Ashland, Or.  Aug 20, 2005

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Chicago Mystery Author Libby Fischer Hellmann Visits the Valley


A Shot to Die For is Libby Fischer Hellmann's 2005 mystery featuring Chicago videographer Ellie Foreman, a single mom and amateur sleuth who solves crimes thanks to her critical eye and grasp of scene.  Hellmann will be the featured speaker at the September meeting of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group  on Monday September 12, 2006 7pm at the Ashland Public Library. AshlandA Shot to Die For -- Videography is Murder Mystery Readers Group events are open to the public and there is no charge to attend. 


You can also catch Libby Fischer Hellmann in Medford on Sunday September 11th from 1-3 at Barnes and Noble. 

What does a writer consider when developing and plotting a mystery novel? How do they know what will work? What mistakes can they make? Find out a little of the “behind the scenes” thinking with Libby Fischer Hellmann, award-winning Chicago mystery author when she presents The Implicit Contract Between Writers and Readers.


Hellmann is the author of four mysteries featuring videographer Ellie Foreman.  Like Hellmann herself, Ellie is a videographer specializing in videos for corporate clients. Ellie's keen eye for detail and
inventiveness make for great mysteries.  Hellmann's plotting is excellent with no cheating or tricks.  The sense of place and of character in her mysteries are well done and make for a thoughtful and engaging mystery with good historical background and contemporary presence. 


An Eye for Murder was Hellmann's first book, a mystery that received immediate recognition from both local Chicago and national media when it was published by Berkley Prime Crime and Poisoned Pen Press in 2002.  From the political pow-wows of today's North Shore to the memories buried deep in the heart of Chicago's Jewish community, Ellie uncovers a mystery whose roots reach back over half a century and ultimately into the darkest secrets of her own family.  The book was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best First and also won the Readers’ Choice award for Best First at the Love is Murder conference.


Hellmann's second book, A Picture of Guilt is a compelling story of intrigue when Ellie Foreman gets tangled up with the mob and the FBI -- its bigger than Johnnie Santoro's murder case, but she just can't figure it out. Ellie's in danger and so is her family; she's almost at the end of the reel and just hanging on by a thread.


Publisher's Weekly says about Image of Death, Hellmann's third mystery published in 2004: “A powerful tale… Hellmann is adept at welding technical information to strong characters… Foreman’s pluck and grit married to Hellmann’s solid storytelling should win a growing audience…"

When not writing fiction, Libby conducts executive training programs in presentation skills, speech delivery, and media interviews. She also writes video scripts, articles, and speeches. She is President of the Midwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and incoming President of Sisters in Crime, a group founded by Sarah Paretsky and others in 1986 to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field.  Sisters in Crime or SinC, has 3400 members in 48 chapters worldwide.


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group meets monthly, hosting mystery writers and readers who visit the Rogue Valley.  The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Keller William Realty of Southern Oregon and Bloomsbury Books. 


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir, airing Wednesdays at 7:30 pm PST on cable 15 in Southern Oregon. For more information contact Maureen Flanagan at 541-552-0743 or visit the group’s website

Betsy Beyers Reads from A Shot To Die For by Libby Fischer Hellmann on Ashland Mystery rvtv noir