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An Eye for Murder: An Ellie Foreman Mystery | [Libby Fischer Hellmann]

An Eye for Murder: An Ellie Foreman Mystery

August 1944. Prague is where the story begins, with a seemingly casual exchange. But in wartime, is any act, any one thing, trivial? Decades later, in contemporary Chicago, the consequences emerge through the medium of television. Documentary filmmaker Ellie Foreman gets a letter prompted by the success of her show Celebrate Chicago. One viewer was the elderly Ben Sinclair. When he suddenly dies, his landlady, Mrs. Fleischman, finds Ellie's name among his effects and writes to her.
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Publisher's Summary

August 1944. Prague is where the story begins, with a seemingly casual exchange. But in wartime, is any act, any one thing, trivial? Decades later, in contemporary Chicago, the consequences emerge through the medium of television. Documentary filmmaker Ellie Foreman gets a letter prompted by the success of her show Celebrate Chicago. One viewer was the elderly Ben Sinclair. When he suddenly dies, his landlady, Mrs. Fleischman, finds Ellie's name among his effects and writes to her. Ellie, who hasn't a clue about a connection to Ben, is curious. And she agrees to help dispose of Ben Sinclair's possessions. She became a filmmaker to help people tell their stories. The books and wartime relics Ben left behind - will they be enough to tell his?

All too soon, Mrs. Fleischman dies. Then Ben's things are stolen from Ellie's suburban home. The single mom, working to move past her ex, doesn't know what to think. But she has to scramble for work and is soon embroiled in producing a campaign video for a steel magnate running for a Republican seat in the Illinois Senate. Despite these distractions, Ellie stays focused on her odd link to the dead man and turns to her father, a retired lawyer with deep roots in Chicago's Jewish community, for insights into the mystery of Ben Sinclair.

In time, a terrifying scenario develops that reaches back into several pasts. From the political present of the North Shore to the buried memories of the city's ethnic neighborhoods, the components of Ben's story eventually merge into an explosive climax.

An Eye for Murder was nominated for an Anthony Award (Best First), which is one of the most prestigious awards in the mystery community.

©2002-2011 Libby Fischer Hellmann (P)2011 Libby Fischer Hellmann

What the Critics Say

“A masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense, this novel is well worth reading… sharp humor and vivid language… Ellie is an engaging amateur sleuth. Readers will hope they won’t have to wait too long for Ellie’s return.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Complicated… fascinating… Hellmann has a beautifully tuned ear… which makes many of her scenes seriously funny… her film-editor instincts tell her when to let a scene run on and when to cut away.” (Chicago Tribune)

"Taut, compelling and gripping, An Eye For Murder is one of the best mysteries I've read in years! Fast-paced, cleverly crafted, complex drama…I highly recommend it.” (Terri Figueroa, Romance Reviews Today)

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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 10-22-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 10-22-13

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "An interesting mystery protagonist-#1 in series"

    I enjoyed this audiobook of "AnEye For Murder". Good plot, strong protagonist; single parent with teen trouble, an aging parent, a bum of an ex and trying to keep her own business going. I could totally relate to Ellie-we even share the first name of Eleanor!

    I liked the narration by Karen o'Bryant-she did a good job of Jewish-American accent, got the intonation of the words frequently used by a German-Jew down pat.

    The plot was tight with light romantic interludes-mostly focused on the mystery part.

    I plan on continuing listening to the series..Libby Hellmann is a great author with an ability to bring the reader/listener in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1-Click Junkie United States 08-25-15
    1-Click Junkie United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2008

    Rabid Listener/Reader and Shopper!

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    "A Really Engaging Mystery"

    Narration - Karyn O'Bryant - Really Good!
    She's a terrific story-teller with a really unique voice. Really Enjoyed listening to her and this whole book!

    The story is one of those that I love where you appear to be listening to several different stories and are wondering why you are hearing each of them. As the story progresses, you find out how all of them are tied together, and in this story, they are really tied together in some fascinating ways!

    The female MC is smart and strong, the mystery is intricate and spans decades, the "bad guys" reveal near the end added a touch of Scooby Doo to the mix, the romance is clean and left to the imagination, Loved Dad & the Daughter and the ex-husband is a giant ----!

    The book has a really good blurb in regards to a few of the different story lines that you will follow as you try to put the pieces of this mystery together, so I won't regurgitate any of that information. I'll just say that if you like mysteries with a little suspense, some danger, a touch of violence and a dash or romance, then I think you'll like this - and the audiobook is terrific!

    I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from AudioBookBlast in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    J. David Core Ohio 08-10-15
    J. David Core Ohio 08-10-15

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    "satisfying, believable, and entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of An Eye for Murder to be better than the print version?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

    Overall, the story is satisfying and believable and entertaining. All the things one wants in an audio thriller. This is billed as the first in the series of Ellie Foreman mysteries. It might be worthwhile checking out the rest.


    Any additional comments?

    Capably voiced by Karyn O’Bryant, the audio version of An Eye for Murder by Libby Fisher Hellmann is not overly produced with sound effects and distracting mood music, which I always appreciate. The story did require some accent work, and a little emotional depth from the narrator, all of which Ms O’Bryant handled masterfully. In fact, for the whole of the production, I was only pulled out of the narration at one point during a scene describing how Ellie dealt with an unrealized romantic moment. During a few paragraphs where Ellie describes how she brought herself to completion, the narration felt just a little disconnected.

    There are also a few very minor issues with the story. For one, I find it very difficult to believe that the liberal daughter of a Jewish WWII survivor would be easily swayed to believe that a TEA Party darling could be even a little bit pro-union and pro-choice and still have party backing. There’s also a short scene describing in too much detail how Ellie chooses to hide a copy of an old document. She hid it in a seldom used window-well. That’s all we need to know. But these two issues and a few other quibbles are nothing to complain about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Patterson 08-02-15
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    "First rate mystery!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! You just wanted to listen to it non stop.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Eye for Murder?

    When we learn that David looks exactly like someone's father.


    What does Karyn O' Bryant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice & inflection.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Follow the generations for clues.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have done without the swearing even though it was minimal.

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Floridagal 07-08-14
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    "Entertaining mystery"
    Would you try another book from Libby Fischer Hellmann and/or Karyn O' Bryant?

    This is my 3rd book (1st Ellie Foreman) by Libby Hellmann. Fun for me because I live in Chicago and could relate as well as having a character in the book with my last name. I thought Ms O'Bryant did a very good job. The story was fast paced.I would rate as 3.5 and would try another book.


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    Frode 08-07-15
    Frode 08-07-15 Member Since 2015

    Norwegian in a English world!

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    "An Eye for a good book"

    Finding titles are a hard thing sometimes, but this was a good book. An Eye for Murder: An Ellie Foreman Mystery by Libby Fischer Hellmann is that. A good book. Not fantastic and not the best book there will ever be, but a good mystery book. Ellie Foreman is a good "hero" and i know this is book 1 in a series. I almost want to skip writhing this and listen to next, it is that good! So why 4 stars? It is not a perfect book! I said this before, i hate that we can't give half stars! I would give this 4,4 out of 5, so that is close to perfect!

    Karyn O' Bryant is fantastic! I loved her voice work! When you have a book that is 10 hrs and 1 min it is important that you have a story teller that is that fantastic! It is a long time since i had a 10 hrs and 1 min that is this good from a narrater point of view! I tip my hat to Karyn O' Bryant! That is saying something, is it not? A campaigning with Karyn O' Bryant and Libby Fischer Hellmann makes a good book with fantastic narration!

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Chicago, IL, United States 08-20-12
    John Chicago, IL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Poorly researched; unoriginal"
    What would have made An Eye for Murder better?

    The story was set in the present. The heroine fell in love with a man born in 1945 - and he was made out to be her contemporary - unbelievable. The story line was completely unoriginal - modern day neo-nazis left over from WW II - has been done much better many times.


    What was most disappointing about Libby Fischer Hellmann’s story?

    I could have been good if it had been about a battle of wits. Instead, she added violence at the end - totally contrived.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not many.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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