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The Only Witness (The Neema Mystery Series Book 1) by [Beason, Pamela]
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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?

The character of Neema in this series is based largely on everything the author has read about Koko, the signing gorilla, and studies of chimpanzees who have learned sign language.

About the Author

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildWing Press (Jan. 19 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WOX12O
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well moving plot with the unique twist of a gorilla being involved - that is believable. The characters are likeable and interesting to follow.
The only thing I wanted more of was additional knowledge about the villain.
Looking forward to reading the second book of the series.
Lawrence Verigin
Author of Dark Seed
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 684 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, you feel like your there, super good story! Loved it June 14 2016
By Kris - Published on Amazon.com
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WOW, this story had me from the start and I did not want to put the Kindle down
once I started reading it. So Good... I will read more from this Author, this is my
first of hers but I loved this one so I will read more.

Such good characters, I loved Neema,
This story is a bit different than others which was great to have a change.
I did get frustrated with the Detective a few times but it is so real because it is
the exact same way our real life detectives think and work a case.
I totally believe Gorillas can learn "SIGN" language.
I will recommend this series to others, very very GOOD and NO cliffhanger!
it has a beginning and an ending, and NOT allot of typos, just really GOOD.
NO SEX, NO BAD LANGUAGE, Just a good story!!!
writing is great too, she puts you right into the story with the characters...Cudos!

Happy reading.....
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story July 8 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mysteries I've ever read. Read this book, I promise you will not be disappointed. June 4 2016
By Ms. Knohmer - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't want to leave Evansburg. This amazing story touched my heart in so many ways, I don't have the words to express how much I loved this wonderful book. I felt the pain and hurt of the characters, the distress and fear of Neema and Gumu, and anger at the ignorance of the people who jumped to such terrible conclusions, gossiping to the entire town, without even knowing, or caring, how much they hurt an innocent girl. I felt her pain, her slide into depression, and her falling into mind numbing hopelessness, But, I admired her for never giving up, no matter what. The characters you created in this story are so very real to me. There are so many things I hope to find in the sequel, but I want it all to be a surprise, as well, as this story was. I'm starting the sequel as soon as I finish writing this review, even though its 2:30 am.

Pamela Beason, I hope and pray that those gorillas continue to romp around in your head and that you will continue to share their shenanigans with us. I can't wait to get back to Neema and Gumu... Neema stole my heart, and I can't wait to meet the one who steals hers. <3
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Jan. 12 2017
By suziqn6 - Published on Amazon.com
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I received a free copy of this book from BookBub. I chose to voluntarily review. This is my honest review.
This is the first book in a mystery series featuring Neema, a signing gorilla, written by Pamela Beason. There is her companion, Gumu, a detective, the woman in charge of the gorilla research, a young mother whose baby has been kidnapped, and various other humans in this mix. The most fascinating character is Neema, even though the mystery is told through the detective trying to solve the mystery of the kidnapped baby.
There are tangential issues tying into the gorillas that also weave through the book. As I don't care for spoilers, I won't point them out here, but they will make the reader think about more than one topic.
This book is a fascinating read all the way through for more than one reason. First, the lineup of characters, mentioned above. Secondly, the issues/topics tied into the plot of the book. Third, the plot of the book rocks! Fourth, the skill of the author in her presentation of weaving all these factors into a good mystery.
Beason not only entertains in this mystery, but educates the reader with great skill. Her use of emotions is excellent. This is an emotional book, as lots of people in it are feeling lots of different things for a variety of reasons. Yet, even with all the emotion, it isn't a sob fest, wringing hands, moaning and groaning type of book. It is hopeful and a page turner of a book that reads so well, I was halfway through it before I knew it.
I hadn't met a gorilla before today, but due to the authors' skill I feel as if I stood right in front of Neema as she signed with her research/teacher at the compound in Washington State at the edges of the forest. Reading this book was like watching the story unfold on a big screen in my mind. Beacons' descriptive talent helped me feel that.
There isn't a load of lengthy conversation during the course of the investigation, but the reader gathers more through thoughts of the players. That made the conversation even better as each person speaking was true to the personality given them by Beason.
So, there you have all the reasons to get this book, read, enjoy a great story, be challenged to think, be educated a bit, and wade through an investigation. I truly liked this book! It was solid and well written. Give it a try!
3.0 out of 5 stars Wishy-Washy Review of Wishy-Washy Book March 28 2017
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I thought that the plot was interesting and creative, but the story was written in such a way as to distance the reader from the action and characters. For example, the story would build up to a possibly very interesting police "finding", then that storyline would be dropped as we'd check in to see what another character was doing. Then the resolution of the first storyline would be revealed in some offhand remark later. The actual villain is never encountered, we just hear about him. Much of the significant action is done "off stage". Perhaps this is realistic in the realm of police procedural, but it makes for a less satisfying read. The characters are likeable enough, though rather cliché and paper-thin. Plus there was the minor irritant of a lot of typos. If you can suspend your disbelief about the major premise of meaningful dialog with a gorilla, it is a fast enough read with good police work.