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(Georgia Davis #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she's returned, apparently unharmed. Molly's mother, Chris, is so grateful to have her daughter back that she's willing to overlook the odd circumstances.

A few days later, the brakes go out on Chris's car.

An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out that Chris, the IT manager at a large Chicago
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Bleak House Books (first published 2009)
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Rosie Fiore
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Doubleback starts with a nail-biting scene where a group of people are trapped in an elevator, and the pace doesn’t flag. PI Georgia Davis is called in by her friend Ellie Foreman when a banker called Christine Messenger’s eight-year-old daughter is kidnapped. A few days later, the daughter, Mollie, is returned unharmed, but this is the beginning of a series of unexplained deaths, not to mention the matter of some extremely fishy transactions at the bank where Messenger works. Georgia Davis is a ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Libby Fischer Hellman and I really got into this. Once I got into it, and after getting by all the cursing in the first couple of chapters, I would recommend this book to anyone that wants the twists and turns and surprises that Doubleback provides.

It involves 2 very strong leads and the determination to get to the bottom of this case, even after the police have long disappeared. One is a freelance documentor filming about ethanol and the effects on the additive and the
M.A. Comley
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I have to say this is the second book of Libby Hellmann's I've read, I gave Set The Night On Fire five stars too.

It makes a refreshing change for the thriller genre not to be dominated by men. This book has everything, a terrific plot and wonderful characters. Libby is able to create realistic situations and tighten the screws, upping the suspense to an unbearable level.

By the way, the first chapter is one of the best chapters I've read on my kindle. As a Brit (who bought the book in the UK) it
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

Book 2 in the Georgia Davis series. We get to read about a new friendship, kidnapping , murder and a lot more going on in the background that spins this book in so many directions the listener almost gets dizzy. Next book, Please!

The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.
Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone novel.

Doubleback is even better than Book 1 (Easy Innocence). The plot is tighter, the characters have more depth (for the most part), and the stakes are higher. Georgia Davis reluctantly teams up with her friend Ellie (an independent film maker) who is also reluctant to get involved in a kidnapping case. Still, these two ladies offer up their best advice to Chris, head of the IT department at a large bank, whose daughter
Lauren Jones
Big money and high crimes…that is the game here. How much would one need to pay to make something go away? What about to just look the other way? What type of organization would have all of the right people in their pocket? Hellmann has a lot of action and some adventure in this second installment along with two main characters, Georgia Davis and Ellie Foreman from another hit series. Readers are sure to be entertained with this one.

Georgia Davis, a former police officer suspended from the
Julie Howard
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
I enjoyed this book. The wonderful Georgia is back and is assisted by her good friend Ellis, this means the story is told from the two characters perspectives. It does jump a bit but each chapter starts with the title of who's perspective it is so it easy to follow along. Ellie proves to be a good strong character like Georgia, adding to the fun and chaos. The book takes a number of twist sending the book off in different directions and there is plenty of action to keep you listening. There is a ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Georgia Davis I have listened to and I have also previously read and enjoyed one book from the Ellie Foreman series so for those two ladies to team up in this instalment was brilliant and I thought the changing perspectives worked really well.
I was initially disappointed that the narrator had changed but Eva Kaminsky did a superb job and I enjoyed this one just as much as the first in the series - possibly more so. Where the first one had a more sinister and seedy feel to it,
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Ok I struggled a bit with this one. Although I love Libby’s stories for some reason I couldn’t really get into this one. I felt it started really well with the apparent suicide of a mother who’s daughter had recently been kidnapped but then in the middle it lost my interest a bit. That being said this is a good series and has not put me off the next book. I have to say that Eva Kaminsky who narrates this audiobook has an amazing voice for these book as it’s really smooth and
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Doubleback' was an intense book. I was pulled in from the beginning and I couldn't put the book down. The story line was full of adventure, action, suspense, mystery and intriguing characters. The way the story unfolded was really good. I liked the way the characters and the story were brought to life by the author's ability to write. Well written and well played out. Georgia is a tenacious and strong willed lead. I liked how she took a lead and ran with it. She sure got her butt kicked in this ...more
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. Doubleback weaves the drug cartel, illegal immigrants, money laundering, kidnapping, and plot twists into a captive page turner.

Georgia Davis goes above and beyond to solve a child's kidnapping case but as she delves deeper into the case she just finds more secrets and more people involved. And we get to see the badass side of Miss Davis. This installment is my favorite in the series thus far.

The narrator was fantastic. She had quite the cast to pull off too. I hope she continues to
Ellen White
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doubleback. # 2. Libby Hellmann.
Fantastic audio narration by Kim...Kaminsky
Read the series a number of years ago, and thought it was a great series.
To hear the audio the story was brought to life, the emotion, the description, you felt it. A gripping story and with Georgia a strong, determined woman and carries her role well. Ellie a friend ,calls her of the kidnapping of a young girl. Full of action, suspicions death to the end.
Terry  (TBC)
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook review
My 2nd listen of the series. They’re really good & im loving the strong ladies in the series.
They are straightforward but relatable and do their job with no strings.

There’s a kidnapping of a child and a few strange things going on in this story. It’s an attention keeping tale.
Very good
Judy Seguin
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As it is with all Libby Fischer Hellman’s books, it starts with suspense that grips you at page one. With twists and turns, the story doesn’t let you go until the very last page. Libby is a masterful writer. You “know” the characters, you “feel” the emotion and you “see” the action. I’m looking forward to reading book three in the Georgia Davis series.
Judith Johnson
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting characters, good storyline.

Ms. Goldman's style of writing, character development, and storyline are exciting leaving you wanting more. This book was so relevant to things going on in our country today. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Hellman's books.
Gail Rae-garwood
Surprise ending? Oh, but so well done

Surprise after surprise. Kept me on my toes and chronically guessing wrong. A good mind exercise while being enjoyable, too.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many books, so little time to read. I listened to this audio book over a 3 day span, it would have been quicker but the battery on my Kindle Fire wears down quickly when listening to audio books! It is that good! I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I'm a character reader, I get into the characters, their story, who/what they are. The author does a great job of continuing to develop Georgia quickly & thoroughly in this book. The significant characters in ...more
Oct 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
PROTAGONIST: PI Georgia Davis and video producer Ellie Foreman
SETTING: Chicago; Arizona
RATING: 3.25

Libby Fischer Hellmann brings together protagonists from her two series in DOUBLEBACK. Ellie Foreman is a video producer; Georgia Davis is a private investigator. They partner to find a little girl, Molly Messenger, who's been kidnapped but, atypically, there are no ransom demands. She is returned unharmed three days later. There are a series of strange events that follow the kidnapping. A few days
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Doubleback by Libby Fischer Hellman is the sequel to Easy Innocence, and reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman, the heroine of Hellman’s other series. Georgia and Ellie aren’t much alike – one is a single, tough, former cop turned private investigator and the other is a divorced mom who is a commercial television producer. They aren’t even really close friends when the story starts, but they are strong, intelligent and curious and want to get to the bottom of things.

Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
The second book in the Georgia Davis PI series from author Libby Hellmann, "Doubleback" was pretty interesting read. In addition to the main protagonist Georgia Davis, we meet another protagonist in Ellie Foreman. Foreman is an independent video producer. In this saga, Foreman is producing a documentary on farming corn to create ethanol. Foreman and Davis are friends. Foreman goes to see Davis for help on a kidnapping. Ellie's friend Christine Messenger has had her 8 year old daughter kidnapped. ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Two investigators for the price of one..., September 30, 2012

Libby Hellmann is one of my favorite author bloggers...I like her recommendations for movies and books and her crusading personality, but I've never read either of her two mystery series. After much consideration, I decided on this second book of her second series. Georgia "Peaches" Davis is a private detective in Chicago who drinks her coffee black, doesn't particularly like cats, and is a former policewoman. Her BFF is one Ellie
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize until I read the synopsis that Ellie Foreman is a main character in another series. I felt like there needed to be more backstory for her and Georgia Davis -- now I know why. I dislike jumping into the middle of a series and I feel that's just what I've done even though this is considered a different series.

This is a good story with well-paced suspense and a mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Some actions and events are a little too contrived, but acceptable.


Internal Note- 2 stars since I actually finished it. I will give the series another try but..........

Libby Fischer Hellmann brings together protagonists from her two series in DOUBLEBACK. Ellie Foreman is a video producer; Georgia Davis is a private investigator. They partner to find a little girl, Molly
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Georgia finds herself involved in an unusual kidnapping, The child is returned unharmed but suddenly there seem to be a lot of fatal accidents happening to people connected with Molly's mother's work. As Georgia unpicks the threads and finds out more, so the danger increases.
Another good read, although not quite so good as the first in the series. Partly this is due to the switching between Georgia's and Ellie's point of view. I felt this dissipated some of the tension and flow of the story,
Lis Carey
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Red Herring Press, May 2016 (original publication 2009)

Videographer Elly Forman is asked by her friend Susan to help a neighbor, Chris Messenger, whose daughter has been kidnapped. Elly, knowing she doesn't have the knowledge and experience to help, calls in P.I. Georgia Davis.

And Georgia says what Elly first said: Even though they told you not to call the police, call the police. Having persuaded Chris Messenger to turn to the police, she walks away from the case.

A few days later, Molly
James Thane
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
In "Doubleback," Libby Fischer Hellmann unites her two series heroines, P.I. Georgia Davis and video producer, Ellie Foreman.

A young child is kidnapped in Chicago, and Foreman, a friend of the child's mother, enlists Davis to help secure the girl's return. But what appears at first glance to be a relatively straightforward kidnapping case quickly morphs into a high-stakes drama involving bank fraud, drug runners, immigrant smuggling, a scary "security" contractor with important government ties,
Sandra Heinzman
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

I absolutely loved this audiobook! I listened during my commute to and from work and couldn't wait each day for that drive because the story was so engrossing. It's actually a book I think I'll want to either read or listen to a second time! The story line kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't know what was going to happen next. One thing I really liked was when the story moved to Arizona, because I used to
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another very entertaining, interesting and enjoyable story. Definitely worth your time. I liked this book even more than the first in the series. From the first scene in the elevator your hooked, wondering what is really going on and how each person in the elevator fits into the story.

Again this story has a great cast of characters. The story is told in dual POV's and you get the chance to see not one but two strong independent capable woman in the leading role. There were more twists, turns
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Doubleback – 4 Stars
Libby Fischer Hellman
Bleak House Books, 2009, 300 Pages
ISBN No. 978-1606480533

Eight year-old Molly Messenger is kidnapped and her terrified mother confides in a neighbor, Susan Siler. Susan calls Elle Foreman, a video producer, and asks that she talk to Christine Messenger, Molly’s mother. Susan contacted Elle because she thought that Elle could offer Christine some good advice. Elle has had some experience with the dark side of people. Elle promised Christine she would
Lynda Kelly
Feb 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
I had to pack this in at 21%. It's a long old time since I read the first Georgia Davis books and all the time she's referring to people or events from those and I can't recall them so I was just totally baffled.
Plus it's confusing as Ellie Foreman seems to feature more in this one even though it's a Georgia Davis book. I had An Eye For Murder downloaded as that is supposed to be Ellie Foreman's first outing, not they're mixed up and I am not sure which order to read them in, either.
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Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 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 HIGH

Other books in the series

Georgia Davis (5 books)
  • Easy Innocence (Georgia Davis, #1)
  • Toxicity (Georgia Davis, #3)
  • Nobody's Child (Georgia Davis, #4)
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