An Image of Death

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Who knew that a career in video documentaries could lead to crime? Such is the fate of Chicago’s Ellie Foreman, whose shoots hook her up with misdeeds past and present.

Here she is producing a video about foster children that’s being financed by a successful Chicago real estate developer. Her plans get thrown for a loop when a mysterious package appears at her door one winter night. Inside she finds a surveillance video showing the murder of a young woman. Who was this woman and what is her connection to Ellie?

The cops shunt her aside, but the urgency she feels to find answers, coupled with her professional knowledge of film, compel her to sleuth despite the difficulties borne from a complex history with her lover, David.

A little digging reveals that the murder victim was a courier with a dark history forged in Eastern Europe at the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse. And a little more digging reveals dark happenings here at home, money laundering, and the deadly price of dealing in diamonds…



A powerful tale… Foreman’s pluck and grit married to Hellmann’s solid storytelling should win a growing audience…

, Publishers Weekly

A compelling group of believable characters… plausible and engrossing. Highly recommended, even if you don’t live in Illinois…

, Chicago Sun-Times

Ellie’s completely believable, because Hellmann writes believable.  Her dialogue works… her characters, and her plot, even when unfamiliar or a little out-of-the-ordinary, are plausible… captivating reading and well-done.

Andi Schecter, I Love A Mystery

The story is action packed with twists that keep you turning the pages. Ms. Hellman has done a fabulous job in bringing two worlds together. … a must read.

Tracy Farnsworth, Romance Readers Connection