Libby Fischer Hellmann Books

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Libby Fischer Hellmann is an award-winning American author that has written everything from thrillers to mysteries, amateur sleuths, and historical fiction, to mention but a few. She has a Film Production Masters Degree (New York University) and a History BA (University of Pennsylvania).

Order of Ellie Foreman Series

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1The Day Miriam Hirsch Disappeared (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
2An Eye for Murder 2002Description / Buy
3A Picture of Guilt 2003Description / Buy
4An Image of Death 2004Description / Buy
5A Shot to Die for 2005Description / Buy
6Jump Cut 2016Description / Buy

Order of Georgia Davis Series

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1Easy Innocence 2002Description / Buy
2Doubleback 2009Description / Buy
3Toxicity 2011Description / Buy
4Nobody's Child 2014Description / Buy
5High Crimes 2018Description / Buy

Order of High-Tech Crime Solvers Series

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1Virtually Lace ( By: Uvi Poznansky) 2018Description / Buy
2Virtually Undead (Short Story) ( By: Robert I. Katz) 2020Description / Buy
3Virtually Harmless ( By: P.D. Workman) 2020Description / Buy
4Virtually Dead (Short Story) ( By: Edwin Dasso) 2020Description / Buy
5Virtually Timeless ( By: Casi McLean) 2020Description / Buy
6Virtually Gone ( By: Jacquie Biggar) 2020Description / Buy
7Virtually Undetectable (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
8Virtually Impossible ( By: Barbara Ebel) 2020Description / Buy

Order of Nice Girl Does Noir Series

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1The Murder of Katie Boyle (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
2Detour (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
3House Rules (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
4The Rainforest Messiah (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
5Common Scents (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
6Nice Girl Does Noir 2010Description / Buy
7A Berlin Story (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
8Your Sweet Man (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
9The Jade Elephant (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
10The Last Radical (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
11The Whole World is Watching (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
12A Winter's Tale (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
13Dumber Than Dirt (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy

Order of Libby Fischer Hellmann Standalone Novels

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1Set the Night on Fire 2011Description / Buy
2A Bitter Veil 2012Description / Buy
3Havana Lost 2013Description / Buy
4A Bend In the River 2020Description / Buy

Order of Libby Fischer Hellmann Short Stories/Novellas

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1Josef's Angel (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
2The Last Page (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
3Flight (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
4War Secrets (Prequel to A Bitter Veil) (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
5Capital Partners (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
6The Incidental Spy 2015Description / Buy

Order of Libby Fischer Hellmann Collections

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1A Taste of Noir 2014Description / Buy
2War, Spies & Bobby Sox 2017Description / Buy

Libby Fischer Hellmann Anthologies

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1 Show Business is Murder2004Description / Buy
2 Killer Fiction: 11 Short Stories of Killers, Fixers, and P.I.s2010Description / Buy
3 Chicago Blues2014Description / Buy
4 Shattering Glass2020Description / Buy
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A former student of the National Cathedral School, Hellmann, who was raised in Washington DC, spent many years in Broadcast News, working for NBC as a film editor and eventually going over to National Public Affairs Center for Television in DC. She worked with the team that covered the Watergate hearings.

After moving to Chicago, she joined a public relations firm before starting her own business (Fischer Hellmann Communications) in the mid-1980s. When the author moved to Chicago, she fell so passionately in love with it that she not only adopted it as her home but also featured it prominently in her novels.

As a child, Hellmann spent a lot of time reading thrillers. But she eventually lost her taste for them because so many of them told the same stories. Her mother changed everything when she threw a mystery novel (‘The Staked Goat’ by Jeremiah Healy) at Hellmann.

This introduction to mystery ignited the author’s passion for the genre. When she finally sat down to write her novel, it came as no surprise that it featured an amateur sleuth who, like Hellmann, worked as a video producer.

Hellmann used her experience in television news editing and video production to bring Ellie Foreman, one of her most popular characters, to life. Hellmann received a lot of praise because of the effort she had injected into the exploration of her heroine’s job at a time where most authors went out of their way to ignore or gloss over the daily routines associated with their protagonists’ careers.

Hellmann has attributed her decision to start writing to O.J. Simpson. She remembers following his murder trial closely. She wasn’t simply fascinated by his crimes but also the figures that surrounded his situation, including a female prosecutor, a witty defense lawyer, and a racist police officer.

Even though the trial was real, the entire O.J. Simpson saga felt like it had leaped out of a Ross Macdonald novel. The trial inspired the author to try her own hand at the writing of mystery novels. Even after she became a published author, Hellmann continued to find inspiration in the events of ordinary life, not just the amusing things she encountered every day but the shows she watched on television and the news stories she came across.

The one thing she has noticed since her publishing career took off is the fact that the writing process never gets any easier. She knows how to write dialog. However, descriptions are a headache for Hellmann and she is very critical of her prose.

But this is why she likes editing her work. In fact, she enjoys it far more than the writing process because it allows her to fix her mistakes.

Libby Fischer Hellmann Awards

The ‘Love is Murder Conference’ gave Hellmann multiple Readers Choice Awards. She has also received Shamus, Anthony, and Daphne du Maurier Award nominations.

Best Libby Fischer Hellmann Books

Hellmann has been praised for writing stories that blend humor, thrills, and politics. Some of Hellmann’s best books include:

Easy Innocence: Georgia Davis, a former police officer, has been hired to investigate a man who supposedly killed Sarah Smart. The suspect looks guilty but his sister isn’t convinced, which is why she has hired the private investigator.

It doesn’t take Georgia long to realize that the preppy schoolgirls Sarah associated with have found a way to turn their innocence into financial gain. Clearly, none of the girls expected the Prada merchandise rich businessmen were throwing their way to cost them their lives.

A Bitter Veil: Anna thought she would live happily ever after with Nouri. Their backgrounds were so different. And yet, once she fell for him, the notion of returning to Iran with Nouri did not concern her. The fact that Nouri’s parents were so wealthy made the transition even easier.

Anna never expected the fall of the Shah to change everything. Now, Iran is governed by Ayatollah Khomeini. He has turned the country into an Islamic Republic. The rules have changed in ways Anna couldn’t have predicted.

When Does The Next Libby Fischer Hellmann book come out?

Libby Fischer Hellmann doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Bend In the River and was released on October, 7th 2020.

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