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Jack Reacher
early November as our copies are signed by Lee in New York

Bosch and Ballard
Signs 10 AM October 21
12 Tickets left
You can order in the usual way-on sale October 22
if not attending
Inscription requests: Please limit to 5 words

Tales of Pell
should arrive tomorrow
Signed by both authors

Signed October 18 with
John Sandford

Bloody Genius
Virgil Flowers
Yes, you get one more chance for an inscribed copy

plus other books by 
ADHD expert
Dr. Raun Melmed
Program and Signing
Saturday October 26
2:00 PM

Starts a series
A Bianca Dangereuse Old Hollywood Mystery
Signed October 29

Gallows Court
Rachel Savernake
Starts a series
Signed October 29

A British Library Crime Classic
Signed by Edwards October 29

by the author of the 7% Solution
Signed October 30

A South African thriller by the author of the Detective Kubu Mysteries
in stock now
Signed November 5

The return of San Francisco PI Cape Weathers
Signed November 5

Fantastical "Victorian" adventures
in stock now

A Memoir
in stock now

in stock now

in stock now
novellas & art work

Andy Carpenter et al
A Holiday Delight
on sale now

Inspector Banks
Signed UK edition
in stock now

on sale now
We are mad Hoffman fans

Joe Gunther Vermont Investigation
on sale now
Joe turns 30 (books) with us turning 30 (years)

Bess Crawford in post-WWI Paris
available soon

Starts a new series
on sale now
Signed for us at the publisher

is not the book you might think it is -- it's a real surprise
4 Signed UK copies left in the store

The Oregon Files
Signed November 6
Tickets Required

The animal voices are fabulous
due in two weeks

Set in New Zealand
Remember Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair?
This is Dickens, not Bronte
Our August First Novel Book of the Month
A Pen Exclusive
and in  stock now!

It's another Monday--getting late in the day. I hope many of you are engaged in things you love as we celebrate what is now Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day.

We have a quieter week here at The Pen ending with a triple bang: J ohn Connolly in conversation with John Sandford on Friday @ 7; T ara Bennett in conversation with Diana Gabaldon on Saturday @ 6:30 (ticket info below); and just 12 tickets left for Monday the 21st at 10:15 AM with Michael Connelly as he kicks off his tour for The Night Fire with us. Coffee and pastries plus Connelly -- who could ask for more?

Last week the British indeed came! Such fun and good reading.
Here's Deborah Crombie from October 7. Champagne toasts... Deb is enjoying hers. Photo credit: Jenn McKinlay. We are down to 6 Signed copies of her delicious mystery  A Bitter Feast (Harper $25.99) taking her London cops to the Cotswolds.

On February 9 Anne Perry brought us a new series set in 1933 that will continue for at least six more books moving to 1966 and the Abdication! Think Rhys Bowen and Jacqueline Winspear.

Anne is signing older books here but we can offer you Signed copies of the new series start:  Death in Focus  (Ballantine $28)

There are new videos on Facebook or our YouTube channel including Joe Hill with Leslie Klinger; Raymond Khoury with James Rollins; Deborah Crombie; and Anne Perry. 

Newer podcasts will pop up on Google or on iTunes or  on Podbean  soon.

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

Much love to our social media team.

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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.
The October Booknews
Staff Picks
Paperback Picks
New Books Lists

Here is the link to the October Booknews

I've put in sections on new Horror, Classics, Downton Abbey books, as well as our Large and Small Paperbacks, and one on The Body

October Staff Picks... by most of us

Do browse our  Web Store . 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.

James R. Benn
Martin Limon
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Fabulous Thrillers
James R. Benn  signs  When Hell Struck Twelve  (Soho $27.95)

I can't rave enough about this superb series, part wartime drama, part murder mystery, sometime spy story, always a sure-handed blend of WWII history and pulsing story-telling. Here are bits of two Starred Reviews by critics as captivated as I:

PW: "In August 1944, Capt. Billy Boyle is working for General Eisenhower in the Office of Special Investigations of the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force...As the Allies close in on the enemy forces trying to escape the Falaise Gap, Billy's job is to interrogate prisoners to learn about German plans to defend Paris. Boyle soon figures out that his assignment is a ruse to make it appear that the Allies are desperate for information about Paris, a clear signal that an attack on that city is in the works, when Eisenhower actually intends to bypass Paris. Meanwhile, one of the captured soldiers they question reveals that a French partisan group's leader, code-named Atlantik, has been betraying members of the Resistance. A briefing is planned that's intended to flush out Atlantik, complete with a phony mortar attack, but it goes wrong....

The author makes the most of the tense and dramatic backdrop to this high-stakes whodunit. Benn has surpassed himself with this installment.

Booklist : "This consistently strong series has jumped to another level, with this volume clearly the hands-down best so far . . . a grandly suspenseful, old-school war story . . . Benn's portrayal of the gallimaufry of competing Resistance groups, whose bullets, Billy learns, kill you just as dead as the Germans' more powerful weaponry, adds a fascinating dimension to this exciting story of the sometimes-deadly chaos that accompanied the liberation of Paris." Order all the Billy Boyles and read your way through the war in a more linear fashion than with say Alan Furst, but as compelling.

Martin Limon  signs  GI Confidential (Soho $26.95)
"Limón is one of the best military writers ever. His stories are addictive entertainment today-and valuable slices of history tomorrow." --Lee Child. 

Boy, do I agree with Lee. Limón is one of my very favorite authors for so many reasons: astounding and surprising plots, contrary characters who don't behave as one expects, a window into the culture of 1970s Korea and of the US Eighth Army (where many of the series villains reside).

A bank robbery, apparently by three American soldiers, kick-starts Limón's stellar 14th mystery. Instead of assigning U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom to look into the case, the brass selects two brownnosers who can be trusted not to vigorously pursue the truth, but the aptly named Sergeant Strange hooks the interest of our Slicky Boys. Proof that Americans were involved could imperil support for ongoing military and financial aid to South Korea, viewed as an essential bulwark against Communist expansion in Asia. After a second bank is hit and one of its employees killed, Sueño and Bascom investigate, but they're sidetracked when their superior gives precedence to a second sensitive inquiry. General Abner Crabtree, in charge of all army divisions stationed along the demilitarized zone, is reported to have arranged for prostitutes to be transported to the DMZ for a high-level meeting involving South Korean generals. 

Limón does his usual outstanding job of combining clever plotting and period detail with sympathetic, flawed leads such as aggressive American reporter Katie Byrd Worthington, who breaks the story.

We recommend your order all Limón's thrillers and read them in their magnificent and varied order. You will be royally entertained and challenged by the plots as you do
The Return of John Connolly  with his fan 
John Sandford
Friday 7:00 PM
John Sandford interviews John Connolly

Connolly  signs  Book of Bones (Atria $28.99)
There are tote bag favors to give out!

On a lonely moor in northern England, the body of a young woman is discovered. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull. Each is a sacrifice, a summons. And something in the darkness has heard the call. Charlie Parker has also heard it....

Here's a brand-new Starred Review: "Connolly's complex, pulse-pounding 17th supernatural thriller featuring Maine-based investigator Charlie Parker finds Parker still on the trail of Quayle, a possibly immortal English lawyer, and Pallida Mors, Quayle's appropriately named killing machine. In the previous volume, their first round ended in a draw: Quayle was successful in retrieving some missing pages from a book called 'the Fractured Atlas,' but Parker managed to retain one page, preventing Quayle from using the volume to end the world. Their duel now continues... Connolly's nuanced characterizations and facility at creating spooky atmospherics make it easy to suspend disbelief about the threat of cosmic horror from other dimensions."

Sandford signs Bloody Genius (Putnam $29)
Virgil Flowers and fabulous

I love Virgil -- he's a younger, looser version of Lucas Davenport. 

And here he takes on academic wars at the U of Minnesota in Minneapolis when he's called there by a murder in the library!

This is Sandford, not Agatha Christie, but his version of the body in the library, red herrings, and Clues is joyous, puzzling, and as always true with a Sandford, thrilling.

Lucas Davenport #30 Masked Prey  will launch here on April 21
The Making of Outlander
Seasons 3 & 4
Tara Bennett and Diane Gabaldon
Saturday 6:30 PM
Tickets on Sale 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 19 6:30 PM (doors do not open until 5:30 PM)

TICKETS . Please click on the link to order
$55 one book and admits one $60 one book and admits two (limited number of $60 tickets)

Bennett and Gabaldon both sign

The DoubleTree Hilton Hotel
5401 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale AZ 85250

Cash bar. Free valet parking

(The Pen has no arrangement with the hotel for discounted rooms.
Please check with the Hilton directly for room reservations. There
are numerous hotels in the immediate area)

No personal books. Diana will sign any books purchased at the event

Travel even deeper into the world of Outlander with this insider guide from New York Times bestselling author and television critic Tara Bennett. Picking up where The Making of Outlander: Seasons One & Two ($50) left off, this lavishly illustrated collectors' item covers seasons three and four, bringing readers behind the scenes and straight onto the set of the show. 

You'll find exclusive interviews with cast members, including detailed conversations with Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan (on-screen couple and real-life friends), as well as the writers, producers, costume designers, set decorators, technicians, and more whose hard work and cinematic magic bring the world of Outlander to life on the screen. Every page features gorgeous full-color photographs of the cast, costumes, and set design, including both official cast photography and never-before-seen candids from on set.
Michael Connelly
Book Tour Launch
Monday October 21
10:15 AM 
Just 12 tickets  remain
TICKETS $36 admits one with book
Coffee & pastries

Michael Connelly signs  The Night Fire (Little Brown $29)
Harry Bosch & Renee Ballard 

Can't attend? Please order in the usual way. Inscription requests welcome...please limit to 5 words

Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, J.J. Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals. Bosch brings the murder book to Renée Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point. 

The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. 

Looking Ahead
Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
Wednesday Nov. 6 7 PM
Tickets on Sale Now

TICKETS $35 admits one with book, $38 admits two with one book. Tickets will be issued in time groups to cut down on your standing in line

Please do not bring any personal books

Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison  sign  Final Option (Putnam $29)
An Oregon Files thriller -- with a stunning surprise!

Location: Janet Cussler Car Collection  16055 N. Dial Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260  

Our October Calendar

John Sandford interviews John Connolly
Connolly signs Book of Bones (Atria $28.99)
Charlie Parker
Sandford signs Bloody Genius (Putnam $29)
Virgil Flowers and fabulous
Ticketed Event $55 admits one with one boom; $60 admits two with one book

No personal books, please
Diana Gabaldon and Tara Bennett sign The Making of Outlander: The Series Guide to Seasons 3 & 4 (Random House $50)

Ticketed Event $36 admits one with book

Michael Connelly signs The Night Fire (Little Brown $29)
Inscription requests welcome...please limit to 5 words

Dr. Raun Melmed signs  Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Emotion Explosion (Familius $12.99) and 3 related books on the ADHD topic
Donis Casey signs The Wrong Girl (Sourcebooks $26.99 or $15.99)
Bianca Dangereuse Hollywood Mystery #1
Martin Edwards signs  Gallows Court (Sourcebooks $15.95)
Rachel Savernake Golden Age Mystery #1
Martin Edwards interviews Nicholas Meyer
Meyer signs The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols (St Martins $25.99)
Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson
Please buy your copy from The Pen. Anyone welcome but remember you risk spoilers if you don't read the selection in advance

Croak & Dagger : Saturday October 19 10:30 AM
Harper, Jane. The Dry ($9.99) Winner of the 2019 Ned Kelly Award

Hardboiled Crime: Thursday October 24 7:00 PM
Greene, Graham. The Third Man ($15)

Our November Calendar
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5 7:00 PM A Poisoned Pen Press Party
Tim Maleeny signs Boxing the Octopus ($26.99/$15.95)
A Bay Area Investigation
Michael Stanley signs Shoot the Bastards  ($15.95)
Detective Kubu
And from Australia
Sulari Gentill signs A Murder Unmentioned
($12)  Rowland Sinclair
Robert Gott signs The Holiday Murders (Scribe $26.95)
Jock Serong signs On the Java Ridge and Preservation (Text $15.95 each)
Emma Viskic signs Resurrection Bay (Pushkin $14.95)
TICKETS $35 admits one with book, $38 admits two with one book
Please do not bring any personal books
Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison sign Final Option (Putnam $29) The Oregon Files
Location: Janet Cussler Car Collection 16055 N. Dial Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260  

Kel Kade signs Fate of the Fallen (Tor $25.99)
Jenn Lyons signs The Name of All Things (Tor $26.99)
Chorus of Dragons #2
Tessa Arlen signs Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders (Berkley $16)
Ellen Crosby signs The Angel's Share (St Martins $26.99)
Dianne Freeman signs A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder (Kensington $26)
Bairbre Higgins signs The Torchbearers (Terra Nova $19.95)
Annie Hogsett signs The Devil's Own Game (Poisoned Pen $15.99)
Judith Starkston signs Sorcery in Alpara (Bronze Age Books $16.99)
Janet Evanovich signs  Twisted Twenty-Six (Putnam $28)
Location: DoubleTree Resort, 5401 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale AZ 85250
Cash bar. Free valet parking
Joseph Kanon signs The Accomplice  (Atria $28)
1960s Germany & Argentina
Bonnie MacBird signs The Devil's Due (Harper $26.99)
Sherlock Holmes Adventures
Hank Early signs Echoes of the Fall (Crippen $26.99)
Earl Marcus Mystery
Scott Grah am signs Arches Enemy  (Torrey House $15.95)
National Park Mystery #5
Margaret Mizushima signs Tracking Game (Crooked Lane $26.99)
Timber Creek K-9 #5
Paula Munier signs Blind Search (St Martins $26.99)
Mercy and (her dog) Elvis #2
Marc Cameron signs Tom Clancy Code of Honor (Putnam $29.95)
Walt Gragg signs The Chosen One (Berkley $17)
Laurie R. King signs Beginnings  (Bay Company $13)
A Kate Martinelli novella
And Mary Russell's War (Poisoned Pen $15.95)
Three Legged Dog plays
Jennifer Ash ley signs A McKenzie Clan Christmas (Berkley $5.99)
Eliza Casey signs Lady Takes the Case (Berkley $16)
Manor Cat Mystery #1 1912 England
Tori Eldridge signs The Ninja Daughter (Polis $16.95)
Lily Wong #1 Check this promo session at Quest Martial Arts Chandler
Jenn McKinlay signs The Christmas Keeper (Berkley $7.99)
Romance for a NC bookseller
Ace Atkins signs Robert B Parker's Angel Eyes (Putnam $27)
Please buy your copy from The Pen. Anyone welcome but remember you risk spoilers if you don't read the selection in advance
Coffee & Crime : Saturday November 910:30 AM
Loxckridge, Richard/Lockridge., The Norths Meet Murder ($13.99)
SciFi Friday : November 15 7:00 PM
Chakraborty, SA. City of Brass  ( $16.99)
Croak & Dagger : Saturday November 16 10:30 AM
Massey, Sujata. The Widows of Malabar Hill
Hardboiled Crime: Wednesday November 20 7:00 PM
Nielson, Helen. The Woman on the Roof ($9.99)
Our October Books of the Month
British Crime Club One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Crombie, Deborah. A Bitter Feast

Cozy Crimes Club One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Wingate, Marty. The Bodies in the Library

Discovery Club  One paperback or hardcover per month
Cockram, Jane. The House of Bridess

First Mystery Club  One Signed First per month
Gault, Miciah Bay. Goodnight Stranger

Hardboiled Crime Club  One signed First per month 
Hirsch, Paddy. Hudson's Kill

History/Mystery Club  One Signed First per month 
Khoury, Raymond. Empire of Lies

History Paperback  One per month
Edwards, Martin. Gallows Court

Modern First Editions  One Signed First per month
Woodson, Jacqueline. Red at the Bone (Riverhead $260

SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Club  One Signed First per month
Abercrombie, Joe. A Little Hatred

Surprise Me! Club  One Signed First Per Month
Casey, Donis. The Wrong Girl

Thriller Club  One Signed First per month
Cornwell, Patricia. Quantum

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.
Audio Books for Halloween

The leaves are changing color, the pumpkin-spice pressure is real, and the spookiest of holidays is quickly approaching. 

Already a member? Vsit our webstore and search for the title you're interested in.  If has it available you'll see a new 
Buy The Audiobook button on the same page where you order the book. 

More info from can be found by clicking on the link.

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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