July 29, 2016. Fun intervew with Hallie Ephron on AMFM Magazine.
On Growing up with writers made me not want to write.
July 29, 2016. Fun intervew with Hallie Ephron on AMFM Magazine.
On Growing up with writers made me not want to write.
Kirkus Reviews calls ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES “inspired” and Hallie’s short story “Understudy in Scarlet” (of a movie actress who once played Irene Adler and is now understudying a much younger Irene) “a delight from beginning to end.” Anthology editors Leslie S. Klinger and Laurie R. King did a brilliant job with stories by:
William Kent Krueger
Tony Lee & Bevis Musson
Hank Phillippi Ryan
6/18/16 Publishers Weekly: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Pegasus Crime, Eds. Laurie R. King, Leslie S. Klinger) TOP 10 MYSTERY fall 2016:
“This follow-up to the anthology In the Company of Sherlock Holmes features writers not known as Sherlockians, including Deborah Crombie, Cory Doctorow, and Hallie Ephron.”
Hallie’s “Understudy in Scarlet” (set in Hollywood) is one of its stories inspired by the Holmes canon.
5/4/2016 Books by Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi, and Steve Berry were chosen for Chelmsford’s One Book program: “Keeping Chelmsford in Suspense!”
2/28/2016 REVUZEIT on NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT
Just out is the paperback Night Night, Sleep Tight by one of my favorite writers, Hallie Ephron. Yes, she is one of those sisters whose formative years in Hollywood and genetic framework brought them all eventually into the wide world of entertainment. Hallie is the award-winning and bestselling mystery writer and book reviewer for the Boston Globe who shapes the skills of coming writers in workshops allover the country……but I digress…….this new one is a killer!
Back in our youth we all heard the gossip of the beautiful blonde movie star with the abusive gangster boyfriend who was in the headlines when her 12 year old daughter killed the lover. Right. A similar thirty year old murder serves as the glittery backdrop to a young woman’s 1986 probe into the death of her father. I loved all the then and now quirks and secrets as they are elegantly woven into a thrilling page-turner chock-a-block with glamour, gossip and sandal. Perfect for Oscar night reading.
02/16/2016 NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT is now in paperback! Nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, a riveting tale of domestic noir, infused with old Hollywood folklore and glamour, set in a town rife with egotism and backstabbing and where fame and infamy are often interchangeable.
1/19/2016 Mystery Writers of America nominates Hallie Ephron’s “Night Night, Sleep Tight” finalist for the 2014 Mary Higgins Clark Award.
Hallie will be a lunch time speaker (refreshments served!) January 28 at 11:30 AM at the Yankee Dental Conference. All about growing up in Hollywood in a family of writers, inspired by movies.
October, 2015, BookPage:
Thought-provoking and insightful, Me, My Hair, and I is a must-read for anyone who has ever dealt with frizz, gray hair, mothers insisting we get a haircut, fathers insisting we not, hair envy or hair disasters. In short, all of us.
10/5/2015 ME, MY HAIR, AND I: 27 Women Untangle an obsession
Find Hallie Ephron’s “Remembering Sandra Dee” in this “astonishingly good” anthology edited by Elizabeth Benedict.
Hallie guests on Episode 65: Speaking of Mysteries with Nancie Clare and Leslie S. Klinger. “By her own admission Hallie Ephron was late to the family business of writing, but mystery fans will agree that the wait was worth it. From her first five novels, co-written with Donald Davidoff as G.H. Ephron, and her non-fiction works, to her standalone mysteries, the most recent of which is Night Night, Sleep Tight, Hallie has made up for lost time—and then some.”
Register now for Heart of Denver Romance Writers Mini- Conference October 3, 2015 at the DoubleTree hotel in Westminster, Colorado. Hallie Ephron will give a workshop on “Crafting a Page Turner.” Stick around and pitch to agents and editors. Click here for more information and to register!
April 21, 2015 – Hallie talks to about Night Night, Sleep Tight on “Connie Martinson Talks Books” in Los Angeles
4/6/2015 Rave review from John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner:
“Hallie Ephron is at her absolute, unequivocal best with Night Night, Sleep Tight. Autobiographical elements—the author is, after all, the daughter of celebrated screenplay writers Henry and Phoebe Ephron—elevate the story from standard whodunit fare, resulting in a deeply atmospheric and authentic sense of time and place. With the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood lost to cynicism and suspicion, Ephron serves up a multitude of credible suspects and motives to keep readers guessing until the very end and offers a final denouement worthy of its own big screen moment. If this book was a film, we’d call it a blockbuster.“
InStyle Magazine picks Night Night, Sleep Tight as its #1 “page-turning pick to read this April.”
“Just like her big sis Nora, this talented Ephron is fully capable of captivating an audience for extended periods of time (304 pages, to be exact). But instead of the usual cheery rom-com that’s become synonymous with her last name, this enthralling story is decidedly darker in tone. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, it follows Deirdre Unger, who, after moving to the West Coast to assist her ailing father, discovers his body face down in the family pool. After initially chalking it up to a tragic accident, she soon discovers that it could in fact be a murder, and is hell-bent on figuring out who’s guilty of the crime.”
3/31/2015 Joe Meyers writes a terrific profile of Hallie Ephron for CT News.
Hallie Ephron grew up in Hollywood, but she put that life behind her to establish deep roots in New England, where she has become one of our top suspense novelists.
“Never Tell a Lie,” “Come and Find Me” and “There Was an Old Woman” have carved out Ephron’s own territory as a specialist in down-to-earth Hitchcockian suspense involving ordinary people any of us might know — that’s what makes the stories so gripping and so scary.
Now, for the first time, Ephron has used her background as the daughter of the movie screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron and the sister of writers Nora, Delia and Amy Ephron for a novel that shows the dark side of Old Hollywood.
3/26/2015 The Iron Mountain Daily News: “With a sense of the glamour and scandal of old tinsel town, Hallie Ephron takes one of the most notorious chapters in Hollywood history and crafts a mystery that will keep the reader’s interest from its beginning to its most unconventional ending.”
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
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.
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.
April, 2015: Good Housekeeping Magazine names Night Night, Sleep Tight one of the “killer thrillers” — a “page turner” “as addictive as Gone Girl”
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.
“The 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
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)
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
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
“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 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… .
Listen to the podcast, Jordan Rich of WBZ radio interviewing Hallie Ephron about her new book, “There Was an Old Woman.”
“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 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…
“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.”
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN hits the Boston Globe best seller list!
“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.”
“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…
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.”
“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.”
“[THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN] is a dark, captivating and deliciously creepy tale that’s liable to keep you reading all night long.”
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’ 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.
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).