A Bitter Veil
Published 2012
Finalist, Best Novel, Chicago Writers Association.

In Chicago Anna falls in love, marries Nouri, and moves to Tehran. Four months later the shah is deposed.
A Picture of Guilt
Published 2003
• Finalist, Ben Franklin Award, Mystery/suspense
• Winner, Best Traditional Mystery, Readers Choice Awards

Ellie discovers video outtakes of a man near Lake Michigan that were recorded the same night he supposedly murdered his girlfriend 10 miles away.
A Shot to Die For
Published 2005
Winner, Readers' Choice Award for Best Traditional Novel, 2006

Ellie chats with a young woman at a highway rest stop. A pickup pulls up, the rear window opens, and the woman is shot dead.
An Eye For Murder
Published 2002
• Anthony Award nomination, Best First
• Winner, Best First, Readers Choice Awards

Meet video producer Ellie Foreman, her daughter, and her father, as Ellie is drawn into a murder rooted in World War Two.
An Image of Death
Published 2004
Ellie receives a videotape that shows the murder of a young woman. AN IMAGE OF DEATH also features Georgia Davis when she was still a police officer.
Doubleback
Published 2009
"Great Lakes Great Read" Autumn Pick, 2009 Great Lakes Bookseller Association

PI Georgia Davis and Ellie Foreman team up after the kidnapping of a young girl triggers a series of deadly events.
Easy Innocence
Published 2008
Winner, Best PI Novel, Readers Choice Award

Freshly-minted PI Georgia Davis investigates the murder of a high school girl and finds out how far teen girls in suburban Chicago will go for approval from their peers.
Nobody's Child
Published 2014
Georgia heads deep into the dangerous underworld of Chicago’s illegal sex trafficking business to help her pregnant half-sister.

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”
The Ellie Foreman Mysteries - Box Set
The first four novels in the series that critics describe as "a masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense."
Ellie Foreman is a Chicago documentary producer and amateur sleuth. She has a finely-honed sense of justice, which sometimes lands her in dangerous situations. Her dry sense of humor lightens the mood, but make no mistake: these are suspense thrillers rather than cozies. Which might be why the author describes the series as a cross between "Desperate Housewives" and "24." When you find yourself staying up way too late reading, you'll see why the Ellie Foreman series fits into Hellmann's body of "Compulsively Readable Thrillers."
The Georgia Davis PI Series – Box Set
Four Georgia Davis mysteries, together in one volume at a very affordable price.
PI Georgia Davis burst on the scene in Libby Fischer Hellmann's EASY INNOCENCE (2008). That was followed in 2009 by DOUBLEBACK, which reunited Georgia with Ellie Foreman. TOXICITY, the prequel to the series was released in 2011. Now all three are together in one volume at a very affordable price.
ToxiCity
Published 2011
Ten years before Easy Innocence, three bodies turn up in quick succession—all of them dumped in waste disposal dumpsters or landfills. Officer Georgia Davis, her boyfriend detective, and his partner team up and find much more than they bargained for.
War, Spies, and Bobby Sox
Available Now
In this trio of tales, Hellmann beautifully depicts the tumultuous effect of war on the home front and illustrates how the action, terror, and tragedy of World War II was not confined to the front lines.

Libby Fischer Hellmann

Featured Pages

Featured pages highlights events, appearances, crime writing workshops I run and other topics you will find interesting.

Libby has developed several interactive workshops on the craft of writing as well as how to publish and promote. Libby is often invited to deliver keynote presentations at events and conferences—she enjoys helping others tell their stories and hopes her audiences enjoy hers.

Libby hosts Second Sunday Books, a talk show on the Authors on the Air network. Podcasts are available on the second Sunday of every month, and each podcast is about 30 minutes. Crime Fiction, True Crime, Thrillers, Biographies, Social Issues, Historical and Women’s Fiction—they’re all fair game. If you have an idea for a guest, please contact Libby through her website. And don’t forget to “like” the Second Sunday Books Facebook page!

Places to find Libby in the coming months for speaking, interviews and book signings.

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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.