A Shot to Die For

A Shot to Die For

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by Libby Fischer Hellmann
     
 

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In this fourth title in the Ellie Foreman mystery series, A Shot to Die For, the Chicago documentary filmmaker finds herself in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, producing a video for a popular resort. She is soon drawn into the history of a wealthy and prominent family deeply rooted in its magnificent mansion on the shores of the lake. Ellie, a divorced single mom, finds

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In this fourth title in the Ellie Foreman mystery series, A Shot to Die For, the Chicago documentary filmmaker finds herself in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, producing a video for a popular resort. She is soon drawn into the history of a wealthy and prominent family deeply rooted in its magnificent mansion on the shores of the lake. Ellie, a divorced single mom, finds the issues of trust and loyalties reflect the turmoil of her own life, and soon is wading waist-deep into murder....
Evocative and intelligently crafted, this is a fine addition to an Anthony Award-nominated series that began with An Eye for Murder, A Picture of Guilt, and An Image of Death.

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"Not only has Hellmann created a compelling group of believable characters, but the mystery she places them in is likewise plausible and engrossing. An Image of Death is highly recommended, even if you don't live in Illinois."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590581858
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Ellie Foreman Series
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.84(h) x 1.00(d)

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Shot to Die for 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Video producer Ellie Foreman was drinking a Diet Coke and relaxing outside of a Wisconsin rest stop when a shot rings out and drops the woman standing next to her. Even though Ellie had just exchanged a few friendly words with Daria Flynn Ellie is content to let the police handle the case while she films a documentary about a former Playboy Bunny resort. However, the detective (¿Columbo on Xanax¿) seems suspicious of Ellie and the pleas from Daria¿s mother and sister push Ellie into looking closer at the shooting. If there¿s one thing Ellie knows it¿s Mother¿s Guilt, and Ellie finds herself investigating Daria¿s last boyfriend, Luke Sutton of the powerful Sutton family. Recovering from a betrayal by a boyfriend Ellie finds herself reluctantly drawn to the charming but troubled man even as her friends warn her off when Luke begins to look guilty for past crimes involving his family. This fourth Ellie Foreman mystery continues to display the same wit, suspense, and thoughtfulness seen in the previous novels. Ellie¿s family once again plays a major role as her teenage daughter has a masters in the art of manipulation and is becoming close to Ellie¿s ex-husband¿s new girlfriend who just happens to be an ex-Playboy Bunny. When Ellie¿s own father shares a secret that shakes her to the core it forces her to look closely at the relationships within her family. Hellmann has created a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating read in a series that continues to delight and engage the reader.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Chicago, divorced Ellie Foreman raises her teenage daughter Rachel while filming documentaries and training videos. Currently, Ellie is developing a video on the Lodge, a former Playboy Club turned into a popular G-rated resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. At a rest stop between Chicago and Lake Geneva, Ellie meets Daria Flynn, who says she was dumped here but is expecting a ride to come pick her up shortly. Instead a sniper in a pick up truck kills her as Ellie watches in horror. --- Though the pay is good, the filming is uninteresting. Intrigued by Daria¿s assassination and experienced with investigations (see AN EYE FOR MURDER, A PICTURE OF GUILT, and AN IMAGE OF DEATH), Ellie still vows to stay out of this one. Instead between Detective Milanovich¿s questioning her on anomalies and other law enforcement officials asking questions of her too, Ellie begins her brand of investigation. As she begins closing in on the secrets of an affluent family living in an incredible mansion overlooking Lake Geneva, the killer is closing in on her. --- The fourth Foreman picturesque amateur sleuth mystery is a fun tale as Ellie reluctantly is pulled in the investigation by initially the police questioning her and her increasing knowledge of the victim, a chef in a fancy restaurant. Though the use of a chance meeting at the highway rest stop begins Ellie¿s quest for the truth, fans will enjoy her efforts to uncover the truth as she sees things differently than Milanovich and the other law enforcement types. Libby Fischer Hellmann provides a fine who-done-it starring a likable protagonist and a strong support cast to include the locale.--- Harriet Klausner