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Easy Innocence (Georgia Davis #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  396 ratings  ·  93 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 learned just ...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Bleak House Books (first published 2002)
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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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jul 05, 2008 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
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.
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Provocative beginning, great summer read!
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?

This was great. It start
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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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. George 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 polic ...more
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
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
This was not a bad read. The ground it covered certainly wasn't new, but given the glut of crime fiction these days that is not surprising. The main character, P.I Georgia Davis, was strong enough and there was enough action that it kept my interest.
The story built quite slowly, and I was just starting to become frustrated about 3/4 of the way through when the action started to take off. However, the perpetrator of the crime was also quite obvious before the Georgia figured it out. Which is fru
Georgia Davis is a former cop turned P.I. When she receives a request from Danny O'Malley, a cop she used to work with, asking her to look into a murder case on behalf of the accused, she agrees to help out. It seems that important people are making an especially great effort to hurry this case through the process and convict a mentally ill man with no prior history of violence. The crime? The brutal beating death of a high school girl named Sara Long.

When Georgia begins to investigate she find
Mika O'Donovan
Overall, an enjoyable read, with a likeable and engaging female lead.

The mystery wasn't as mysterious as it could have been, and the whodunit portion was pretty transparent, but I was still eager to read to the end to see all the threads come together. The author avoided being exploitive about the subject matter (teenage prostitution), but sometimes the avoidance came off as timid writing so as not to inflame delicate sensibilities. Using a less delicate touch and going a little gritty would ha
Dec 11, 2011 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who hated New Trier
Recommended to Jennifer by: Book Cellar
Shelves: read-2011
This was an interesting mystery set in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago involving Georgia Davis, an ex-cop who (as many mystery novel protagonists before her) has now become a private investigator. She's thrown a bone by a former colleague--to work for the defense of a young, psychologically disturbed young man who is accused of beating a high school girl to death with a baseball bat. The case is problematic on many levels--because the young man in question had never been physically violent be ...more
What an intriguing story and a classic detective/mystery. Georgia Davis is a complex personality, tough enough but with rounded edges and someone you can't help but to like. She's flawed, of course, but has a moral center that is her compass. Georgia was suspended from the police force and is working as a PI as she awaits reinstatement.

Georgia accepts a case to try to clear her client who is accused of murdering a high school girl. As she works the case, she finds there's much more than that on
Martha Bryce
At the murder scene of a young teen, a mentally disabled young man is found holding the weapon and covered in her blood. The lawyer for his defense is sure that he did not do it and hires Georgia Davis, ex-cop and now and PI, to try to find evidence to prove it. Through her search she finds herself trying to put together clues that seem to be buried in the very upscale and political North Shore and believes more and more that her client really is innocent. Full of twists and turns blocking her a ...more
Courtney Edson
This book was pretty exciting!

It all started with the teenage girl that was found dead after having a bucket of fish guts dumped over her and getting hit with a baseball bat. Soon after a mentally ill man of the name Cam Jordan, a convicted sex offender was arrested and charged with Sara Long's death.

That's how Georgia Davis; P.I ex police officer got on the case. From the beginning she didn't believe Cam Jordan did it. She soon found out the reason for the fish guts in a bucket spilt over Sara
Lia Fairchild
In Easy Innocence, the author skillfully unravels an intriguing yet disturbing mystery. Georgia Davis is a former Chicago Cop turned PI who’s investigating what appears to be an air tight murder case. Sara Long, a seemingly sweet and innocent high school girl is found murdered. The suspect? A mentally ill man with a sex offending past and plenty of evidence against him. Georgia’s not convinced, especially with the speed in which the case is being rushed through the system. As Georgia gets closer ...more
This was a mystery set in the North Shore of Chicago (with way too many street locations and local landmarks listed; I used to live there and at times felt that I was back on a visit). A girl is murdered at a Forest Preserve following a high school hazing. She is from a more middle class family than her peers who are all from real wealth. The heroine, a Private Investigator who is on an indefinite suspension from a local Police Department, is hired to investigate her killing after an autistic ma ...more
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