Chicago filmmaker Ellie Foreman is back, and she's tackling her most dangerous case yet in this dark amateur sleuth thriller from critically acclaimed crime writer Libby Fischer Hellmann.
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?
Despite being pushed to one side by the cops, Ellie begins to uncover the victim's dark history, forged in Eastern Europe at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Her search for answers takes her into the murky world of money laundering and diamond dealing, ultimately ending up at a deserted construction site in the hands of people who believe she knows too much....
Ellie's latest outing as an amateur sleuth comes hot on the heels of Libby Fischer Hellmann's 2002 Anthony-nominated thriller An Eye for Murder and the 2003 Picture of Guilt. Packed with memorable characters, and neatly tying together a number of gripping plotlines, An Image of Death has been praised by mystery fiction fans as insightful, compelling and entertaining.
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Meet Georgia Davis in an Ellie Foreman mystery.
I love Libby Fischer Hellman, but I actually had not read this volume (#3 in the series). So listening to it was great. I knew from Libby's writing that this was the one where we would meet Georgia Davis, who now has her own series. It's a great mystery but also a great crossover. Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend!
I like the vulnerability of Ellie Forman. She's not perfect so I can relate her very well. But she's smart, as is Georgia Davis.
Oh my, too hard to choose one. I liked it from beginning to end.
I really would have enjoyed that, but couldn't make it work for me. It's just fine to listen in segments. The story is clear and you won't lose the thread.
I always like Libby's narrators. They make her novels come to life. Nan McNamara was no exception. Plug this in to your iPhone or listen in your car. It will pass the time quickly!
- Marja Coons-Torn