The Beryllium Murder

( 2 )

Overview

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 ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (27) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $70.00   
  • Used (26) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$70.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(187)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

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.

"Camille Minichino's new novel, The Beryllium Murder, has got it all. It's the periodic table of reading pleasure, including each of the elements that make a mystery sizzle. A good-hearted protagonist, a twisted and intriguing puzzle, sparkling humor, believable characters, and even some physics that a non-scientist can enjoy. What a gas! Camille Minichino is an author to keep your ion."(—Jaqueline Girdner, author of Murder on the Astral Plane)

"Miss Marple she's not -- Gloria Lamerino, retired physicist extraordinaire, is sexy and spunky and can mix it up with the best of them. This time it is shady goings on at a beryllium lab. Who would have thought ofmaking a mystery about beryllium (who had even heard of beryllium?) Camille Minichino has a way of bringing science to life for us non-scientists! Thank heavens she still has the rest of the periodic table to work through."(—Rhys Bowen, author of Evanly Choirs and Evan Help Us)

"The Beryllium Murder is a delightful mystery with believable motives, enough clues to give the intelligent reader some guesses at the solution, a dash of romance, a dose of science to pique your interest and (what a relief) a heroine who doesn't jog. Read it, you'll love it.(—Charlene Weir, author of Murder Take Two)

"Gloria Lamerino is a kick to travel with - witty, charming, and wise. The Beryllium Murder is the best of a solid, grown-up series, well plotted and well peopled, with dialogue that keeps you smiling."(—Shelly Singer, author of Royal Flush)

"Clever plotting, quick pacing, and delightfully offbeat heroine makes The Beryllium Murder a thoroughly fun read. If you haven't yet met the one-of-a-kind Gloria Lamerino--'faux police-woman in her rebellious senior years'--get ready to make a new friend. Dr. Lamerino and her supporting cast are real winners."(—Lori Rairweather, author of Blook & Water)

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Janet Evanovich
It's a good thing the periodic table is big enough for 100 more adventures.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373264001
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: Gloria Lamerino Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.62 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Camille Minichino has a Ph.D. in physics and had a long and rewarding career in research and education. She is the author of three previous mysteries featuring Gloria Lamerino: The Hydrogen Murder, The Helium Murder, and The Lithium Murder. In addition to writing, Minichino enjoys creating and teaching special classes in science literacy for nontechnical people. She is a volunteer with Project Literacy, teaches science and writing, is president of the Northern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and on the National Board of MWA. She lives with her husband in San Leandro, California.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

You are coming back, Gloria?" Matt asked me in as soft a voice as he could manage under the circumstances. He had a hard time leaning his boxy frame across the fake end table that separated our plastic seats in the waiting area of Boston's Logan Airport.

I held up my red, white, and blue ticket envelope.

"You've seen my itinerary. Round-trip. In fact, I gave you a copy, didn't I? "

"Just checking."

He patted my ticketed hand, and I thought how wonderful it was to feel connected to Sergeant Matt Gennaro of the Revere Police Department. I'd been living in my hometown a few miles north of Boston for one year, after three decades in California, and this was going to be my first trip back to the West Coast. Matt was on the short list of reasons why I'd decided to make Revere, Massachusetts, home once again.

For a few minutes, we sat in comfortable silence except for an occasional laugh at the unintelligible announcements emanating from the loudspeaker at the podium. One message sounded like DUTCH ... DISEMBARK ... FOUR SEVEN FOUR SIX ... THANK ... HAVE ... DAY. Matt and I agreed that if civil defense depended on airport PA systems, we were all in trouble.

We pieced together information from other waiting passengers, and finally understood the reason for the delay of Flight 67 to San Francisco. My plane shared a boarding ramp with a jumbo jet from Amsterdam that had just landed, and regulation four million something or other prohibited international passengers from mixing with any other group before passing through customs.

I looked at the long line of weary travelers, separated from us by a clear Plexiglas window, trudging down theramp toward customs clearance.

"It might be a while before we board," I told Matt. "You don't have to wait."

"I know I don't. I like being here." This time he gave my hand a pat that was close to a caress. I looked around the room as if I expected to see a private investigator hired by Matt's wife or my husband snapping a photo from behind the flower cart. But, in fact, neither of us had any other attachments. Matt was in his eleventh year as a widower, and my brief engagement more than thirty years before had ended with my fiancé death. We were free, consenting adults of a certain age.

Then why was I blushing at such a simple gesture? I wondered. For once I was happy to have dark Neapolitan skin that didn't reveal shades of red to any great extent.

"I'm glad to have you here," I said, proud that I hadn't whimpered.

Matt smiled and crossed one leg over the other, his body shifting to settle in for a while. It was Thursday, and he was in his gray suit, keeping to his office wardrobe schedule, airport trip or not. I wore loose-fitting dark green knit pants, even more comfortable since I'd lost a few pounds during my year back in Revere. Only fifteen more and I'd be down to the upper limit for "medium-frame males" on the insurance charts. Never mind that at five three, I was actually a small-frame female.

"About the purpose for this trip . . ." Matt said.

I ran my fingers around the edges of my lapel pin, tracing the silver image of Boston's USS Constitution-a pitiful attempt to avert Matt's eyes as I gave him a partial answer. "To see Elaine and some other friends."

"And it's pure coincidence that there's this mysterious death in her backyard, more or less?"

"Of course," I said, stiffening in my chair, as if I'd just been accused of first-degree murder myself. "I didn't plan Gary Larkin's death to coincide with my visit."

"Did you know him well?"

"I wouldn't say we were close. I knew him casually. We both worked at BUL-the Lab-as we called it, but in different research divisions. Do you have to know your homicide victims well to want to find their killers?" I tried to keep my tone light and playful, hoping not to alert Matt to the difference between his career as a police investigator and mine as a snoopy retired physicist. "As long as I'm out there, I might as well look into Gary's death."

"Didn't I hear Elaine say the Berkeley police had ruled it an accident? "

"It probably was," I said, waving my hand as if to dismiss any other possibility.

Either my comment or my gesture evoked a loud laugh from Matt, who thought I saw foul play in every death since my first contract as his technical consultant.

He reached inside his jacket pocket.

"In case you're right, and it wasn't an accident, I have something for you," he said, handing me a long white envelope.

As soon as I saw the official blue seal of the RPD in the upper left-hand corner, I knew he'd done the favor I'd asked and written to an acquaintance in the Berkeley Police Department. I also knew it hadn't been easy for him.

"I'm really grateful for this, Matt."

"It might not work. I only met this guy a few times, at conferences. And you know what I'm going to say next."

I nodded. "I'll be careful," I said in the same bland tone that came from my computer, telling me I had E-mail. I'd already started reading the letter.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    A rivetting thriller

    Physicist Gloria Lamerino retired from the BUL lab of California's Berkley University and moved to Revere, Massachusetts. Since living in New England, the fifty-six year old retiree has embarked on a second career as an amateur sleuth. When she learns that a former BUL associate, the ultra cautious Gary Larkin died from an overdose of the toxic beryllium, Gloria wonders what really happened....... While pondering the Larkin case, Gloria becomes involved with the disappearance of Manuel Martinez, a teenager who wrote a research paper on beryllium. Gloria begins to make inquires and quickly learns that the father of Manuel's girlfriend worked in the same lab as Gary. When Manuel is found as an obvious homicide victim, Gloria realizes that a link exists between the two investigations, but remains unknown. Knowing the cost could be her life, the fearless physicist continues to search for the truth......... THE BERYLLIUM MURDER is an electrifying tale that combines elements from a police procedural and an amateur sleuth into a stimulating academic mystery. The maturity of the physicist adds to her overall credibility. Her use of her scientific knowledge to augment the official investigation makes Gloria seem like a paid member of the police force. The myriad of viable suspects enhances the story line so elemental, my dear Watson that readers will demand more academic mysteries from Camille Minichino...... Harriet Klausner

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    Exciting academic mystery

    Physicist Gloria Lamerino retired from the BUL lab of California¿s Berkley University and moved to Revere, Massachusetts. Since living in New England, the fifty-six year old retiree has embarked on a second career as an amateur sleuth. When she learns that a former BUL associate, the ultra cautious Gary Larkin died from an overdose of the toxic beryllium, Gloria wonders what really happened. <P>While pondering the Larkin case, Gloria becomes involved with the disappearance of Manuel Martinez, a teenager who wrote a research paper on beryllium. Gloria begins to make inquires and quickly learns that the father of Manuel¿s girlfriend worked in the same lab as Gary. When Manuel is found as an obvious homicide victim, Gloria realizes that a link exists between the two investigations, but remains unknown. Knowing the cost could be her life, the fearless physicist continues to search for the truth. <P>THE BERYLLIUM MURDER is an electrifying tale that combines elements from a police procedural and an amateur sleuth into a stimulating academic mystery. The maturity of the physicist adds to her overall credibility. Her use of her scientific knowledge to augment the official investigation makes Gloria seem like a paid member of the police force. The myriad of viable suspects enhances the story line so elemental, my dear Watson that readers will demand more academic mysteries from Camille Minichino. <P>Harriet Klausner

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)