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Gloria is newly married to equally Italian Matt Gennaro, Revere Massachusetts’ homicide detective. Matt has a law enforcement conference in the Big Apple so Gloria and best friends Rose and Frank make a holiday vacation out of it. While in town they have dinner with Matt’s niece, Lori, a documentary filmmaker. The next morning Gloria is tasked with returning Lori’s prescription sunglasses and finds a dead body in Lori’s apartment. The dead girl was Amber, Lori’s camerawoman on the current Corporate Environmental violators’ documentary who also worked for a Private Investigator photographing naughty deeds. It doesn’t take long before Amber’s penchant for blackmailing people reveals multitudes of suspects.

Back home in Revere, Gloria is often a “consultant” with the local police but the NYPD probably won’t be so hospitable to her sleuthing. So Gloria has to get her information via Matt using buddies in the NYPD and filtering her findings back through Matt. Lori is most likely in danger and the tension is maintained believably. The viewpoint is mainly through Gloria's eyes but we get several sections told through Lori's eyes with her fears and guilt bubbling over.

I absolutely loved Gloria...

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  AFHeart | Dec 24, 2009 |
Dr. Gloria Lamerino, her new husband Matt Gennaro and friends Frank and Rose Galigani are visiting New York City just before Christmas. Matt, a police detective back in Revere, Massachusetts, is attending a law-enforcement conference. Rose is hitting every upscale store and tourist attraction in the city. Frank is networking with fellow morticians. Gloria is stumbling on the body of Amber Keenan, a camerawoman who works for Matt’s niece Lori Pizzano, a documentary producer.

Gloria feels terrible that she was so stunned by the gruesome discovery she failed to start CPR before paramedics arrived. Although the victim was alive when she arrived on the scene, police tell Gloria there’s nothing she could have done to save Amber. A retired research physicist, Dr. Lamerino has frequently consulted with the Revere Police Department – that’s how she met her husband – and feels she needs to step in to assist the NYPD with the investigation. For Gloria, almost anything is better than accompanying Rose on endless shopping expeditions and attending art exhibits and hit Broadway musicals. Gloria is also serving as an unofficial technical consultant for Lori, whose latest documentary is on ozone.

I have read one earlier “Periodic Table Mystery,” The Helium Murder, which I thought was OK but not stellar. Although I had found the heroine very likable, I thought there were two many improbable elements (no pun intended) in that story. That was not the case with The Oxygen Murder, which I thought was absolutely top-drawer! Much of the book is written with Gloria in the role of first-person narrator – getting into her mind makes for an exciting ride.

Although she’s very scientific and logical, Gloria has a wonderful, dry sense of humor and stunning insight into herself, quirks and all. She’s proof that a middle-aged woman with a matronly figure (read “frumpy”) can be a great protagonist. Scientifically challenged readers (as I am) need not worry about being overwhelmed with too much data. Gloria and author Camille Minichino are well aware of science slouches’ low tolerance for such stuff.

I missed one book, The Hydrogen Murder, between the two I have read – and it appears that’s the one in which Gloria and Matt eloped. I definitely plan to read it if only to learn how this improbable couple decided to tie the knot. The series also has five earlier books focusing on the elements of Nitrogen, Carbon, Boric Acid, Beryllium and Lithium.

By Diana. First published in the Cozy Library September 22, 2006. ( )
  NewsieQ | Nov 1, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312347863, Hardcover)

New York City welcomes Gloria Lamerino and her husband, homicide detective Matt Gennaro, in The Oxygen Murder, the eighth installment in Camille Minichino's acclaimed Periodic Table Mystery series.
Gloria and her best friends, Rose and Frank Galigani, are on vacation in the Big Apple. They plan to visit Matt's niece Lori Pizzano, a documentary filmmaker, and enjoy the holiday sights together: shopping on Fifth Avenue, dining in Little Italy, and honoring ancestors at Ellis Island, while Matt attends a conference with the NYPD.
Unfortunately, Lori's documentary on ozone and environmental issues has deadly fallout. Gloria stumbles over the body of Lori's scheming camerawoman in a Times Square loft, and, once again, she is thrust into some dangerous sleuthing.
With suspects ranging from a disapproving brother to a smooth-talking PR administrator to a self-protecting private eye, Gloria tracks a killer through an intricate landscape of colorful neighborhoods and famous landmarks.
Taking us on a trip from the city's tallest building to its grand park, from its crowded ice rinks to a lonely corner of its two-million-square-foot museum, The Oxygen Murder is as exciting as a ride over New York City in a helium balloon.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:34 -0400)

"Gloria Lamerino and her best friends, Rose and Frank Galigani, are on vacation in the Big Apple. They plan to visit Matt's niece Lori Pizzano, a documentary filmmaker, and enjoy the holiday sights together - shopping on Fifth Avenue, dining in Little Italy, and honoring ancestors at Ellis Island - while Matt attends a conference with the NYPD." "Unfortunately, Lori's documentary on ozone and environmental issues has deadly fallout. Gloria stumbles over the body of Lori's scheming camera-woman in a Times Square loft, and, once again, she is thrust into some dangerous sleuthing." "With suspects ranging from a disapproving brother to a smooth-talking PR administrator to a self-protecting private eye, Gloria tracks a killer through an intricate landscape of colorful neighborhoods and famous landmarks."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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