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The Only Clue

(The second book in the Neema Mystery series)
A novel by

Gorillas that communicate in sign language aren't exactly commonplace, so when Dr. Grace McKenna reluctantly hosts the first open house at her research center, half the town of Evansburg, Washington shows up to gawk. The next morning, Grace discovers that her worst nightmare has come true. All three apes - Gumu, Neema, and baby Kanoni - have vanished, leaving behind only one clue: a huge pool of blood.
Grace is frantic. She hopes the apes have simply escaped into the nearby forests. If the press learns of her gorillas' disappearance, the county will revoke her permit to keep the apes.
Detective Matthew Finn is sure that a criminal is at work. He risks his job for Grace by agreeing to keep the disappearance secret while doing his best to solve the crime. Has the maniac who murdered Grace's first gorilla returned? Have Grace's trusted staff members, who belong to the controversial Animal Rights Union, 'liberated' the apes? Or have exotic animal dealers stolen the valuable gorillas to sell on the illegal wildlife market?

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


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Used availability for Pamela Beason's The Only Clue

Paperback Editions

June 2016 : Paperback

Title: The Only Clue: A Neema Mystery
Author(s): Pamela Beason
ISBN: 0-9976420-3-3 / 978-0-9976420-3-2
Publisher: Wildwing Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2013 : USA Paperback

Title: The Only Clue: A Neema Mystery (The Neema Mysteries) (Volume 2)
Author(s): Pamela Beason
ISBN: 0-9912715-0-5 / 978-0-9912715-0-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: WildWing Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Only Clue (The Neema Mystery Series Book 2)
Author(s): Pamela Beason
Publisher: WildWing Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA