Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn this lighthearted and lightweight second novel by Minichino (The Hydrogen Murder, 1997), finding a murderer seems almost a game. Gloria Lamerino, a retired Berkeley physicist, has returned to Revere, Mass., where she is a science consultant to the police department. Her services are requested after Congresswoman Margaret Hurley is murdered by a hit-and-run driver. Hurley was a member of the House Science and Technology Committee, and Congress was in the midst of debating whether or not to sell the nation's reserve of helium. While Gloria receives some unwanted amorous attention from an old friend, she casts a yearning eye on police sergeant Matt Gennero and isn't at all upset about the prospect that her work will bring her closer to him. Speculating on the alibis and motives of a motley cast of suspects, Gloria detects links between this murder and the death of her fianc 30 years ago. Her knowledge of chemistry helps her understand the meaning of the last word Hurley uttered and ultimately leads her to the murdererand nearly to her own deathin the mortuary basement. If the murder motive turns out to be lighter than helium, Gloria's self-deprecating humor and clear-eyed understanding of her own and others' motives make her an engaging sleuth. (June)
Library Journal - Library JournalAfter 30 years in California, physicist Gloria Lamorino has returned to Revere, MA, where she works part-time as a consultant to local police. After reading about the hit-and-run death of a youthful congresswoman crucial to deciding the future of the nation's helium surplus, Gloria cannot wait to investigate. Sergeant Gennaro, her boss as well as her incipient love interest, strives to keep her out of trouble but doesn't always succeed, as with her sudden interest in the "accidental" death of her fianc some 30 years earlier. A tidy mix of romance, intrigue, science, and mystery.
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