My Annual Holiday Newsletter

If you are one of my 3,400 closest friends, you’ve already received this. But, if you trashed it instead of reading it (no, I’m not offended), or if you’re not in my Address Book (a situation about which you may be quite satisfied), I thought I’d reprint it anyway. This is what’s going down in my corner of the universe.


Hi all.First off, I wish everyone a lovely holiday and New Year. I hope 2012 brings your dreams and goals that much closer.I have a lot of news to share —  I hope you’ll find it worthwhile… (and maybe even fodder for those Holiday Gift lists)!





I published my first full length e-novel a few months ago. toxicity-smIt’s the prequel to my Georgia Davis series, set when Georgia was still a cop. And in love. Here’s what people are saying:”Draws the reader inexorably into a web of deceit, heart-crushing loss, and righteous fury… Stunning and satisfying…””Hellmann writes with the economy and emotional punch of classic crime novelists like Lawrence Block…” (Be still my heart…)It’s also in paperback, for Luddites (like me) who still prefer real books. You can find both versions  Amazon, Barnes&Noble, or my very own e-bookstore, which I’ve just created, using Paypal.

E-Boxed Set of the Georgia Davis Series

I decided to package all 3 Georgia Davis novels, Toxicity, TRILOGYEasy Innocence, and Doubleback, into a boxed e-set just for the holidays! It’s very giftable, and at $5.99, a darn good value. Hope you’ll take a look. You can find the set on Amazon, Barnes& Noble, or here.

For Audiophiles

If you prefer to listen to your stories, I’m delighted to report that four of my novels are now on Audio! I’m particularly pleased with the audios of SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, and AN EYE FOR MURDER. (EYE will be available by December 15, btw) Both sound just the way I wanted them to. You can find them at Audible, Amazon, or at your library through Overdrive. And I’ve just signed a contract for the audio production of DOUBLEBACK… so
that will be out next spring!


The Last Page — an e novella

thelastpage-smIf you love libraries and librarians, you’ll probably like this short, breezy mystery which I co-wrote with my writing group partner, David J. Walker. Of course we had to kill the library director. Hardcore crime lovers, be advised: this is a cozy (but probably the only one I’ll ever write).It’s here, here, and here.

Two more things:

I started writing a blog a couple of months ago, and it’s turned out to be  fun. Who knew I had so much to say? Um, actually, it’s called SAY THE WORD (And You’ll Be Free). So if you like to procrastinate online — and who doesn’t — I hope you’ll drop by for a visit. You can find it right here.


I’ve started teaching a one-day, interactive workshop on how to write crime fiction. I’m aiming to do two per quarter. So far, they’ve been in Chicago, but I’m willing to travel. If you or your group are interested, please get in touch. Included is an edit of 20 pages of your mss. For more info, click here.

Again, I wish everyone a healthy, peaceful holiday. I’ll be in touch next spring, when my new novel, A BITTER VEIL, (a literary thriller set in Revolutionary Iran) is released.



Happy to answer any and all questions.