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Jump Cut (Ellie Foreman #5)

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Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman has been absent from thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann s repertoire for almost a decade. Now, in Jump Cut, she s back...and is soon to find herself entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear. Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcrof ...more
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Published March 1st 2016 by Poisoned Pen Press
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A thriller that will keep you enthralled, a wild joyride into terror
This new Ellie Forman book took me to a place of excitement, creativity and secrets; the creation of a video to be played in sections, 'chapters' as Ellie puts it, for a huge aeronautic corporation is very well written, as Libby Fischer Hellman turns out another fascinating storyline of probable murder and plenty of mayhem thrown in the works. Libby has a definite feel for her characters, they always come alive (or dead as the
Jan 30, 2016 Janebbooks rated it really liked it
Aren’t you the least bit curious about the title of this novel, JUMP CUT? From the beginning, when news of this latest Ellie Foreman, the first in the series for almost ten years, started appearing on Libby Fischer Hellmann’s blog, I was curious. Jump cut is a term used in film editing. It’s a cut made when editing a film that uses two sequential shots of the same subject that vary only slightly. The cut gives the effect of jumping forward in time. One can edit together two separate shots to cr ...more
Maureen Fink
Jan 28, 2016 Maureen Fink rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Libby Fischer Hellman has never disappointed me and can certainly write suspense!
Ellie Foreman is back after 10 years as a video producer. This story begins with a project video for Delcroft Aviation. Delcroft does many civilian and military contracts.
She's suddenly fired and that fires up her curiosity. She keeps digging and keeps getting in deeper and deeper.
Libby weaves a suspenseful page turner with plenty of twists and turns to keep you
Gloria Feit
Mar 05, 2016 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
Ellie Foreman is a Chicago video producer, having been a filmmaker for over 25 years. Not a profession which would seem to be dangerous, except that it becomes very much so in this instance.

From the publisher: Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VIP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. . . [Ellie] is soon
Jan 03, 2016 Bev rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Ellie Foreman has been hired by Delcroft Aviation to make a series of videos to become more engaged with and interests of the public. In other words, become more public friendly. Ellie and her crew produce the first video, and she shows the big wigs of the firm. All of a sudden Charlotte Hollander, Delcroft's VP isn't happy with the videos and fires Ellie. Ellie does not take firing lightly, so she decides to find out just what went wrong. She gets into all kinds of trouble. Delcroft is into dro ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Video producer Ellie Foreman returns in author Libby Fischer Hellmann's heart palpitating thriller, "Jump Cut". Not surprising author Libby Fischer Hellmann has crafted another amazing suspense thriller. Each of her Ellie Foreman books are sit on the edge of your seat adventures. Picking up after several years this Ellie Foreman story begins with a project video for Delcroft Aviation. Delcroft does many civilian and military contracts. For the military, most of the hush hush work revolve around ...more
Shirley Wetzel
Jan 05, 2016 Shirley Wetzel rated it it was amazing
An Ellie Foreman mystery
In a remote mountainous village, nine-year old Yusup is thrilled when his father says he can once again attend the school in the local mosque. Since the strangers in robes with angry faces and menacing behavior came to the village, his parents have kept him close to home. The men have been talking about things alien to his ears, and telling the young men of the village they must join jihad. His father says he must stay away from them. On this day, he sets off for school,
Breakaway Reviewers
Feb 22, 2016 Breakaway Reviewers rated it it was ok
This novel did not cut it for me
Drones, espionage, double agents, Ethnic minority groups, murder and mayhem - this novel has it all. The only problem is that the plot does not ring true and the main character is not believable. I really had to force myself to finish reading this book.

Research tells me that this is the fifth in the Ellie Foreman mystery series and that the series has won awards and I have no doubt that many readers will enjoy these novels but this did not work for me. It is a dec
Georgiann Hennelly
Jan 07, 2016 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Jump Cut is the latest book in the Ellie Foreman mystery series, absent for about ten years from the Libby Fischer Hellman series. She is now back! Ellie Foreman was hired by Delcroft Aviation to make a series of videos in order for them to become more public friendly. Ellie and her crew make the first video and show it to the executives of the firm. Charlotte Hollander VP at Delcroft's isn't happy with the video and fires Ellie. Ellie doesn't take it lightly and decides to find out what went wr ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review, and this author has never disappointed me as this book is AWESOME! I can't imagine how she'll top this one, but I know she will! Ellie Foreman had snagged a job to make a video of the massive Delcroft Corporation to show its softer side. Ellie is based in Chicago as a freelance video producer and she is excited about the chance to show Delcroft's softer side. Delcroft has its hands in the military hardware, drones and planes. It even has the ...more
Miss Tonya-Ann Carpenter
Oct 27, 2016 Miss Tonya-Ann Carpenter rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of this authors I have read and so don't know much back story of Ellie Foreman. The good thing is, the way that this is written means you don't necessarily have had to read the previous ones.
This is such a good book and story. It is so current, and allows you to imagine the worst of the best people. All is not necessarily as it seems, and I did not see most of them coming. The research that must have been undertaken to write this book would be extensive, but it allowed me
Rory Costello
Dec 31, 2015 Rory Costello rated it really liked it
Libby Fischer Hellmann's characters can often be found at a favorite restaurant or local watering hole, enjoying some kind of comfort food or a favorite adult beverage. So it is with her fiction. You can be confident that it's well researched, with a strong topical element, and well paced -- clean and crisp. The characters are warm and human, and she always makes good use of her setting in Chicago and environs.
Jul 28, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
Jump cut by libby Fischer helman is an espionage thriller Hired to produce a candy floss profile of Chicago-based aviation. Absolutely fantastic read. I loved the story and the characters. Ellie was my favourite character. Had me gripped from start to finish. I can't wait for the next part. I loved the ending too. There was nothing I disliked about this book. Highly recommended. 5* from me. Thanks to netgalley and tbc on fb for the arc
Deborah Wall
Jan 12, 2017 Deborah Wall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing Espionage

Ellie Foreman is working on a series of videos to be used in an ad campaign when suddenly she is fired. Finding out why takes her into a world where she can trust no one. It is a story that makes us think about the way we appear to the world.
Jan 13, 2016 Sally rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
Jump Cut is the 5th book in the Ellie Foreman Mystery Series by Libby Fischer Hellman. Ellie is a video producer based in Chicago. She is divorced, conscientious about her work, and since she is neither rich nor famous, when she is hired to do a feel-good PR video for a large aircraft company the job is important to her.

The story gets intense early on and doesn’t let up. When the project is abruptly cancelled Ellie wants to know why. This is the point where the excitement begins, and it continu
Sam Sattler
Mar 16, 2016 Sam Sattler rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction, series
Although Jump Cut is the first addition to the series in almost ten years, it is Libby Hellmann’s fifth Ellie Foreman book. Ellie may be a decade older now than readers remember her, but the Chicago-based video producer is as independent and tough as she ever was. Most tellingly, she is yet to buy into the old adage that curiosity has ended the lives of more than a few curious cats. And now that the huge aviation company for which she has been shooting a puff-piece promotional video fires her be ...more
Jump Cut is the 5th book in the Ellie Foreman Mystery Series by Libby Fischer Hellman. This is the first book that I’ve read in this series, but I need to see which earlier books in this series are still in publication and start at the beginning. Fortunately, the well-developed characters and superbly written plot allowed me to read and appreciate this book as a stand-alone. Jump Cut captures the readers interest immediately and quickly becomes a combination mystery/thriller which hold the reade ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Jump Cut by Libby Fischer Hellmann is the fifth Ellie Foreman book. Ellie Foreman is a video producer living in Chicago, Illinois. Ellie is divorced with a grown up daughter named Rachel (twenty-five). Ellie has been hired by Delcroft Aviation (they do commercial and military projects) to do some promotional videos (for posting on social media). While shooting at a trade show, Ellie meets Gregory Parks. Gregory hangs around the Delcroft booth during the shooting and ends up in the video. When th ...more
Elizabeth Burton
Apr 10, 2016 Elizabeth Burton rated it really liked it
I have to apologize to Libby again. I'm in a group she started that gets dibs on her new stuff so we can write and post reviews as soon as the book or novella or whatever comes out.

So, back in January or February I downloaded a copy of Jump Cut, the new Ellie Foreman novel due out around the first of March, and started to read it with the best intentions of meeting my deadline.

Didn't happen.

So, here, finally, is my review of Jump Cut, and I swear, Libby, I'll try to do better. Honest.

I find it h
Feb 25, 2016 Victoria rated it liked it
In Jump Cut, Chicago-based thriller author Hellmann brings her outspoken heroine Ellie Foreman back for another exciting adventure after a 10-year hiatus. In the new book, video producer Foreman and her team have been hired to produce a series of puff pieces about ginormous Delcroft Aviation.
Her project is going well until a client meeting to review a rough cut, when a Delcroft executive unexpectedly tears into the video, the project, and Ellie herself. Given the vehemence of this reaction, the
Lis Carey
Jan 08, 2016 Lis Carey rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, thriller
Ellie Forman returns after ten years. Her daughter Rachel is grown, and she's been building her career making documentaries and videos--the latest client is major defense contractor Delcroft. She;s produced a great set of promotional videos, to be rolled out over a period of several weeks on their website and social media. Some of the footage was shot at a trade show, where a man named Gregory Parks introduces himself as consultant for Delcroft. Parks turned up in an improbably high number of sh ...more
Diane Coto
May 10, 2016 Diane Coto rated it really liked it
Ellie Foreman is a video producer in Chicago. She’s good at her job. No one was more shocked than she when her client Charlotte Hollander, Delcroft VP, said her newest promotional video for Delcroft was amateurish and undignified. Charlotte fired her on the spot. Ellie had made notes of what was on the video when Charlotte seemed to become uncomfortable with it. When she later played the video back for herself, she realized those shots included Gregory Parks who’d introduced himself to Ellie as ...more
Dec 25, 2015 Fred rated it it was amazing
Jump Cut is the fifth book in An Ellie Foreman Mystery series.

It's been 10 years since we have been able to enjoy an Ellie Foreman book and what a wonderful experience this one has been. Hopefully we won't have to wait that long for number six. This could just be the best and most thrilling book of this excellent series.

Ellie current assignment is to produce some video for Delcroft Aviation, a large military contractor that specializes in drones. Charlotte Hollander, a VP at Delcroft and a risi
Mar 01, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
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Before reading Jump Cut I hadn’t read any others from the Ellie Foreman series, but have read Nobody’s Child, which is the fifth in her Georgia Davis series. So in my opinion doesn’t matter whether you’ve read others in the series- I still got what was happening, the characters were still developed enough for me to get them and what they’re like and the story, although perhaps making reference to previous books in the series, was self-contained enough to ensure I
Jan 13, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
Jump Cut by Libby Fisher Hellmann

Keeping in the style of her two previous books I have read , Easy Innocence and The Incidental Spy, by Ms. Hellman, Jump Cut is an excellent read. I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.
A critic from the Chicago Sun-Times states, “Not only has Hellman created a compelling group of believable characters, but the mystery she places them in is likewise plausible and engrossing.”
Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman is back and is soon, once again, caug
Mar 01, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing
“This looks like something my twelve-year-old son could have thrown together,” said the company executive. “It’s a pastiche of amateur photography, editing, and uninspired—in fact, trite—narration. It’s—it’s—“she waved her hands in the air, searching for the right words-- “undignified. If we air this, even on our website, we’ll be a laughingstock. And I guarantee we’ll take a financial hit.”

It wasn’t exactly the reaction Ellie Forman was hoping for when her clients viewed the video she’d written
Starr Gardinier
Feb 11, 2016 Starr Gardinier rated it really liked it
"Jump Cut" by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Another great novel by Hellman. It has all the ingredients of a very entertaining read: intrigue, espionage, murder, mystery and a touch of humor.

You wouldn’t think that shooting and producing a promotional video for an aviation company could be that interesting. And you’d be right. Well, perhaps not the details of the production, but most certainly the fallout from being fired is. Ellie Foreman put forth what she thought was great work, but apparently big-wig
May 29, 2016 Wendy rated it it was ok
Ellie Foreman made a promotional video for a large corporation whose biggest client is the US Government. The lady in charge goes ballistic when she notices a particular man in several of the frames and fires Ellie. Everyone tells Ellie to forget it, to lick her wounded pride and go to the next job. But does she? Noooo. She contacts the man and he agrees to meet her BUT he's killed (they say committed suicide) at the train station where they are to meet. And she finds a thumb drive that she thin ...more
Rosemary K
Mar 01, 2016 Rosemary K rated it it was amazing
Why did Delcroft VP Charlotte Hollander reject the promotional video that Ellie and her company produced? The work was well done. Ellie Foreman wants answers. She doesn't realize what that information will cost her and those she loves. Ellie is in over her head and getting in deeper. Delcroft Corporation is ruthless. They will destroy anyone who gets in their way. What can Ellie do to survive? This story is so realistic that I felt I was reading today's headlines. Libby Fischer Hellmann has cra ...more
Kristy Schnabel
Feb 29, 2016 Kristy Schnabel rated it it was amazing
I've read all 4 of the previous Ellie Foreman novels, so I was quite eager for this 5th installment, which I purchased on pre-order in exchange for an honest review.

For newbies, Ellie is a video producer who doesn't like unanswered questions and always seems to get herself in the middle of intrigue. And yet, she's very relatable, like a next-door neighbor with a hunky boyfriend and a twenty-something daughter.

This time, Ellie's convinced her phone is bugged and she's being followed, but who is
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