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.
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.
Havana Lost
Published 2013
HAVANA LOST is award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s tenth novel and third thriller that explores how strife and revolution affect the human spirit. HAVANA LOST is a testament to Hellmann’s gift for authentic historical detail as well as her talent for writing compulsively readable thriller.
Jump Cut
Published in 2016
Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman has been absent from thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s repertoire for almost a decade. Now she’s back...and soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.
La Habana Perdida
Un thriller en gran parte ambientado en Cuba, que se extiende por tres generaciones de la misma familia.
LA HABANA PERDIDA es la décima novela de la autora galardonada Libby Fischer Hellmann y el tercer thriller que explora cómo la lucha y la revolución afectan el espíritu humano. LA HABANA PERDIDA es un testimonio de la habilidad de Hellmann para retratar los auténticos detalles históricos, así como su talento para escribir novelas de suspenso que llevan a la lectura compulsiva.
Nice Girl Does Noir
Published 2010
"To read Libby Fischer Hellmann is to love Libby Fischer Hellmann... Funny. Dark. Poignant. Exciting. Surprising. And plenty of noir." Author J.A. Konrath
Set the Night on Fire
Published 2010
Finalist, Best Suspense Novel, Foreword Magazine 2010

Someone is trying to kill Lila Hilliard. Is it related to her parents' past? Part thriller, historical novel, and love story, Set the Night on Fire paints an unforgettable portrait of Chicago in the late Sixties.
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."
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.

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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.