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

Pamela Beason

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KIDNAPPING…OR MURDER?

A MISSING BABY
Seventeen-year-old Brittany Morgan dashed into the store for just a minute, leaving her sleeping baby in the car. Now Ivy’s gone and half the town believes Brittany murdered her daughter.

A HAUNTED DETECTIVE
Detective Matthew Finn, a big-city fish out of water in small-town Evansburg, Washington, struggles with his wife’s betrayal as he investigates Ivy Morgan's disappearance. The clock is ticking and he can't find any witnesses.

AN UNUSUAL RESEARCH SUBJECT
Imaginative, manipulative, and volatile, with the intelligence of a five-year-old child, Neema cannot speak, but she knows enough sign language to invent jokes and insults. She can also hurl a grown man across the room. Neema is a gorilla.

A DISTRESSED SCIENTIST
After a psycho murdered one of her “talking” gorillas in Seattle, Dr. Grace McKenna relocated to the Evansburg area. Now with the economy on the rocks and her funding cut, her beloved gorillas Neema and Gumu are in jeopardy. When Neema repeats a story of a crying baby, a cucumber car, and a snake, Grace realizes her gorilla is the only witness to whatever happened to baby Ivy.

Does Grace dare go public with Neema’s sketchy clues? Can she afford not to?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0979876869
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildWing Press (Jan. 19 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WOX12O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story - wonderful heros June 26 2011
By Dina Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The anguish feels real! June 10 2011
By KateHess - Published on Amazon.com
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!
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder or kidnapping? June 14 2011
By Susan W. Madsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hip and socially relevant who-done-it Nov. 1 2012
By Chanticleer Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.

Beason manages to plunge deeply into the hearts and minds of her main characters without creating any interruption of narrative flow. Brittany Morgan's teen angst, Matt Finn's dealing with his wife leaving him as he adjusts to being a cop in a rural town, Grace McKenna's worries about the future of her underfunded project, Neema's feverish need to communicate: all intriguingly support and contribute to the smart pace of Beason's hip and socially relevant who-done-it. Indeed the author has a good time taking well-aimed shots at some of the peculiarities of our priority-challenged culture.

"The Only Witness" is a marvel of story-telling. Pamela Beason's novel is one of those rare gems that is intelligent and informative but also embracing and charmingly accessible. "The Only Witness" is the Grand Prize Award winner of Chanticleer Book Reviews Blue Ribbon Novel Contest.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read April 26 2011
By J. K. Clifford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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