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DreamSE22 reviewed The Hydrogen Murder (Periodic Table, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 9
I LOVED this book! I really enjoy these types of cozy mysteries, if that's the sub-genre this falls into. I loved Gloria's character and the intelligent plot versus the silly and annoying characters who are cooks, gardeners, wedding planners, etc in other cozy series'. This was a fun, leisure read and I sped through it in just a few hours. I have already ordered the next book in the series from this website.
When physicist Eric Bensin 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 the police detective and almost beau Matt Gennaro tha this is a high-stakes crime with no shortage of suspects.
An interesting read...I enjoyed the parts dealing with her return to her hometown almost as much as I did the scientific part of the writing.
I decided against finishing this book. I like the concept, but in execution the writing is plodding and the characters aren't very interesting. I may give a later book in the series a try, because The Hydrogen Murder is the author's very first novel after a career as a physicist (=scientific writer.) The book jacket carries a rave review by Janet Evanovich, but this only reminded me that even during a "quiet" moment in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels the wacky characters and humor take over. Later books by Camille Minichino may be better.
Matt N. reviewed The Hydrogen Murder (Periodic Table, Bk 1) on
Interesting murder mystery with an exciting ending. She integrated some science into the the novel, though I was hoping for considerably more. As far as a murder mystery goes, I would call it only average.
1st in series; Penny Warner, author of the Connor Westphal Series
"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." --
From back cover: "...Eric Bensen is murdered in his suburban Boston Lab...Gloria is called in to help investigate." Old friends, new loves....good series start!