Bookreporter’s Joe Hartlaub weighs in on Night Night

3/26/2015 “NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT is an extremely impressive work. The plotting and character development read as if they could have been transplanted from an unpublished Raymond Chandler novel.” — Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter

Profile of Hallie Ephron on 90.9WBUR The Artery

3/24/2015 90.9WBUR The Artery, Boston’s NPR news station

“Hollywood childhood inspires Hallie Ephron’s latest suspense novel.”
Hallie Ephron began writing what’s become her latest suspense novel, “Night Night, Sleep Tight,” about two decades ago. But at that point, it wasn’t a novel—it was a memoir about her growing up in the ‘60s with her family in Beverly Hills: 20th Century Fox screenwriter parents Henry and Phoebe Ephron (“Carousel,” “Daddy Long Legs,” “The Desk Set”) and writers-to-be sisters Nora, Delia and Amy.

“Hooray for Hollywood and Hooray for Hallie Ephron”

3/22/2015 Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Ephron combines her insider’s knowledge of L.A. with well-conceived and well-executed characters to create a winner that transcends its Turner-Crane-Stompanato origins. …

And sleep tight?  Not bloody likely if, like this reviewer, you’ll be up late devouring Ephron’s latest in one sitting. …

So hooray for Hollywood, hooray for homicide, and hooray for Hallie Ephron, who begins with a seed of truth and grows it into a bumper crop of crime and cynicism.

Night Night, Sleep Tight one of the “killer thrillers” in Good Housekeeping

April, 2015: Good Housekeeping Magazine names Night Night, Sleep Tight one of the “killer thrillers” — a “page turner” “as addictive as Gone Girl


Writer’s Digest Conference East Early Bird Registration

Registration is open! 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference East, Roosevelt Hotel, July 31-August 2, New York, NY. Hallie teaches 3 workshops (Writing Mystery: A Crash Course; Setting: More than Creating a Sense of Place; and Revising a Novel: Step Away from the Blue Pencil. Great authors, agents, and those clever guys from Writers Digest who want you to have your breakthrough.

Suspense Magazine: NIGHT NIGHT is a “perfect package”

NightSleeptight2_2-07092014-SMThe Hollywood lifestyle—from the glitz and glam to the grit and deceit—are all wrapped up in a perfect package by this award-winning author. And taking a drive through Old Hollywood, fearing and admiring that coveted 90210 area code will be something readers will not forget.” – Suspense Magazine

The Philadelphia Inquirer catches Hallie Ephron’s talk at MWA-University…

PMYSTERY29PJune 28, 2014
Reporter Tom Avril of The Philadelphia Inquirer came to see what MWA University was all about. He caught Hallie Ephron teaching plotting.

Six established crime authors held forth on the tricks of their trade at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill, covering such topics as dramatic structure, character development, and the art of description. And along the way they sprinkled in a few don’ts: As in – cliché alert! – no cliff-hangers that involve a cellphone battery running out of juice.

Hallie Ephron, author of 2013’s There Was an Old Woman, took attendees through a hypothetical scene: Guy drives home from dinner with his wife, picks up the mail, notices the door to their apartment is open. Inside, the furniture is gone, but he finds a single red shoe with a stiletto heel.

Where in the course of events should the writer start the scene? How should the action be slowed down at crucial moments? And how to end the scene? Cliff-hangers are good, Ephron said, but she urged writers to use them sparingly.

(Photo by Ron Tarver, Inquirer Staff Photographer)

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“There Was an Old Woman” named Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist

Mystery Writers of America announces Hallie Ephron’s “There Was an Old Woman” named one of five finalists for the 2014 Mary Higgins Clark Award. — 1/15/2014

There Was an Old Woman one of Sarah Weinman’s TOP 10 for 2013

Sarah Weinman announces her 10 favorite crime novels for 2013 and There Was an Old Woman makes the list!

There Was an Old Woman, Hallie Ephron. A terrific example of contemporary domestic suspense that features a fantastic nonagenarian heroine (and a cool thirtysomething co-protagonist, too) determined to keep her Bronx apartment from the grabby hands of developers and the sinister actions of unknown forces.” — 12/21/2013

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine delivers its verdict!

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

— Steve Steinbock in “The Jury Box” on THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Washington Post: A glowing review of There Was an Old Woman

WASHINGTON POST reviewer Maureen Corrigan:

“Location, location, location: The most basic element of any New York story is its address. Hallie Ephron’s There Was An Old Woman” is a New York suspense story set in an extraordinary outer-borough neighborhood that will stay with readers… .


Hallie Ephron talks to WBZ’s Jordan Rich about THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN

Listen to the podcast, Jordan Rich of WBZ radio interviewing Hallie Ephron about her new book, “There Was an Old Woman.”

RAVE review in Times Record News, Wichita Falls, TX

“Author Hallie Ephron spins an intriguing tale of suspense in her latest book, ‘There Was An Old Woman,’ which is both thrilling and chilling; “a brilliant offering fans of suspense and intrigue will thoroughly enjoy.”


May 1: Interview with Hallie Ephron on CT Style

May 1 at 12:30 PM (EST) Teresa Barbera interviews Hallie Ephron on Connecticut Style, WTNH 8. Here’s me with the teleprompter…

THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN – “It’s a story of trust, betrayal, madness…


Joe Meyers for Hearst CT Media Group: “I couldn’t rest until the story was played out.”

“William Morrow calls the new Hallie Ephron book “There Was an Old Woman” a “novel of suspense” and that it is — the author sets up characters so real and situations so harrowing that I kept reading it, way too late into the night, because I knew I couldn’t rest until the story was played out.”

“Ephron is fast becoming one of contemporary fiction’s masters of suspense.”


BOSTON GLOBE best seller!

THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN hits the Boston Globe best seller list!

Boston Globe review finds TWAOW’s suspense “gripping,” “real and nuanced”

“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.”


Hartford Books Examiner praises TWAOW characters, suspense, emotional depth

There Was an Old Woman represents Hallie Ephron at her very best. … Readers will be taken with the good, old-fashioned storytelling, brilliantly nuanced character portraits, and thought-provoking subtext. More than just a page-turner, this story is a haunting reminder that true terror starts at home…


Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter RECOMMENDS “There Was an Old Woman”

THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN is “character-driven,” “engrossing,” “well told!”

“Even if you figure things out early on, Ephron throws a curveball near the end that you’ll never see coming. All things considered, THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN is Ephron’s best book to date.”


Review in the Winnepeg Free Press: Tightly written suspense thriller frighteningly real

“DESPITE the bedtime story image suggested by the title, American writer Hallie Ephron’s new novel is no children’s nursery rhyme. There Was an Old Woman is a tightly wrought, expertly written and frighteningly real suspense thriller that will keep you turning pages.”

“There is a depth to her characters that is reminiscent of Ruth Rendell‘s probing, often painful characterizations.”

“With well-developed characters and the threat of a very real menace, there are enough twists and turns in this story to make veteran suspense readers question their own mystery-solving abilities. The ending will make them question their own security.”

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Lansing Journal mystery reviewer Ray Walsh raves!

“[THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN] is a dark, captivating and deliciously creepy tale that’s liable to keep you reading all night long.”

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Hallie on “Growing Up Ephron” in March “O” Magazine

In the March ’13 issue of The Oprah Magazine Hallie talks about “Growing Up Ephron” — with three talented, articulate sisters (Nora, Delia, and Amy), all coming of age in the shadow of a complicated, talented, unhappy mother.

Sometimes when people ask me about
Nora, I feel like saying, "You know,
there are three other Ephron sisters."

But to understand any of us, including
Nora, you'd have to start with our
mother -- a woman well ahead of her time.
Of all the Ephron women, she was surely
the most exceptional, for better and
for worse.

NEVER TELL A LIE adapted for film

“Never Tell a Lie’ has been adapted for film on the Lifetime Movie Network. “And Baby Will Fall” starring Anastasia Griffith, Brendan Fehr, and Clea Duval.

Hallie talks about Novelist Sees Characters Brought to Life.

On the light side...

They look just fine in the store. But put them on and do the downward facing dog, and anyone standing behind you can see all the way to Florida (to quote Carrie Fisher on a similarly problematic, though not transparent metal bikini).

Photos from the road…