There Was an Old Woman

There Was an Old Woman

by Hallie Ephron


$14.74 $14.99 Save 2% Current price is $14.74, Original price is $14.99. You Save 2%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Monday, November 26

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062117618
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 219,897
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of Never Tell a Lie, Come and Find Me, There Was an Old Woman, and Night Night, Sleep Tight. For twelve years she was the crime fiction reviewer for the Boston Globe. The daughter of Hollywood screenwriters, she grew up in Beverly Hills, and lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

What People are Saying About This

Hank Phillippi Ryan

“Haunting. Compelling. And beautifully written. This insidiously creepy and eerily sinister tale twists and turns with suspense-and a surprise around every corner. Hallie Ephron is the queen of secrets-and the star of suburban noir.”

Deborah Crombie

“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.”

Julia Spencer-Fleming

“Hallie Ephron hits a grand slam with this suspenseful tale of long-held secrets, family foibles and human frailty . . . Her smooth prose paints colorful characters then slowly tightens its grip on your throat until you simply can’t put THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN down. A stellar novel.”

Jacquelyn Mitchard

“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.”

Tess Gerritsen

“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!”

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

There Was an Old Woman 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN by Hallie Ephron is a realistic reminder, of how it is “heck” growing old and aging. An intriguing suspense mystery surrounding the lengths some will go for greed, as they prey on the aging. The story starts out a little slow with the background; however, gains speed the second half when elements start falling into place for a mystery thriller. The book opens with Mina (90, independent and feisty), as she is reading obituaries, as another one “bites the dust”, and is added to her list. The neighbor tells Mina to call her daughter, Ginger with an encrypted message. Mina calls Ginger, who informs her sister Evie, it is her turn to care for their elderly, alcoholic mother (Sandra). Evie is in the middle of a project but agrees to look after her mom. After leaving the hospital she returns to her mother’s house to find a mess of a hoarder among other strange things. A series of events occur and some man keeps hanging around wanting to fix things. Evie does not have a good feeling about this man. She learns several of the homes in the neighborhood have been burned, sold, or torn down, as a developer is trying to buy all the properties. In the meantime, Mina’s nephew wants to move her into an assisted living so he can get his hands on her home. In addition, Mina starts losing papers, leaves stove on, and gets knocked down by a car. Is some trying to setup these elderly, in order to make them think they are losing it? Evie becomes convinced that Mina’s forgetfulness is not simply due to her age, and Mina’s nephew, who insists that Mina move into a nursing home, may be hiding something. Evie and Mina team up to get to the bottom on this mystery in the neighborhood, triggering the elderly. The two women share more than a neighborhood, but also a past one wants to preserve and the other hopes to forget. Readers will connect with Mina, and as one of the reviewers mentioned, we all love Grandma Mazur (from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series), and Mina comes in at a close second! There are some nice tie in’s—Evie is a fireman's daughter who witnessed a tragic blaze at a young age, she is curating a show for a historical society about the day in 1945 a lost B-25 bomber slammed into the Empire State Building—a crash, as it happens, Mina survived. Told from both Evie's and Mina's perspectives offering a bit of an historical fiction and a light mystery combo. Listened to the audiobook with narrator, Nan McNamara who has a pleasing voice. Would recommend to readers who enjoy light mysteries, not die hard-heart pounding suspense crime thrillers, as may not be exciting enough to please this audience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if i was going to like this book, but I usually stick with the authors that i really like. Very good book!! You won't be wasting your money if u purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this 267 page book. It DID start out slow and seemed to drag and on, but I kept plodding on and and the book kept geting better. There are very few editing mistakes, most of these are are a left out word, which occurs very seldom and more rare, the wrong tense is used. There is violence and most of it centers around fire, as do several murders. Fire scares me ro death, soI found this book creepy. I really like Mina, Conner and Evie. The rest are not worth an Indian nickel, even if bagged together and sold on e-bay. Brian was so mean and cold hearted, I wanted to do him bodily harm. The author has a smooth, slow, take your time style of writting. Reading this book is rather like waiting for a train to pass, at first the reader is thinking hurry up, hurry up, then starts wondering what is on the train, imaging how many cars, what is in the next car, where it has been, looking at all the graffitti, wondering who did it and why, then suddenly rhe arms go up, everyone takes off and bang the book is satisfactorily completed. All to soon it is over. This is a nice clean, cozy read, no sex at all, no romancr, no homosexuality. There are a few gentle friendship kisses. No romance, no religion. A few curse words, dearh of several cats, ( I still have not figured out the purpose of the extra cats, unless it was confusio, which it did confuse the reader as they did not add much to story, nor did the golf balls or lawn chairs. The murders are sad, but not very descriptive, lacking shocking details. The switcher roo was a nice touch. The why was reaching a bit, but unusual, so it balanced out well. The ending was satisfactory. I really enjoyed this novel. I will read more by this author. It is one of the better books, I have read in the last few months. I paid $2.99 plus tax. It was worth it. It is not perfect, but then, everything has faults. For ages 16 and up. Recommended. I would have given 5 stars if editing was perfect, it moved a bit faster and the cats had not died. AD
helenstam More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, especially Mina, the elderly woman who people thought had dementia. She proved what a strong woman she was. Evie finally stepped up to the plate to go help take care of her mother. It was a good story, but I wanted more suspense. It was too predictable. Still, I enjoyed it very much!
mollydcampbell More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had wonderful characters, and the locale was fascinating. I didn't see the ending coming! I have recommended this to my friends who love mysteries. I am a fan. Molly Campbell
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings  A slow start, but a great finish to this thriller.  A young woman who has spent her professional life preserving moments from the past for others to enjoy for years to come, when she is ripped out of her normal routine to her hometown to take care of her suddenly ailing mother.  Along with an elderly neighbor who is quite a feisty one they uncover a plot that is ripping through their neighborhood and the real question is who is behind the plot.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I liked enough to let my emotions through while reading. I hated that someone could be so callous toward the elderly, but the comeuppance was welcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an entertaining book, but a little too predictable.
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Very good book. 267 pages, and an excerpt form her next book. Great characters, enjoyable plot. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SeaKyle More than 1 year ago
Meh. The plot idea was a good one but the story could have been much darker and more of a thriller. It was easy to spot who and what was going on very early in the story. It was an easy, light read. The characters were likeable enough. I don't know that I'd read another of this author's book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beyond the mystery, i really enjoyed the setting, which is practically a character in its own right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storyline and loveable characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dogpatchmom More than 1 year ago
A surprizingly good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and devoured it in a day.