Getting it off my Chest – The Jump Cut Interview

Libby Hellmann discussed the backstory of her latest novel Jump Cut

I’ve finally managed to do the interview I’ve always wanted to about the issues, research, and thinking that went into my book Jump Cut. It’s all thanks to my Blog Talk Radio colleague Alex Dolan , author of The Euthanist and The Empress of Tempera. He’s also the host of the ‘Thrill Seekers’ Authors on … Read more

Can You Revive A Series A Decade Later?

I try to answer that on the Kobo Writing Life blog today. Let me know what you think…   Posted on March 7, 2016 by Kobo Writing Life One comment By Libby Fischer Hellmann My latest thriller, Jump Cut, is the fifth Ellie Foreman mystery, and it’s been ten years since the fourth one came … Read more

A Tour of Jump Cut

      Thought you might be interested in a video tour of some of the locations I’ve used in Jump Cut, which comes out next week. The settings range from Ellie Foreman’s hang-outs on the North Shore of Chicago, Lake Geneva, Wi, as well as some locations in downtown Chicago. Enjoy!       … Read more

Launching A New Series Thriller 10 Years Later

Hi, all. I was interviewed by Stephen Campbell recently about what I’ve been doing to launch JUMP CUT, the 5th installment of my Ellie Foreman mysteries (Thrillers really), and the first one in ten years. I hope you find it useful… maybe even entertaining. Listening to myself, I am reminded how exhausted I am. In … Read more

Spy Fiction: Where Are All The Women Authors?

A couple of weeks ago, an article came out in The Big Thrill about espionage thrillers. It featured Gayle Lynds, who is one of the best espionage authors around — and yes, I am flattered that she enjoyed and blurbed Jump Cut. But that’s not the point. The article touched on an issue close to … Read more

5 Things That Should Always Happen in Thrillers

What makes a genre a genre? It’s more than plot. And characters. Take thrillers. At the heart of every good thriller there are at least five key elements that should be present. If you’ve ever read a lackluster, “low-fat” thriller that left you unsatisfied, it might have been missing one of these ingredients. Put an … Read more

The Deep State Two Years Later

In early 2014 Mike Lofgren’s searing expose of the nation’s Deep State revealed a landscape where our officials, elected and otherwise, collude to protect and serve powerful, vested interests from government to commerce. Two years later, he’s expanded it into a book, which just came out a couple of weeks ago. It’s well worth reading. … Read more

Join The Jump Cut 50-Skype-Book-Club-Celebration!

JUMP CUT, the 5th installment of my Ellie Foreman Mystery Series will be published on March 1. In order to celebrate and get it into the hands of as many readers as possible, I’m aiming to be a guest at 50 Book Clubs via Skype. Will you join me? An Author at Your Book Group … Read more

Starred Review — Publishers Weekly

I’m awestruck, honored, and humbled that Jump Cut received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly today. Here’s the review:  Jump Cut: An Ellie Foreman Mystery Libby Fischer Hellman. Poisoned Pen, $15.95 trade paper (286p) ISBN 978-1-4642-0519-4  Hellman’s exceptional fifth Ellie Foreman mystery (after 2005’s A Shot to Die For) offers no easy solutions to the various … Read more