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Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 40 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Sixteen 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 writing community and has even won a few.

Her newest work is A BEND IN THE RIVER, a standalone historical novel set in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. It will be released October 7, 2020.

Libby began her career as an assistant film editor for NBC News in New York before moving back to DC to work with Robin McNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. Retrained as an assistant directo

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Libby Fischer Hellmann Hi, Teresa! Thanks for asking about Ellie. The truth is I don't know. There are now 5 -- I assume you read JUMP CUT, which came out in 2016, right? Si…moreHi, Teresa! Thanks for asking about Ellie. The truth is I don't know. There are now 5 -- I assume you read JUMP CUT, which came out in 2016, right? Since thena collection of World War Two novellas was published, and I'm now working on Georgia #5, which I hope will be out late this year. Ellie is so delightful to write, though, that I might go back to her -- it all depends on the story. And whether fans like you keep asking... :)(less)
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Something to Take the Chill Off

Hi, all. Yup, February has been awful so far. Thankfully there are only another two weeks, and then…dare we hope… spring will be around the corner? Let’s make it so.

Until that happens, though, I want to tell you about a couple of Valentine’s Day offers you might enjoy while you’re staying put. They’re both decidely historical.

War, Spies, and Bobby Sox: Stories About WW2 on the Homefront

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Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
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Libby Catch-up with the Georgia Davis PI Series by Libby Fischer Hellmann
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"Thrilling - Hellmann ratchets up the tension with each chapter." -Publishers Weekly #HardBoiled #Mystery #Suspense #Thriller

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Libby Some holiday BSP.. WAR SPIES & BOBBY SOX (and me) are featured on the cover of Chicago Jewish News. It was a lovely gift!

War, Spies & Bobby Sox by Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Libby Just finished the 2nd draft of the 4th Georgia Davis book. It's tentatively called "Comeback." Waiting for a bit to make more revisions. Meanwhile, enjoying Left Coast Crime in Monterey. What a great feel this conference has!

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Libby If anyone is interested in a free copy of "Your Sweet Man," my contribution to the Chicago Blues anthology (and one of my favorite short stories), be sure to go to where you can sign up for my email list and get the story. Of course, you'll also get updates from me occasionally... but I promise not to inundate you.

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Nadine Thank you for accepting me as your friend.

Alexandra Aldrich Hi Libby, Please consider reading my new memoir The Astor Orphan. It has been described as "gothic." Thanks, Alexandra

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Libby My pleasure, Norene...

Norene Moskalski Thank you for adding me as your friend, Libby.

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Zoë Sharp Hi Libby

Thanks for Friending me here. Great to catch up with you. Loved the Odds & Ends blog, btw!

Mickey Wyte Thanks for for adding me as your friend.

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

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Libby I think I saw you're doing one too, aren't you? I'll come to yours if you come to mine.... :)

Deborah Ledford Hey Libby--it was great seeing you at your Poisoned Pen appearance. I'm looking forward to your Virtual Tour event with Shindig April 17th.
Deborah J Ledford

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Rick Reed Thanks for adding me as a friend, Libby. I'll see you at Thrillerfest.

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Kris Neri Good to connect with you here, Libby! Happy holidays.


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Gerald Griffin Libby, thank you for accepting me as a friend. Hope your holiday season was a pleasant one. Though the holidays have passed, may I ask you for a belated Christmas gift: would you please visit my website,, and sign my Guest Book. It would be a special gift to see you there!


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