A Bitter Veil
Published 2012
Finalist, Best Novel, Chicago Writers Association.

In Chicago Anna falls in love, marries Nouri, and moves to Tehran. Four months later the shah is deposed.
A Winter's Tale
Published 2005
Ellie Foreman comforts a woman who lost her husband and finds more going on than just grief.
An Eye For Murder
Published 2002
• Anthony Award nomination, Best First
• Winner, Best First, Readers Choice Awards

Meet video producer Ellie Foreman, her daughter, and her father, as Ellie is drawn into a murder rooted in World War Two.
Bitterer Schleier
Published 2014
Anna und Nouri, beide Studenten an der Universität in Chicago, verlieben sich trotz ihres sehr unterschiedlichen kulturellen Hintergrunds ineinander. Anna, die zu ihren Eltern kein besonders inniges Verhältnis hat, ist überglücklich, mit Nouri in sein Heimatland Iran ziehen zu können, wo sie von seiner wohlhabenden Familie mit offenen Armen empfangen wird. Doch was 1978 mit einer glücklichen Ehe beginnt, wird völlig auf den Kopf gestellt, als die Welt durch den Sturz des Schahs und das Entstehen der Islamischen Republik aus den Fugen gerät.
Capital Partners
Published 2012
Two women solve their troubled marriages and come together in an unusual way.
"A fine (story),,," Publishers Weekly
Common Scents
Published 2005
Officer Georgia Davis investigates possible abuse in a nursing home.
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 Last Radical
Published 2001
A wanted '60s radical builds a successful life on the North Shore of Chicago until her husband disappears.
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
ToxiCity
Published 2011
Ten years before Easy Innocence, three bodies turn up in quick succession—all of them dumped in waste disposal dumpsters or landfills. Officer Georgia Davis, her boyfriend detective, and his partner team up and find much more than they bargained for.
War, Spies and Bobby Sox
Coming in 2017
In this trio of tales, Hellmann beautifully depicts the tumultuous effect of war on the home front and illustrates how the action, terror, and tragedy of World War II was not confined to the front lines.
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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War, Spies, and Bobby Sox takes you back to a time when Frank Sinatra made young women swoon, bobby sox and saddle shoes were the norm, and WWII raged across two oceans.

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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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