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 […]

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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 AuthorsVoice.net, which is owned and operated by the Abraham Lincoln BookShop in Chicago. We […]

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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 […]

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The Dark Crimes Bundle

I am SO excited to tell you about a new collection of crime novels (It debuts Wednesday, June 14, 2017) in which I’m a contributor. No… actually, I’ll let Kris Rusch tell you about it. She’s the “curator” (AKA Editor in Chief) who invited the authors into the bundle.         The Dark […]

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War, Spies and Bobby Sox by Libby Fischer Hellmann

My Favorite WW2 Novels

It may have ended more than seventy years ago. But WW2 still fascinates authors from every corner of the world. While we haven’t seen such a widespread and horrific conflict since, and I hope we never do, it’s a unique period in history that fascinates me too. Following the launch of my WW2 trilogy, I […]

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Murder on the Quai — The Backstory, with Cara Black & Aimee LeDuc

  Aimée Leduc is a chic, no-nonsense Paris-based PI and heroine of 15 mysteries, by Cara Black, a New York Times bestselling author. In June Cara released Murder on the Quai, a prequel revealing how Aimée first became a detective. Cara has won multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book […]

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Co-Authoring – The Latest Trend

Co-authoring with prominent authors or their estates (when they’re no longer with us) is a fast-growing trend for crime authors. Many are following the James Patterson model, who released 15 novels in 2014 alone. “23 other authors have been paid out of Patterson’s own pocket to write them for him. It is not a fact […]

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Biographies, Autobiographies and Ghostwriters

Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is due out in September 2016. Fans of The Boss can’t wait for the release of Born to Run on September 27th. It’s fully expected to be an international bestseller, and the rights have already been sold all over the planet. Simon and Schuster should score a massive hit. But what makes […]

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Spy Fiction: Where Are All The Women Authors?

A couple of weeks ago, an article came out in The Big Thrill about espionage thrillers. It featured Gayle Lynds, who is one of the best espionage authors around — and yes, I am flattered that she enjoyed and blurbed Jump Cut. But that’s not the point. The article touched on an issue close to […]

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As Close to Crime Fiction Perfection As Possible…

Meet Dark Justice So this new bundle in town walks into my office last week, and tells me she’s “as close to crime fiction perfection as possible.” Now, being the kind of guy I am, I don’t get excited when someone talks crime to me, and this dame was no exception. I took a good […]

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  • 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.