Monkey business is probably not a strong enough description for the goings-on at the Colter Primate Center. When an unpopular researcher turns up dead, Sgt. Steve Thibeault’s investigation is met with a web of academia-infused deceit, professional reputations at stake, and an abundance of suspects. No one, it seems, lacked a motive for wishing the abrasive Walter Benson dead. Tucson-based author Ibanez has set this highly-readable crime novel in 1990s’s North Carolina, which gives regional flavor to the lively point-counterpoint dialog between the southern-fried detective and clueless-about-the-South Gemma Faranese, who is the lab’s New York-bred communications director, Thibeault’s potential love-interest, and—possibly—a killer. Mystery fans will be glad to know that this is the first in a planned series of three mysteries featuring Sgt. Steve Thibeault. The second title in the Carolina Trilogy, “A Dowitcher’s Dirge,” is also available.

—Helene Woodhams

April 28, 2017

Exploring the lives and work of the characters who play out this entertaining mystery novel (“A Mockingbird’s Song”), I enjoyed reading every word of this nicely written book.

April 2017

Lots of different characters, strange encounters and curious circumstances have you questioning right along with Gemma to the very end. (“A Dowitcher’s Dirge”)

April 2017

Held my attention weaving back and forth through time to a surprise, heartfelt ending. (“A Tanager’s Tale”)

March 27, 2016

A Mockingbird’s Song is a great classic style mystery. Emphisis is on a well developed plot, rather then gruesome violence or detailed sexual encounters. If you enjoyed the Murder She Wrote book or TV series, you will love A Mockingbird’s Song!

March 26, 2016

Most books are predictable from chapter 3. This book was an easy enjoyabe read, but I had no idea how it would end, until the last 10 pages. I loved the various settings, in different areas, of North Carolina. The geographical and historical references were very well researched. This book keeps you engaged and thinking!


April 29, 2015

A Mockingbird’s Song is a well-crafted and engaging Who Done It. Written by Andrea Ibanez, it offers an interesting social milieu, memorable characters, intelligent dialogue, colorful locations, and logical developments. And while the center of the story is the investigation of a murder, the author nevertheless manages to produce a good deal of subtle, wry humor.

November 18, 2015

A Mockingbirds Song was an excellent read. for mystery readers like me it offered interest and suspense. im looking forward to its sequel.

April 21, 2015

Andrea has a keen ear for dialogue, bringing the threads of the mystery together to a satisfying ending.

April 8, 2015

Completely prejudiced. I adore the author, so I was expecting to love her book, and now hope to see her creation expanded to a full series. And maybe bring it to the screen….