Libby Fischer Hellmann

Writer and Public Speaker in Chicago, Illinois

Libby Fischer Hellmann

Writer and Public Speaker in Chicago, Illinois

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Chicagoan Libby Fischer Hellmann is a critically acclaimed crime writer loved by readers the world over for her compulsively readable thrillers and strong female characters. Her fast-paced crime fiction spans 10 novels and 20 short stories, including editing a popular crime fiction anthology called Chicago Blues.

Critics describe her work as “masterful” and “meticulously researched,” and it's not hard to see why Libby’s thrilling and richly varied crime novels have won numerous awards. In addition Libby was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400+ member organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers.

Originally from Washington, D.C.—where, she says, “When you’re sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you’re talking politics”—Libby earned a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. After 8 years in Broadcast News, she moved to Chicago and joined Burson-Marsteller for another 8 years, and then went out on her own.

Libby’s best-selling novels have won widespread acclaim, and her first novel, An Eye for Murder, was nominated for several awards. Eye introduced Ellie Foreman, a video producer and single mother who was featured in a series described by Libby as “a cross between Desperate Housewives and 24.” Libby’s second series (Easy Innocence, Doubleback, and Toxicity) follows the Chicago PI Georgia Davis. Libby has also written three standalone thrillers (Set the Night on Fire, A Bitter Veil, and Havana Lost).