Ellie Foreman

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 135 ratings

An Eye for Murder 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
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  • Book 1

    • An Eye for Murder

    • An Ellie Foreman Mystery
    • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated by: Karyn O' Bryant
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How Have I Not Heard of this Author Before???

    • By littlebear514 on 09-16-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • A Picture of Guilt

    • An Ellie Foreman Mystery
    • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    The big news story in Chicago is the murder trial of Johnny Santoro, a dock worker whose girlfriend has been killed. Most Chicagoans are betting on a quick guilty verdict, but Ellie Foreman has doubts about his complicity - Santoro is strangely familiar to her. Checking back to the outtakes of a video project in progress while the murder took place, Ellie finds evidence that could save Santoro from a lifetime behind bars.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A little contrived, but suspenseful.

    • By Jeff & Sabrena on 09-07-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • An Image of Death

    • Ellie Foreman Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    An Image of Death sees Ellie in the midst of producing another video documentary, financed by a successful Chicago real estate developer. But things take an unexpected turn one winter night when a mysterious package arrives anonymously on Ellie's doorstep. Inside, she finds a surveillance video apparently showing the murder of a young woman. Who was the victim, why was she murdered, and what is her connection to Ellie?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery At It's Best

    • By Lia on 11-22-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • A Shot to Die For

    • An Ellie Foreman Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated by: Mary Conway
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Returning from a video shoot at the Lodge, a newly renovated, upscale resort, Ellie Foreman befriends a woman who claims her ride abandoned her at a highway rest stop. But Ellie's kindness is brutally cut short when a pickup truck pulls up, the rear window opens, and the woman is shot dead. Even with her history of sleuthing, Ellie is not eager to get involved. Then the victims' family arrives and begs for information. When the second shooting occurs, Ellie decides to poke around on her own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New crimes and old ones

    • By Barbara Tobey on 09-21-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • Jump Cut

    • The Ellie Foreman Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Heart Jumping Book

    • By Ahmapal72 on 05-17-18

    Regular price: $19.95