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.
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.
High Crimes
How do you solve a murder when there are 42,000 suspects?
Chicago PI Georgia Davis is hired to hunt down those ultimately responsible for the assassination of Resistance leader Dena Baldwin at a demonstration fourteen months after the 2016 election. As Georgia sifts through Dena’s 42,000 Facebook followers, she discovers that unknown enemies hiding behind fake profiles have infiltrated the group.
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."

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.

My Blog

The latest articles from my blog. Just click on the title to read the full post.
  • Bucks County Book Festival

    I was delighted to spend Sunday, October 13, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania at the Bucks County Book Festival. I'd [...]
  • I Never Thought I'd Say This, But... (part 1)

    We need to get rid of social media. It was a good idea but it's ruining our brains, [...]
  • Fire Road

    You can't be an American without having strong feelings about the Vietnam War. One of the most extraordinary [...]
  • 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.