Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer Hellmann

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 17 novels and 25 short stories. She also writes historical fiction stand-alones and edited the evergreen crime fiction anthology CHICAGO BLUES. DOUBLEBLIND, her newest PI Georgia Davis thriller, #6 in the series, was released in March, 2022. With critics describing her work as "masterful" and "meticulously researched", Libby's richly varied novels have won numerous awards. In 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 4,000+ member organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers. Libby started out in broadcast news, beginning her career as an assistant film editor for NBC News in New York before moving to DC to work with Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. Retrained as an assistant director when Watergate broke, Libby helped produce PBS's night-time broadcast of the hearings. She moved to Chicago to work for public relations firm Burson-Marsteller in Chicago in 1978, where she stayed until she left to create Fischer Hellmann Communications in 1985. Originally from Washington, DC—where, she says, "When you're sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you're talking politics"—Libby earned a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and then a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University. She's lived in Chicago over forty years now, has two kids and a cat. And if you've read this far, you deserve a prize! When you sign up for her newsletter, you'll receive 7 free short stories, including the prequel to the Ellie Foreman series, which is the prequel to the Georgia Davis series, which will be the prequel... to who knows what? Her monthly newsletter will also keep you up to date on her news, views, and the occasional rant. Click to sign up here:
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