FOODIES ON THE ROAD: The Hallie Ephron Book Tour!
An award-winning mystery reviewer and author, Hallie Ephron’s new book There Was an Old Woman, set in the Bronx, 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. This is Ephron’s tale of what she ate on her book tour for There Was an Old Woman.
I’d planned the trip to Raleigh/Durham as an extension of my There Was an Old Woman book tour, but what I discovered was a foodie’s paradise.
By the end of a six-day whirlwind adventure under the able guidance of mystery maven (and Raven winner!) Molly Weston with authors Lucy Burdette and Jennifer McMahon, I’d learned to order my tea “half and half” (half sweet, half unsweetened) and my barbecue spicy. And to always leave room for dessert. Here are some of the highlights…
In North Carolina it’s slow cooked, hickory-smoked, chopped (not shredded) pork with a spicy cider-vinegar sauce). Best in show: Allen & Son Bar-B-Que in Pittsboro, along with delicious hush puppies (with bits of onion in the crispy coating) and a fabulous banana pudding, big enough to share three ways.
The real deal, crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside. Best in show: Mama Dips in Chapel Hill and Dallas Famous Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits on a busy Rt. 55 in Apex (it ain’t much to look at but my oh my, crispy and delicious.)
Burgers to Die!
Seemed like they had a hundred different versions of delicious Angus beef burgers, perfectly cooked, at the Tribeca Tavern in Cary, NC. Best side: a refreshing pea (black-eyed) salad.
Homemade Potato Chips in Blue Cheese Sauce!
For this guilty pleasure we stopped at Peak City Grill located in what was once a massive hardware store on the main street of one of the cutest towns ever, Apex, NC.
Brought home a bag of fabulousness (nuts, grains, pumpkin seeds…) from Southern Season, the Chapel Hill store that was surely hatched in my dreams. It qualifies as a don’t miss destination, even for a non-shopper like me.
Hallie Ephron made a splash writing suspense with Never Tell a Lie, a Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist published by HarperCollins in 2009. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “stunning” and a “deliciously creepy tale of obsession.” Hallie’s new book There Was an Old Woman is a story of trust and betrayal, deception and madness. The book is garnering rave reviews. New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen calls it “an absolute must read. I devoured this in one ravenous gulp.” Now Hallie lives near Boston, happily married for longer than she can remember, and has two beautiful and talented daughters.
Hallie often gives writing workshops, including at the annual Seascape: Escape to Write, and at MWA University’s day-long writing seminar. Her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style (Writers Digest Books) received rave reviews and was the first how-to-write book nominated for the Edgar Award. Hallie is also is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe.