Libby Fischer Hellmann's Blog

Vietnam: Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City

Compared to Hanoi, Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City (I was surprised how many people still call it Saigon) is Vegas, baby! The lights, the crowds, the motor scooters, the young people all trying to go for the gold ring, was energizing and, sometimes, quite amazing. For example, the 5 star hotel we stayed at, […]

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Between HaLong Bay and Hanoi

Just a quick one here. While we drove back to Hanoi, I shot this photo: I liked it so much I played around with it and had it enlarged. It’s now hanging on the wall of my family room. I can’t decide which version I like more. What do you think?

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Vietnam: HaLong Bay

HaLong Bay, about a three hour drive from Hanoi, feeds into the Gulf of Tonkin. Yes, THAT Gulf of Tonkin. But today, there is no memory of a war or skirmishes with armed ships in the area. Today HaLong Bay is under massive development as a tourist resort. Most of the development is funded by […]

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Vietnam: Hanoi

As many of you know, I traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangkok for three weeks. The entire experience was fascinating — I learned so much! And for one minute did I want to be anywhere else but where I was. I think they call that “living in the moment.” A lot of the praise has […]

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A Welcome Home Gift!

Hi, everyone. As some of you know I just got back from a long trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangkok. Fascinating and educational. I had never been so far away for so long before. I plan to share pics with you in the coming days. And yes, there will be a book. A historical saga. […]

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An Interview about High Crimes, Writing, Publishing, and more

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s hope 2019 brings us less darkness, more light, and trust in our institutions again. And some fun! We need some, don’t we? I was delighted to be interviewed by Rich Ehisen on his Open Mic Blog. It was a wide-ranging conversation, so it’s long, but I think it worked out […]

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Self-Publishing Has Never Been Easier… or Harder

Hi, all. Here’s an excerpt to my latest foray into the state of self-publishing these days. Thanks to Crimereads.com, who gave me the opportunity. I hope some of it is useful! It’s Never Been Easier—or Harder—to Self-Publish

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Library Journal Interview & HIGH CRIMES

Hi, everyone. In addition to that lovely review from Library Journal over the weekend, I also did an interview with them that I’m just seeing now. Thought you might like to see an excerpt — with a link to the full article. Crime Fiction Master Libby Fischer Hellmann gives readers an insider’s view of American […]

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Library Journal Review of HIGH CRIMES

    To say I’m delighted is highly restrained of me. Consider me floating after Library Journal’s Review. Here it is:   After the 2016 election, Dena Baldwin vowed to resist the new administration with all her might. To that end, she creates a Facebook group called Resistance USA. Fourteen months later while at an […]

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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.