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Jump Cut (Ellie Foreman #5)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  134 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
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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May 05, 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
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
Feb 13, 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
Georgiann Hennelly
Feb 15, 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
Shirley Wetzel
Feb 28, 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,
Jan 21, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lis Carey
Jan 11, 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
Carolyn Injoy
Jump Cut, An Ellie Foreman Mystery Book 5 by Libby Hellmann Jump Cut, An Ellie Foreman Mystery Book 5 by Libby Hellmann is a suspense-thriller that involves corporate mystery, spies, government agencies with only initials, kidnapping & of course Ellie Foreman in the midst of it all.

Because it kept me guessing & entertained from beginning to end, I gave it five stars.
After Ellie's job with Delcroft ended abruptly she was tortured by her feelings of inadequacy. "The voices of my insecurity
Jun 02, 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
Feb 14, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libby-hellman, 2016
Ellie Foreman is back, and back in a big way! Her penchant for attracting trouble, and talent for deeply embroiling herself in it when it comes a-calling, finds her landing a promotional video shoot job for a large aircraft manufacture. The job quickly goes sideways when Ellie is summarily, and inexplicably, fired after the client previews some of the raw video footage. Something just doesn't feel right about the turn of events to Ellie and her native tenacity won't let go as she pursues some cl ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Marissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
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What was supposed to be a simple video for Facebook turns into more than it seems. Once again the return of Ellie Foreman a Chicago video producer finds herself in the middle of things that she stumbles across.

She finds herself in a world of drones and spies where you do not know who to trust. Hired to do a profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft in chapters, Ellie finds herself fired after one episode. Things quickly go downhill when she sets up a meeting with
Rory Costello
Mar 07, 2016 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.
Apr 13, 2016 Lynne rated it liked it
This is my first Ellie Forman book that I have read. I immediately was drawn in to this page turner, although as it progressed I felt it moved a little too fast and I lost sight of the characters. Ellie Forman is hired by Delcroft to make a promotional video for the company. When she presents the rough cut, VP Charlotte Hollander gets spooked by something in the film and fires Ellie. The ensuing suspense of espionage and murder keeps the reader alert. The author does a nice job of identifying wh ...more
Mar 11, 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
May 02, 2016 Rhi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, suspense
The fifth book in the Ellie Forman series is chock full of adventure and intrigue. Corporate espionage masks an even more sinister plot and Ellie must rush to discover the truth.

I confess to not having read any of the previous Ellie Forman books, but that didn't impede my enjoyment of this read. Ms. Hellmann ensures that her readers are situated with the characters in an unobtrusive way.

This is a fast paced novel that has a number of twists and turns and a host of characters that are memorable
Donna Thompson
Jan 04, 2016 Donna Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
"Jump Cut," the latest installment in Libby Fischer Hellmann's "Ellie Foreman Mystery Series," returns after a 10 year hiatus and is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end. This book is an adrenaline rush that takes off with a bang and doesn't let up until the final pages. I found myself furiously reading into the night to find out what was going to happen next and there were several times I had goosebumps running up my spine at some of the situations Ellie got herself into.

I was not famil
Mar 14, 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
Feb 29, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Of all the characters with whom Libby Fisher Hellmann peoples her books, Ellie Foreman is my favorite. In my fantasy world, Ellie would be a friend and neighbor with whom I regularly meet for lunch.

So, you can imagine I was pretty excited when JUMP CUT came for me to read! It has been a long ten years and Hellmann did not disappoint me with her latest Ellie Foreman novel.

In JUMP CUT, Ellie seems more stable than 10 years ago, even if she does pursue answers that can only lead to trouble (and of
Sam Sattler
Apr 06, 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
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