A Berlin Story
Published 2004
In the 1930s a physics professor is murdered in a Berlin cabaret.
A Shot to Die For
Published 2005
Winner, Readers' Choice Award for Best Traditional Novel, 2006

Ellie chats with a young woman at a highway rest stop. A pickup pulls up, the rear window opens, and the woman is shot dead.
Common Scents
Published 2005
Officer Georgia Davis investigates possible abuse in a nursing home.
Detour
Published 2007
A young hit woman takes out the wrong mark.
Doubleback
Published 2009
"Great Lakes Great Read" Autumn Pick, 2009 Great Lakes Bookseller Association

PI Georgia Davis and Ellie Foreman team up after the kidnapping of a young girl triggers a series of deadly events.
Easy Innocence
Published 2008
Winner, Best PI Novel, Readers Choice Award

Freshly-minted PI Georgia Davis investigates the murder of a high school girl and finds out how far teen girls in suburban Chicago will go for approval from their peers.
House Rules
Published 2006
A dark comedy about a couple visiting Vegas who find a stash of cocaine in the desert.
Set the Night on Fire
Published 2010
Finalist, Best Suspense Novel, Foreword Magazine 2010

Someone is trying to kill Lila Hilliard. Is it related to her parents' past? Part thriller, historical novel, and love story, Set the Night on Fire paints an unforgettable portrait of Chicago in the late Sixties.
The Incidental Spy
Published 2015
Young Lena Bentheim is forced to flee Nazi Germany for Chicago in 1935, leaving her family and boyfriend behind. Eventually she finds a new life as a secretary in the Physics Department at the University of Chicago. She meets and marries another German refugee scientist and has a child. Then tragedy strikes, and Lena is forced to spy on the nuclear fission experiments at the U of Chicago. A novella set in the early years of the Manhattan Project.
The Last Page
The Last Page – A Novella
Library Director Barbara Aron falls down the steps to the library’s basement, but was it a heart attack? Or was she pushed?
The Whole World is Watching
Published 2007
A young cop assigned to watch over street protestors in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention has to decide which side he’s on.
"Hellmann's story is remarkable..." Eclectic Closet
Your Sweet Man
Published 2007
The son of a Chicago Blues bassist in jail for 30 years for allegedly killing the boy’s mother, seeks redemption from his terminally ill father

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Featured pages highlights events, appearances, crime writing workshops I run and other topics you will find interesting.

Libby’s new video series, WRITING LITE, is designed to give crime writers a few “light-bulb” moments they can apply to their own work. Each installment is three minutes or less, and she offers practical tips in each one.

Blue is the new noir, and nobody does Blues like Chicago. This collection of dark stories, from today’s best Chicago crime fiction authors, captures the depths to which people sink when they run out of options. Edited by Libby Fischer Hellmann.

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