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Easy Innocence (Georgia Davis #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  514 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis -- former cop and newly-minted PI -- is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learne ...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Libby Hellmann (first published 2002)
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Jan 14, 2009 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder mystery
A timely and perilous trip into the darkness of suburbia, this book grabbed me from the first page and kept me going straight through to the end. I only stopped reading long enough for a few hours of sleep! Libby Hellman has created a plot touching on two very real aspects of living in today’s world, teen prostitution and unscrupulous land development, and turned it into an absorbing read. Full of twist and turns, relationships good, bad and ugly, the main character Georgia Davis, ex-cop and now ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, kindle, read_2013
Hazing (a process by which individuals are subject to humiliation as part of an initiation to a group), an affluent teenage prostitution ring where the girls turn tricks for ipods over fixes, a real estate scandal, and adultery comprise this enjoyable and heinous viewpoint of the young and rich or well to-do middle class teenage girls embroiled in a murder investigation.

In Chicago’s North Shore, Georgia Davis is hired to prove the innocence of a mentally handicapped man accused of the brutal mu
Oct 18, 2008 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Dorothy by: Saw it at Borders-looked great
This book takes place in Chicago's suburban North Shore where all the affluent people of Chicago live. It is a novel of mystery and suspense. This book delves into the private, and not so private, lives of the rich. It begins with the murder of a high school student, but turns into much, much more! From the second I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! I read it, and brought it with me, everywhere I traveled. I had a hard time not picking it up during work. I recommend this book as ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Dannye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy Innocence reminded me of Sara Paretsky's writing style with her V.I. Warshawski character. This was a complex plot, which the author handled well, keeping me in there until the end. Her main character, a female private investigator and ex-cop, was real and likable, always important characteristics to me when the main character is a strong woman. She makes mistakes, but she never gives up.

If you like a good crime mystery, you'll enjoy this novel. It was published in 2008, and she has publis
Lis Carey
Jan 31, 2016 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the Georgia Davis mysteries, which of course I read after having read the fourth, the most recent. This is not generally the order to read a mystery series in, but it worked out well this time.

Georgia is a Chicago cop, currently suspended for egregious violations of procedure, and working as a private investigator. Her former and perhaps future boss, Dan O'Malley, refers a client to her, Ruth Jordan, sister of Cam Jordan, a mentally challenged man charged with murdering a hi
Apr 30, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A very entertaining thriller, "Easy Innocence", by Libby Hellmann is the first in a series of novels featuring P.I. Georgia Davis. Davis a former cop who is on suspension for a major infraction of policy realizes her police career is over. Trying to make ends meet as a new P.I., Davis signs on to help investigate the case of a severely mentally challenged man accused of killing a popular local high school student. Georgia realizes quickly the accused, Cam Jordan 35, could not possibly been the p ...more
May 23, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
RATING: 3.75

Usually, when you think of a prostitution ring, what comes to mind is a group of adult women who are selling themselves for money. One normally doesn't think of a group of middle class high school girls who are selling their bodies for the thrill and to buy the latest accessories du jour. But that's what's happening in a wealthy Chicago suburb. The ring is actually being run by an affluent teen named Lauren Walcher who has become quite the online businesswoman.

One of the girls invol
Carl Brookins
Jul 13, 2008 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with teenagers and who love good mystery fiction
Authors work hard to develop their series characters because they know agents and publishers like the relative security of known quantities; the characters are already vetted and there is almost always a growing audience of fans. Every new book in a series helps to sell the previous ones. Authors are like anybody else, they too like the security of series work. Crime fiction authors are also like creative artists in other fields. They get ideas for work that may not fit their series. And that is ...more
Zander Vyne
The book is almost error-free (worth mentioning, since so many Kindle books have mistakes). The story is familiar - innocent man charged with murder because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, private eyes and cops trying to find clues that lead to the real murderer and finding another mystery instead (this one involving a ring of teenaged prostitutes).

The main character (Georgia, a private eye) is appealing and smart. One thing lacking is enough backstory to make me really, really car
Apr 26, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents of teenagers, mystery fans, woman sluth fans.
Recommended to Michael by: Saw review that looked favorable.
Georgia Davis is hired to show that Cam Jordan is not guilty of killing teenager Sara Long.

Georgia enters a high school world packed with cliques, peer-pressure, greed and conceit. It is a setting ripe for the crime of the murder of a supposidly innocent teenager.

Law enforcement agencies are pusing for a quick solution to the case and expect a guilty verduct but when Davis, a former Northbrook Il. police officer, now PI begins her investigation we find that not much is as it first seemed. Inc
Tamary Anderson
I was overexcited about this book... probably because when I read about it, I focused on the fact that it was a bunch of rich high school girls running a little escort service.

Of course, that IS what its about, but it is really only used as the plot. We don't get to see what the interactions w/ the johns were and all that crap that I perversely wanted to read about =/

Anyways, Georgia Davis used to be a cop, but after she was suspended for not following department procedure she has taken up priv
Oct 02, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in return for an honest review, and I admit that I'm hooked on the series and can't wait to see what happens next!!

Private Investigator, Georgia Davis, had been a cop, until she screwed up. Ruth Jordan needed her her help when her Autistic brother had been charged for murdering a teenage girl in the forest preserve. Ruth was so sure that he was innocent and once Georgia saw Joran she believed he was innocent too, she just had to find a shadow of doubt in the prosecuting att
Jul 05, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone - maybe not teenagers - it is about the dark side of Northshore teens in part
Recommended to Julia by: the author is my friend!
Libby's most recent mystery is great - like all of her mysteries (that I have read) - it is a story that feels very current and is set practically in my backyard! She writes about the North Shore of Chicago and so if you know this area, the settings will be very familiar! You may even find some charaters with your friends names on them (my name is on a character in one of her other books!). This is a fun and fast read.
Jan 03, 2016 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book that had me from the first chapter. I’ve read other books by author Hellmann and like her style but once I started this I couldn’t put it down.

The book starts with a young girl who was a prostitute over hearing something from her john. Then as the story goes along, Georgia Davis, a former cop and now a Private Investigator, is hired to look into a murder that appears to be a little too tidy and going through the legal system a little too fast. Throughout the the book, the a
May 28, 2008 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, attention-grabbing style and denouement. Seemed a little bit unbelievable in parts, but perhaps that is because it is too easily possible that it could be true these days, and I just don't want to believe it. My only objection was that I had trouble keeping track of all of the characters until about the middle of the book.
Oct 14, 2015 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was fortunate to see a FB post on another author's page that offered me a link from MS. Hellmann for this book. I am glad to have the opportunity, as I had never read any of her books before , but will certainly read more in the future.
Wow! The 1st two chapters had me wondering what I had gotten myself into. BUT! Chapter 3 hooked me into what I thought was the plot of the book and I immediately settled in for a good read. As I grew to know the nuances of the characters and enjoy their divers
May 06, 2008 Cheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspense. Not topics I would normally read -- school hazings/ multiple murders.Masterful telling. Author is doing book signing at Racine B&N, Friday, May 9. Setting is North suburbs of Chicago, where author currently lives. Don't start the last half of the book if you can't finish it in that sitting.
Sep 29, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hellman switches gears from her Ellie Forman series to a new PI Georgia Davis. The setting is the North Shore of Chicago and the Chicago reader will recognize many local sites. The pacing is fast and the story line chilling.
Oct 15, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Book 4 recommend by bookreporter

Great BOOK

Usually, when you think of a prostitution ring, what comes to mind is a group of adult women who are selling themselves for money. One normally doesn't think of a group of middle class high school girls who are selling their bodies for the thrill and to buy the latest accessories du jour. But that's what
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Jan 05, 2016 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a kindle copy by the author for my honest review. At first, I had a little trouble getting into the book but once I got more into it, I understood what was happening. It's a gritty look into teen prostitution in the affluent area, dishonest land development, hazing and bullying in school and saving a young man's life wrongly accused of murder. The main character, Georgia, was once a police officer but was suspended and is now a PI. I liked her and her persistence into getting the tru ...more
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Feb 01, 2016 Pat Welte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, it was well-written. When privileged schoolgirls find a market for their innocence and then find that their cost may be their lives it changes things. Georgia Davis, PI starts looking into the death of Sara Long, she finds a very dangerous game these girls are part of. Libby has written a story where I cared about the people. I almost want to shake these teenagers for their entry into the world that they can't control.
I would recommend this book to everyone that likes a good m
Jun 04, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Provocative beginning, great summer read!
Feb 12, 2015 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-goal
'Easy Innocence' is a great read. The storyline was well written and filled with mystery. I loved how the story unfolded. I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. This book was unpredictable, and that was what kept me glued to the pages. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Georgia made a great lead. Smart, intuitive, brave and real. This book is a must add to your tbr list. Libby Fischer Hellman did an amazing job at writing an intriguing story that has me wanting to read more of ...more
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Georgia Davis. Suspended from the Police Force she has accepted a job as a Private Investigator. Her first job is to investigate the murder of Sara Long. The Police have their man (an educationally-challenged paedophile) and the murder weapon. Seems cut and dried but Georgia is convinced there is more to it than that, as she uncovers bent lawyers, shady businessmen, hazing and teenage prostitution, can she find the real killer before anyone else dies?

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In not making the protagonist a beauty queen or the best at what she does, the author does a remarkable job putting together the character of P.I. Georgia Davis. Having recently been let go from the police force, Georgia is now a self-employed private investigator who doesn't get away with going about garnering information underhandedly.

It was a slam-dunk case after the teen girls witnessed the man standing over the dead girl with the baseball bat in hand and blood on his clothing. The man's si
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Jul 13, 2015 Book Concierge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A teen on the edge of the “In” group is brutally murdered in an upscale Chicago suburb. The cops and DA quickly pin the crime on a local mentally handicapped man who is found at the scene with the weapon in his hands and the victim’s blood on his shirt, despite some obvious questions. Former cop and new P.I. Georgia Davis is hired by the defense to get the real story and cast reasonable doubt. And she finds plenty to question – What were the kids doing in the forest preserve? Why didn’t the poli ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Libby and I will read pick up another one and see what she has to offer in her other books as she has a lot of action and details in her writings. It was not one of those books where you know who did it in the beginning chapters but it was a book where you wanted to keep reading as the drama was unfolding right in front of you.

Georgia (a new PI, former cop) never takes no for an answer as she uncovers the layers and the clues while other individuals who are more directly
Jan 15, 2009 Rebeka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was, frankly, refreshing. I was given a copy for Christmas, and honestly I wasn't sure about the quality: a relative of mine is a friend of the author. But I was impressed.

Georgia Davis is a P.I. who used to be a police officer. Her latest case comes from Ruth Jordan, a woman whose mentally ill brother has been accused of battering a girl to death. As Georgia investigates she discovers twists and turns and quite a few hidden motives.

The characters are very real. They all have depth, and non
Kathleen Hagen
Easy Innocence, by Libby Fischer Hellman, A-minus, narrated by Beth Richmond, produced by Books in Motion, downloaded from

Here we have Georgia Davis, who was a cop in Chicago for ten years but resigned after being suspended for not following the rules. She has gotten her license as a private eye and put out her shingle. Georgia lived in the North Shore suburbs. In these suburbs lived the richest families with the most privileged children. They felt smug and safe at night, not even l
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