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 Winter's Tale
Published 2005
Ellie Foreman comforts a woman who lost her husband and finds more going on than just grief.
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.
Common Scents
Published 2005
Officer Georgia Davis investigates possible abuse in a nursing home.
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.
Dumber Than Dirt
Published 2000
A dark comedy about a young restaurant worker who finds a body in the car he steals.
House Rules
Published 2006
A dark comedy about a couple visiting Vegas who find a stash of cocaine in the desert.
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.
Nice Girl Does Noir v.2
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
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 Murder of Katie Boyle
Published 2009
How did Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis first meet? You'll find out in this short story.
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

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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.

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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