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The hydrogen murder
Minichino, Camille.
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[Large print edition].
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Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2004.

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311 pages ; c 23 cm
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Scientist Gloria Lamerino, now a crime consultant, is called in to investigate the murder of a Boston physicist, whose breakthrough research on hydrogen and superconductivity could be the key to his death.

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Booklist Review

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 Sergeant 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 ambience 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. (Reviewed December 15, 1997)0803492685John Rowen

Publisher's Weekly Review

This mystery by a physicist, the first in a projected series, is a fairly simplistic effort in which the science lore is more compelling than the plot. Gloria Lamerino, newly retired from a physics career in California, has returned to her hometown north of Boston to work with the Revere police on science-related cases. Her first involves the death of Eric Bensen, shot in his physics lab. Eric apparently discovered a glitch in the physics research from which he and his fellow workers had expected a lucrative breakthrough. Gloria, who has taken a room above her friend Rose's business, which just happens to be a mortuary, balances an attraction for her police contact, Sergeant Matt Gennaro, with the possessive attentions of old boyfriend, Peter Matrone. The complications of her love life threaten to overwhelm the investigation. Minichino, however, has created a clutch of interesting suspects, including Bensen's co-workers Ralph Leder, Connie Provenza and Jim Guffy, as well as Eric's neglected wife, Janice. Gloria's handling of the complicated data that figures into the case puts both her sleuthing and her scientific prowess to the test, and her love of opera makes for quaint if predictable asides, given her Italian heritage. When a second murder occurs, however, Gloria and the killer meet in an improbable, disappointing conclusion. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved