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 Shot to Die For
Published 2005
Winner, Readers' Choice Award for Best Traditional Novel

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.
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.
Detour
Published 2007
A young hit woman takes out the wrong mark.
House Rules
Published 2006
A dark comedy about a couple visiting Vegas who find a stash of cocaine in the desert.
Josef's Angel
Published 2006
A little boy sees an angel while in a German children’s camp during World War Two.
Nice Girl Does Noir v.1
Published 2010
"Libby is a nice girl. But she writes noir with a savvy edge honed on the hard, dark knowledge of the evil possible in us all..." Author William Kent Krueger
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 Jade Elephant
Published 2007
A lifelong thief seeks redemption by returning a jade elephant he stole from a woman.
"Standouts include THE JADE ELEPHANT..." Publishers Weekly
The Last Radical
Published 2001
A wanted '60s radical builds a successful life on the North Shore of Chicago until her husband disappears.
War Secrets
War Secrets is an anthology published in 2013 by Mystery Writers of America
The prequel to A BITTER VEIL takes place in a Leipzig physics lab during pre-war Nazi Germany

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Nobody’s Child Is Here!

Nobody's Child

A bloodstained note left for Chicago PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. That sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia’s help. Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the dangerous underworld of Chicago’s illegal sex trafficking business. She soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up. Even worse, as Georgia tries to extricate Savannah, she comes up against an old enemy determined to make sure neither woman will escape alive. In the fourth novel of the Georgia Davis series, she faces her toughest challenge yet—and one she might not survive.

Praise for Nobody's Child:

"Following on the heels of several excellent standalone novels, (this is) a dark, well-told tale. Hellmann is an expert at tearing into the fabric of villainy that lies in... our cities."
—Ted Hertel, Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

"Thrilling... Hellmann ratchets up tension with every chapter and the reader is constantly kept wondering about the fate of both sisters." 
—Publishers Weekly

"Conflict so real it grips the reader. You dare not breathe or put the book aside... Libby Fischer Hellmann ranks as one of the top mystery writers in America today."
—Caleb Pirtle, Venture Galleries

Havana Lost Honored by Shelf Unbound

Havana Lost was named a Notable Indie Book in the 2014 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book!

With Cuba in the news, Libby thought you might like to watch the Havana Lost book trailer. She shot all the photographs during her 2012 trip to the island.



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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. She hopes to have a new installment every week or so.

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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