For Book Clubs, Bookstores, and Librarians

Thank You Librarians!


Just wanted to thank you for the shout-out. For librarians who don’t know, Sisters in Crime, the wonderful organization for female crime writers, offers a significant grant every month to libraries. One of the criteria is to send in a photo of SINC authors’ books from the stacks. I was thrilled that the 4th Ellie Foreman mystery was one of the books featured by February’s winner! (Hint: it’s the one on the far right.)

Jump Cut

1Revjumpcut copy 2After a 10 year absence, Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman is back! And soon entangled in a web of espionage, drones, hackers, and spies, all of which threaten those closest to her. I had a great time writing this thriller, and I hope you have a great time reading and recommending it to your customers and patrons. If you’re in a Book Club, btw, please join me in the 50-Skype Book Club Celebration so we can discuss some of the issues raised in Jump Cut “almost-sorta-really-close” in person.

Jump Cut will be released March 1, 2016. Meanwhile, here are some early reviews, which I’m over the moon about.

“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.”

“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

“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

And here is the ordering info:
Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-464205-19-4; $15.95 Poisoned Pen Press
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-938733-87-1  $4.99
Audio ISBN: 978-1-938733-88-8 (Various)
Available through Baker&Taylor,  Ingram, Amazon, and more
FICTION/Thriller 6” x 9” – 275 pages


Nobody’s Child

PWFormer cop-turned-PI Georgia Davis takes on what could be her most personal case yet in Hellmann’s thrilling fourth installment in her Chicago based series. Georgia always thought she was an only child until she receives a bloodstained note revealing that she has a half-sister Savannah, who’s not only in trouble but is pregnant. With little to go on, Georgia soon discovers that Savannah, who’s almost sixteen and is called Vanna, is caught up in Chicago’s underground human trafficking ring, which provides whoever’s willing to pay with everything from organs to babies, not to mention girls for sex. Few people are willing to talk to Georgia about the details of the operation, but the wily PI soon learns that a former foe could be an asset in bringing her sister home safely. Hellmann ratchets up the tension with each chapter, and the reader is constantly kept wondering about the fate of both sisters.


My 11th crime novel (No, I don’t know how I did it either), Nobody’s Child is the 4th installment in my Georgia Davis series, and I’d love you to acquire the print version for your store and/or library. Why?

Honors and Accolades:
Finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.
Finalist for the 2015 Shamus Award, Best PI Indie Novel.
Finalist in the Chicago Writers Association — Fiction Category
Shortlisted for the Kindle Book Review Awards: Mystery/Thriller category
Finalist in the “Fiction: Mystery/Suspense” — 2015 USA Best Book Awards”

I’m thrilled about those honors, but if you’re still not convinced, here is a bit more:


 — Easy Innocence, the 1st in the series (2008) received a Starred Review from Library  Journal

ToxiCity, the 3rd in the series (2011), was downloaded over 2,000 times in 24 hours on Amazon recently

— My books have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese is coming

  — Your readers will love Georgia Davis. Really.


And if you’re in a Book Club that enjoys mysteries, thrillers, and strong female protagonists, I’m happy to send you a complimentary e-book so that you can evaluate whether it merits a group read.

Here’s the book description:

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 The Georgia Davis Series:

“Hellmann brings to life the reality of bullying among teenage girls with enough twists and turns to keep you reading. Highly recommended.” – Starred Review, Library Journal, 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 on Easy Innocence

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 on ToxiCity


Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-938733-46-8; $16.99

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-938733-47-5; $4.99

Audio ISBN: 978-1-938733-75-8

Available through Ingram, Amazon, Overdrive, and more

FICTION/Thriller 6” x 9” – 350 pages

The Red Herrings Press

A Reading Group Guide is available on request.

Havana Lost

Honors and Accolades:

— Finalist in Foreword Review Magazine’s Thriller of the Year contest 2013

— “Notable Page-Turner” in Shelf Unbound Magazine’s Book of the year 2014

— Honorable Mention in Chicago Writers Association Best Fiction Book 2013


0872 Libby Fischer Hellmann ebook HAVANA LOST_2 copy 3As you may know, HAVANA LOST, my 10th thriller, is a historical novel that spans three generations of the same Mafia family. It explores how revolution affects the human spirit, and it tracks the rise of a female Mafia chief. I’ve prepared a sell sheet with the description and more, which you can find here.

I’m delighted to share Booklist’s review of the book:

The Cuban Revolution is the rich backdrop for this riveting historical thriller. In the days just prior to the revolution, life in Cuba is difficult. Spies are everywhere. Poverty and hunger are rampant. But for American Francesca Pacelli, life is easy. Her Mafia-boss father owns a luxury hotel and casino in Havana, where they live. When Francesca meets Luis Perez, a rebel fighter, she falls in love fast and runs away with him. Her father tracks her down and sends her back to the States, where the brokenhearted and pregnant Francesca is pushed into an arranged marriage. All their lives are changed by these events, and the story follows these characters from 1950s Cuba to present-day Chicago, where Francesca is now head of the family and is as ruthless as she needs to be. Meanwhile, Luis ends up in South Africa, where he stumbles upon a crew mining coltan, a rare mineral necessary in the production of computers, and finds himself in serious danger: blood diamonds aren’t the only export causing brutal violence in South Africa. This multigenerational page-turner is packed with intrigue and shocking plot twists. (Stacy Alesi)


Because of its themes, Havana Lost is especially appropriate for book groups and book clubs, and it is featured in Book’s Reading Group Guide. As part of that program, I have developed reading group questions for the novel, which are below.

I very much hope you’ll read Havana Lost with your book club or acquire it for your library. It’s widely available in trade paperback through Ingram. In addition you can find the audio at Audible, and the ebook at Amazon and in the library market at Overdrive. More about the book is right here.


A few more things


Revolution TrilogyMy previous 2012 thriller, A Bitter Veil, which takes place in revolutionary Iran, is part of my “Revolution Trilogy,” (along with Havana Lost and Set the Night on Fire -2010) and has been warmly received by book groups.


Power Point Presentations

I have created power point presentations based on my research about Iran AND my trip to Cuba, and I’m happy to present one or both to your library patrons or book clubs, either in person or via Skype. Below are a few excerpts.

Presentations based on my research about Iran AND my trip to Cuba


Crime writing workshops

Crime Writing Workshops with Libby Fischer HellmannIn addition, I have developed a full day crime writing workshop which I call the “Anatomy of Crime Fiction” for aspiring writers. If you’re interested, you can find out more about them right here. If your library can’t do a full day, I’m willing to chop up the workshops and conduct just one or two sections of the agenda, which are called, of course, “Body Parts.”


Skype Visits

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Finally, speaking of Skype, I am available to talk to any library or Book Group that features one of my books. All you need to do is contact me. In fact, I’ll have some special news for book clubs after the beginning of the year.

Just for Fun

Page600If you work in a library, you might be interested in a novella I co-wrote with David J. Walker. It’s a cozy mystery, and, of course, we murder the library director. It’s widely available here as well as B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.





If I can answer any questions about any of the above, feel free to email me. Thanks for reading this far.


Download the Discussion Questions in PDF

Discussion Questions: HAVANA LOST

Discussion Questions:  A BITTER VEIL