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Product Details

  • Series: Ellie Foreman Mysteries (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; US trade ed edition (December 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590583760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590583760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,151,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sharp humor and vivid language distinguish Hellmann's Chicago-set debut. Ellie Forman, a recently divorced suburban mom, supports herself and her daughter by making documentaries, including a historical film, Celebrate Chicago, which has gained her local fame. The discovery of her name on a scrap of paper among the effects of an elderly gentleman, recently deceased in a Chicago rooming house, sets off a sinister chain of events and weaves an ever tightening web of intrigue. Preoccupied with her former husband's mounting stock losses, Ellie fails to put the pieces together until two more deaths and two attempted murders hit close to home. When her ex disappears and leaves her with a staggering amount of debt, Ellie panics, then turns her fear into determination to control her destiny. After taking on a new assignment to produce a campaign video for GOP Senate candidate Marian Iverson, she uncovers coincidences too startling to ignore. Soon Ellie is digging into a legacy of money and murder dating back to WWII and the Holocaust. A masterful blend of politics, history and suspense, this novel is well worth reading despite an overly complicated plot. Ellie is an engaging amateur sleuth whose wisdom grows as she learns the hard way that "Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." Readers will hope they won't have to wait too long for Ellie's return.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

“A clever mystery puzzle…a wonderful thriller.”

—Jeremiah Healy, author of Turnabout

"Libby Fischer Hellmann's debut novel is a very entertaining cerebral thriller. The story line is plausible as the characters and their motives are considerably realistic while the link between Nazi war crimes and a present day politician running for office seems plausible too. AN EYE FOR MURDER will not be this author's sole published mystery as fans will encourage Ms. Hellmann to publish more tales starring a delightful TV producer turned amateur sleuth."--Harriet Klausner

“Sharp humor and vivid language distinguish Hellmann’s Chicago-set debut. Ellie Forman, a recently divorced suburban mom, supports herself and her daughter by making documentaries, including a historical film, Celebrate Chicago, which has gained her local fame. The discovery of her name on a scrap of paper among the effects of an elderly gentleman, recently deceased in a Chicago rooming house, sets off a sinister chain of events and weaves an ever tightening web of intrigue. Preoccupied with her former husband’s mounting stock losses, Ellie fails to put the pieces together until two more deaths and two attempted murders hit close to home. When her ex disappears and leaves her with a staggering amount of debt, Ellie panics, then turns to her fear into determination to control her destiny. After taking on a new assignment to produce a campaign video for GOP Senate candidate Marian Iverson, she uncovers coincidences too startling to ignore. Soon Ellie is digging into a legacy of money and murder dating back to WWII and the Holocaust. A masterful blend of politics, history and suspense, this novel is well worth reading despite an overly complicated plot. Ellie is an engaging amateur sleuth whose wisdom grows as she learns the hard way that ‘Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.’ Readers will hope they won’t have to wait too long for Ellie’s return.” -Publishers Weekly

"The story begins with a mysterious exchange of papers connected to the Nazis in Prague in 1944. It then shifts to the present day Chicago. After old Ben Sinclair dies in his apartment, his landlady finds Ellie Foreman’s name on a scrap of paper among his possessions. Ellie meets with the landlady, only to discover that an hour and a half later the landlady has also died. Then someone breaks into Ellie’s home and steals little more than several cartons of Sinclair’s clothes that she had taken for donation to a charity.



Ellie’s father, it turns out, had known Sinclair years earlier in a Jewish area of Chicago. During the war Sinclair had killed the head of the Nazi Bund on the North Side of the city. He then ran off to Europe and joined the Resistance. Others who knew Sinclair are attacked and killed. Ellie sets off on a search to discover why the old man had her name on that scrap of paper, while killers close in on her and her loved ones.



This is Libby Fischer Hellmann’s first novel. It grew out of a story she submitted for the 1999 Bouchercon Short Story contest, which she won. It is a complesx tale of decades’ old secrets."--Mystery News

"A mystery in the great tradition with sins of the past returning to haunt the present." --Barbara D'Amato

"An old man dies alone in a boarding house in Chicago. A scrap of paper is discovered in his coat pocket with the name Ellie Foreman scribbled on it, along with a telephone number. The landlady who found him contacts Ellie, telling her about the note and asking how she is related to Ben Sinclair. Ellie, a documentary filmmaker, is baffled. She doesn't recognize his name. She goes to the dead man's apartment to try to find out what connection she could possibly have to the elderly man. Her search for answers only leads to more questions as she realizes that Ben was not who he had pretended to be. An old photograph, an unusual lighter, and a locked box seem to point to a mysterious past. But mystery gives way to terror when the landlady is killed and the young boy who taught the old man how to use the Internet to track Ellie is viciously attacked. Ellie finds herself thrown into the past as she is confronted with long-buried skeletons as well as current secrets that someone will kill to protect.

AN EYE FOR MURDER is a well-written debut novel that will keep you turning the pages. Hellman delivers her plot at a tempo that keeps the action moving and the reader intrigued. The characters are strong and the mystery demands a solution. I will be looking for the next offering from this talented new author."-MyShelf.Com

“Everything I want in a mystery: characters I care about; credible motivations; a complex plot. A wonderful book. Read it!”—Michael Allen Dymmoch, author of Incendiary Designs

“[A] gutsy heroine. [A] fast-paced, entertaining mystery.”

—Rochelle Krich, award-winning author of Dead Air --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann is a critically acclaimed crime writer loved by readers the world over for her compulsively readable thrillers and strong female characters. Her fast-paced crime fiction spans 10 novels and 20 short stories, and she has also edited a popular crime fiction anthology called Chicago Blues.

With critics describing her work as "masterful" and "meticulously researched", it's not hard to see why Libby's thrilling and richly varied crime novels have won numerous awards. Libby is exceptionally committed to her work, and in 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400+ member organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers.

You can keep up to date with all Libby's news and views over at her blog, http://libbyhellmann.com/blog.

Libby started out in broadcast news, beginning her career as an assistant film editor for NBC News in New York before moving back to DC to work with Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. Retrained as an assistant director when Watergate broke, Libby helped produce PBS's night-time broadcast of the hearings. She went on to work for public relations firm Burson-Marsteller in Chicago in 1978, where she stayed until she left to found Fischer Hellmann Communications in 1985.

Originally from Washington, D.C.--where, she says, "When you're sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you're talking politics"-- Libby earned a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to writing, multi-talented Libby writes and produces videos, and conducts speaker training programs in platform speaking, presentation skills, media training and crisis communications.

Libby's best-selling novels have won widespread acclaim, with her first novel, An Eye for Murder, nominated for several awards and described by Publisher's Weekly as "a masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense."

Libby is known for her portrayal of strong female characters. An Eye for Murder introduced Ellie Foreman, a video producer and single mother who went on to star in several more novels in a series described by Libby as "a cross between Desperate Housewives and 24." Libby's second series followed the Chicago PI Georgia Davis, a no-nonsense detective who has been featured in three books so far, with a fourth due out next year. In addition to her hugely popular series, Libby has also written three standalone thrillers in diverse settings and historical periods that demonstrate her versatility as a writer. Through her "Revolution Trilogy," (Set the Night on Fire, A Bitter Veil, and Havana Lost) we meet young activists during the late Sixties, a young American woman who marries and moves to Tehran, and a female Mafia boss who chases power at the expense of love.




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It is a well plotted mystery with a touch of humor.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By N. Gargano VINE VOICE on December 22, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My title for my review says it all. I started this book and could not put it down until I had finished it. The story and the main character grabbed me from the first, and I found myself racing through the story to not only see the end, but see if my guesses were right. Well, on some I was right, on others, not! Still, I really enjoyed this book and applaud Ms. Hellmann from taking me away from this holiday cooking and shopping madness. I look forward to her next one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Debra Hamel VINE VOICE on February 15, 2005
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Documentary filmmaker Ellie Foreman's interest is piqued when she learns that an elderly stranger, Ben Sinclair, has died in a Chicago boarding house leaving a scrap of paper with her name on it among his possessions. Ellie's attempts to understand the deceased's interest in her, beginning with a meeting with the dead man's landlady, lead her into a much larger mystery: Sinclair's death is somehow connected with Nazi-era intrigue and Chicago politics, an illicit love affair, and more than one murder. While tracing Sinclair's steps on her own time, Ellie is hired to produce a campaign film for a senatorial candidate, the scion of a long-dead Chicago steel magnate, who may have skeletons of her own to conceal. Ellie's work on the campaign dovetails neatly into her private investigations, and she finds herself in increasingly hot water the closer she gets to the truth Sinclair had been trying to unravel before his death.

Libby Hellmann's An Eye for Murder is the first in a series of mysteries featuring filmmaker Ellie Foreman. It's a good read with a rather complex plot that, however, can become confusing if one isn't paying strict attention. In Ellie Hellmann has created a likable protagonist with an interesting circle of friends and family: Ellie, the divorced mother of a twelve-year-old daughter, has a fiscally irresponsible ex-husband, an unusually but charmingly devoted gardener, a cigar-smoking character of a father, and, as we see blooming in this first book in the series, a love interest in the person of fifty-something David Linden. Hellmann saddles Ellie with some unfortunate vices: she has a history of kleptomania, and it is hinted that she makes occasional use of drugs (not to mention alcohol and tobacco).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2003
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As my title suggests I found this to be more of a political thriller/murder mystery than a wartime/Nazi thriller, but it is a smashing read nonetheless. Hellman's discussions of place in the Chicago area and, get this, downstate Illinois, are accurate and refreshing.
She does introduce characters and secondary plotlines which which remain underdeveloped. But as the previous review says, don't start this book unless you have time to finish it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wellen on March 28, 2004
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Hellmann's heroine is tough and honest woman. You can't help but like Ellie and her family and friends (her father is grand). However, the plot here is so over the top--Nazis, Chicago politics, etc, etc...that I got a bit lost. The resolution was too neat. The story needed a more steady pace. You can tell it is a first novel. As a native Chicagoan, I did like the the wonderful use of the city. I may read another Ellie Foreman novel to see how Hellmann has grown as a writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Akantha on August 22, 2012
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An interesting and not too predictable mystery with a fairly well-drawn protagonist, An Eye For Murder was a good read. It wasn't can't-put-it-down-good, but I did want to come back to it to find out what happens. Though I found the male characters to be two-dimensional and rather boring, with the possible exception of Ellie's father, the female characters were done well. The romance aspect of the story seemed tacked on and did not enhance the story at all. I would read this author again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela Baldree on April 14, 2012
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Finally read my first Ellie book & I did not stop reading until I was finished. Literally read in one setting and am waiting for the next. I love Ellie's character - her releationship with her daughter & dad. And I hope David continues in her life for future books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Anna Evans on June 17, 2011
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Ellie Foreman is the kind of woman you'd want for your best friend...especially if you need to solve a friend's murder and you think there might be a link to Nazi Germany. This book offers thrills, suspense, and a hometown girl's tour of gritty and beautiful Chicago. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Delaney on November 17, 2010
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I just finished AN EYE FOR MURDER by Libby Fischer Hellmann. Wow! Its been awhile since I read a book that I could not put down until I finished. I was hooked from the Prologue. I found myself liking the characters. If Libby is anything like the people she creates, I know I'd really like to get to know her, too! The story takes place in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Having lived in various Chicago communities and family still there, I felt right at home! The story propells the reader from the end of WWII to today and back again. Now I'm sorry the story is over!
Anyway, if you haven't read this book, I highly recommend you put it on your TBR stack!
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