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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 Curaçao 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 Curaçao, 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.
In Danger by Design, senior citizen Net Petrone resides in a retirement complex. The previous owner of her apartment died of a heart attack, and to her son’s dismay, the woman’s will named a suspicious organization as heir. Her son is convinced there was a last minute change, and he is searching for that latest will. Net learns a number of widows in the complex joined this society for the betterment of the environment, and that the founder, Brother Rupert, has convinced several of them to change their wills and leave everything to the society. Those who do soon die of “natural causes.” Net attends a meeting and realizes that the guests are served a drugged tea, and she rejects the pressure to join the society. Net’s townhouse is broken into. She is convinced someone was looking for the will. She calls 9-1-1 and Rupert and his followers are caught and arrested.
Early Reader Comment: “Osterman has turned a retirement community and a nice Italian grandma into a mystery filled with secrets and adventure. Clara O'Donohue, Author of the Kate Conway Mysteries
About the Author: Helen Osterman received a Bachelor of Nursing and later earned a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Throughout her forty-five year nursing career, she wrote articles for nursing and medical journals. Osterman is the author of the Emma Winberry Mystery Series, and is a member of the American Association of University Women, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and The Authors Guild. She lives in Homer Glen, a suburb of Chicago. www.helenosterman.com