Locked Within by Helen Macie Osterman

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    Helen Osterman has once again, created a story which keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

    Delia Armanetti, a member of the chorus of the Midwest Opera Company in Chicago, suffers a devastating stroke, leaving her paralyzed and unable to speak. Delia’s new daughter-in-law, June, is resentful of the responsibility and wants to be rid of her.

    Enter Emma Winberry, a friend of Delia’s and suspicious of June. Her sixth sense and her Guardian Angel tell her there is trouble brewing.

    Delia begins to recover and is able to communicate with Emma. But June is hiding something in her past and wants both Emma and Delia out of her way.

    Follow the persistent Emma Winberry as she puts herself in danger to save her friend. Is she successful?

    About Helen Macie Osterman:

    Helen Macie Osterman
    Helen Macie Osterman

    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

    Review by Diana Duda:

    Helen Osterman has once again, created a story which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

    Emma Winberry draws us into her neat little world along the Chicago lakefront where she and her male friend Nate live. Supernumeraries in the Opera company, which they both adore, they become involved with a member of the chorus due to Emma’s sixth sense. Much to Nate’s credit he suspends his skeptical feelings concerning Emma’s sixth sense, supporting and protecting her throughout the adventures and dangers it sometimes leads her.

    Emma Winberry is a delight to befriend through the book series. Although it is not necessary to read all of the series to understand any of the books, they each stand well enough alone, you will fall in love with Emma and Nate and want to follow them through the entire series.

    Thank you Helen Macie Osterman for stimulating my imagination once again.

    Review by Ruby Dynamite:

    Having never read any of the Emma Winberry books, I found myself immediately charmed by the easy intimacy and undeniable chemistry of Emma and her adoring companion, Nate Sandler.

    These two have a really sweet relationship that’s delightful from the word ‘go’. As extras for the Midwest Opera Company, they have befriended many members of the company, including Delia Armanetti, who’s concerned about a woman her eldest son has married in what seems to be considerable haste. Delia is also having some health concerns and although Emma insists she go to the hospital or to see a doctor, Delia puts it off.

    The thing about Emma is that she has a ‘Guardian Angel’ that she always speaks to, which gives her something of a sixth sense and, as a result, she has a feeling that something unfortunate is going to befall her friend Delia. This is exactly what happens and it’s up to Emma (with her sixth sense) and Nate to get to the bottom of the mystery.

    As an atheist, I don’t subscribe to the notion of guardian angels or sixth senses, as a rule, so I read this purely as a fantasy. As it is, though, it’s entirely enjoyable. The whole thing has a kind of period feel to it, almost like Dorothy Parker’s work — I almost want to say it has a rather twee feeling to it, but not quite.

    As I mentioned, though, Emma and Nate’s relationship is charming and quite sweet to read about. This book feels like a curious mix of Agatha Christie and pulpy occult novels, what with its older protagonists and supernatural elements. This is definitely an interesting and fun read and fans of the series won’t be disappointed.