The Invisible Uyghurs

Who are the Uyghurs? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. They live deep in the remote desert of China’s Tarim Basin, and they’re the second most populous ethnic minority in China. They are Muslims, and their plight is mostly untold. The Chinese call them terrorists. The Uyghurs deny it, saying all they want is […]

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Can You Revive A Series A Decade Later?

I try to answer that on the Kobo Writing Life blog today. Let me know what you think…   Posted on March 7, 2016 by Kobo Writing Life One comment By Libby Fischer Hellmann My latest thriller, Jump Cut, is the fifth Ellie Foreman mystery, and it’s been ten years since the fourth one came […]

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Publishing in Cuba: Baby Steps

“We have made new friends, fostered business relationships, have fantastic memories, and were a part of history that will forever be a chapter in the publishing industry.” World Book International director Kristin Norell on the Havana Book Fair. Cuba’s publishing scene in 2012 I visited Cuba in February, 2012, and went to the Havana Book […]

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Girl Heroes Shatter The Literary Glass Ceiling

World Book Day is an annual event organized by UNESCO during March or April, depending where you live. It’s designed to be a global celebration of everything to do with books and reading. Prior to this year’s celebrations, a poll of memorable children’s novel characters, created to mark the big day, saw female heroines and […]

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What’s Cook-ing with Apple’s iPhone Rebellion

Remember the first commercial for the Mac? Called “1984,” it was directed by Ridley Scott and starred the English athlete Anya Major. The concept, ‘saving humanity from conformity’, alluded to George Orwell’s novel of the same name.   This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook stoked the embers of the company’s erstwhile image by refusing FBI […]

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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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Join The Jump Cut 50-Skype-Book-Club-Celebration!

JUMP CUT, the 5th installment of my Ellie Foreman Mystery Series will be published on March 1. In order to celebrate and get it into the hands of as many readers as possible, I’m aiming to be a guest at 50 Book Clubs via Skype. Will you join me? An Author at Your Book Group […]

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Starred Review — Publishers Weekly

I’m awestruck, honored, and humbled that Jump Cut received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly today. Here’s the review:  Jump Cut: An Ellie Foreman Mystery Libby Fischer Hellman. Poisoned Pen, $15.95 trade paper (286p) ISBN 978-1-4642-0519-4  Hellman’s exceptional fifth Ellie Foreman mystery (after 2005’s A Shot to Die For) offers no easy solutions to the various […]

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Jump Cut: Formal Cover Reveal

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you’re looking forward to this year. I tend to do better in even years than odd… do you have a pattern like that? If so, which years are better for you? I’m especially excited about this year, because, JUMP CUT, the 1st Ellie Foreman mystery/thriller in 10 years is coming out March […]

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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.