Cambridge Who’s Who Member Helen Macie Osterman Writes Chilling and Suspenseful Page-Turners

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Cambridge Who's Who member Helen Osterman

Cambridge Who’s Who® member Helen Macie Osterman is an author and the creative force behind the  Emma Winberry Cozy Mystery Series, a set of fictional accounts about a 60-something detective who frequently finds herself at odds with a cast of misfits, outcasts, criminals and the supernatural. Ms. Winberry relies on her intuition, her guardian angel and the help of her lover to solve mysteries and bring justice to the world.

A former nurse, Ms. Osterman holds her hometown, Chicago, very close to her heart. She was inspired at an early age to pursue a vocation in nursing; she recalls administering “care” to her doll set and bandaging her dog’s “wounded” limbs at the age of 7. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy Hospital-St. Xavier College, she embarked on a 45-year nursing career, even returning to academia to obtain a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Osterman also contributed her expertise by writing articles that appeared in industry publications.

In 2007, she released the first book in the series, titled “The Accidental Sleuth.” This was followed by the release of the second Cozy Mystery, “The Stranger in the Opera House,” in 2009. Both publications have afforded Ms. Osterman the opportunity to indulge her interests, as she incorporates opera music, gardening and baking. Setting her second book in a haunted opera house was particularly delightful, because it allowed her to reflect on her experiences as a youngster listening to Saturday night broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera with her family. Coming in the fall of 2011, Ms. Osterman will be releasing the third book of the series, titled “The Elusive Revelation.”


Notes In A Mirror

Taking place in the 1950s, Ms. Osterman’s latest book, “Notes in A Mirror,” recounts the fictional tale of Mary Lou Hammond and Kate Stephens, two student nurses completing their psychiatric rotations at Hillside State Mental Hospital, located right outside of Chicago. Mary Lou begins receiving messages from beyond the grave, prompting her to find out what she can about Margaret Montague, who tells her, through dreams and writing mirrors, that she died in 1911. Ms. Osterman drew upon her personal experiences as a young nurse of that era to create a world full of suspense, mystery and intrigue. The primitive mental health facility, for example, uses practices that are drastically different from those accepted today.

In addition to her writing pursuits, Ms. Osterman is also a talented artist, specializing in portraits and street scenes. Her artwork is lauded — so much so that four of her paintings, depicting the historic, celebrated Maxwell Street in Chicago, are in the permanent collection at the Chicago History Museum.

You can catch Helen Osterman in a live interview on “The Sunday Morning Papers with Rick Kogan”  (WGN Radio 720 AM), on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011. She will also be appearing at a number of limited engagements in the Chicago area. To find out more about her publications and her public appearances, visit Helen Macie Osterman’s website.

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