Libby Fischer Hellmann's Blog

Two Chicago Stories

These aren’t new stories, but a friend sent them to me the other day, and in these uncertain times, I thought you might appreciate them. STORY NUMBER ONE   Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago.  Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic.  He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged […]


Another Great Interview with Brian Freeman, ALTER EGO

  I interviewed Brian Freeman, who happens to be one of the nicest crime authors I know, on SOLVED! on May 17th. His wonderful Jonathan Stride novel, ALTER EGO, has been out a few weeks now, and it’s terrific! I feel so lucky to be able to read and then talk to authors whom I […]


Solved! HOW IT HAPPENED by Michael Kortya

Hi, all. I just realized I haven’t told you that I’ve been hosting a monthly TV interview show called SOLVED! for the past 18 months. (Talk about being late to the party…) SOLVED! is a one of several shows produced by, which is owned and operated by the Abraham Lincoln BookShop in Chicago. We […]


Goodreads Mystery-Thriller Week Begins Soon!

Next week is Goodreads Celebration of Mysteries and Thrillers. Since I am one of those authors, I thought I’d let you know about a couple of special events that I hope will encourage you to check further… WAR, SPIES, AND BOBBY SOX: Stories About WW2 At Home Just heard WS&B is a Finalist in Foreword […]


War, Spies, and Bobby Sox FInalist for Indie Book of the Year

Thrilled to announce that War, Spies, and Bobby Sox is a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s 2017 INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the War/Military Category! Winners will be announced in June. If you’d like more information, here’s the press release. And for more about the book, you can check it out and even buy […]


Femmes Fatales

Hi, all. I’m thrilled to be part of the new Femme Fatales bundle from StoryBundle, which collates terrific novels by wonderful authors for really low prices! The latest is an excellent collection of ten outstanding crime thrillers that feature “a woman with both intelligence and sex appeal that uses these skills to manipulate poor helpless […]


Capital Partners: A TV Pilot (Available to Option)

Hi, all. Some of you may remember my short story “Capital Partners,” which came out a few years ago. It was published in the WRITES OF SPRING anthology, edited by the late Gary Schultz and Pat Frovarp, who also owned Once Upon A Crime, that wonderful bookstore in Minneapolis. As time went on I couldn’t […]


Illinois Governor’s Race: The Money

Yo, Illinois voters. Want to know how much is being spent on the Illinois Governor’s race? Thought so. Here is a chart, which will automatically update, developed by Pro-Publica. (Many thanks, guys!). Use it to help sharpen your views as to who can lead our state out of budget problems, systemic corruption, languishing schools, and […]


Blood Run, Jamie Freveletti, and SOLVED!

Hi, everyone. I know it’s been a while, and yes, I’ve been negligent in blogging. There’s just so much going on it’s difficult to focus. I think many of you know what I mean. But I do want to tell you that I’m now the host of two interview shows. One is with the Authors […]


Bobby Sox and the Chicago Writers Association

Some good news here. In fact, I’ll just reprint the press release. I am honored to be included. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chicago Author’s Novel a Finalist for CWA Book of the Year Award Chicago, IL, October 3, 2017—Crime thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s latest work of fiction, War, Spies and Bobby Sox: Stories about World […]

  • 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.