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THE ONLY WITNESS (The Neema Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Pamela Beason
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A missing baby. A teenage mother suspected of murder. A jaded detective whose reputation is on the line. A signing gorilla destined for the auction block. A scientist who is about to lose everything. Will the revelation that a gorilla is the only witness to the crime save or doom everyone involved?

Editorial Reviews


"Wading into controversial themes, this rollicking thriller touches on human trafficking, teen pregnancy, and the role of animals in the lives of people." - Publishers Weekly

"Neema knows how to negotiate for a banana and steal your heart while doing it...a marvel of story-telling" - GRAND PRIZE WINNER - Chanticleer Book Reviews Blue Ribbon Contest

What readers are saying:
   "Great read for book clubs!"
    "This story grabbed me from the first chapter..."
    "The premise of this book is genius..."
    "...Even with a gorilla in the mix, it seemed much more realistic than most books these days..."
    "What an amazing plot, and it could really happen..."
    "Is there a sequel?...I want to go back to Evansburg."
   "A great story filled with great characters"

From the Author

As a private investigator, I have been involved in a few cases in which very young children provided crucial testimony.  I am also a lifelong animal lover and read everything there is relating to animal intelligence.  So when I learned that a gorilla has the IQ of a 5-year-old human child, I got to thinking...what if a gorilla that communicated in sign language was the only witness to a major crime? The communication skills and behavior of Neema and her mate Gumu are based on research studies I have read about the capabilities and behavior of Koko (a signing gorilla) and various chimpanzees who have been taught sign language.

I did not originally intend THE ONLY WITNESS to be part of a series, but because readers have expressed a lot of enthusiasm for Neema, I have now published a sequel, THE ONLY CLUE, and have a third book (and three gorillas) romping around inside my brain.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4482 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildWing Press (January 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WOX12O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story - wonderful heros June 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This story grabbed me from the first chapter where the perspective is from the gorilla witnessing the crime. I love stories that include the animals and wildlife but this story goes beyond to not only bridge the gap by including gorilla sign language but also shows how the gorilla is still a very large, mostly wild animal. I know the 16 year girl isn't the best mom but I liked her humanity, drive, and reality of the situation. My heart ached for her.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The anguish feels real! June 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Engaging story!
Can you imagine your infant daughter vanishing into thin air and half the town believing you'd murdered her? That's what the teen mom in this story has to go through. The stakes are high, the characters are believable, and you'll race through the pages to find that moment when the players will put the odd clues together to find baby Ivy.
Hard to put down, loved it!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder or kidnapping? June 14, 2011
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That's the question in Detective Finn's mind when an infant disappears from a car. He can't find any real clues and everyone is hounding him to solve the case when an anonymous tip finally comes in. After he tracks down the tipster, he's more frazzled than ever. Can a tip from a gorilla about a cucumber car and a snake really help to solve the case? Very unusual story, well told from multiple points of view.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hip and socially relevant who-done-it November 1, 2012
Seventeen -year-old Brittany Morgan's infant daughter was taken from her car--an apparent kidnapping. Brittany's young mind is quaking in attacks of hope, fear, guilt and desperation. Why would anyone take little Ivy from her? Where can Ivy be by now? Is she being held for ransom? Is she still alive?

Detective Matt Finn hopes so. As a recent transplant from the mean streets of Chicago, where experience taught him to expect the worst, to the relative innocence of a small town in the Pacific Northwest, where everyone already has an Ivy-fate theory, he knows that this investigation is not going to go smoothly. His clue file is empty and the clock is his enemy. If only he could find a witness to the crime! Well, Dr. Grace McKenna over at the "Talking Hands Ranch" just left what she hopes was an anonymous tip that might be able to help the investigation. It seems that one of her charges witnessed the snatching of baby Ivy.

In "The Only Witness" author Pamela Beason employs knowing doses of drama, humor, adventure and romance to polish her clever premise into a sparkling jewel; a friendly persuasion of plot and character development that maintains a high level of reader interest and fascination.

Beason's linguistic skills are evident in the often endearing scenes in which Dr. McKenna is patiently trying to coax some useful testimony from the agitated Neema who has a story to tell. Neema is the endearing gorilla that Dr. McKenna is teaching sign language to at Talking Hands Ranch. She is a dangerously strong and potentially aggressive "witness" with the IQ and attention span of a human five-year-old. Nevertheless, Neema knows how to negotiate for a banana and steal your heart while doing it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read April 26, 2011
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The premise of this book is genius - a signing gorilla as the only witness to a kidnapping. It's intriguing to explore the capabilities and emotions of a signing ape. And the other characters in this book are equally interesting, genuine, and fun to get to know. This book was hard to put down. The story woven by Ms. Beason is spellbinding and brilliant. I highly recommend this book and any others written by this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Read June 7, 2011
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There's nothing like trying to do a difficult job when everyone's watching you. I sympathized with Detective Matthew Finn, an outsider and the subject of much gossip in a small town, as he struggled first to sort out whether he was investigating a murder or a kidnapping, and then was faced with the dilemma of a lone eyewitness who was not human. The scenes where he meets and interviews the gorilla are priceless!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked me from the start May 15, 2011
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From page one of Pamela Beason's The Only Witness, I was hooked. So inside the head of a sixteen-year-old mom, Beason starts out with a loving but immature girl who leaves her baby in a carseat while she runs in to get diapers. Next to the girl's car is a van with dark windows, and inside a signing gorilla who witnesses what comes next.

I look forward to reading more from this author. She's a storyteller with unique and twisting plots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars just a touch of fantasy December 9, 2013
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Many sub plots made this book special love the interaction with the cats and his dog as he comes to like his pets. I would have liked an ending that was not quite as predictable.
However I will look forward to a taste of Pamela's later novels?
Good read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe every witness - not really.
The book was intriguing and kept my interest throughout. Seeing the crime from such a viewpoint seemed strange at first, of course, but then the reader was plunged into the world... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Marilyn D
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Communication between a human and a gorilla, ordinarily considered impossible, unexpectedly reveals evidence that would otherwise be unavailable to help solve a crime.
Published 2 months ago by Della
4.0 out of 5 stars A read that makes you look at all creatures with a different eye.
Love all Jane Goodall has done to help us understand these amazing creatures and this book makes it so real.
Published 3 months ago by Kathleen Wulf
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
This was a fun story to read, even though it was a serious topic about a baby kidnapping. I have always been interested in Koko, so this book had an immediate appeal for me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Gripping story line! Believable, the way it was written, one could actually believe that the story was true and not fiction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Witness review
I find it hard to describe just how wonderful this book is. The Only Witness is the first in the Neema mystery series written by w Pamela Beason. I can't wait to read the second. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I found this book fascinating and hope the author continues writing about these characters. The story was intelligent, warm and full of genuine people acting the way normal people... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rocky Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good book. Read it in one day.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars kept me entertained
looking forward to the 2nd book in this series. I'm a sucker for animals of all kinds, and this book was very well written. I am now a fan of Pamela Beason!
Published 4 months ago by Gabby
4.0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness
I thought the story line was very good. Good short read.
Published 4 months ago by ALS
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More About the Author

Pamela Beason lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes novels and screenplays and works as a private investigator. When she's not on the job, she explores the natural world on foot, in cross-country skis, in her kayak, or underwater scuba diving.

Pam is the author of eight full-length fiction works: RACE WITH DANGER (Book 1 of the Run for Your Life YA Adventure Series), THE ONLY WITNESS (1st of the Neema mystery series and Grand Prize winner in the Chanticleer Book Reviews Contest), THE ONLY CLUE (2nd of the Neema mystery series), ENDANGERED (1st in Summer Westin eco-mystery series), BEAR BAIT (2nd in Summer Westin series and winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award), and UNDERCURRENTS (3rd in the Summer Westin series), SHAKEN (1st of the Langston Green romantic series), and CALL OF THE JAGUAR. She also wrote the nonfiction titles SAVE YOUR MONEY, YOUR SANITY, AND OUR PLANET and SO YOU WANT TO BE A PI? She is currently working on her second YA adventure novel and sequels to SHAKEN and THE ONLY CLUE.

As an avid nature and animal lover, Pam challenges the human assumption that we are the superior species. Each of her titles takes readers on an adventure while reminding us that drifting through life is not enough; you have to live it.

Pamela Beason blogs and tweets about writing, outdoor adventures, and the value of being present in the moment. She looks forward to connecting with readers on her Twitter, Goodreads Page or Blog.

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