|Join Us in the Run Up to Halloween|
It's hard to say which upcoming date is scarier!
We have exciting programming for you to enjoy all week, nothing political. Other than saying once again, Please Vote!
And I list some scary reads below for further distraction as we head to Saturday night, Halloween, and Sunday, La Dia de los Muertos
Here's my favorite photo from the Desert Botanical Garden's brilliant 2018 Halloween display (there was even a unicorn!). It may also represent how many people feel at this point approaching November 3. For two non-political events, November 2 and 3, see below.
We've been saying October is the new December, meaning that given all the shortages in paper and print and the crush of shipping it is smart to order early. But now we are moving towards November is the new December.
John packed the October BookNotes with cook books, nonfiction, and a splendid section on holiday themed fiction. If you don't normally browse the BookNotes I urge you to do so.
Agood choice for gifts may well be either a Poisoned Pen Gift Card to be redeemed post holidays. Or to enroll someone in one of our Book of the Month Clubs.
What fun to get a Mystery Box each month. One focused more closely on a specific taste than the generic pick many stores offer.
We read all the book club books BEFORE we select them for each month.
UPS and USPS have announced rate increases for the holidays so we will be forced to up shipping to $5 for the first book from November 28. And thus another reason to shop early.
Thank you for supporting The Pen, an independent bookstore where real people and not algorithms recommend books to you
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.
Barbara and all The Pens
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 and more....
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We're delighted to welcome you during the hours listed below, with the caveat we sometimes have to block off an hour if we are videoing an event in the store.
Just stop by or call ahead, you might have a bit of a wait if there are more people in the store than guidelines allow.
Appointments will be for 20 minutes on the hour and half hour, allowing us a short break in between to sanitize.
Appointment Hours 11:00-4:00 M-F, also 6:00-8:00 W & Thu; and 11:00-6:00 on Saturday.
The same hours apply for curbside pickup which is also available from 1:00-4:00 PM on Sundays.
For curbside pickup use 480-970-1534.
The October BookNotes plus the October Booknews
Don't miss the cook books section, the holiday reads, and more
Paperback Picks and Book of the Month Clubs Picks
can be seen in our webstore
More New Podcasts
New podcasts post frequently. We can see you are
enjoying them by the over 45,000 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: Rebecca Roanhorse with Pat; Mary Anna Evans with Sara Johnson; Brad Thor with fans
Saturday October 31 10 AM to 5 PM Happy Halloween
Tuesday November 3 10 AM to 5 PM Please Vote!
Virtual Book Launch
Monday November 2
Vote! Then join us on our Facebook Events Page (no need to belong to FB)
for November 3's
The Night of 1000 Authors
Election day counterprogramming for mystery, thriller and suspense fans
Beginning at 3:00 pm ET on Tuesday November 3, sponsored by Atria Publishing and International Thriller Writers Association, "The Jerry Lewis Telethon" meets "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" with the biggest names in crime fiction and NO TALK OF POLITICS.
The format is 10 minutes interviews -- the "special sauce" is that each author will share the first two minutes of their interview on the screen with the previous guest and the last two minutes of their interview with the next guest.
Complete guest list as of 10/22/2020... possibly more to come
Alafair Burke, Alex Segura, Allison Brennan,, Andrews & Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Brad Taylor, Brad Thor, Chris Hauty, Christopher Rosow, David Morrell, Francesca Serritella, Gayle Lynds, Gregg Hurwitz, Hank Phillippi Ryan, J.D. Barker, Jack Carr, James Rollins, Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Hillier, Jesse and Jonathan Kellerman, Joel C. Rosenberg, John Connolly, Karen Dionne, Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs, Kyle Mills, Linwood Barclay, Lisa Scottoline, Liv Constantine, Mark Greaney, Megan Miranda, Megan Collins, Mindy Mejia, Peter James, R.L. Stine, Rachel Howzell Hall, Ragnar Jonasson, Robert Dugoni, Shari Lapena, Steve Berry, Tosca Lee, William Kent Krueger
Video Book Talks
You can find some book talks, short recommendations, by me and on our Instagram courtesy of IGTV. Check out short videos by Patrick, Pat King,and John Charles of our staff as well.
You can also find book talks
on our Home Page
Now running: Brad Thor and his fans in a virtual bookclub
Coming up from the UK:
Alan Bradley with Peter Lovesey who is celebrating his 50th publishing anniversary. A small tech glitch caused this to be postponed to mid this week.
Lee and Andrew Child
Monday 5:00 PM
MONDAY OCTOBER 26 5:00 PM
Andrew and Lee Child in conversation
They discuss The Sentinel
(Bantam $30), the new Jack Reacher
Signed book available plus a special letter to our customers from Lee Child
David Morrell reviews:
"Most of the Reacher books have been #1 bestsellers. What makes this new Reacher novel (the 25th) a special publishing event is that the series now has a cowriter, Andrew Child, who also writes as Andrew Grant and is Lee Child's younger brother. Booksellers and Reacher fans might wonder if anything has changed. A line from The Sentinel will reassure them that nothing has changed.
'Someone had sent six guys after [Reacher]. It would be wrong to let the day end with only two of them in the hospital.'
"This time, Reacher arrives in a town near Nashville, where he heads toward one of his favorite destinations, a coffee shop, only to notice that someone is about to be abducted. Reacher being Reacher, he saves the stranger and ends up confronting a conspiracy involving cyber ransom, election sabotage, a Cold War secret, and...
"Much of The Sentinel is humorous as Reacher patiently teaches bad guys about the flaws in their tactics. While there's lots of action, the novel also feels like a procedural as Reacher interviews suspects and delves deeper toward the truth.... It continues the series without any sense that there's now a coauthor. In a year of drastic change, fans will welcome the consistency."
Tuesday 1:00 PM
TUESDAY OCTOBER 27 1:00 PM
Stuart Neville and Luca Veste in conversation with Patrick
Since his debut novel, the modern classic The Ghosts of Belfast ($9.99), was published a decade ago, Irishman Neville, an Edgar finalist, has published eight other critically acclaimed novels. Now for the first time Neville offers readers a collection of his short fiction-chilling stories that traverse and blend the genres of noir, horror, and speculative fiction, and which bring the history and lore of Neville's native Northern Ireland to glittering life. The collection concludes with the long awaited novella The Traveller, the companion piece to The Ghosts of Belfast and Collusion. Gerry Fegan appears in four of the tales.
Complete with a foreword from Irish crime fiction legend John Connolly, this volume is the perfect indulgence for fans of ghost stories and noir, and is a must-have for devotees of Neville's prizewinning Belfast novels.
We killed a stranger and covered it up. It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything. The six of us promised we would never tell anyone about the body we buried, even when we realized our victim was a serial killer. But now the silence has been broken. And the killing has started again...
Wednesday 1:00 PM
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28 1:00 PM
John has provided us with several special book bags to give away at a random draw
Connolly has written a prequel to his splendid, long-running Charlie Parker series and sets it in Arkansas (not an obvious choice for an Irish writer).
Here's a well deserved Starred Review: "...noir fans will relish an origin story set in 1999. The murder of Parker's wife and daughter ended his career as an NYPD detective, but the ghosts of his loved ones still literally haunt him, and the tragedy may have turned him into a vigilante who beat a child predator to death. Parker's hunt for his family's killer takes him to impoverished Burdon County, Arkansas, where someone, possibly the same person he's seeking, has been murdering teenage girls. One possible victim, Patricia Hartley, was ruled to have died accidentally, despite the placement of branches in her vagina and throat.
"During a chance encounter in a Cargill bar between Parker and Evander Griffin, the town's police chief, the conversation turns hostile after they get on the topic of Hartley's death. Parker later learns that Griffin wants the murders hushed up to avoid losing a lucrative business opportunity for the county. Brilliant descriptions of the setting (a lake 'seemed to consume light') enhance this intelligent and subtle suspense novel. Connolly is writing at the top of his game."
Isn't it great when someone can inject so much new and electrify readers in an 18th thriller in a series?
Wednesday 5:00 PM
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28 5:00 PM
A debut historical likened to Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin mysteries
Signed books available... a few left
Our October Historical Fiction Book of the Month
The Indie Next Pick: "Not since Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have I so enjoyed the page-turning yarn of a New York private detective and a wisecracking sidekick! Stephen Spotswood simultaneously nails the tone of classic detective stories and stands them on their head -- because the brilliant gumshoe is Lillian Pentecost, a middle-aged woman with a disability, and her sidekick Willowjean 'Will' Parker, a gender-bending young circus performer with a sweet spot for the ladies. A delight from start to finish. Dare I hope this is the beginning of a series?"
Willowjean Parker (who goes by Will) ran away from home at 15 to join the circus. She's working on the side, a security job at a construction site--the kind of job women get to do now that "the men who'd usually have taken them were overseas hoping for a shot at Hitler"--when she first meets Lillian Pentecost, the famous lady detective. A few clever deductions and a little knife-throwing skill later, and she finds herself in Ms. Pentecost's employ, apprentice to the aging lady detective.
This debut resets classic noir elements (smoky nightclubs, femmes fatale, unexplained midnight gunshots) in 1940s New York City as experienced by women who like women and men who like men, as Will discreetly frequents a slightly different kind of nightclub, and no one is precisely who they seem. Enjoy the wit and personality of a bold, unconventional heroine.
Richard Paul Evans
Thursday 6:00 PM
THURSDAY OCTOBER 29 6:00 PM
Richard Paul Evans discusses The Noel Letters (Gallery $21.99
Special signed bookplates
After nearly two decades, Noel Post, an editor for a major New York publishing house, returns to her childhood home in Salt Lake City to see her estranged, dying father. What she believed would be a brief visit turns into something more as she inherits
the bookstore her father fought to keep alive.
Reeling from loneliness, a recent divorce, and unanticipated upheavals in her world, Noel begins receiving letters from an anonymous source, each one containing thoughts and lessons about her life and her future. She begins to reacquaint herself with the bookstore and the people she left behind, and in doing so, starts to unravel the reality of her painful childhood and the truth about her family.
As the holidays draw near, she receives a Christmastime revelation that changes not only how she sees the past but also how she views her future.
Friday 4:00 PM
FRIDAY OCTOBER 30 4:00 PM
Signed books available. May be personalized by the author who lives here
"In a remarkable feat of dogged fresh reporting, historical research and narrative aplomb, DeRose breathes new life into the little-remembered saga of the 1946 Battle of Athens, Tennessee, when a force of angry men, led by recent World War II veterans with the "stamp of combat in their eyes," mounted a successful armed rebellion against entrenched municipal corruption and police brutality.
Bestseller DeRose brings you the never-before-told story of the men who brought their overseas combat experience to wage war against a corrupt political machine in their Tennessee hometown. To restore true democracy, McMinn's veterans formed the nonpartisan GI ticket.
On Election Day, August 1, 1946, deputies took the ballot box to the jail in Athens, violently assaulting anyone who dared to stop them. White and his fellow GIs, men who fought and survived action in the Bulge and Normandy, armed themselves and laid siege to the prison, demanding the ballot box. For more than six hours, gunfire and dynamite blasts rocked the community until the deputies surrendered. With an official and legitimate vote count, the GIs won the election."
Best Mystery/Crime Novel: The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Best First Mystery/Crime Novel: The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel: Missing Daughter by Rick Mofina
Best Thriller: The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade: Suspect by Robert Crais
Diamond Dagger: Martin Edwards
Gold Dagger: Michael Robotham, Good Girl, Bad Girl
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: Lou Berney, November Road
Historical Dagger: Abir Mukherjee, Death in the East
Dagger in the Library: Christopher Brookmyre
Click on the link for more
Our October Books of the Month
It's not too late to join one or more clubs--or to give a club membership or more as a holiday gift to start in December or January.
OUR OCTOBER BOOKS OF THE MONTH
International Crime Book of the Month One Unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
SciFi/Fantasy Book of the Month One hardcover or paperback per month signed when possible.
Check back for updates
MONDAY NOVEMBER 2 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Signed Books available from Evanovich to us
Our copies come with an exclusive holiday postcard plus 10 purchasers will each receive a $10 gift card on a random draw
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5 5:00 PM
Asha Lemmie in conversation with Lisa See
Our November Fantastic New Fiction Book of the Month
Signed Books available for Lemmie
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5 6:30 PM Virtual Book Launch
Anne Perry discusses her latest in her Christmas Series,
Comes with a holiday good wishes letter signed by Perry
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6 4:00 PM
Michael McGarrity discusses Head Wounds (Norton $26.99), the final chapter in the storied career of New Mexico lawman Kevin Kerney
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7 5:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Signed books available. A great gift for Maisie Dobbs fans. Comes with a special bookmark designed by Winspear
MONDAY NOVEMBER 9 4:00 PM
Australia's JP Pomare chats with Betty Webb
MONDAY NOVEMBER 9 5 or PM
Isabella Maldonado discusses The Cipher
(Thomas & Mercer $15.95) in a virtual event
And afterwards welcomes fans to a masked walk-by signing for those who would like to attend
The video taping is not open to the public
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller
Signed Books available
Mike will be joined by Jeffrey Fleishman for a cameo on writing about Los Angeles, the magic and the tragic.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 11 6:00 PM
Boyd Morrison in conversation with Don Bentley
Morrison discusses Clive Cussler's Marauder (Putnam $29), Morrison's last full collaboration with Clive Cussler
Signed Books available
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12 6:00 PM
Nev March in conversation with Sujata Massey
Our November Historical Fiction Book of the Month
Signed Books available
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14 Afternoon
We will post on FB and in a podcast a recorded conversation made this morning with Martin Edwards, Elly Griffith, Aline Templeton and Andrew Taylor all discussing Howdunit (Harper $27.99) Learn crime writing from the masters who belong(ed) to The Detection Club
MONDAY NOVEMBER 16 1:00 PM
A Constable Twitten Mystery
MONDAY NOVEMBER 16 6:00 PM
Marc Cameron and H. Ripley Rawlings in conversation with Mark Greaney
Jack Ryan, Sr. #20
Tyce Asher #1
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
David Baldacci discusses Daylight (Grand Central $29)
An Atlee Pine Thriller
Signed books available
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19 7:00 PM
Hardboiled Crime Discussion Club discusses Mark Bowden's The Last Stone ($17)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20 7:00 PM
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21 10:30 AM
TUESDAY DECEMBER 1 12:00 PM
Swedish author Lars Kepler discusses Lazarus
TUESDAY DECEMBER 1 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Thomas Perry discusses Eddie's Boy (Grove/Mysterious $26)
Michael Shaeffer aka The Butcher's Boy is back
Signed books available
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2 1:00 PM
Caz Frear in conversation with Patrick
London cop Cat Kinsella
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2 6:00 PM
PIs Lydia Chin/Bill Smith
Signed books available
FRIDAY DECEMBER 4 4:00 PM
Jenn McKinlay hosts Kate Carlisle and Paige Shelton
A Fixer Upper Mystery
Shelton discusses Cold Wind (St Martins $26.99)
An Alaskan thriller- Signed copies available for Shelton, can be personalized
SATURDAY DECEMBER 5 10:00 AM
Kensington Cozy Holiday Party
MONDAY NOVEMBER 7 6:00 PM
Matt Coyle discusses Blind Vigil (Oceanview $26.99) with Patrick
PI Rick Cahill
Signed books available
TUESDAY DECEMBER 8 Virtual Book Launch
Josie Prescott Antique Mysteries... lucky #13
Signed books available
Our December Cozy Crimes Book of the Month
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9 4:00 PM
Marty Wingate in conversation with Connie Berry
An English village Christmas Mystery
A First Edition Library Mystery (British)
Signed books available for Wingate
SATURDAY DECEMBER 12 3:00 PM
The Jungle Reds Christmas Cocktails Party
Rhys Bowen, Lucy Burdette, Deborah Crombie, Hallie Ephron, Jenn McKinlay, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Julia Spencer-Fleming
Pour your own favorite drink and join us for a lively chat
MONDAY DECEMBER 14 5:00 PM Virtual Event
Dream Team #2
MONDAY DECEMBER 14 6:00 PM
Kristen Ashley will do a walk by masked signing for Dream Chaser.
There is no program, just the signing
FRIDAY DECEMBER 18 7:00 PM
SATURDAY DECEMBER 19 10:30 AM
Croak & Dagger Christmas party
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