect becomes the investigator.

Patton Burch is attending the lawn and garden show in Vegas representing BenBugs, a company he owns that specializes in beneficial bugs for organic gardeners. He has hired a model, who calls herself Chatterly Langstrump, as a sexy lady-bug girl for his booth, hoping to attract business. It seems to be working, so when Patton sort of bumbles into Chatterly at a restuarant
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
`I didn't sleep with her. I'm not my dad.'

Having read and reviewed every book and play written by the gifted Christopher Meeks it was with some trepidation to pick up a novel with a title BLOOD DRAMA packaged by a cover that suggested he'd joined the au courant genre of spy and murder and intrigue army of writers, forsaking his own quirky and deliciously entertaining usual topics of onstage interpersonal relationship scenarios of his previous books. Had he sold out to the bigger market of
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I was so excited to hear that Christopher Meeks wrote another book! I leaped at the chance to review it. As a fan of his work, I am thankful that he is able to publish new works in a timely fashion!
Meeks is a prolific writer across genres of short stories, literary fiction, and more recently, crime mysteries. This time he is back with his second crime mystery. Is it as good as the first, 'Blood Drama'?
It is no secret that I have not been a big fan of mystery books however, with 'Blood Drama',
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advance Reader's Copy for an honest review.

I have always liked mystery/suspense novels but I enjoyed this one even more than usual. Christoper Meeks' writing is just what I like: he tells a good story and he gets right to the point. You have to read every word or you'll miss something important.

The main character, Patton Burch, is a regular nice guy with a big heart in a stagnant marriage. When he's accused of murder by the police and cheating by his wife, he sets out to find out
Freda Mans-Labianca
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fantastic whodunit!
I really like Patton. He's the character that gets the job done. If it wasn't for Patton, there'd really be no story. He is literally both the cause and effect.
Reading along trying to piece together the story was fun. I thought I had it a couple of times, only to find I was dead wrong. I'm quite impressed with the mind-bending ending. I expected it once, then was thrown way off, so when things really did happen I was in aw and thrilled.
Great writing for such a small story,
Cristy Kidd
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Virtual Author Book Tours, I received A Death in Vegas in return for my honest review.

A Death in Vegas, by Christopher Meeks is a crime novel that could (and *cough* should) turn into a series. The story revolves around Patton Burch, the president of BenBugs, which is a company that specializes in beneficial bugs for organic gardening. He’s in Vegas to host a convention booth and when the woman he hired to accompany him (dressed as a sexy ladybug) is found dead he’s put into a
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Patton Burch, in Las Vegas at a convention where he and his staff are manning a booth for his beneficial bugs company, has serendipity go all to hell when he has dinner the first night, and sees his ladybug model in serious discourse with another young woman. Following a lapse in judgment at a taxi, Patton finds himself with the ladybug, who goes by the name Chatterly, in his room. She complains of feeling ill, apparently asthma-related and falls asleep atop the bed of the married Burch. In the ...more
Adan Ramie
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a fast, interesting read about a protagonist that was a little unusual to me.

It wasn't that he was a middle-aged, straight, white guy that was strange, but what he did for a living - a sustainable, eco-friendly seller of bugs as an alternative to pesticides.

I really liked that aspect of the book, because it was something I had never considered could be a career, and it lent a lot of knowledge to the character that he wouldn't have had otherwise.

The mystery itself was a pretty good
Donadee's Corner
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone of this genre
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Teddy Rose
Christopher Meeks - A Death in Vegas - Reviewed 9/19/19
Sexy young model, murder, money laundering, mob ties, and wine how does it all fit?????

Patton Burch, hired a beautiful young woman to bring in sales at a convention in Vegas because his wife said it would work. The next thing he knows, he wakes up and she is dead in his room, just because he was a good guy and he felt she needed help. He is charged with murder. Then the FBI raids his booth at the convention because they think he is
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Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Patton Burch isn't having the best time of his life. Having done nothing wrong except hiring a beautiful sales assistant for his business at a Vegas convention, he is now slapped with charges of murdering her. To make things worse, the FBI raids his booth in the convention and suspect him money-laundering. And to topple the fate against him, his wife goes missing. But Burch isn't a despairing protagonist. He takes this into his hands and sets about solving the mysteries one after another, ...more
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book that I had ever read by Christopher Meeks, so I was not sure what to expect. It was an amazingly written crime novel where Patton Burch is the prime murder suspect in the death of Chatterly. While attending a lawn & garden show in Las Vegas to promote his company BenBugs, Patton had hired Chatterly at the advice of his wife to draw in potential investors because sex appeal sells. His wife’s plan definitely worked because the clients were showing interest in his booth ...more
Ruth Hill
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
There is nothing like a good murder mystery, and this one captured me from the outset. From the opening chapter when the corpse was introduced to the exciting conclusion, this book is a quick read that will keep your attention throughout.

For me, I will admit that there were times I was not as interested in the story line as I would have liked to have been. Hence the 3.5-star rating. This does not denote poor writing. I think had the book been longer and had more of a chance to develop, I would
Victoria Brinius
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great story that had a few different mysteries wrapped up into one great book. I was worried that Patton Had been the killer, and disposed of his wife as well. The book did not really have enough "Vegas" in it for me, however it was a great look into trade shows and hotel rooms. As the book got closer to the end the plot started to thicken and the FBI was also tracking the Burch's. It was interesting how the author left off the Burch's relationship, and I would love to see them in ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect based on the title and the brief summary I read. As I read the book I was drawn in a number of ways as this story truly unfolds and becomes more complex page by page. I really enjoyed the main character and the way the story spread out and certainly was guessing right until the end of the book. If you are looking for a crime mystery this book is worth a read. The book left me wanting to read more from Mr. Meeks.

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Christopher Meeks first published short stories in such literary journals as Rosebud, The Clackamas Literary Review, The Santa Barbara Review, The Southern California Anthology, and The Gander Review. His stories are now available in two collections, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea and Months and Seasons. He has four novels: The Brightest Moon of the Century, a story that Marc Schuster of Small ...more