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 Picture of Guilt
Published 2003
• Finalist, Ben Franklin Award, Mystery/suspense
• Winner, Best Traditional Mystery, Readers Choice Awards

Ellie discovers video outtakes of a man near Lake Michigan that were recorded the same night he supposedly murdered his girlfriend 10 miles away.
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.
An Image of Death
Published 2004
Ellie receives a videotape that shows the murder of a young woman. AN IMAGE OF DEATH also features Georgia Davis when she was still a police officer.
Havana Lost
Published 2013
HAVANA LOST is award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s tenth novel and third thriller that explores how strife and revolution affect the human spirit. HAVANA LOST is a testament to Hellmann’s gift for authentic historical detail as well as her talent for writing compulsively readable thriller.
High Crimes
How do you solve a murder when there are 42,000 suspects?
Chicago PI Georgia Davis is hired to hunt down those ultimately responsible for the assassination of Resistance leader Dena Baldwin at a demonstration fourteen months after the 2016 election. As Georgia sifts through Dena’s 42,000 Facebook followers, she discovers that unknown enemies hiding behind fake profiles have infiltrated the group.
Jump Cut
Published in 2016
Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman has been absent from thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s repertoire for almost a decade. Now she’s back...and soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.
Nice Girl Does Noir
Published 2010
"To read Libby Fischer Hellmann is to love Libby Fischer Hellmann... Funny. Dark. Poignant. Exciting. Surprising. And plenty of noir." Author J.A. Konrath
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 Ellie Foreman Mysteries - Box Set
The first four novels in the series that critics describe as "a masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense."
Ellie Foreman is a Chicago documentary producer and amateur sleuth. She has a finely-honed sense of justice, which sometimes lands her in dangerous situations. Her dry sense of humor lightens the mood, but make no mistake: these are suspense thrillers rather than cozies. Which might be why the author describes the series as a cross between "Desperate Housewives" and "24." When you find yourself staying up way too late reading, you'll see why the Ellie Foreman series fits into Hellmann's body of "Compulsively Readable Thrillers."
The Georgia Davis PI Series – Box Set
All three Georgia Davis mysteries, together in one volume at a very affordable price.
PI Georgia Davis burst on the scene in Libby Fischer Hellmann's EASY INNOCENCE (2008). That was followed in 2009 by DOUBLEBACK, which reunited Georgia with Ellie Foreman. TOXICITY, the prequel to the series was released in 2011. Now all three are together in one volume at a very affordable price.
War, Spies, and Bobby Sox
Available Now
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.

Available 11-13-18
Preorder Now And Save!

Praise for the Georgia Davis Series:

"Hellmann brings to life the reality of bullying among teenage girls withenough twists and turns to keep you reading. Highly recommended."
Library Journal (Starred Review of Easy Innocence)

"There's a new no-nonsense female private detective in town: Georgia Davis, a former cop who is tough and smart enough
to give even the legendary V.I. Warshawski a run for her money."
Chicago Tribune

"Doubleback moves with twists, insightful juxtapositions, and many layers. Hellmann doesn't need to 'doubleback.'
She's indisputably crossed the line into the realm of great crime fiction writers."
Crimespree Magazine

"Hellmann writes in many genres, but her Georgia Davis series may just be one of the best crime thriller series being written today."
The Dirty Lowdown

"Hellmann writes with the economy and emotional punch of classic crime novelists like Lawrence Block.
And she has created a perpetrator who is complex, realistic and completely unexpected."
—Peg Robarchek, Amazon Reviews, on Toxicity

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? (video)
Why I Started Writing

Featured Pages

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

Libby has developed several interactive workshops on the craft of writing as well as how to publish and promote. Libby is often invited to deliver keynote presentations at events and conferences—she enjoys helping others tell their stories and hopes her audiences enjoy hers.

Libby’s streaming internet TV show SOLVED! is an interview show with well-known and upcoming thriller and mystery authors produced by Author’s Voice, a division of the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop in Chicago. Watch episodes of SOLVED! featuring Sara Paretsky, William Kent Krueger, Jeffery Deaver, and many more.

Places to find Libby in the coming months for speaking, interviews and book signings.

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  • Location, Location, Location

    So the release of HIGH CRIMES is only a month away. I’m getting excited – maybe you are [...]
  • Location, Location, Location

    So the release of HIGH CRIMES is only a month away. I’m getting excited – maybe you are [...]
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    Hi, Readers. Many of you entered my recent Giveaway for Advanced Reader copies of HIGH CRIMES, my 15th crime [...]
  • About Libby

    Compulsively Readable ThrillersLibby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.

    She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few.