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The Hydrogen Murder Mass Market Paperback – Jul 16 2004


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (July 16 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373264674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373264674
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,162,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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Format: Hardcover
In this delightful first Minichino murder mystery I met an unforgettable detective-scientist: Dr. Gloria Lamerino, a retired Berkeley Physics Professor and researcher returned to her Revere, Mass Italian-American roots, now a science-crime consultant...As a woman scientist of the same generation, I recognized the core of science truth in its credible plot, and empathized with all too human characters of scientists inhabiting the labs on both Coasts. Can today's practicing scientists, faculty and students in Academe or the lure of lucre in high-tech drive them to murderous thoughts and actions? Read this mystery to find out how and why, and you will also learn some science, some biographical sketches of great scientists, and the thought process of a woman physicist who beat great odds to practice her chosen profession as a scientist, and now as a science consultant to the Revere police. Great local color and great characters, from lifelong friends, to policemen and funeral home staff, and from star scientists to superannuated graduate students and lab technicians will win you over in this fast and lively read...and you will learn some science in the bargain too. Minichino is an avowed feminist, yet with a gentle and wistful touch, who extends equal opportunities to females both in science and in crime.
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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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By Ricky N. on May 22 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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By A Customer on April 21 1998
Format: Hardcover
The idea to link a series of mysteries to the periodic table is a brilliant one. The main character is bright and funny; I love the fact that the "older" woman is much more technical than any of the men in the book. And I love the fact that she lives above a mortuary! Make sure to get in on the ground floor of a series that promises to leave the "alphabet mysteries" in the dust--in quality and *definitely* in quantity!
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