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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 determine Chatterley was murdered he becomes Suspect Number One. And then the FBI descends on his convention booth accusing his company of money laundering. He’s an ordinary boring guy. How is all of this happening to him? When it looks like the Vegas police have him tried and convicted of a murder he didn’t commit before they even arrest him, he feels it’s up to him to prove his innocence by following the clues of Chatterley’s life. Not an easy task since she’s changed her name and was either running from something or someone or she’s hiding something. But he’s watched lots of crime shows on television. He’s got this handled. Right?
This is one engaging story. Patton is an interesting guy even if he acts goofy sometimes. Following him around as he tries to discover about Chatterley is quite entertaining. The mystery is twisty, the characters are well-developed and the story is sprinkled with humor. Plus, I love his occupation. Are there really companies out there like that? If not, why not?! Of course, it might be a tad hard to keep bugs contained in your yard to do their job. Wide open spaces, doncha know. Still…interesting idea.
All-in-all an entertaining humorous mystery that will have you smiling while you try to figure out who the killer is.