There Was An Old Woman by Hallie Ephron is a compelling novel of psychological suspense in which a young woman becomes entangled in a terrifying web of deception and madness involving an elderly neighbor.
When Evie Ferrante learns that her mother has been hospitalized, she finds her mother's house in chaos. Sorting through her mother's belongings, Evie discovers objects that don't quite belong there, and begins to raise questions.
Evie renews a friendship with Mina, an elderly neighbor who might know more about her mother's recent activities, but Mina is having her own set of problems: Her nephew Brian is trying to persuade her to move to a senior care community. As Evie investigates her mother's actions, a darker story of deception and madness involving Mina emerges.
In There Was an Old Woman, award-winning mystery author Hallie Ephron delivers another work of domestic noir with truly unforgettable characters that will keep you riveted.Mina Yetner lost her husband Henry and when that happened, she became obsessed with writing down everyone's names that were in the newspaper death section. One day her neighbor, Sandra had an attack and asked Mina if she would call her daughter, Ginger and let her know what has happened.
Sandra then called her other sister, Evie who was at the moment working on getting an old jet engine out of the basement of the Empire State Building, where it has been since the 1940's when it crashed into the building. She wanted it to put on display for an event gala that would be showing different parts of historical periods.
Evie goes to her mother's home and finds it in a horrible disarray that she was totally shocked. Her mother was an alcoholic and was mixing it with acetaminophen and tons of vitamins with her whiskey. Both girls learn from their mother's doctor that she is in the last stages of liver cancer and that any day she could go into a coma.
And the doctor was right. A few days later she died. She never woke up for them to say goodbye. And that is when Evie gets involved with Mina, her mother's friend. She learns many things about her and tries to help her when one of Mina's own family members tries to stick her in a nursing home and take everything she has.
It's a good story and a sad one all at the same time. It will teach you certain lessons about family and greed and what some people will do to get their hands on what they think belongs to them.
An award-winning mystery reviewer, Hallie Ephron is the author of Never Tell a Lie (a Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist that was also made into the Lifetime Movie Network film And Baby Will Fall) and the Edgar- and Anthony Award-nominated Writing and Selling Your Mystery.
Ephron lives near Boston.
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