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Sandra de Helen

Sandra de Helen, author of the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series
also has been a produced playwright for many years, as well as a poet.
Her play Something's Got to Give was produced in Oregon in 2015 as
part of the 365 Women A Year Playwriting Project. Singer Clashes with
Cougar was produced in New York in July, 2014 by  A Queer Theatre Company.


Her poetry chapbook All This Remains to be
Discovered is available at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon or online. Samples of her work are available at her website,

The Hounding

Timber heiress Priscilla Vandeleur Leoni, direct
descendant of Sir Charles Baskerville, decides to spend the family
fortune saving the old-growth forests of Oregon. She is a product of
the 1960’s - former hippie and free-love advocate who gave birth
out-of-wedlock, experimented with lesbian separatism, and married
late. When faced with midlife, she tries to outrun her fears and give
away her huge fortune. Haunted by a phobia of dogs, she is literally
frightened to death by a pair of hounds. Shirley Combs is hired by
19-year-old Goldenhawk Vandeleur to investigate her wealthy mother’s untimely death. Dr. Mary Watson assists Shirley and documents their adventures.

The Illustrious Client

Book Two of the Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson series,
shows us the private investigator and her sidekick sharing an office,
and introduces their receptionist, Lix. They are hired to influence a
young international popstar, Oceane Charles, to pry her away from her older, richer, player of a girlfriend. The cast is made up of people with various ethnicities and backgrounds. Of course the job soon includes solving a murder mystery. Along the way, Mary discovers her latent lesbianism. Set in Portland, Oregon on a superyacht, in a hospital VIP room, at Rose Festival, and other fun places.

All This Remains to be Discovered

Someone once said all poetry is memoir. This collection is intended as such. The book covers childhood, teen years, teen marriage, motherhood, and lesbian life in twenty-five poems.

Till Darkness Comes

NYT best-selling author Chelsea Cain says about Till Darkenss Comes: "I wish I had half the plotting talent that Sandra de Helen has. This is such a terrific and totally satisfying book." When Beth Vogelsang's Uncle Jerry is tortured and murdered Beth's estranged friend Regan is the first cop on the scene. Regan hopes for reconciliation, but they've led different lives. Beth has been abused, beaten, raped, and has experienced a devastating death in the family. She's also fallen in love with her lesbian therapist. Will she reunite with her genderqueer friend? Or will their individual secrets keep them apart. Meanwhile, there's a serial killer on the loose, putting both their lives at risk.

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