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Mystery novel, plays, short stories for sale.

Reference Librarian Pam Burrell created questions for the Laredo Public Library mystery book club and has generously allowed me to post them here on my NOVEL page for your use. (Click on Novel on left side)

Order a signed copy of either THE HOUNDING or THE ILLUSTRIOUS paperback directly from me. E-mail me at sandra@sandradehelen.com Total cost will be $18 each, or two for $33 including postage for the USA.

My mystery series featuring Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson (including both The Hounding and The Illustrious Client) is available in both paperback and e-book editions. The Hounding is also available as an audiobook from Audible.com, Amazon, or iTunes.

NEWS and Coming Attractions

The audiobook for The Hounding is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. And the next one (The Illustrious Client) is in the works.

Watch for guest posts by following my FaceBook page. I'll be visiting several blog sites. FaceBook Author Page I'll also appear on The Liz McMullen show, on a radio show, and will keep you up to date if you follow the FB page.

GREAT Review of The Hounding at Portland Book Review! mystery-crime-thrillers

Read my blog: Red Crested Chatter for writing news. It's where I write about the writing process, and other people (you? I hope so!) comment with their own experiences. Lots of the followers are also authors, check out their sites. Redcrested.com


FUN INTERVIEW ON BACK PAGE ON PBS. I am a guest on Back Page, a literary TV Show, interviewed by the award-winning author Jody Seay. It is on Comcast, OPB Digital, or you can watch it on YouTube, Back Page here:

Back Page on youtube

New short play commissioned by {Your Name Here} was part of their fundraiser for the documentary film Girl On Girl. NYC May 20, 2013 is tentative date. Two Pros and a Lay is the name of the play. Two other writers had work featured as well.

January 27, 2013 8pm THE GODMOTHER at Hipbone Studio 1847 E. Burnside, Portland, Oregon as part of Fertile Ground: New Works Festival, directed by Patric Callahan, starring Anya Pearson at Tomboy McCorkle, the Godmother. Full cast wil be listed soon.

JUNE 6, 2012 Singer Clashes with Cougar was performed in NYC at TaDa! as part of BLIPS! at TaDa! by {Your Name Here} Queer Theater Company. I wasn't able to attend, but they sent me lots of materials. They had a sold out audience for the show. Lots of great plays that night!

MARCH 4, 2012: Singer Clashes with Cougar was produced by Part-Time Playhouse live on Cable TV! Come be part of our audience at Studio A, MetroEast Community Media, 829 NE 8th St, Gresham, OR, 97030. Singer was directed by Karen Alexander-Brown, starring Nelda Reyes, Jennifer Lanier and David Loftus. You can see it on youtube.com. Search for Archie Washington presents SINGER CLASHES WITH COUGAR. We're at minutes 24 to 42.


Full-length, Asylum No More, had a reading directed by Brian Demar Jones on January 20 and 21, 2012 at 11pm. Venue: Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR. (It is a companion to Blue Roses.)


A female sleuth and her assistant investigate a case involving a vicious dog attack in the debut novel from de Helen, whose previous works include short stories and plays.

A wealthy matriarch is killed—a heart attack after being assailed by apparently wild pit bulls. Her daughter believes it was murder, and she enlists the help of Shirley Combs, a financial portfolio manager who works as a detective on the side. Shirley, aided by Dr. Mary Watson, compiles a list of suspects: Those who stood to inherit her mother’s fortune, those affected by her plan to save the forests, a jealous lover, her strangely absent son. Or was it simply a tragic accident? “We’ll see,” says the gumshoe. Readers may be tempted to roll their eyes at the discernible correlation between the author’s novel and a certain famous detective’s (say Shirley’s full name really fast) case involving a similar canine-inspired murder.

But mystery fans need not fret: These obvious allusions are trampled by the custom-designed Converse All Stars adorning the feet of a self-possessed and exemplary investigator. Mary, who—like the other Watson—provides narration and acts as a sounding board, describes Shirley as eccentric, but Shirley has a style all her own: She has a lab in her apartment, drives a Mercedes, and interviews people for both the gathering of clues and to gain prospective clients for her other job.

One of the novel’s most striking traits is its portrayal of events from Mary’s perspective. If she wasn’t at the scene, she recounts events as told by Shirley. Mary’s secondhand accounts are more precise than her firsthand experiences—surmising that someone flinched and then changing her mind; literally jotting down “mmm” as a response, unsure if it was meant as yes or no. The grandest example of how Mary’s point of view affects the story is Shirley’s opening a line of questioning by asking the breed of a dog and then explaining that she was inquiring for Mary’s benefit; Mary, for her part, writes down the unfamiliar breed name phonetically and is so upset by Shirley’s sarcasm that she misses the entire conversation.

The author provides the prerequisite features for classic mystery fans: a roster of suspects to keep readers guessing, assembling those suspects for the big reveal, allowing plenty of time for periodically reviewing the case, and of course, a magnifying glass.

A confident, meticulously detailed mystery that would have made Shirley’s pipe-smoking idol proud.

Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744 indie@kirkusreviews.


My short stories Girl Heroes:1956 and Summer's Over are for sale on amazon.com for 99 cents each.


The twenty short stories range from 2 to 13 pages, but each one is two bucks. There is a wide range of genres as well. Check them out.

Much of my work is for the theater, with forays into other venues, such as the opera and radio. You’ll find comedies, dramas, musicals, and pieces from one minute to one-act to full length scripts. There are excerpts and complete manuscripts available right here on the web site for you to enjoy.*

Monologues and scenes for actors and directors to use as audition pieces and classroom pieces are readily available, and monologues are free.


You can find my poetry in Mom Egg, Stillwater Review, Lavender Review: Night Issue, Generations of Poetry and “pay attention: A River of Stones.” A mini-chapbook “Invert Sugar” is published by Binge Press.


Some of my plays are now listed with doollee.com, check out the link below:

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