Libby Fischer Hellmann

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General Information

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Name: Libby Fischer Hellmann

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Born: 1949 in Washington DC



Twitter: http://twitter.comlibbyfh

Email: Please see author's Website.

Illinois Connection

Hellmann has lived in the Chicago area for over thirty years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Libby Fischer Hellmann is an award-winning writer who, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, "has carved out an enviable position in the local mystery scene." Her books have been called "masterful" and "powerful". Her awards include being a finalist in the Benjamin Franklin Awards for mystery-suspense writing and a Readers' Choice award for Best First Book. Along with the books she has written, Hellmann also edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology - Chicago Blues .

When Hellmann is not writing, she conducts executive training programs. She has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Film Production from New York University. After eight years in television news, she spent eight years at Burson-Marsteller, a large public relations firm.

In 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime. Hellmann also blogs with "The Outfit Collective".

Published Works

The Ellie Foreman Mysteries:

  • An Eye For Murder, Poisoned Pen Press, 2002
  • A Picture of Guilt, Poisoned Pen Press, 2003
  • An Image of Death, Poisoned Pen Press, 2004
  • A Shot to Die For, Poisioned Pen Press, 2005
  • Jump Cut, Poisoned Pen Press, 2015

The Georgia Davis Series:

  • Easy Innocence, Bleak House Books, 2008
  • Doubleback, Bleak House Books, 2009
  • ToxiCity, Red Herrings Press, 2011
  • Nobody's Child, Red Herrings Press, 2014

Short Stories:

  • Nice Girl Does Noir, Fischer Hellmann Communications, 2010
  • Nice Girl Does Noir:2, CreateSpace, 2011

Stand Alone Novels:

  • Set the Night On Fire, Allium Press, 2010
  • A Bitter Veil, Allium Press, April 2012
  • Havana Lost, Red Herrings Press, 2013
  • The Incidental Spy, Red Herrings, 2015
  • War, Spies & Bobby Sox, Red Herrings, 2017

Titles at Your Library

Picture of Guilt, A: An Ellie Foreman Mystery (Ellie Foreman Series)

ISBN: 1590585151
Release Date: 2008-03-01

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An Image of Death (Prime Crime Mysteries)

ISBN: 042519504X
Release Date: 2004-02-03

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A Shot to Die For

ISBN: 0425203107
Release Date: 2005-09-06

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Jump Cut (Ellie Foreman Series)

ISBN: 1464205191
Release Date: 2016-03-01

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Doubleback (The Georgia Davis Series)

ISBN: 1606480537
Release Date: 2009-10-01

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Nice Girl Does Noir: A Collection of Short Stories

ISBN: 1461087295
Release Date: 2011-04-28

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ToxiCity: Georgia Davis Prequel

ISBN: 0984014101
Release Date: 2011-10-17

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Havana Lost

ISBN: 193873338X
Release Date: 2013-05-01

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Nobody's Child: A Georgia Davis Novel of Suspense (Georgia Davis Series) (Volume 4)

ISBN: 1938733460
Release Date: 2014-08-15

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The Incidental Spy

ISBN: 1938733843
Release Date: 2015-09-01

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War, Spies & Bobby Sox

ISBN: 1938733975
Release Date: 2017-02-27

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Literary Awards

Double Back

  • Autumn Great Lakes Great Read, Great Lakes Bookseller Association, 2009

Easy Innocence

  • Starred Review, Library Journal

An Eye for Murder

  • Winner, Readers’ Choice for Best First Novel, Love is Murder conference

Havana Lost

  • Finalist, Thriller of the Year contest, Review Magazine, 2013
  • “Notable Page-Turner” Book of the Year, Shelf Unbound Magazine, 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Best Fiction Book, Chicago Writers Association, 2013

Nobody's Child

  • Finalist, Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense
  • Finalist, Shamus Award, Best PI Indie Novel, 2015
  • Finalist, Chicago Writers Association Fiction Category
  • Finalist, “Fiction: Mystery/Suspense,” USA Best Book Awards,” 2015

Jump Cut

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Body of Work:

  • Honored at the Illinois Authors Book Fair, Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library, 2005
  • Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2014

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Inside Cuba Program Author Libby Hellmann’s Havana Lost takes place in Cuba during the Revolution of 1958-59 and during Cuba’s Special Period in the early 1990s. In addition to visiting Cuba, Hellmann did extensive research on the country and its history. With Cuba capturing current headlines, Hellmann’s PowerPoint presentation, highlighted by many of her own photos, will deepen understanding of our neighbor only 90 miles away. (Adults; 60 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

A Sketch of Iran: The Country and its Culture Program Hellmann’s A Bitter Veil takes place in revolutionary Iran, which required extensive research by the author. Hellmann shares a slide presentation about Iran’s people, architecture, customs, and culture. With Iran so much in the news today, this presentation moves beyond the rhetoric to deepen understanding of this fascinating country. (Adults; 60 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

Self-publishing: Doing It by the Book Program Compulsively readable thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann explains her move to self-publishing and how to do it right. Workshop includes the differences, benefits, drawbacks, and costs of doing it yourself compared to traditional publishing. Includes handouts and how-to’s. (Adults; 60 min; $300 with permission to sell books)

External Links

Libby Fischer Hellmann on WorldCat


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