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There Was an Old Woman is a compelling novel of psychological suspense in which a young woman becomes entangled in a terrifying web of deception and madness involving an elderly neighbor.

When Evie Ferrante learns that her mother has been hospitalized, she finds her mother’s house in chaos. Sorting through her mother’s belongings, Evie discovers objects that don’t quite belong there and begins to ask questions.

Evie renews a friendship with Mina, an elderly neighbor who might know more about her mother’s recent activities, but Mina is having her own set of problems. Her nephew Brian is trying to persuade her to move to a senior care community. As Evie investigates her mother’s actions, a darker story of deception and madness involving Mina emerges.

In There Was an Old Woman, award-winning mystery author Hallie Ephron delivers another work of domestic noir with truly unforgettable characters that will keep you riveted.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb suspense and unforgettable characters make this an absolute must-read. There Was an Old Woman is so good, I devoured this in one ravenous gulp!”

    Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Hallie Epron has an extraordinary talent for imbuing the ordinary with menace, and for creating wonderful, memorable characters. Mina, the old woman of the title, shines. This is Ephron’s best book yet, and readers won’t be able to put it down.”

    Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Hallie Ephron’s newest is that thing you almost never see—an utterly fresh story. Evie and her crew will keep you guessing and hoping and teetering between laughter and tears, all the way home.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A New York suspense story set in an extraordinary outer-borough neighborhood that will stay with readers…For those who love Gotham and abhor gore, There Was an Old Woman is the perfect thriller lite.”

    Washington Post

  • “Ephron’s novels are gripping because her characters are just real and nuanced enough to identify with. Ultimately, it’s compassion that makes us stay up late reading and, nose in book, miss our subway stop the next morning.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A tightly wrought, expertly written, and frighteningly real suspense thriller that will keep you turning pages…There is a depth to [Ephron’s] characters that is reminiscent of Ruth Rendell’s probing, often painful characterizations.”

    Winnipeg Free Press

  • “Ephron delivers a suspenseful punch that kept me up all night reading...A cleverly plotted, well-orchestrated, and thoroughly engaging novel.”

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • “In this touching novel of suspense...Ephron’s double portrait of the intimate details of the inescapable consequences of age and alcoholism is as gripping as any traditional mystery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Enjoy [There Was an Old Woman]...for the characterizations--particularly of Mina, still sharp in her tenth decade—and the nicely detailed sense of place.”


  • “In portraying the inner life of an aged widow struggling heroically against her limitations, [There Was an Old Woman] is very good…Ephron…continues to assert her own thoughtful style.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Finalist for the 2014 Mary Higgins Clark Award
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About the Author

Hallie Ephron, an award-winning mystery reviewer, is the author of Never Tell a Lie, a Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist that was also made into the Lifetime Movie Network film And Baby Will Fall, and the Edgar and Anthony Award–nominated Writing and Selling Your Mystery. Ephron lives near Boston.