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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwest Book Revie- engaging and exciting read
In this follow up to her award winning first novel, An Eye for Murder, Ms. Hellmann has surpassed herself. A Picture of Guilt was a fast, engaging, and exciting read. If you enjoyed the author's first novel, you will love this one.
Ellie Foreman is back, along with daughter Rachel and attentive lover David Linden. This time, the honest and uncompromising Ellie...
Published on August 2, 2003 by Laurel Johnson

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2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
Unlike her Easy Innocence, which was very good, this book is confusing & the solution was unsatisfactory. The author threw out a lot of irrelevant stuff to create intrigue but in the end, if one reads carefully, the conclusion made some of them inconsistent & unconvincing. Also this whole idea of a criminal who has so much ability & resourcefulness is kinda absurd.
Published on September 5, 2010 by AirCharcoal


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwest Book Revie- engaging and exciting read, August 2, 2003
In this follow up to her award winning first novel, An Eye for Murder, Ms. Hellmann has surpassed herself. A Picture of Guilt was a fast, engaging, and exciting read. If you enjoyed the author's first novel, you will love this one.
Ellie Foreman is back, along with daughter Rachel and attentive lover David Linden. This time, the honest and uncompromising Ellie gets dragged into a botched murder investigation. As the plot unfolds, and potential witnesses turn up dead, Ellie's world goes haywire. She's stalked by thugs with Mafia and Tong connections, dogged by police and FBI. And that is the least of her worries. The more information she uncovers, the more dangerous her life becomes. The full picture, once it is revealed, goes beyond dangerous and frightening.
I don't want to give this plot away. The story was well-crafted and intense, exciting and enticing right up to the last page. Murder-mystery-suspense readers will love this one. It's a must read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A roller-coaster ride of danger and thrills, July 22, 2003
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Review of A Picture of Guilt, by Libby Fischer Hellmann
I wish Ellie Foreman lived near me; she's the type of woman I'd like to have as a friend. Libby Fischer Hellmann writes terrific, layered characters with believable problems and authentically flawed ways of handling them. A reader can relate. Plus, I'd slam the phone down on her ex-husband, too.
Ellie gets on a roller-coaster of ride of danger and thrills in A Picture of Guilt when, in her forthright way, she defends a man that she is convinced couldn't be guilty of the crime of which he is accused. She has a picture of Johnnie Santoro, drugged-out and staggering, in the background of one of her commercial video projects for the Chicago water district. The tape is stamped with the time of the murder he allegedly committed.
Unfortunately, unexplained radio interference on the tape makes Ellie an easily discredited witness at the hands of a hardnosed prosecutor. Not long after the trial, Ellie's business takes a nosedive. No one wants to hire a loser, plus the economy has been in the tank. In addition, suspicious occurrences increase Ellie's worries about her own safety and that of her rebellious teen-aged daughter, Rachel.
Ellie's father, who is a wonderful character, and her lover, David, both warn Ellie to back away from the problem of proving Santoro's innocence. Even Ellie discovers that he's an aggressive, ill-connected, spurious character. But another young woman, a frightened one who came to Ellie for help, dies.
Thus Hellmann raises the level of suspense. Ellie recognizes that there is a much bigger reason behind Santoro's frame-up and she knows she is involved in a way that she can't ignore. Even if she wanted to, other people won't let her. With an informative and picturesque tour of the inner workings of Chicago's metropolitan water supply, Hellmann leads Ellie to the discovery of a horrific plot. You won't want to lay down A Picture of Guilt until the last page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting thriller, July 2, 2003
Chicago resident Ellie Foreman, accompanied by her teen daughter, has been on vacation in West Virginia for several days when she obtains a copy of the Chicago Tribune. The item that catches her eye is the murder trial of Johnnie Santoro for killing his girlfriend Mary Jo Bosanick. The paper says the circumstantial evidence is so overwhelming that the suspect has no chance of securing a not guilty finding. However, Ellie recognizes Johnnie as a drugged person who she caught on video when she was doing a shoot at Olive Park at about the time and date of the homicide.
When she returns to Chicago, Ellie goes to the studio of MacArthur J. Kendall III to affirm her belief and though there is radio interference on the tape, Johnnie is clearly there. Not trusting the police, she provides her evidence to Johnnie's lawyer. However, Ellie soon finds herself and her family and friends as the target of stalkers who expect Johnnie to hang as the fall guy.
White Sox and Cub fans will agree that this is an exciting thriller that begins so very innocently when a Good Samaritan tries to do the right thing. The story line, once Ellie returns to Chicago, moves rapidly forward as not so subtle threats to herself and her beloved daughter commence once the heroine surfaces the video. Though the conspiracy seems strange at first, whether the reader roots for a bull or bears market, they will appreciate this taut suspense novel due to the lead protagonist; a solid citizen turned victim turned survivor-hunter.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, September 5, 2010
Unlike her Easy Innocence, which was very good, this book is confusing & the solution was unsatisfactory. The author threw out a lot of irrelevant stuff to create intrigue but in the end, if one reads carefully, the conclusion made some of them inconsistent & unconvincing. Also this whole idea of a criminal who has so much ability & resourcefulness is kinda absurd.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid characterization makes this a winner, September 15, 2003
Chicago filmmaker Ellie finds herself involved in the murder trial of a dock worker whose girlfriend has been killed in A Picture Of Guilt, a story of a video project gone awry. Her discovery of evidence which could acquit him involves her in a dangerous plot in this fast-paced investigative piece which tells of a young filmmaker's eye for clues. Solid characterization makes this a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ellie's life is now under threat!!, November 16, 2010
Chicago resident Ellie Foreman, reads in a newspaper about the murder trial of Johnnie Santoro for killing his girlfriend Mary Jo Bosanick. But Ellie has footage of him while she was filming one of her commercial videos for the Chicago water district. On the exact day he was supposed to have murdered his girlfriend, he was staggering around in the background on her video. It is him. The date and time is stamped on the video is Proof She can clear him.

Because of this evidence she is stalked by the Mafia and hounded by the FBI and police. Ellie's world turns upside down, her life is now under threat.

If you plan to read this book, clear your schedule because you won't want to do anything else until it's done. It grips you immediately. I just HAD to find out the truth and was compelled to keep reading late into the night.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed because..., January 27, 2007
I had just finished reading the first Ellie, loved it and got right into this one, only to feel "What happened here?" at the end of this book.

For a character like Ellie, who began with such a strong feeling of "doing the right thing", which was maintained throughout to the detriment of her relationship with David, to not even breath the name Santoro at the end of this book, left me speechless, left me looking to see if I inadvertently skipped a page, and ultimately I had to give it the three star rating above.

I'll try one more of these (only thru the library) and see if Ms. Hellmann picks up the ball and gets to the goal line...sorry about this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNEXPECTED AND FRIGHTENING CLIMAX BRILLIANT!!!, November 22, 2010
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What makes a great book? When you are yelling at the characters "Get going!!" or "Watch out!!!" or "Oh No!!" while reading! In A PICTURE OF GUILT the action never ebbs, the story never bogs down, and the reader finds herself hanging on for dear life and loving every minute of it. The plot as a whole was just superb. Even the climax was unexpected ... and frightening. I think I'm going to have to follow the course of whatever events Libby Fischer Hellmann relates to us through Ellie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap plot, March 28, 2004
I read her first book and it was a great story. Very well crafted; so this is a big disappointment. The plot is cheap, it's like she had a deadline and no book, so she threw this one together. Using terrorism doesn't guarantee a decent book. If nothing else where were the editors?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entry in an Entertaining Series, February 26, 2014
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drkhimxz (Freehold, NJ, USA) - See all my reviews
Libby Fischer Hellman continues her finely crafted mystery-romance-domestic drama series with her heroine. Ellen Foreman. getting into terrible trouble through her effort to do a good deed by uncovering evidence which has an impact on a murder trial. Her stress is magnified by familial difficulties exacerbated by her relationship to what turns out to be the men in her life. Just another hectic period for this Chicago film-maker, who can never let her relationship with family, lovers or friends stand in the way of her doing what she thinks is right. This seemingly blind passion certainly creates problems with and for anyone who cares for her. Yet, she feels, that attitude is at the heart of who she is. This time, the trouble is more than an angry daughter, ex-husband, lover, father, best friend, and assorted others, it is international intrigue, murder and life-threatening danger. All in all, it is a typical few weeks in the life of a divorced mother of a teen-age daughter, who has an elderly father and a distant lover.
Ellen will be appealing or annoying to the reader as well. She is the kind of heroine to whom, were it a TV show or movie, watchers would be calling, no, don't do that, watch out, and I knew you would get in trouble. I think most followers of the romantic mystery will find this one appealing, as will the general mystery reader who likes to share the travails of amateur investigators. The author writes well and does not, generally, confuse the reader with inadequate skill, but with good stories. This is not, however, a puzzler in which the reader can reason out the solution from clues given within the text. These have pretty much disappeared among the books most appealing to readers.
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