A Fabulous Story Bundle Is Here!

I am thrilled and honored to be a part of a brand new, just-launched crime fiction Box Set… Story Bundle.. or whatever you like to call it. Take a look at some of the authors in this bundle (like Lawrence Block, Kris Nelscott, Rebecca Cantrell, Julie Hyzy, and Dean Wesley Smith) and tell me you don’t […]


2015’s Top 7 Thriller Movies (according to IMDb)

Thriller films are incredibly popular right now. In fact for every thriller that is released, there are probably ten more in development or, at least, requested by Hollywood. (I’ve been offering mine to the film-making universe as we speak). It’s a genre that fascinates, keeps us riveted, and then makes us come back for more. […]


The Manhattan Project — Chicago Style

Everyone’s heard about Los Alamos, where they built and tested the first nuclear weapon. But few people seem to know about the role that Chicago played in the development of nuclear fission and its ultimate military application. That fascinated me when I set off on a voyage of discovery into the dark days before the bomb. […]


Movies ‘R Us

So I just got back from LA where I attended a film pitch conference. For those who don’t know, it’s kind of like speed-dating — you, the author or screenwriter – get five minutes with a production company rep to pitch your property, then you move on to the next. Most of the people who […]

Researching Cuba for Havana Lost

Karma, Cuba, and Audio

  A couple of weeks ago I brought up the concept of karma, in relation to a colleague who helped me a lot in the early stages of my career. Now it’s come up again, this time regarding Cuba, a place close to my heart. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that the […]


¡La Habana Perdida — Ahora, El Audio!

Un thriller en gran parte ambientado en Cuba, que se extiende por tres generaciones de la misma familia. ¡Mas de 200 comentarios in inglés!  Ahora disponible en audio. En vísperas de la Revolución Cubana, la testaruda Francesca Pacelli, de 18 años de edad, huye de su despiadado padre, un Jefe de la Mafia en La […]


Daphne and Me

  I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Nobody’s Child is a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. It’s in their “Mainstream” category. The award will be given in July in NYC during the RWA convention at the Death by Chocolate event. I think I’ll be going.    


For Readers of All Stripes

    I just finished a short article by Gretchen Rubin on the PW Tip Sheet titled “How To Become A Better Reader in 10 Steps” that I can’t praise highly enough. Whether you’re a fiction reader, (and I hope you are) a non-fiction reader, a news/internet/research article junkie, I hope you find it as […]


My China TV Interview– Ferris Bueller was Right

Remember when Ferris Bueller says to the camera “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it?” Well, I just had one of those days. It started Monday evening with an email from a producer who works for CCTV America. What’s that you ask? “CCTV News” […]


Letter to the Chairman/CEO of AT&T

To: Mr. Randall L. Stephenson Chmn and CEO AT&T From: Libby Fischer Hellmann Re: Atrocious Customer Service March 3, 2015 Dear Mr. Stephenson,   I had hoped I would not have to write this email for two reasons: — I have been a loyal AT&T customer for nearly 45 years, and — There is a […]

  • 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.