Writer, book reviewer, teacher…


Hallie Ephron writes suspense novels she hopes keep readers up nights.

A three-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark award, Hallie made a splash with “Never Tell a Lie.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “stunning” and a “deliciously creepy tale of obsession.” USA Today: “You can imagine Hitchcock curling up with this one.” It was adapted for film as “And Baby Will Fall” for the Lifetime Movie Network.

Hallie’s newest suspense novel, “There Was an Old Woman,” is set in the Bronx. it’s a story of trust and betrayal, deception and madness. In it, a young woman and a very old woman connect across generations in spite of, or perhaps because, they are not related.

The book has garnered rave reviews. Washington Post book reviewer Maureen Corrigan says, “For those who love Gotham and abhor gore, ‘There Was an Old Woman’ is the perfect thriller lite.” New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen calls it “an absolute must read. I devoured this in one ravenous gulp.”

“There Was an Old Woman” is Hallie’s third suspense novel to be honored as a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Sarah Weinman named it one of her “Top 10″ for 2013.

Before writing suspense standlones, Hallie collaborated on five Dr. Peter Zak series mysteries with Donald Daidoff under the shraed pen name G. H. Ephron and published by St. Martin’s Minotaur.

Hallie’s parents were screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron who wrote such classics as “Desk Set” and “Carousel.” She grew up in Beverly Hills in a house filled with books, the third of four sisters (Nora, Delia, Hallie, and Amy), all competing to be heard. It was a good training ground for a writer.

Hallie lives near Boston, happily married for longer than she can remember, and has two beautiful and talented daughters. She teaches writing workshops at venues across the country. Her “Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style” was the first how-to-write book nominated for the Edgar Award.

Hallie is also is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe.

Books by Hallie Ephron

Suspense standalones:

  • There Was an Old Woman (Wm. Morrow, April, 2013)
  • Come and Find Me (Wm. Morrow, March, 2011)
  • Never Tell a Lie (Wm. Morrow, 2009)

Hallie’s Edgar-nominated how-to-write book:

  • Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style (Writers Digest Books, 2005)

Co-author of the Dr. Peter Zak mystery series by G. H. Ephron:

  • Amnesia (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2000)
  • Addiction (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2001)
  • Delusion (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2002)
  • Obsessed (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2003)
  • Guilt (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005)


Video of Hallie Ephron talking about her writing

Hallie Ephron in “O” the Oprah Magazine


Hallie writes about growing up in Hollywood in a family of writers in the March, 2013 issue of “O” The Oprah Magazine.



Writing workshops

Pulling together a writing event and looking for a great speaker? Contact Hallie at and let’s talk. Some of the organizations for which Hallie has taught:

  • Antioch Writers
  • Aspen Writers
  • Book Passage Mystery Writers
  • Grub Street Muse and the Marketplace
  • Willamette Writers
  • Midwest Writers
  • Mystery Writers of America (MWA) University
  • Florida Writers
  • Penn Writers
  • Writers Digest
  • Surrey International Writers
  • Mad Anthony Writers
  • Sisters in Crime
  • Various chapters of Romance Writers of America