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The Hydrogen Murder [Mass Market Paperback]

Camille Minichino
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July 16 2004 Worldwide Library Mysteries (Book 467)
Science and Murder

Why physicist Eric Bensen is murdered in his suburban Boston laboratory, scientist-turned-crime-consultant Gloria Lamerino is called in to investigate. A former colleague of the victim, her understanding of Bensen's breakthrough research on hydrogen and superconductivity convinces police detective and almost beau Matt Gennaro that this is a high-stakes crime with no shortage of suspects.

Bensen's research is a other lode with enormous potential for utilities and big business. But even nasty threats and the ransacking of her apartment don't deter Gloria from exposing large-scale tampering, deception and fraud by the members of Bensen's team. When the person with the most to gain from Bensen's death is murdered, as well, it takes her most brilliant analytical skills to identify a killer -- equally determined to make sure this case is Gloria's last.


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"Minichino has created a clutch of interesting suspects." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Physicist Gloria Lamerino is both an intelligent and appealing heroine who's impossible not to like, and there are enough satisfying plot twists to keep you turning pages right to the end." -- Susan Holzer, author of the Anneke Haagen Series

"The Hydrogen Murder is a stunning debut for Camille Minichino. You'll love Gloria Lamerino and her friends. It's a good thing the periodic table is big enough for a hundred more adventures on Revere Beach." -- Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum Series

"This first novel in a new series is a real find. Not only does Minichino, herself a physicist, clearly explain the scientific concepts relating to hydrogen and superconductivity, but she also offers a tightly constructed mystery with appealing, sympathetic characters. And her Boston ambiance holds its own with that of Parker, Tapply, Higgins, et al. There are numerous physician/medical examiner sleuths at the moment; now there's a physicist on the beat, too, and a very good one. Minichino is currently working on The Helium Murder, the next in the series. Watch for it." -- Booklist

"Witty physicist Gloria Lamerino provides fascinating insight into the mysteries of science. Minichino had better write faster-readers won't be satisfied until she's covered the entire periodic table." -- Penny Warner, author of the Connor Westphal Series

After retiring from teaching, fiftysomething physics professor Gloria Lamerino becomes a scientific consultant to the police department in her suburban Boston hometown. When Eric Bensen, a young physicist, is found murdered in his lab, Detective Seargeant Matt Gennaro asks Lamerino to determine whether the death was related to Bensen's research on hydrogen and superconductivity. Despite threats and a break-in at her apartment - made doubly spooky because Lamerino lives above a friend's funeral home - the scientist-turned-sleuth doggedly investigates, uncovering fraudulent dealings by members of Bensen's research team. This first novel in a new series is a real find. Not only does author Minichino, herself a physicist, clearly explain the scientific concepts relating to hydrogen and superconductivity, but she also offers a tightly constructed mystery with appealing sympathetic characters. And her Boston ambiance holds its own with that of Parker, Tapply, Higgins, et al. There are numerous physician/medical examiner sleuths at the moment; now there's a physicist on the beat too, and a very good one. Minichino is currently working on The Helium Murder, the next in the series. Watch for it. John Rowen Booklist 12/15/97 -- John Rowen, Booklist, 12/15/97 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

The first installment in Camille Minichino's new mystery series introduces an intrepid sleuth who is not afraid to brave the elements in Revere Beach, Massachusetts. When Gloria Lamerino returns to her hometown and signs on with the local police as a scientific consultant, she thinks her most exciting job will be testifying as an expert witness. But Gloria finds a challenge she doesn't expect: Eric Bensen, a former colleague, has been murdered. Gloria discovers that Eric was planning to expose fraudulent dealings by his research team. The suspects include a lecherous project director, the ambitious young female scientist, the apparently saintly post-graduate student, and last, but not least, Eric's unhappy wife. If you are like Gloria Lamerino, and murder makes your evening interesting, please join her as she risks her life to catch a killer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thinking person's mystery July 15 2000
Format:Hardcover
Thank you, Camille Minichio, for providing a protagonist who is a real person. Gloria Lamerino may be a fictional character but she seemed real to me. In addition to providing the reader with a compelling character to care about, the author gives us a plot that forces scientific insight and propels a lazy reader into becoming a thinking person. I am looking forward to more stories about this female detective!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Debut May 23 2000
Format:Hardcover
With the exceptions of Marcia Muller and Sue Grafton, I seldom enjoy mysteries with female sleuths. I will now have to add Camille Minichino to the list of "must read" novels with female sleuths. I am a chemist so I was interested because Minichino uses the periodic table to name her novels. Gloria Lamerino is a retired physicist who has returned to her hometown Revere, Massachusetts from California. The scientific insight she brings in the novel kept it going for me, and the puzzle and resolution were very impressive. The other characters, Rose, Frank, Peter, and Matt are very well drawn and I will look forward to them in her next mystery. In the last chapter, Gloria says that she's not looking for a "helium murder", but since I already have a copy, I know there is one, and I am really looking forward to reading it, as well as the other periodic table mysteries.
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Format:Hardcover
A unique contribution to the spate of books about female detectives by female authors. Minichino, herself a physicist, created Gloria Lamarino a retired physicist turned police consultant. All the elements are there for a "cozy." And they are shaped in a well plotted, three dimensional character study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a hip (and hippy) new sleuth! Jan. 1 2000
Format:Hardcover
At last we've discovered that a female sleuth can be over 50, a little heavy, and still attractive to men! Using herself as a model, Camille Minichino has begun a new series set in Revere, Massachusetts. With The Hydrogen Murder, Ms. Minichino introduces us to Gloria Lamerino, a retired physicist who has returned to her hometown populated with a delightful cast of Italian-Americans. Gloria becomes a police consultant when the local boys in blue discover they need someone with a scientific background as a "translator" in a murder case. Gloria is quickly swept up by the events surrounding the murder of a fellow researcher and is almost as quickly swept up in romantic feelings towards the detective who hires her. This is not a hardboiled mystery but a delightful story with local flavor and humor. I look forward to her continuing saga as Dr. Lamerino works her way through the periodic table.
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