**Don't miss the newly released JUMP CUT, #5 in the series, and the 1st Ellie Foreman thriller in 10 years. "Exceptional..." PW Starred Review. **
This Boxed Set includes the original four award-winning novels in a series that Publishers Weekly describes as a "masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense." Ellie, a video producer and single mother in Chicago, gets involved in situations that often test her mettle and courage. Yet, she is usually able to retain her dry sense of humor. Having said that, these mysteries are not cozies. They are suspense-driven thrillers. In fact, the author describes them as a cross between "Desperate Housewives" and "24" But there is so much more: history, complex characters, plot twists, and, of course, bone-chilling suspense.
**What Reviewers Say: **
"Complicated... fascinating... Hellmann has a beautifully tuned ear... which makes many of her scenes seriously funny ...
"Hellmann owes a debt to fellow Chicagoans Sara Paretsky (complex plotting) and Barbara D'Amato (excellent research) - but she's the brash young thing making this formula new again!
A dark, beautiful book about the struggle of the human spirit against despair... Impossible to put down. Honest to god, mysteries don 't get any better than this.
--William Kent Krueger
By every possible measure, Hellmann's status as a storyteller has grown. Plot development is masterful... intriguing, realistic characters... itching for the next book."
--Midwest Book Review