Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of six domestic suspense standalones and a classic (Edgar-nominated) how-to book on mystery writing. She is a five-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her new novel, Careful What You Wish For, was inspired by the Marie Kondo life-changing decluttering tips. It explores the relationships built by professional organizers and their clients—showing just how easily the lines between professional and personal can be blurred. In it, Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. Sometimes she find herself wondering if he sparks joy. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “outstanding.” Reviewing it in Time magazine, Jamie Lee Curtis called it "thrilling and suspenseful," the protagonist "a modern-day grown-up Nancy Drew... She is a friend we would all want to keep–messes included."

Recently I asked Ephron about what she was reading. Her reply:
Right now I’m reading an advance copy of James Ziskin’s Turn to Stone, and relishing a return to Italy (I taught a writing workshop there this summer) in the company of Ellie Stone, one of my favorite protagonists. I’m also enjoying Michelle Obama’s Becoming, a real palate cleanser between mystery novels. It's so life-affirming and these difficult times. And then, back to crime novels with Rhys Bowen's Love and Death Among the Cheetahs. She writes wonderfully tongue-in cheek, and this one (set in Kenya) has a lot to say about the British class system while giving us recently-wed Lady Georgie with cool-as-a-cucumber Darcy, chasing thieves and trying to survive her honeymoon.
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--Marshal Zeringue