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The Beryllium murder

by Minichino, Camille.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Fiction F MIN
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F MIN
Sporting brains, hips, and a sense of adventure, fifty-six-year-old Gloria Lamerino single-handedly proved her mettle as a shrewd physicist-sleuth in The Lithium Murder, and she's about to do it again.

Gloria suspects something is amiss when she learns that Gary Larkin has died of beryllium poisoning in his Berkeley, California, physics laboratory. The police deem his death a tragic accident, but Gloria, who has worked with Gary before, knows better. She heads out to the West Coast, determined to uncover the truth. In the process, she finds herself enmeshed in the search for a missing teenager. Internet pornography, beryllium disease, jealous coworkers, nasty divorce proceedings, and an illegitimate child. All are pieces of the puzzle, and it isn't long before Gloria discovers that her two parallel investigations are linked in ways even she never expected. The Beryllium Murder transports us to the scenic Berkeley hills--and to a self-contained world where hard science and sudden death meet.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The fourth mystery to feature Gloria Lamerino, the physicist turned amateur sleuth, offers an engaging yarn: perhaps not edge-of-the-seat exciting, but comfortable and suspenseful enough to keep readers' interest to the end. This time around, Lamerino investigates the death of a former colleague and discovers that, unlikely as it seems, his murder may be connected with the disappearance of a teenage boy. Minichino, herself a retired physicist, is only a journeyman stylist, but her plots are convoluted enough to keep readers guessing without being excessively difficult, and her characters are a notch above the assortment of suspects and villains who often populate this sort of story. Readers who like mysteries on the gentle side of the scale may find the ground here a tad familiar, but it's hard to imagine anyone being displeased. --David Pitt"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Of all the nomenclatural devices mystery authors have devised to gain recognition, none may be more ambitious or obscure than Minichino's use of the periodic table. This is the fourth in the author's series of elemental mysteries (following Hydrogen, Helium and Lithium). Fortunately, here, as before, knowledge of science is not a prerequisite to enjoying the sleuthing of Gloria Lamerino, 56, a retired physicist who's found a new, and much more dangerous, career as an amateur sleuth and sometime assistant to the Revere, Mass., police when they are confronted by a case that needs scientific input. The suspicious death of former colleague Gary Larkin is enough to prompt Lamerino to visit old friends in Berkeley, Calif., where the local cops are definitely not welcoming. She is soon fully involved in tracking the events leading to Larkin's death by beryllium poisoning, as well as to the disappearance of the teenage son of her girlfriend's beau. Minichino nicely picks her way through the difficulties of creating a scientific grounding for her mystery without off-putting technical jargon. That, plus Lamerino's blend of courage, reasoning and perseverance, and a well-constructed plot, make for another attractive mystery in an impressive series. Agent, Elaine Koster. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Periodic Table mystery
The Fluorine murder, number 9 in the series, is only published as a short story kindle version
#1 - The Hydrogen murder
#2 - The Helium murder
#3 - The Lithium murder
#4 - The Beryllium murder
#5 - The Boric acid murder
#6 - The Carbon murder
#7 - The Nitrogen murder
#8 - The Oxygen murder
Subjects Women scientists -- Fiction.
Berkeley (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :W. Morrow,2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 262 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 0688172075
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