Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she's returned, apparently unharmed. Molly's mother, Chris, is so grateful to have her daughter back that she's willing to overlook the odd circumstances.
A few days later, the brakes go out on Chris's car.
An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out that Chris, the IT manager at a large Chicago bank, may have misappropriated three million dollars. Not convinced that his daughter is safe, Molly's father hires Private Investigator Georgia Davis to follow the money and investigate Chris's death.
Doubleback, the sequel to the acclaimed Easy Innocence, reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman. The two women track leads from Northern Wisconsin to an Arizona border town, where illegal immigrants, smuggled drugs, and an independent contractor called Delton Security come into play. Georgia and Ellie go to great lengths to find the truth, and Georgia discovers that you can cross a line, but sometimes you have to double back.
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Hellmann has a real grasp of crime writing. Not having read first book in series I was somewhat confused in the beginning about the relationships unfolding with unwritten references to their past. Once I got over that and just accepted there had been a past encounter between to main characters if Georgia and Ellie I got sucked in to the storyline quickly. I could visualise every scene as Hellmann has an ability to describe in way that is filmic. I was intrigued when listening and wanted to hear more about the next twist and turn. I got slightly lost as Davis went off on her own to find out the truth of why a young child had been kidnapped under suspicious circumstances and had to concentrate on characters names to keep up . The book involves detail of financial institutions, power and drug cartels and how lives can be devastated. References to old school Chicago crime and the new demon on the streets was interestingly juxtaposed as we travelled what are obviously well trodden streets of Hellmann herself. I would particularly like to add how well it was narrated. If an audio book is not it can ruin ones enjoyment. I felt it was authentic and likely to try the first book in Georgia Davies series.
I haven't read the print version.
Thought that her voice was perfect for the story.
I really loved listening to this story, it was totally my kind of book! I would liken it to the kind of book Janet Evanovich writes...a cozy mystery with strong female leads, lots of action and a bit of humour. This is my first Libby Fischer Hellman book but if undoubtedly won't be my last!
Georgia Davis is a Private Investigator, called upon by her friend Ellie Foreman when eight year old Mollie is kidnapped. Puzzlingly, Mollie is returned a few days later, unharmed and without ransom. But why was she taken, and by whom? The kidnapping is just the beginning of suspicious deaths, fraudulent transactions and drug and people smuggling.
I listened to Doubleback on audio and found it brilliant! I liked the narrator's voice, which is massively important with audiobooks. Eva Kaminsky's accent fit the story perfectly. I'm going to find Libby's other books on the back of this one, I highly recommend Doubleback, whether on audio or reading.
With many thanks to TBC and Libby Fischer Hellman for a copy of Doubleback in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first Libby Fischer Hellmann audio book I've listened to not having heard of the author before. Although the book seemed to start quite slowly with an incident in a lift and the kidnapping of Molly Messenger, it suddenly picked up pace becoming a more complex thriller that went off in a number of different directions. As the plot developed the twists and turns kept coming and made me want to keep listening. Georgia Davis is a determined character and this came through well in the story. The audio book was well narrated at a good pace.
I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoyed listening to this book; the narration of Eva Kaminsky works really well with the story. Although this book is more chick lit crime than the dark mystery crime novels I've been reading, it's still an engaging, interesting story that is easy to get into. The 2 main characters form a good double team which is necessary to make the most of their talents in solving crime.
All in all, it's a good book and I will check out Libby Fischer Hellmann's other novels as well.
"A Good Story With Lots Of Action"
This was the first book I have listened to by Libby Fischer Hellmann. I liked her writing but didn't have the background on the main characters whom she had introduced in other books.
This book was told from the perspective of both main characters, which took some getting used to for me. Once I did get used to it, I realised that it worked well in this instance. I became interested in both Ellie and Georgia and will probably go back and listen to the other books by this author. The action was non-stop and there were many side characters, sometimes getting me confused, but everything was tied together in the end and it all made sense. All in all, it was a good book.
Eva Kaminsky is one of my favourite narrators and she was excellent in the delivery of the story
""Money can't buy happiness but it sure is a start""
I am a relative newcomer to the work of Libby Fischer Hellman so was delighted to be offered an audio copy of her book, Double back to review. And it was a delight. A private investigator is disturbed by the abduction of a little girl who is then returned without any apparent ransome demand. Then the child's mother is murdered. What first appears to be a local financial crime spirals in size to encompass far more ; and as the body count rises, Georgie, the P.I., and her friend Elly Foreman, have to face up to the question, "What happens if the defenders turn out to be the bad guys?"
The story line is fast paced and travels in directions quite unexpected, the characterisations are mostly well formed and realistic, and the whole is entertaining and easy on the reader/listener. The narrator. so important in an audio book, has a pleasant voice, nicely modulated and reads well without annoying ideosyncracies or unexpected pauses.
Recommended for anyone interested in a light but complex mystery thriller.
"BOOK #1 WAS GREAT, BOOK #2 IS EVEN GREATER!"
Most times when I read (or listen to) a second book or watch a second move in a series, I feel let down because its just never as good as the first. NOT IN THIS CASE... Libby Fischer Hellmann did it again by writing a book that I couldn't stop listening to. I'm so sad to see it end but wow what another GREAT MYSTERY with characters I just love. I want to be friends with Georgia and Ellie! I want to become a detective, investigate and chase after those bad guys. I feel like an inspired child that wants to be a super hero. I have recommended this series to family and friends! I'm so excited that book #3 is out on audio and I'm getting ready to purchase it right now.
“This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom dot com.”
"Georgia & Ellie together again - thrilling!"
Doubleback by Libby Fischer Hellman is the sequel to Easy Innocence, and reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman, the heroine of Hellman’s other series. Georgia and Ellie aren’t much alike – one is a single, tough, former cop turned private investigator and the other is a divorced mom who is a commercial television producer. They aren’t even really close friends when the story starts, but they are strong, intelligent and curious and want to get to the bottom of things.
The book opens with a scene in a stalled elevator. Although interesting and tense, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with either Georgia or Ellie. But just wait. Eight-year-old Molly Messenger is kidnapped, her mother asks Ellie for help, Ellie asks Georgia to look into it, and the story is off and running. Molly is returned unharmed, but her mother dies in an accident a few days later. Accident? From Chicago to Northern Wisconsin to an Arizona border town, Georgia and Ellie are confronted with suspicious deaths, fraudulent transactions, a paramilitary training camp, and drug and people smuggling.
Although Georgia is a fearless and dedicated investigator, she is also inexperienced and reckless enough to get in serious danger. Attempts are made on her life and she is physically battered and bruised, and may actually die trying to find out who is responsible and just how many people are involved.
This is another excellent novel by Libby Fischer Hellman. The action is believable and non-stop. The suspense is almost unbearable at times and the mystery is not easy to solve. As usual, she blends current events with an amazing knowledge of Chicago and its inner workings. There are a lot of details and the story is complicated, but Hellman makes it easy to follow and hard to put down. She shifts focus seamlessly from Georgia to Ellie and everyone in between and from location to location.
I highly recommend Doubleback. I first read it, and then received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review. It was just as thrilling and exciting the second time around. The narrator, Eva Kaminsky, fit the story perfectly and quickly became transparent because I was so focused on the action of the story. I recommend anything and everything by Libby Fischer Hellman, and hope Georgia and Ellie get together again soon.
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”
Book 2 in the Georgia Davis series. We get to read about a new friendship, kidnapping , murder and a lot more going on in the background that spins this book in so many directions the listener almost gets dizzy. Next book, Please!
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.
Molly Messenger is kidnapped when her mother drops her off at camp one morning. A few days later she is returned, unharmed and apparently without any demands ever being made. A few days later her mother is killed in what at first appears to be a car accident. Then her boss is killed in exactly the same kind of accident. Too many strange things happening for it to just be a coincident. Georgia starts digging and discovers a wildly convoluted case that involves a private security company functioning as a para-military force, bank fraud, smuggling illegal aliens across the border from Mexico and drug running. Not to mention a couple of attempts on her life. Will Georgia solve the case before someone succeeds in ending her hunt for truth and closure for one scared little 6 year old girl?
I received this book for free from Audioblast in exchange for my honest review.
This was my first book by Libby Fischer Hellman and I really got into this. Once I got into it, and after getting by all the cursing in the first couple of chapters, I would recommend this book to anyone that wants the twists and turns and surprises that Doubleback provides.
It involves 2 very strong leads and the determination to get to the bottom of this case, even after the police have long disappeared. One is a freelance documentor filming about ethanol and the effects on the additive and the other is a Private Investigator working for a deceased woman involved in the Cartel. You will have to find out yourself how things turn out.
Narration was done superbly by Eva Kaminsky and kept you interested all along the way.
4.5 stars for this one.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
"From a Happy Listener"
DOUBLEBACK is a complicated, exciting, but easy to follow novel by Libby Fischer Hellmann. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, and initially, I was uncomfortable with the pace of the narration because the story was so exciting & I wanted to move on & keep up with the action. Fortunately, I discovered that I could adjust the reading speed & I became a "Happy Listener". Lots of action, suspense, & wonderful strong female characters made for a very pleasant literary journey. Thanks, Libby.
"Worth your time"
Another very entertaining, interesting and enjoyable story. Definitely worth your time. I liked this book even more than the first in the series. From the first scene in the elevator your hooked, wondering what is really going on and how each person in the elevator fits into the story.
Again this story has a great cast of characters. The story is told in dual POV's and you get the chance to see not one but two strong independent capable woman in the leading role. There were more twists, turns and surprises in this story as well as action, suspense and mystery. The story is constantly moving forward and there is none of the "flat/dull/filler" middle you find in so many books. Georgia gets into some dangerous situations that keep you glued to the story. This story kept me listening longer than usual. Really liked Rafi's(?) character. Then bam, that happened.
Eva Kaminsky does a really good job with the narration of this book. This is the first time I have listened to a book she has narrated. Really good character voices. Clearly spoken, smooth even pace. Pleasant voice. She was able to bring the characters and story to life. Very Enjoyable
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com
"Georgia Davis faces smugglers & militia members"
Videographer Elly Forman is asked by her friend Susan to help a neighbor, Chris Messenger, whose daughter has been kidnapped. Elly, knowing she doesn't have the knowledge and experience to help, calls in P.I. Georgia Davis.
And Georgia says what Elly first said: Even though they told you not to call the police, call the police. Having persuaded Chris Messenger to turn to the police, she walks away from the case.
A few days later, Molly Messenger is returned, and the police are strangely silent about how they cracked this big case so quickly. When the next thing Georgia hears about it is a panicked call for help from Chris because another executive at the bank where she's a VP has died in a car she's convinced is murder, Georgia knows there's something much stranger going on.
Georgia and Elly, separately and together, get drawn in to figuring out what that is.
Chris apparently embezzled money to cover the ransom demand for Molly before Molly was ever kidnapped, which makes no sense. As they continue to dig to find out what really happened, they discover that some very, very dangerous people are involved--and Georgia finds herself in Arizona, talking to rightwing militia as well as people smuggling undocumented workers.
Oh, and dodging bullets.
It's intricate and fast-paced, and a great beach read.
I received a free copy of the audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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