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There Was an Old Woman

(1993)
(The eighth book in the Benny Cooperman series)
A novel by

 
 
The latest mystery featuring the wildly popular sleuth Benny Cooperman, "One of the most enjoyable private eyes in crime fiction" (The Toronto Star)

There Was an Old Woman, another delicious Benny Cooperman mystery, is an election-year gem and "an audience-grabber right from page one" (The Vancouver Sun).

It all starts with a noisy toilet. Benny's janitor, Kogan, is preoccupied with the death of his sometime girlfriend, Lizzy Oldridge, who appears to have starved to death. Benny agrees to attend the inquest if Kogan will look into the plumbing.

Lizzy may have died hungry but she had plenty of money, and somehow former alderman and mayoralty candidate Thurleigh Ramsden, an unsavory character if there ever was one, has gained control of it. Ramsden escapes the inquest with his reputation untarnished, while Benny finds himself hopelessly enmeshed in the posthumous troubles of Kogan's late love. By the end of this twisting, turning tale, the body count has increased alarmingly. But has the toilet been fixed? Only Benny and his loyal readers now for sure.

"There Was an Old Woman has all Engel's trademarks--the quick one-liners, the elaborate plot, the engaging characters.... Welcome back, Benny."-- Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play

"Mr. Engel is a born writer, a natural stylist.... This is a writer who can bring a character to life in a few lines." - Ruth Rendell


Used availability for Howard Engel's There Was an Old Woman

Hardback Editions

August 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: There Was an Old Woman (Benny Cooperman Mysteries)
Author(s): Howard Engel
ISBN: 1-58567-044-8 / 978-1-58567-044-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Overlook Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: There Was an Old Woman
Author(s): Howard Engel
ISBN: 0-14-316759-6 / 978-0-14-316759-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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1900 : USA Paperback
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Title: There was an Old Woman: A Benny Cooperman Mystery (Benny Cooperman Mysteries (Paperback))
Author(s): Howard Engel
ISBN: 1-58567-255-6 / 978-1-58567-255-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 1994 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: There Was An Old Woman
Author(s): Howard Engel
ISBN: 0-14-023246-X / 978-0-14-023246-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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October 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: There Was an Old Woman
Author(s): Howard Engel
ISBN: 0-670-85259-7 / 978-0-670-85259-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: There Was an Old Woman (The Benny Cooperman Mysteries Book 8)
Author(s): Howard Engel
Publisher: The Overlook Press
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May 2008 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: There Was an Old Woman
Author(s): Howard Engel
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Availability: Amazon CA