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A Picture of Guilt (Ellie Foreman #2)

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The big news story in Chicago is the murder trial of Johnny Santoro, a dock worker whose girlfriend has been killed. Most Chicagoans are betting on a quick guilty verdict, but Ellie Foreman has doubts about
his complicity--Santoro is strangely familiar to her. Checking back to the outtakes of a video project in progress while the murder took place, Ellie finds evidence that
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published May 31st 2003 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Jul 23, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
The second book in the Ellie Foreman series, "A Picture Of Guilt", from author Libby Fischer Hellmann is another amazing read. This yarn opens with Ellie and her daughter Rachel visiting West Virginia, along with her boyfriend David Linden. A harrowing experience on the white water rapids Ellie and Rachel are ready to go home. Meanwhile David has met a royal Sheik, Abdul. David and Abdul begin a business relationship. Back home near Chicago, Johnnie Santoro is on trial for the murder of his girl ...more
Dec 06, 2015 Nadine rated it it was amazing
After finishing "An Eye For Murder" book 1 of my Ellie Foreman box set I was more than happy to delve right in to another book in this series. "A Picture of Guilt "took me back to Chicago , but in a side of Chicago that most civilians never get to see, corruption, terrorism and graft. Ellie has a knack for trying to do the right thing and ending up on the wrong side of both the good guys and the bad guys! Once again I enjoy the attempt to balance family life against Ellie's need for success on a ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Ice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The divorced mother and producer of documentaries and training films belatedly realizes that outtakes on one of her features may furnish an alibi for a Chicago dock worker about to go on trial for the brutal murder of his girlfriend.

To her credit, her decision to come forward is reflexive, though she's unprepared for the battering she takes on the witness stand-or for the jury's rejection of her evidence. Ellie's good deed results in even more punishment when she begins to lose clients concerned
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A Picture of Guilt, by Libby Fisher Hellman, a-minus, Narrated by Beth Richmond, Produced by Books in Motion, Downloaded from

Ellie writes and produces training films and other films for corporations. Ellie, who doesn’t pay much attention to the news, sees a Chicago Tribune article about a man who is on trial for murdering his girl friend. Ellie knows she’s seen him somewhere, and finally realizes that she saw him passed out in a park while they were filming for a documentary. In fact
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Jul 17, 2007 lynne naranek rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
This reads very much the same as Eye for Murder: simple style, lack of detail, rather cardboard characters, but a plot that isn't too obvious and has a few red herrings thrown in. I do enjoy the glimpses of Jewish life, even if it's just a mention of schul or of attending Mar Mitzvahs.

One small problem I had was one of those little asides where we are privy to the thoughts running around in Ellie's head, and this time she said something like "I buckled the seat belt, although I really didn't nee
kenneth  h.  robinson
Intriguing Convoluted Plot and Characters to Empathize With

Covering different locations and characters differently motivated with murder and mystery mixed in. A great read I could put down without finishing it.
Nov 14, 2015 Judie rated it did not like it
Follows the same formula as Ellie Foreman #1. A Picture of Guilt is light reading and not much more. I won't read any of the other books in this series.
May 29, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: reread, mystery
I originally tried to read this book immediately after the first Ellie Foreman book, which was fantastic. I couldn't get into the plot then, and I think I was comparing it too much to the first story in the series. This time around, it was a much faster paced read. I like Hellmann's later character, Georgia Davis, better than Ellie. I find Ellie to be overly dramatic and self-centered. I found myself constantly being disappointed by her behavior in this story, and her wild leaps from a minor clu ...more
Jul 05, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Another one of Libby's wonderful mysteries - as with the others I have read, it is a quick read because it is fast paced and interesting with great twists. The setting is the Northshore of Chicago, so if you are from Northfield or surrounding areas, you will get a kick out of knowing all the settings and will see that some of the characters have the names of people you know (she put my name on a character in one of her books after I won this honor at our school benefit!). Even if she wasn't my f ...more
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May 27, 2014 Kathie Norfleet rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Some parts were boring to me but it is a story of courage and love of a vibrant woman and mother.
Aug 07, 2011 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and entertaining read. My biggest quibble is that I knew the direction the story was heading far earlier than I should have, but in retrospect, that may be because I read so many books in this genre and not because of any particular tells in the story. The developments in Ellie's relationship with David and the tensions with Rachel seemed especially believable. Looking forward to the third book in the series.
Jul 25, 2011 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For getting this book for free at school, it was a decent read. The plot line was quite interesting, yet I feel as though it dragged on at points. It proves somewhat unmemorable, but it kept me entertained. It was a fairly easy read however, and I know that as Hellmann develops as a writer, her work will become more and more impressive.
Jan 18, 2009 Dawn rated it really liked it
Reading these in order they were written...liked this one slightly better than the first. Won't say too much because my friends will be reading it soon!
Jan 21, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it
enjoyed language and how characters are described
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Aug 28, 2013 April Kopecky rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable characters and good mystery
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After a 10 year hiatus, Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman is back, and soon entangled in a web of espionage, hackers, file encryption, and Chinese spies. A thriller about spies in the post-Snowden era, JUMP CUT will be released March 1, 2016 in print by Poisoned Pen Press and in ebook by The Red Herrings Press.

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to
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Other Books in the Series

Ellie Foreman (6 books)
  • An Eye for Murder (Ellie Foreman, #1)
  • An Image of Death (Ellie Foreman, #3)
  • A Shot to Die For (Ellie Foreman, #4)
  • The Murder of Katie Boyle
  • Jump Cut

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