Monkey business is probably not a strong enough description for the goings-on at the Colter Primate Center…this highly readable crime novel gives regional flavor to the lively point-counterpoint dialogue between the southern-fried detective and clueless-about-the-South Gemma Farnese, who is the lab’s New York-bred communications director, Thibault’s potential love interest and — possibly — a killer.


Exploring the lives and work of the characters who play out this entertaining mystery novel, I enjoyed reading every word of this nicely written book.

Lots of different characters, strange encounters and curious circumstances have you questioning right along to the very end.


Held my attention weaving back and forth through time to a surprise, heartfelt ending.

… a great classic style mystery. Emphasis 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 it!

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 The geographical and historical references were very well researched.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!

…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.

… an excellent read. for mystery readers like me it offered interest and suspense. I’m looking forward to its sequel.

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

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….

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