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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Helen Macie Osterman  

Pen Name: N/A

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

The author is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and currently lives in the Southwest suburbs.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ms. Osterman has a B.S. in Nursing from St. Xavier College and a Masters in Nursing from Northern Illinois Univesity.

Published Works

    The Emma Winberry Series:
  • The Accidental Sleuth, Five Star, 2007
  • The Stranger in the Opera House, Five Star, 2009
  • Emma Winberry and the Evil Eye, A Prequel, Weaving Dreams Publishing, 2012
  • Locked Within, Dark Oak Mysteries, 2013
  • The Elusive Relation, Five Star, 2014
  • Rogue Wave, Dark Oak Mysteries, 2015Other Books:
  • The Web, Vista Publishing, 1997
  • Things Hidden, Vista Publishing, 1998
  • Song of the Rails, Create Space, 2011
  • Notes In A Mirror, Weaving Dreams Publishing, 2013
  • Maker's Mark, Create Space, 2012
  • Danger by Design, Dark Oak Mysteries, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

The accidental sleuth /
ISBN: 1594145814. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Detroit :. 2007.

Sixty-something Emma Winberry gets through life's ups and downs by depending upon her sixth sense, the patience of her significant other, Nate Sandler, and some occaisional assistance from her Guardian Angel to keep her out of trouble. Most of the time, that is. When she leaves her old house in suburban Chicago and moves to a posh condo on the lakefront, she discovers that even her angelic guardian benefactor might be a bit overmatched.

The stranger in the opera house /
ISBN: 1594148163. OCLC Number:

Five Star/Gale, Cengage Learning,. Detroit [Mich.] :. 2009.

"At the Midwest Opera House, sexagenarian significant others Emma Winberry and Nate Sandler obtain jobs as supernumeraries. As the company prepares for a performance of The Ghosts of Versailles, the lead soprano svelte Signori Rienzi screams. Everyone rushes to her dressing room where the drama queen insists someone was in her room. The police find no evidence of such. Soon others see the mysterious stranger, but no one has been able to catch him. The cast and crew start thinking of the phantom of the opera house, but Nate assumes a street person is wandering in and out of the theater. They soon find a secret room containing a chest filled with historical memorabilia. Emma and archivist-librarian Tristana Morgan search for more items as they learn the opera house was once a station on the Underground Railroad. Emma believes the wraith is an escaped slave who never made it. When someone assaults Tristana and money is stolen, Emma feels she has two inquiries to conduct; one on the mortal plane and the other on the afterlife plane."--Mystery gazette.

Emma Winberry and the evil eye :
ISBN: 1937148149. OCLC Number:

Weaving Dreams Publ.,. Watseka, IL :. ©2012.

Locked within :
ISBN: 1610090446. OCLC Number:

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The elusive relation /
ISBN: 0373268831. OCLC Number:

Worldwide,. Toronto ;. 2014.

Sixty-something Emma Winberry depending upon her sixth sense and the patience of her significant other, Nate Sandler, goes to the U.K. to investigate a threat to Emma's newly found niece, Lindsey Bellingham, and her cousin Isabel. A wealthy American wants to buy Bellingham House, but Lindsey refuses to sell. Emma is summoned back to the States when her granddaughter is injured in an accident. But after the child recovers, she receives a frantic call from Lindsey saying that Isabel has been kidnapped.

Rogue wave :
ISBN: 1610091922. OCLC Number:

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Emma Winberry and Nate Sandler, her significant other, plan a vacation on a sailboat on the Caribbean. Emma has misgivings about the trip and discusses it with her Guardian Angel who tells her there will be trials ahead. This makes Emma more uncomfortable. At the beginning of the sail, the ocean is calm and they relax. While sailing from the island of Curacao to Bonaire, they see a small uninhabited island with a lone palm tree. Emma notices a flashing light, as if someone is sending an SOS. They have no idea that Estrella Montoya, wife of a Venezuelan drug lord, is being held captive there. When returning to Curacao, they encounter a violent storm. Nate is washed overboard by a rogue wave. Is he lost forever? How does Emma get involved with the drug lord and his family? Follow the characters through the world of storms at sea, piracy, drug lords, and heroism to the pulse pounding conclusion.

The web /
ISBN: 1880254417. OCLC Number:

Vista Pub.,. Long Branch, NJ :. ©1997.

Song of the Rails, a Love Story.
ISBN: 1500444960. OCLC Number:

Createspace Independent Pub. . 2014.

Things hidden /
ISBN: 1880254557. OCLC Number:

Vista Pub.,. Long Branch, NJ :. ©1998.

Maker's mark /
ISBN: 1480185981. OCLC Number:

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Danger by design /
ISBN: 1610091426. OCLC Number:

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