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.
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.
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.
Jump Cut
Coming 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.
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 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 Murder of Katie Boyle
Published 2009
How did Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis first meet? You'll find out in this short story.
The Rainforest Messiah
Published 2000
An undercover FBI agent tries to bring in a gun-runner who is financing rebels in the South American rain forest.
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.
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

Jump Cut Is Here! Order it today!

On March 1st, for the first time in 10 years, Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman is back, and soon entangled in a web of espionage, drones, surveillance, file encryption, and Chinese spies... all of which threaten those she holds dear. Click here for more, or order below.



 

"Exceptional... As Hellman’s convincing, conflicted characters face impossible choices, the tension is real and memorable."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Hellmann's writing sparkles...plenty of suspense in this richly detailed thriller, but Hellmann’s characteristic wit and warmth are evident, too."
Booklist

"From spies to drones and hackers, Jump Cut is a heart-stopping tale of corporate espionage that will have you snapping on your seatbelt. The tangled web of international intrigue is riveting. Hellmann is a renowned master of suspense, and her great talent shows in the story’s many rich characters, the beautifully honed paragraphs, and the sweep of her provocative story. A keeper!"
Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Assassins

"With spooks, spies, sudden death and double-crosses, Jump Cut hits all the right notes for a top-notch action thriller. Once again Ellie Foreman is a thoroughly likeable real-world heroine, fiercely protective of those she loves, thrown in at the deep end and swimming for her life. Don’t miss it!"
Zoë Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox series and The Blood Whisperer

"Welcome back Ellie Foreman! Jump Cut rockets to a stunning but thrilling climax… Another winner from the standout Chicago novelist Libby Hellmann."
Paul Levine, author of Bum Rap

"After a long hiatus, Hellmann returns to her Chicago-based sleuth with a chilling tale that may be all too close to the truth."
Kirkus Reviews



Featured Pages

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.

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

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