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Dead West
PI Nils Shapiro of The Twin Cities in Hollywood
Virtual August 11 6 PM

Jake Keller
International Thriller
Virtual August 11 6 PM

Below Stairs Victorian Mystery
August 15 1:00 PM

A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder
Virtual August 15 1:00 PM
in stock now

Our August Historical Fiction Book of the Month
Virtual August 15 2 PM

The Bangtail Ghost
Virtual Book Launch
August 18 7:00 PM

When These Mountains Burn
Virtual August 19 6:00 PM

Virtual August 22 1:00 PM

Signed UK edition
due late August

on sale August 25

Hercule Poirot
Signed UK edition - 4 left
Virtual August 29 12 PM
with Alex Pavesi

Signed UK Edition

Signed UK Edition
late August

in stock now

in stock  now

Simon Riske

in stock now

FBI's Savich & Sherlock
in stock now

now in stock
Order while we still have the cellphone wallets
to go with our copies

in stock now
Visit Quebec City and the Chateau Frontenac

He Started It
In stock now
A wild joy ride visiting a string of monuments while disputing an inheritance

The Wicked Sister
a real psychopath in this one... 
in stock now

The Year of Dangerous Days
in stock
NOT SIGNED but with a
wonderful vintage postcard
Already reprinted so snag your narrative nonfiction 

In stock now

signed UK edition
in stock now

in stock now
Virtual with Jenn later in August

More Better Deals
in stock now

in stock now!

Inspector Chen, Shanghai
in stock now

Now in stock
A don't miss story inspired by Amelia Earhart

One Last Lie
Maine's Mike Bowditch
in stock now
A knockout

A haunted house
modern Gothic
in stock now

in stock now

Signed by Diana with a special recipe card

Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan Jr
Visit Barcelona!
in stock now

Our copies come with exclusive extra material
in stock  now

Savage Son
James Reece #3
in stock now


I love it that August is such a special month for book lovers.

We celebrated on Sunday with Robert Pobi, in Toronto, with his editor Keith Kahla in NYC. Then with Lee Child in the US and Mark Billingham in the UK. A double date, double treat. You
can watch the videos and listen to the podcasts Both events were exceptional!

And expanding our reach further, Bookstore Romance Day on August 15 brings us two events, one at 1:00 PM with Victorian cozies authors Jenn Ashley and Dianne Freeman, one at 2:00 PM for 18th Century mystery with Elsa Hart and Douglas Preston talking about Cabinets of Curiosity.

You may recall that Preston & Child wrote about them in The Cabinet of Curiosities ($10) back in 2002, the third for Agent Pendergast and a huge hit wherein a serial killer created one under New York City. So this will be lively fun on the 15th. 

I'd like to say that it has been fascinating to watch the range of books, new and old, you wonderful customers have been ordering. It's been an education as well as keeping The Pen afloat. THANK YOU.

Enjoy Podcasts  YouTube  Facebook  Instagram and
Twitter visits with a huge range of authors, and more short book chats or pitches on IGTV which is an Instagram platform that let's us post book recommendations to our Instagram.

Lesa does a wonderful job of discovery and recommendation in our Blog bringing in lots of authors for more discovery and recommendations. 

And you can find Staff Picks and more in our Webstore
We do rely on your purchases to fund this range of activities. But we think of them as a service to authors too, something to share and expand

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The August Booknews

Here is the link to the August BOOKNEWS

Here is the link to the July BOOKNOTES

I list the August Books of the Month below. 

They also appear on our home page

More New Podcasts
There are even  more new podcasts up. We can see you are enjoying them by the almost 28,000 downloads. Lots of conversations here! And with lots of authors! 

For those who prefer not to stare at a screen but would like to enjoy our conversations with authors, these are for you.

Visit our new Podcasts Easy download links are provided. They are also available on ITunes and Google Music

Don't forget to search for a favorite author. There are many of them, often frequent visitors to The Pen, but some new to us.

New: Christopher Reich, Robert Pobi, Lee Child & Mark Billingham. Later this week Hank Phillippi Ryan; Fiona Davis with Kate Quinn, T Jefferson Parker.


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Video Book Talks
 You can find some book talks, short recommendations, by me and a new one from Patrick, on our Instagram courtesy of IGTV

You can also find  book talks on our Home Page

Running  now, John Connolly from Dublin, Irish literature and travel and favorite landmarks. It's terrific!!

Next Up: Douglas Preston previewing his event Saturday with Elsa Hart and his new work with Lincoln Child

Then Michael Robotham from Australia about his  new novel When She Was Good (Scribner $26) with Anna Downes

And then Dame Denise Mina with Patrick
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Matt Goldman
David Ricciardi
Tonight 6:00 PM
Matt Goldman discusses Dead West (Forge $26.99)
PI Nils Shapiro does Hollywood

I really love the PI Nils Shapiro series, in part because Goldman kicks them off with...kick ass premises. So original. Here's a Starred Review for the latest: 

"In bestseller Goldman's excellent third mystery featuring Minneapolis PI Nils Shapiro, Beverly Mayer, a grumpy matriarch, hires Nils to check on her grown grandson, Ebben, who she believes is wasting his time in the movie business. Ebben, whose fiancée has just died, is trying to launch a creator-focused studio, but Nils suspects that Ebben's fiancée was murdered and that Ebben himself might have been the target.... Nils dives into the L.A. scene, meeting mysterious East European mobsters, attractive screenwriters, powerful agents, and plenty of others who might have wanted to kill Ebben. 

Goldman wisely keeps the Hollywood satire to a minimum, focusing instead on the actual detective work, the very real dangers Nils faces, and emotionally grueling issues Jameson is attempting to process. Goldman takes a classic trope-a working-class private detective set loose in Hollywood-and squeezes enough originality out of it to make for a dazzling tale." 

Don't delay ordering all of Nils' cases, such a treat.

David Ricciardi discusses Black Flag (Berkley $28)

Ricciardi's exciting third Jake Keller thriller finds the CIA officer and his agency partner, John Pickens, in Mogadishu, Somalia, seeking to identify the mastermind behind the bandits who have been using high-speed skiffs to attack oil tankers. After killing the crews, the bandits seize the oil and sell it on the black market. The two most promising suspects are Badeed, chief elder of the Hawiye clan, and Yaxaas, the warlord of the Darwood clan. Yaxaas keeps a pet alligator named Little Yaxaas, and it's no surprise what Little Yaxaas's job is in the organization. 

Keller has a plan to lure the mastermind out of hiding, but the mission is complicated by a secret agenda originating from CIA headquarters. The appealing leads have complementary strengths. Pickens is old school, interested in human intelligence, while Keller comes from an analysis background and is adept with technology. The complicated plot and furious action build to a final, head-snapping twist. Riccardi has hit his stride with this outing.

Signed books in stock for both books
James Lee Burke
Postponed to August 21 5:00 PM

Karen Rose
Thursday 3:00 PM
Karen Rose discusses Say No More (Berkley $26) with John

Seventeen years ago. That was the last time Mercy Callahan saw Ephraim Burton, the leader of the twisted Eden cult where she was raised. But even though she escaped the abuse and terror, they continue to haunt her. When her brother Gideon discovers new evidence of the cult's--and their victims'--whereabouts, Mercy goes to Sacramento to reconnect with him. 

There, she meets Gideon's closest friend--homicide detective Rafe Sokolov. From Rafe, she receives an offer she never knew she needed: to track down Ephraim and make him pay for everything. But Ephraim, who had thought Mercy long dead, discovers she is in fact alive and that she is digging around for the cult's secrets. And now he'll do anything to take her back to Eden --dead or alive. 

Start Rose's Sacramento Series with Say You're Sorry ($7.99).

Ariel Sabar
A Religious Artifact Grand Hoax... true
Thursday 5:00 PM
Ariel Sabar discusses Veritas (Knopf $29.95)
Journalist Sabar's investigation of a sensational religious forgery
has the force of a thriller

Sabar, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of My Father's Paradise, whose journalism has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper's, and This American Life, pens "A real-life Da Vinci Code, from a terrific writer." -Ron Charles

This astonishing book--part detective story, part exercise in reporting conducted at its highest level-reaches hold of you by the shirt collar and doesn't let go. Here is a gallery of types that have surrounded Christianity since its earliest beginnings: the professionally cynical, the frankly mercenary, and the profoundly faithful. 

It is a tale that takes us from the offices of two Harvard presidents to, perhaps inevitably, that of a Florida pornographer. Exciting on every level, it poses the deepest question of faith: does it depend on the scholarly verification of ancient fragments or on what Heaney called a journey 'into the marvelous?' 

Fascinating stuff to see how a most serious scholar wants to believe in the veracity of a lost fragment. Those of you old enough to remember the impact of Elaine Pagels' work will have more sympathy. If you have read Daniel Silva's The Order ($28.99), Veritas will be of great interest.

Jennifer Ashley
Dianne Freeman
Saturday 1:00 PM
SATURDAY AUGUST 15 1:00 PM Victorian Mystery
Jennifer Ashley discusses Murder in the East End (Berkley $16)

Signed books in stock for both books

When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London's Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can't turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic confidant Daniel McAdam, who has ties to Scotland Yard, and Errol Fielding, a disreputable man from Daniel's troubled past, to bring the killer to justice. Their investigation takes them from the grandeur of Mayfair to the slums of the East End, during which Kat learns more about Daniel and his circumstances.... Ashley pulls no punches describing how woman are at the mercy of many factors including their own families. In contrast is the love story and the unusual sense of family in the servants' hall and orphanages.

4th in an engrossing Victorian Upstairs/Downstairs series we heartily recommend.

Dianne Freeman discusses
Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily's imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton's family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuits-shooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens. But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and it's not simply the arrival of Frances's socially ambitious mother. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall guests and staff alike. 

Before long, Frances suspects these "accidents" are deliberate, and fears that the intended victim is Lily's fiancé, Leo. Frances's mother is unimpressed by Lily's groom-to-be and would much prefer that Lily find an aristocratic husband, just as Frances did. But now that Frances has found happiness with George-a man who loves her for much more than her dowry-she heartily approves of Lily's choice. As Frances and George search for the culprit among the assembled family, friends, and servants, more victims fall prey to the mayhem.... Best to order all three in this sprightly series.

Elsa Hart
in conversation with
Douglas Preston
Saturday 2:00 PM
SATURDAY AUGUST 15 2:00 PM 18thCentury Mystery
Elsa Hart in conversation with Douglas Preston
Hart discusses The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne (St Martins $26.99)
Our August Historical Fiction Book of the Month
Signed books in stock

The fabulously talented Hart turns her storytelling gifts from 18th Century China and her mysteries solved by librarian Li Du to London, 1703, our August Historical Fiction Book of the Month. And as is consistent with much of what we offer for August, it earns a Starred Review: 

"Hart establishes herself as a versatile talent with this exceptional standalone set in 1703 London. Botanist Cecily Kay has left her diplomat husband behind in Smyrna to spend time in the home of Sir Barnaby Mayne, a legendary collector, who believes his holdings "contain no less than the future course of all knowledge toward the secrets God left for man to discover." Kay hopes to use Mayne's collection of plants to help her classify the flora she collected in Smyrna. She's delighted to find that Mayne's other guests include a childhood friend, Meacan Barlow, an artist who's been retained to illustrate a new catalogue of the nobleman's possessions. 

Both women's plans are disrupted when Mayne is found stabbed to death in his study, with the bloody knife in the hands of another member of the household, who confesses to the murder before fleeing. The astute Kay doubts the confession's truthfulness, but her pursuit of answers puts her in danger. 

The author has a gift for vivid similes (randomly displayed objects are 'like guests at a poorly planned party who cannot find a common topic of conversation'." Hart is bound to become a household name for readers who love clever and fair whodunits."
Our August Calendar
Updated (again!)
James Lee Burke Postponed to August 21 5:00 PM
Karen Rose discusses Say No More (Berkley $26) with John
Sacramento Series police procedural
Ariel Sabar discusses Veritas (Knopf $29.95)
Journalist Sabar's investigation of a sensational religious forgery
has the force of a thriller
This is THE book to read after finishing Daniel Silva's The Order
SATURDAY AUGUST 15 1:00 PM Victorian Mystery
Jennifer Ashley discusses Murder in the East End (Berkley $16)
Dianne Freeman discusses
Signed books available for both books
SATURDAY AUGUST 15 2:00 PM 18th Century Mystery
Elsa Hart in conversation with Douglas Preston
Hart discusses The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne (St Martins $26.99)
Our August Historical Fiction Book of the Month
Signed books in stock
MONDAY AUGUST 17 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Kevin Hearne discusses the spinoff from The Iron Druid Chronicles Ink & Sigil (Del Rey $28)
Jonathan Slaght presents a power point/discussion of 
Owls of the Eastern Ice (St Martins $28)
Fascinating nature writing. Photos & a video
TUESDAY AUGUST 18 7:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Keith McCafferty discusses The Bangtail Ghost (Viking $27)
Montana's Sean Stranahan
Signed books available
David Joy discusses When These Mountains Burn (Putnam $27) with Patrick
Signed books available
UK's Rosie Walsh hosts Kate Riordan
Riordan discusses The Heatwave (Grand Central $27)
Owen Laukkanen discusses Lone Jack Trail (Mulholland $28)
Winslow & Burke, Deception Cove
Signed bookplates for our copies

James Lee Burke discusses A Private Cathedral (Simon Schuster $28) with Patrick
Dave Robicheaux
Signed books available
Heather Gudenkauf discusses This Is How I Lied (Park Row $17.99)
Julia Heaberlin discusses We Are All the Same in the Dark (Ballantine $27)
Signed books available for Heaberlin
The Jungle Red Bloggers hang out with us
Rhys Bowen, Lucy Burdette, Deborah Crombie, Hallie Ephron, Jenn McKinlay, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Julia Spencer-Fleming
Hank Phillippi Ryan, The First to Lie (Forge $27.99
Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers (Berkley $26)
Lucy Burdette, The Key Lime Crime (Crooked Lane $26.99)
Jenn McKinlay, Paris Is Always a Good Idea (Berkley $16)
Hallie Ephron, Careful What You Wish For ($16.99)
Julia Spencer-Fleming, Hid from Our Eyes (St Martins $27.99)
Deborah Crombie, A Bitter Feast (Morrow $25.99)
Signed books by Ryan, Bowen, and McKinlay available
John Shea in conversation with Larry
Shea discusses Willie Mays 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid (St Martins $28.99) Foreword by Bob Costas

MONDAY AUGUST 24 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
William Kent Krueger in conversation with David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Weiden discusses his debut Winter Counts (Ecco $34.99)
Signed books available
Wendy Corsi Staub discusses
The Butcher's Daughter (Morrow $8.99) with John
Sandra Brown in conversation with Linda Castillo
Brown discusses Thick as Thieves (Grand Central $28)
Signed books available
Stan Parish discussing his superb caper Love and Theft (Doubleday $26.95) in conversation with his legendary editor Jason Kaufman (Dan Brown, etc)
This is our September Crime Book of the Month
Signed books available

NEW! THURSDAY AUGUST 27 4:00 PM with Larry
Philip Bonds discusses his beautiful nature writing 
Dancing with Sea Lions (Wildpress $29)

Sophie Hannah in conversation with Alex Pavesi
Hannah discusses her new Hercule Poirot 
The Killings at Kingfisher Hill (Harper $27.99) available September 15
Pavesi discusses his Christie-style debut The Eighth Detective (Holt $26.99)
Signed UK editions of both books available;
See the Signed Book Column on the left
SATURDAY AUGUST 29 2:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Co-authors CS Harris, Anna Lee Huber, Susanna Kearsley, Christine Trent discuss The Deadly Hours (Sourcebooks $16.99)
Our copies come with a folded Monster & Mermaids poster, bookplates signed by the authors, and anyone who orders by August 29 is entered into a drawing for a fabulous Gift Basket

A Preview of the Start of September
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1 5:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Tori Eldridge discusses The Ninja's Blade (Polis $16.95
Signed bookplates available
Carl Hiaasen in conversation with John Sandford
Hiaasen discusses Squeeze Me (Knopf $28.99)
Signed books available, please order asap
Hannah Dennison discusses Death at High Tide (St Martins $25.99)
Canadian Andrew Pyper discusses The Residence (Gallery $26)
A horror s story based on true 1853 events at the White House
Signed bookplates available
James R. Benn in conversation with Francine Mathews
Benn discusses his new Billy Boyle WWII thriller 
The Red Horse (Soho $27.95)
Signed books available
Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman discuss their new novel 
(Random $28.99)
Alameda Deputy Coroner Clay Edison          
A special letter for you Signed by both authors is included in our copies
Jenn McKinlay in conversation with Kate Carlisle and Paige Shelton
McKinlay discusses her new Library Lover's Mystery 
One for the Books (Berkley $26)
Signed books available, personalizations limited to 5 words
Mike Lupica in conversation with Joe Ide
Lupica discusses his new Sunny Randall PI novel Robert B Parker's Fools Paradise (Putnam $27
Signed books available
The UK's Ruth Ware discusses One by One (Gallery $27.99)
Includes a signed book plate. First 50 orders will also receive a cozy knit beanie hat with custom ONE BY ONE embroidery!
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Kyle Mills with Special Guest Brad Thor
Mills discusses his new Mitch Rapp thriller Total Power (Atria $28.99)
Signed books available

Our August Paperback Picks of the Month

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem. Mycroft and Sherlock
Grant, Andrew. Too Close to Home
Kramer, Julie. Shunning Sarah
Petrie, Nick. The Wild One
Rollins, James. Last Odyssey
Sandford, John. Bloody Genius
Singh, Nalini. A Madness of Sunshine

Benn, James R. When Hell Struck Twelve                  
Box, CJ. Long Range
Gardner, Lisa. When You See Me
Greaney, Mark. One Minute Out
Harris, Robert D. The Second Sleep
Hirsch, Paddy. Hudson's Kill
Johnson, Craig. Land of Wolves
Mizushima, Margaret. Tracking Game
Prescott, Lara. The Secrets We Kept
Quinn, Spencer. Heart of Barkness
Wegert, Tessa. Death in the Family

Our August Books of the Month
First, thank you for your response to The Pen's Books of the Month. The rise in membership means we can do a better job securing signed and unsigned books for you. It's not too late to join one or more clubs.

The Crime Book of the Month One Signed hardcover First per month
Wanbli, David Heska Weiden. Winter Counts (Ecco $34.99)
British Crime Book of the Month One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Perks, Heidi. Three Perfect Liars
Cozy Crimes Book of the Month One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Dennison, Hannah. Death at High Tide
Fantastic New Fiction Book of the Month One Signed hardcover First per month
[Fantastic = fabulous, not fantasy]
First Mystery Book of the Month Club One Signed hardcover First per month
Neubauer, Erica. Murder at the Mena House sold out
Historical Fiction Book of the Month One Signed hardcover First per month
International Crime Book of the Month One Unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Billingham, Mark. Cry Baby
SciFi/Fantasy Book of the Month One hardcover or paperback per month signed when possible.
Hearne, Kevin. Ink & Sigil
Please email for details and to sign up. 

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 
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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