Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"Very Satisfying"

There Was an Old Woman: A Novel of SuspenseThere Was an Old Woman: A Novel of Suspense by Hallie Ephron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read a review in The Boston Globe and reserved it, and it was well worth the wait. I felt a special bond with Hallie Ephron after becoming Library Director at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Massachusetts, and wrote her several thank you letters. In addition to writing her own fiction, and an excellent guide to writing mysteries and suspense, she is the mystery novel critic for the Globe. She has made it a habit to donate scores of books to the library every year, and with limited budgets that is a great assist. They were always in perfect condition and a great addition to the collection. I had a great and exciting time reading There Was An Old Woman, particularly as an old New Yorker. I lived diagonally across the Bronx from the locale, truly a world away, but this was so cool to read. She kept me guessing, and she made me care about several characters including some who were "real characters." Very satisfying. I recommend it.

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