Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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A Killing in Vegas 

Jessica tries to disprove charges against her friend's boyfriend, suspected of murdering a Las Vegas casino manager.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Jeff Kaake ... Eddie Wheaton
Andreas Katsulas ... Jerry Pappas
Howard Keel ... Larry Thorson
Stephen Macht ... Frank Stinson
Joan McMurtrey ... Alice Baxter
Amy O'Neill ... Susan Hartley
Richard Portnow ... Lt. Walt Murphy
Shelley Smith Shelley Smith ... Katherine McSorley
David Soul ... Wes McSorley
Andrew Johnson ... Ahmed Shankar (as Andrew Brye)
Bruce Gray Bruce Gray ... Ted Hartley
Lisa Melilli Lisa Melilli ... 2nd Waitress
Connie Sawyer ... Elderly Lady
Wendy Hoffman Wendy Hoffman ... Waitress


In Las Vegas to attend a major book convention, Jessica agrees to get in touch with Susan Hartley the daughter of a friend. She's working as a cocktail waitress at McSorley's Hotel and Casino where her boyfriend Eddie Wheaton works as a card dealer. When the casino's manager, Jerry Pappas, dies from a fall from his penthouse apartment Eddie, who's already been caught skimming chips at the blackjack table, is arrested. Working with the casino's security chief Larry Thorson and LVPD detective Lt. Walt Murphy, Jessica thinks there are a number of holes in the investigation and sets out to solve the crime. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

24 November 1991 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jessica inquires how & why her money on the roulette table doubled, Larry tells her that the chips were actually played on two numbers (13 &14) and that one of those "came in". He says that bet pays 2 to 1. Actually, that particular bet pays 17 to 1. See more »


References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Two murders in Las Vegas, what are the odds
5 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Another one of those interminable book tours brings Jessica Fletcher to Las Vegas where she's doing book signings at one of the city's gambling palaces. Also working there is Amy O'Neil daughter of her publisher as a hostess with her fiance Jeff Kaake as a dealer.

Kaake is a real piece of work. Security chief Howard Keel does catch him skimming chips and he's got no future in the casino industry. Which makes him look very good when one of the owners Andreas Katsulas does a swan dive off the Penthouse balcony. Later on pit boss Stephen Macht is found shot to death.

JB Fletcher is not happy especially since Kaake is exposed to be a liar, a cheat, and a thief. But she's not convinced he's a murderer and when JB Fletcher isn't satisfied she goes to whatever length there is to get the truth.

Nice establishing shots of Las Vegas and the inside of the casino do capture the ambiance. There's also a nice cameo by Connie Sawyer who asks Angela Lansbury to tend her slot machine while she goes for a pit break.

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