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Former Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig sign it here
December 7 11 AM
Please order ASAP as we sold this book out at the Authors Luncheon November 16
(later printings but a terrific gift)

A Heist Novel
(think Donald E Westlake)
Signed December 3

Jack Reacher
Now in stock

Arkady Renko
now in stock, 8 left

Atlee Pine
running low so order yours quickly

in stock
Signed December 5

Signed by bestseller Hilderbrand
in stock now

Signed for us November 16
Think Gift Book

Nazi hunting in Argentina
Signed November 13
Just 4 copies left

Signed November 19

Stories include Mary's wedding to Holmes and a Christmas story plus a
war diary
Signed November 21

Bess Crawford in post-WWI Paris
in stock  now

A Thriller
in stock now

A crime writer turns spy in Occupied Paris
On sale November 26

A country house mystery
for Christmas
Due in soon

Signed UK Edition
Due in soon

A British gothic and
our November First Mystery Book of the Month
only 8 unreserved copies

Our November Hardboiled Crime Book of the Month
in stock now

in stock now, 2 left

The Brighton Mysteries
due in soon

Railway Detective Mystery
now in stock, 3 left

A Memoir
in stock now

Andy Carpenter et al
A Holiday Delight
on sale now

Inspector Banks
Signed UK edition
in stock now, 4 left

on sale now
We are mad Hoffman fans

Joe Gunther Vermont Investigation
in stock now
Joe turns 30 (books) with us turning 30 (years)

Hello from a rainy Scottsdale

I don't often get to say that, so... it's lovely reading weather although I feel we might apologize to all the visitors who came for sunshine. Still, it should clear by tonight!

Here's a photo of the Poisoned Pen team working at the Arizona Women's Board 2019 Authors Luncheon -- 8 authors, a record day.

Left to right: Bill, Pat, Larry, Patrick. I, Barbara, am taking the photo. 

A NEW podcast is now on Google or on iTunes or  on Podbean. with Joseph Kanon. Check out Sulari Gentill, Annie Hogsett, and Kyle Mills along with Linwood Barclay and more. I hope to salvage more from my phone.

Do check our BLOG regularly. Lesa updates awards, news, and interviews. 

And there are new videos for you as well. Marc Cameron and Walt Gragg from Tuesday night.

Much love to our social media team. And thank you for supporting the authors!

Barbara and all The Pens

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Thank you for supporting The Poisoned Pen, frequently named Best Specialty Bookstore by the  New Times and by the  
Arizona Republic , one of 45 Great American Indie Bookstores 2013; Best Locally Owned and Operated Business: Scottsdale 2016; and Poisoned Pen Press, winner of the 2010 Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America and named the 2011 Best Local Publisher by the  Arizona Republic and now the mystery imprint at Sourcebooks.
Thanksgiving Week Treat
A November BookNotes

Once again John Charles provides you with reviews for a variety of books not necessarily covered in either the November or the Holiday Booknews.

Read the November MidMonth Booknotes and enjoy.
A Holiday Booknews
To make your holiday shopping easy -- Thanksgiving is late this year and shortening up your time -- I have listed 

Free gift wrap, Poisoned Pen logo merchandise, a membership in our Mystery of the Month Club which can be customized for the recipient, books for holiday reading, gift book ideas, puzzles, books & beverage combos, Best American Writing 2019 in several fields, gift ideas spread over a wide range of subjects, and my annual roundup of new cookbooks, always winners.

Here is the link to the Holiday Booknews

Don't forget you can sign anyone up for our Enews which is free.

The November Booknews Staff Picks, and November Releases Lists 
Check the Cook Books in our Web Store Too

Here is the link to the November Booknews

Here is the link to our November Staff Picks

Here is the link to November Releases

And here is the link to the October BookNotes brimming with good reading. John reviews lots of books not covered in our other publications so do take time to enjoy them!

Do browse our  Web Store Patrick has grouped over 80 cook books for you to browse.

New additions are frequently made to upcoming books and events.

Please remember: 
See It Here. Buy It Here.

Thank you for your business. I remind all of you reading this, that it only takes buying one book a month by each of you to keep us here!  Or merchandise, or a gift card. Or, a new audio book option.

Libro.FM for November

See AudioBooks "We Are Thankful For"

And start gifting audio books now from The Pen, getting a jump on shopping

Two Special November Events for You
We will be closed Thanksgiving Day
Three Legged Dog plays
Small Business Saturday
Join us for Treats, Special Sales, and in honor of  the 10th SB Saturday, 10 $30 Gift Cards to  give away

Laurie R. King
with Dana Stabenow 
Tonight 7:00 PM

Laurie R. King  signs  Beginnings  (Bay Company $13)

Inspector Kate Martinelli has worked the SFPD's Homicide Detail for nearly thirty years. She knows all about how a cop builds a case bit by bit to create a clear story from the scattered pieces of evidence. Until the day her fifteen-year-old daughter, Nora, happens to ask about an aunt she'd never met. 

Kate's kid sister died in the 1980s, a wild young woman who lost control of a car and hit a tree, end of story ... except it isn't. Because once Kate begins to look, seeking to reassure Nora that it was only a senseless accident and not the suicide a small town's gossip made it, she starts to find pieces that don't fit the picture. Holes in the evidence. Mismatched fragments that change the story Kate has told herself all these years-the story that for her, was the beginning of everything. 

What did happen in Diamond Lake that night? Was it an accident, or a hushed-up suicide? Or was her sister's death something darker yet? A city cop has to revisit her youth and a small town dynamic, fascinating stuff.

And  Mary Russell's War (Poisoned Pen $15.95)

Following an "Appreciation" by noted Sherlockian Leslie S. Klinger, King blends vivid historical settings with narrative sleight-of-hand, from a novella composed of Mary Russell's teenage diaries to the story of how, in her nineties, Miss Russell came to send her Memoirs to Laurie R. King, and from Mrs. Hudson's own investigation to a tale of young Russell's beloved Uncle Jake-and, a Christmas investigation by Sherlock Holmes and his very young assistant. And two key reasons to grab this: 1. The Marriage of Mary Russell, never before recounted. 2. "Stately Holmes," a title I have pressed King to use for over 20 years! And here applied to the story of a Christmas conundrum.

And a little book just for fun written by King and me while on a research trip to Japan where we fell hard for Japanese plumbing, ie the Toto

Not in Kansas Anymore, Toto ($10) Signed by both of us.

Dana will Preview her 22nd Kate Shugak No Fixed Line (Head of Zeus $29.95) and the launch party which includes an Ice Cream Social on January 11.

Note: There is no US paperback, our website is showing a British edition. Please be careful when you click to order.
Mystery Tea #2
Saturday 2:00 PM
Four Fab Authors

Jennifer Ash ley signs  A McKenzie Clan Christmas  (Berkley $5.99)

The Mackenzie clan has gathered for Hart's birthday at the sprawling family estate in Scotland. But before the festivities can start, the house is robbed, and thieves make off with an untold fortune in rare art. Ian Mackenzie and his brothers must do what they can to retrieve the family treasure, but Ian is distracted by a family friend who claims he might have the power to "cure" Ian of his madness forever. The book includes a never before published Mackenzie Christmas novella and, at this low price, is a perfect stocking stuffer.

Eliza Casey  signs  Lady Takes the Case  (Berkley $16)
Manor Cat Mystery #1 1912 England

For Lord and Lady Avebury, who are near financial ruin: the only way to save their beloved Yorkshire estate, Danby Hall, is for their shy, botanist son, Patrick, to marry Annabel Clarke, an American heiress. The Countess of Avebury invites Annabel and a host of distinguished guests to a grand weeklong event, which includes a garden party, archery, and croquet, and a masquerade ball to help seal the engagement. During a formal dinner, the fatal poisoning of a celebrated explorer upsets everyone at Danby Hall and threatens Patrick's marriage prospects. 

Annabel's American maid, Jane Hughes, befriends Lady Cecelia Bates, Patrick's feisty 19-year-old sister, and together, with the help of Jane's cat, Jack, they set out to solve the murder. Jack plays a key role in the mystery's resolution. Downton Abbey fans, this is a cozier aristocratic world for you and our November Cozy Crimes Book of the Month

Tori Eldridge  signs  The Ninja Daughter  (Polis $16.95)
Lily Wong #1  

Meet a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja with Joy Luck Club family issues who fights the Los Angeles Ukrainian mob, sex traffickers, and her own family to save two desperate women and an innocent child. After her sister is raped and murdered, Lily Wong dedicates her life and ninja skills to the protection of women. But her mission is complicated. Not only does she live above the Chinese restaurant owned by her Norwegian father and inspired by the recipes of her Chinese mother, but she has to hide her true self from her Hong Kong tiger mom who is already disappointed in her daughter's less than feminine ways, and who would be horrified to know what she had become. But when a woman and her son she escorted safely to an abused women's shelter return home to dangerous consequences, Lily is forced to not only confront her family and her past, but team up with a mysterious --and very lethal-- stranger to rescue them. 

Join Tori for Bo Jutsu training at Quest Martial Arts, Chandler: ticket free with proof of purchase of The Ninja Daughter.

Jenn McKinlay  signs  The Christmas Keeper (Berkley $7.99)

A North Carolina bookstore is the setting for this Christmas romance featuring a lovesick cowboy and the New York City publicist who resists his charms. 

Their sexual attraction is instant, but as Quino's cheesy sweaters and ever ready mistletoe wear her down, Savy begins to appreciate more than his biceps. 

"McKinlay once again serves up her signature literary cocktail of sassy humor and sexy romance expertly spiked with a surfeit of small-town charm and holiday cheer."-Booklist Starred Review

Sunday with Spenser
Ace Atkins
Sunday 3:00 PM
Ace Atkins  signs  Robert B Parker's Angel Eyes (Putnam $27)

Spenser in Hollywood

Gabby Leggett left her Boston family with dreams of making it big as a model/actress in Hollywood. Two years later, she disappears from her apartment. Her family, former boyfriend, friends -- and the police -- have no idea where she is and no leads. 

Leggett's mother hires Spenser to find her, with help of his former apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, now an L.A. private eye. 

Spenser barely has time to unpack before the trail leads to a powerful movie studio boss, the Armenian mob, and a shadowy empowerment group some say might be a dangerous cult. It's soon clear that Spenser and Sixkill may be outgunned this time, calling for Chollo and Bobby Horse ride to the rescue to provide backup....

Just Arrived and Signed by Child and Smith

Child, Lee. Blue Moon (Bantam $28.99) SIGNED!

Landing in a new place, Reacher rescues an elderly man carrying an envelope full of cash, Aaron Shevick, from a would-be mugger in an unnamed American city. Reacher escorts the shaken Shevick home, where he meets the man's wife and soon learns the couple is deeply indebted to loan sharks because of huge medical bills. Shevick is supposed to deliver the cash to an Albanian crook named Fisnik in a bar later that day, but when Fisnik doesn't show, Reacher ends up impersonating Shevick at the rescheduled meeting with Fisnik's replacement, a Ukrainian thug, who's never met Shevick. A turf war has just begun between the city's rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs, and Reacher lands in the thick of it in his efforts to help the Shevicks. 

Reacher applies his keen analytical skills to numerous violent confrontations with bad guys who aren't as smart as he is. Readers will cheer as Reacher and his allies, a resourceful waitress and two fellow ex-military guys he hooks up with, take the fight straight to the top of the criminal command chain. Child is at the top of his game in this nail-biter, his 24th Reacher. 

Smith, Martin Cruz. The Siberian Dilemma (SimonSchuster $27)
. I am so delighted that MWA Grand Master Smith has agreed to sign this new Arkady Renko for our November Thriller Book of the Month. This Starred Review shows why: 
"Smith's stellar ninth outing for Arkady, his first since 2013, finds the maverick detective, who serves as an investigator of special cases for Zurin, the Moscow Prosecutor, growing increasingly concerned over his inability to reach his girlfriend, investigative journalist Tatiana Petrovna, after she fails to return to Moscow as scheduled from an assignment. Arkady knows only that she went to Siberia. 
Meanwhile, Zurin orders Arkady to travel to Siberia to oversee the prosecution of Aba Makhmud, a Chechen terrorist. Zurin directs Arkady to insure that Makhmud, who tried to kill the Moscow Prosecutor, receives a lengthy prison sentence, and threatens to harm Arkady's stepson if he fails to do so. Arkady is keener to go to Siberia once he learns Tatiana is probably still there, doing a story on Mikhail Kuznetsov, the so-called "hermit billionaire," who may run against Putin in the next election. The stakes rise after Renko arrives in Siberia and becomes involved in investigating a Russian oligarch's murder. Smith does his usual superior job of blending plot and setting. This is a must for any crime fiction fan interested in the underside of Putin's Russia." 
The 26th Plum Is the New #1

Not to create a spoiler, but  Twisted Twenty-Six (Putnam $28)
starts a trilogy. There is a surprise at the end you fans will want
 to know

Thus 26 is the perfect book to give as a gift to someone new to the world of Stephanie Plum. Signed and ready to ship.

If you scroll through our Evanovich inventory you will see we have many Signed firsts of her earlier novels you can grab - -most of them a single copy so don't delay.

Our December Calendar
TUESDAY DECEMBER 3 7:00 PM Book Launch Party
Jeff Lindsey signs Just Watch Me (Dutton $26)
A heist novel targeting Iran's crown jewels
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4 7:00 PM Double Book Launch Party
Mark De Castrique signs Murder in Rat Alley (Poisoned Pen $26.95/$15.95)
Sam Blackman, PI
Paige Shelton signs Thin Ace (St Martins $26.99)
Starts a series set in Alaska
Greg Iles signs Cemetery Road  (Morrow $28.99)
We've held on to first prints since March!
Former Commissioner Bud Selig signs  (Harper $28.99). Foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Jennifer Roberson signs  Life and Limb  (Daw $26)
December SciFi/Fantasy Book of the Month starts the Blood & Bone modern western fantasy series
Patricia Smith signs Remember (Polis Books $15.99)
Psychological suspense/social anxiety
Matt Coyle signs Lost Tomorrows (Oceanview $26.95/$16)
Carl Vonderau signs Murderabilia (Midnight Ink $16.99)
Please buy your copy from The Pen. Anyone welcome but remember you risk spoilers if you don't read the selection in advance. The clubs each include a Holiday Party with the regular meeting
Coffee & Crime: Saturday December 14 10:30 AM
Share your favorite book of any sort of 2019
SciFi Friday : December 20 7:00 PM
Wells, Martha.  All Systems Red ($16.99) & Gailey Sarah, 
River of Teeth ($15.99)
Croak & Dagger : Saturday December 21 10:30 AM
Soho Crime. The Usual Santas ($19.95) , a collection of Christmas crime capers
Hardboiled Crime : Thursday December 19 7:00 PM
Anderson, Kent. Green Sun ($16.99)  

Our November Books of the Month
British Crime Club One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Ireland, Sandra. Bone Deep 

Cozy Crimes Club One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Casey, Eliza. Lady Takes the Case

Discovery Club  One paperback or hardcover per month
Higgins, Bairbre. The Torchbearers

First Mystery Club  One Signed First per month
Frank, Anita. The Lost Ones 

Hardboiled Crime Club  One signed First per month
Cha, Steph. Your House Will Pay 

History/Mystery Club  One Signed First per month 

History Paperback  One per month

Modern First Editions  One Signed First per month
Greenwood, T. Keeping Lucy

SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Club  One Signed First per month
Kade, Kel. Fate of the Fallen

Surprise Me! Club  One Signed First Per Month
DeMille, Nelson/Alex. The Deserter  

Thriller Club  One Signed First per month
Smith, Martin Cruz. The Siberian Dilemma

Parking, Drinks & Dining
and a generous offer from Arcadia Farms Cafe
We suggest when you can you come early to The Pen (chairs go down around 5:00 PM or 1:00 PM for afternoon events), reserve your seat(s), and explore our vibrant Old Town Scottsdale neighborhood.

Parking is more difficult sometimes because of the restaurants (editorial comment -- the City of Scottsdale's parking policies suck!). We've given you locations beyond our parking lot. 
Search for them under Parking

Good News: Arcadia Farms Cafe has generously offered us its parking for evening events when needed. You can also park just south of our lot between the alley and Main Street.

One reason we don't have a cafe or bar in The Pen is there isn't enough dedicated parking to allow one.

Enjoy --there are all sorts of food and beverages on offer.
Mystery-of-the-Month Club 

Looking for something new to read each month and aren't sure what to choose?  Let us help... And it makes a great gift for Dad!
The Mystery-of-the-Month Club is individually tailored to each customer's specific tastes.  Just let us know what kinds of mysteries you enjoy, whether your looking for signed hardcover books or paperbacks, and we'll take it from there!
For more information, drop Patrick King a line at
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