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

Order of Georgia Davis Series

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

Order of High-Tech Crime Solvers Series

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

Order of Nice Girl Does Noir Series

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

Order of Libby Fischer Hellmann Standalone Novels

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

Order of Libby Fischer Hellmann Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of Libby Fischer Hellmann Collections

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

Libby Fischer Hellmann Anthologies

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1 Show Business is Murder 2004 Description / Buy
2 Killer Fiction: 11 Short Stories of Killers, Fixers, and P.I.s 2010 Description / Buy
3 Chicago Blues 2014 Description / Buy
4 Shattering Glass 2020 Description / 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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