Wednesday, May 8, 2024


Camille Minichino. Such sad news. What an amazing woman- smart, witty, funny, supportive, creative! She loved life and learning, writing and crafts, physics and humor, and so much more. She was an inspiration to us all. I was lucky to serve on the MWA NorCal Board with her. Last time we chatted, she had enrolled in an MFA writing program. Really?After having written so many books and having taught creative writing? When I asked why she was getting 'another' degree in a subject she was so fluent with, she said you're never too old to learn something new. That was Camille.  My heart and sympathy go out to her family and friends.

Camille received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University, New York City. She was on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco and taught writing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She was Past President and a member of NorCal Mystery Writers of America, NorCal Sisters in Crime, and the California Writers Club. She taught physics at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Camille also taught fiction writing and worked as a scientific editor in the Engineering Department of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She wrote more than 25 mystery novels.


The Periodic Table Mysteries, featuring retired physicist Gloria Lamerino,set in Revere, Massachusetts;

The Miniature Mysteries, featuring miniaturist Gerry Porter and her preteen granddaughter in a northern California town. See a slideshow of Camille's miniatures.

The Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring a math professor in a small New England college.

The Postmistress Mysteries (as Jean Flowers), featuring Cassie Miller, postmistress in a western Massachusetts town.

The Alaskan Diner Mysteries (as Elizabeth Logan), featuring Charlotte "Charlie" Cooke, and her sleuthing crew in a fictitious Alaska town.

A stand-alone, KILLER IN THE CLOISTER, is available on Kindle and CreateSpace.

The nonfiction book, HOW TO LIVE WITH AN ENGINEER, is available on Kindle and Createspace.

Links to her books


Sue T. said...

I am lucky enough to own one of Camille's miniatures and it's a treasured possession! One of the first-ever book signings I attended after moving to the Bay Area was Camille and Janet Dawson at the late, lamented Boadecia's Books in Kensington. She was such a stalwart pillar of the local mystery community and will certainly be missed.

Priscilla Royal said...

Very sad news. She was so supportive of other writers and a delightful person in every way. 😥

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I am so sorry to hear that. She and I were both interested in miniatures, and I corresponded with her for some time. Lovely lady.

Kaye George said...

I'm so sorry we've lost her. She'll be missed.

Kathy Lynn Emerson said...

I'm so sorry to hear this.

CA Verstraete said...

Truly sad to hear. Lovely lady, great writer, so accomplished. Happy to say I have one of her mini book chairs in my collection! She'll be missed.

Pamela Ruth Meyer said...

This leaves me feeling so saddened. I never met Camille but admired her greatly. We had some similarities as I am also a science teacher, aspiring to write murder mysteries, and adore the tiny magic I find in the art of crafting MINIATURE scenes. I hope to follow the trails she blazed.

Ellen kirschman said...

She was a cheerful spirit, generous and loving. I will miss her.

Ellen kirschman said...

She was a generous spirit and a huge talent. I will miss her.

chris said...

I am so sorry to have lost my friend Camille. She was just a great lady and fun to joke around with. In the 15+ years that I have known her we had traded many sarcastic comic cartoons
and videos.

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