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THE ONLY WITNESS (The Neema Mystery Series Book 1) by [Beason, Pamela]
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Book 1 of 2 in The Neema Mystery Series (2 Book Series)
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"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"
   "Awesome!"
   "Riveting"

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: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildWing Press (January 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WOX12O
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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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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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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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I liked the twists and turns of the mystery and the involvement of the researcher and her signing gorilla. not too deep of a book but a pleasant enough way to spend a rainy afternoon. I would definitely try more from this author.
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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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When a baby in a rural Washington town disappears from her single-mom's car, the suspects include the teen mother herself, the child's college-student father, and his disgruntled parents. However, to Detective Matthew Finn, a Chicago transplant, there is a nagging similarity to other missing-baby cases in the region.

So far, that sounds like a typical suspense thriller, right? Beason rings in a game-changer, though, when she makes "the only witness" of the title a young female gorilla, the subject of an animal-communication study affiliated with a nearby college. Neema's handler/trainer and the head of the study, at first doesn't make the connection between a missing child and the baby-obsessed gorilla's repetitive signs about a crying baby and a "bad snake man". When the penny falls, Grace McKenna is torn between exposing her already-endangered project to public ridicule and the possibility that Neema did indeed witness an abduction.

Beason keeps the focus on the investigation and on the main characters, but underneath is the unstated question -- could a legal case be made on the testimony of such a witness? The story's resolution manages to sidestep this interesting notion, but it remains a fascinating conjecture that will keep the book in the reader's mind long after the story is put down.
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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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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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