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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Mystery

Born: 1949 in Washington DC



Illinois Connection

Hellmann moved to the Chicago area in 1978.

Biographical and Professional Information

Libby 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. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and three times for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the IPPY and the Readers Choice Award multiple times.

Her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between "Desperate Housewives" and "24;" the hard-boiled 5-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and four stand-alone historical thrillers set during Revolutionary Iran, Cuba, the Sixties, and WW2. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman's "25 Criminally Good Short Stories" collection. Libby hosts a TV interview show and conducts writing workshops at libraries and other venues. She was the national president of Sisters In Crime, a 3500 member organization dedicated to the advancement of female crime fiction authors.

Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, and Chinese. All her books are available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """War, Spies and Bobby Sox"""

-- *Finalist, War/Military, INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Foreword Magazine, 2017

-- *Silver Medal, War/Military, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2017

-- *Finalist, Indie Fiction, Book of the Year Award, Chicago Writers Association, 2017


-- """Jump Cut"""

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly


-- '''''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

-- *Shortlist, Mystery/Thriller, Kindle Book Review Awards


-- '''''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


-- '''''Double Back'''''

-- *Autumn Great Lakes Great Read, Great Lakes Bookseller Association, 2009


-- '''''An Eye for Murder'''''

-- *Winner, Readers Choice for Best First Novel, Love is Murder conference


-- '''''Easy Innocence'''''

-- *Starred Review, Library Journal


-- """A Bitter Veil"""

-- *Book of the Week, Book Works