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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
|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
|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|
|6||DoubleBlind||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of High-Tech Crime Solvers Series
|1||Virtually Lace||2018||Description / Buy|
|2||Virtually Undead (Short Story)||2020||Description / Buy|
|3||Virtually Harmless||2020||Description / Buy|
|4||Virtually Dead (Short Story)||2020||Description / Buy|
|5||Virtually Timeless||2020||Description / Buy|
|6||Virtually Gone||2020||Description / Buy|
|7||Virtually Undetectable (Short Story)||2020||Description / Buy|
|8||Virtually Impossible||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Nice Girl Does Noir Series
|1||High Yellow (Short Story)||2007||Description / Buy|
|2||The Murder of Katie Boyle (Short Story)||2009||Description / Buy|
|3||Detour (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|4||House Rules (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|5||The Rainforest Messiah (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|6||Common Scents (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|7||Nice Girl Does Noir||2010||Description / Buy|
|8||A Berlin Story (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|9||Your Sweet Man (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|10||The Jade Elephant (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|11||The Last Radical (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|12||The Whole World is Watching (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|13||A Winter's Tale (Short Story)||2010||Description / Buy|
|14||Dumber Than Dirt (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Libby Fischer Hellmann Standalone Novels
|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
|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|
|7||P.O.W. (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|8||Letters From Havana (Short Story)||2020||Description / Buy|
|9||No Good Deed (Short Story)||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Libby Fischer Hellmann Collections
|1||A Taste of Noir||2014||Description / Buy|
|2||War, Spies & Bobby Sox||2017||Description / Buy|
Libby Fischer Hellmann Anthologies
|1||Show Business is Murder||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||A Woman's Touch||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Killer Fiction: 11 Short Stories of Killers, Fixers, and P.I.s||2010||Description / Buy|
|4||Tales from the Backlist: Selected Stories from Backlist e-Books Authors||2011||Description / Buy|
|5||Writes of Spring||2012||Description / Buy|
|6||Writing Murder: A Basic Guide to Writing Mystery Fiction||2012||Description / Buy|
|7||Writing Crime Fiction||2012||Description / Buy|
|8||Chicago Blues||2014||Description / Buy|
|9||Shattering Glass||2020||Description / Buy|
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 DoubleBlind and was released on March, 8th 2022. It is the newest book in the Georgia Davis Series.