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Signed September 27

Bloody Genius
Virgil Flowers and a Body in the Library
So Agatha Christie
So Fabulous
Signed September 30
at the publication party

alternate Ottoman history
Signed October 5
with a conversation with James Rollins

Event and Other Books

What Rose Forgot
Signed September 17
Publication Day

Weaponizing elevator tech
Signed September 18

Walt Longmire
See Ticketed Events
Signed September 19

New York Noir
1803 style
Signed September 23

Publication Party
September 24

Lydia Chin & Bill Smith
in a Mississippi Chinese community
Signed September 24

Archaeologist Faye Longchamp
in stock now
Signed September 29

Last Train to London
September History Book of the Month

Comes with a bookplate signed by Jack DuBrul

Cold Storage
September First Mystery Book of the Month

Joe Pike & Elvis Cole
in stock now

and briefly back in stock

A thriller updating 1984 to the near future...and amazon
in stock now

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!

1282 England at war with Wales
based on a real hanging
in stock now and selling fast

Happy Monday  again!

Last Monday was a joyful day for us and for a debut author.

Sara Johnson  signed her debut  Molten Mud Murder  (Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen Press $15.95)

This is a series start set in New Zealand and recommended to fans of Kathy Reichs and Douglas Preston, who praises Sara's book.

I wish I knew why the Arizona Republic Book Calendar carried last week's events rather than this week's  but... please always check with us, not the newspaper

Check our Updated Ticketed Events: Correction, Diana Gabaldon and Tara Bennett appear on Saturday October 19 at 6:30 PM, not October 15. And New: Janet Evanovich signs a new Plum,  Twisted Twenty-Six, at her book launch on November 11. Details below. Janet to the right.

You can enjoy Sara and other  programs with authors on  Facebook Live   or our  YouTube    channel.

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Much love to our social media team.

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The September Booknews, Club and Paperback Picks, Staff Picks
and a link to the August BookNotes

Here is the link to the September Booknews

Note it has a Cozy section before the Small Paperbacks, loads of Signed and Event Books, and a roundup of Cool Critters for fun.

The new August BookNotes is full of suggestions for wonderful books. 

Here are the September Staff Picks

The September Paperback Picks and Books of the Month are listed below.

Do browse our  Web Store . New additions are frequently made to upcoming books and events. I've added loads of titles to Coming Soon... a very big fall looms.

Please remember: 
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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.

Who Is Bill?

That new guy in the store or that new voice on the Telephone is Bill Smith. It's hard to resist calling him "BS" so we're sticking
with Bill.

Bill began his new career on September 1 at The Pen.

He is our full time Store Coordinator. 

I don't yet have a photo to post but we'll get one.

Please welcome Bill and feel free to share any thoughts or concerns, praise or complaints, about The Pen with him:

Andrew Gross 
A World War II Spy Story
Tonight 7:00 PM
Andrew Gross signs  The Fifth Column (St Martins $28.99)

After writing a variety of thrillers, Gross has been giving us outstanding books rooted in history, much of it WWII. Here we dive into a plot that starts in February, 1939. 

Europe teeters on the brink of war. In New York City, 22,000 cheering Nazi supporters pack Madison Square Garden for a raucous, hate-filled rally. In a Hell's Kitchen bar, Charles Mossman is reeling from the loss of his job and the demise of his marriage when a group draped in Nazi flags barges in. Drunk, Charlie takes a swing at one with tragic results and a torrent of unintended consequences follows. 

Two years later. America is wrestling with whether to enter the growing war. Charles's estranged wife and six-year-old daughter, Emma, now live in a quiet brownstone in the German-speaking New York City neighborhood of Yorkville, where support for Hitler is common. Charles, just out of prison, struggles to put his life back together, while across the hall from his family, a kindly Swiss couple, Trudi and Willi Bauer, have taken a liking to Emma. But Charles begins to wonder if the couple might not be who they say they are. As the threat of war grows, and fears of a "fifth column"-- German spies embedded into everyday life -- are everywhere, Charles suspects that the seemingly amiable Bauers may be part of a sinister conspiracy. When Pearl Harbor is attacked and America can no longer sit on the sideline, Charles is the only one who can see the fifth column threat 
Nevada Barr
You must meet Rose!
Tuesday 7:00 PM
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17 7:00 PM Book Launch
Nevada Barr  signs  What Rose Forgot (St Martins $28.99)

68-year-old recently widowed Rose Dennis navigates her incarceration in Longwood in the Memory Care Unit --and her escape. 
We meet Rose as she's barely navigating some Charlotte, NC, woods, dehydrated, clad only in a gaping hospital gown. But dimly she realizes something is way wrong. Captured and tranquilized, cuffed to her bed, she perseveres in hiding her medication, hazily forms a new plan, and escapes again. This time she makes it back to her home where she connects with her young granddaughter Mel. Mel points out Rose's behavior went weird when her husband was killed. A diagnosis of early Alzheimer's convinced her stepsons to hospitalize her. 
But Rose, growing stronger, and narrowly ducking assassination, convinces Mel her memory is returning off drugs and launches a reclamation of her life. It gets wild.
 "Thrilling action, madcap humor, and a larger-than-life cast energize this cleverly plotted take on a traditional mystery. Barr surprises and entertains from start to finish."-- Publishers Weekly Starred Review. True-but the beating heart of this book is the uncanny way Barr dives deep inside Rose's apparent dementia to lead her out of it.
Linwood Barclay
Killer Elevator Tech
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Linwood Barclay  signs  Elevator Pitch (Morrow $26.99)

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets. Right to the bottom of the shaft. It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world - and the nation's capital of media, finance, and entertainment - is plunged into chaos. Clearly, this is anything but random. But what is it? Domestic terrorism. For sure it's terrorizing New York and bringing commerce to a halt.....
I recently read a fascinating piece in the WSJ about Otis Elevators and the smart technology it is developing and installing and one big issue is... it means an elevator carrying a specific passenger or passengers can be hacked. Once again crime fiction cuts along the edge of change.
Craig Johnson
Walt Longmire
Thursday 7:00 PM
You may purchase tickets at the door


Ticketed Event  - click to order
$32 admits one with one book; $37 admits two with one book

Craig Johnson  signs  Land of Wolves (Viking $28)

Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicide of a Chilean shepherd, working on a Basque family ranch, who has been found hanged in a tree. 

The man's death has unsettling connections to the ranch family with its reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs (Walt's predecessor Lucas). And Walt is distracted from the case by the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains, a big male who could be a local and not an imported wolf, to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic. And then there are those moments when Walt just seems to freeze, not relating to anything or one.... 

All the Walt Longmires are in print and form an indelible picture of the wide cast of characters and of varying aspects of Wyoming.

Two Ticketed Events
Gabaldon/Bennett October 19
Janet Evanovich
November 11


Diana Gabaldon and Tara Bennett discuss and sign a  Series Guide to Seasons 3 & 4

This is a   ticketed event. Please click on the link to order

$55 one book and admits one $60 one book and admits two (limited number of $60 tickets)
Limit: 600 fans

Time: 6:30 PM (Doors Open 5:30 PM)

The DoubleTree Hilton Hotel
5401 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale AZ 85250 

(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

Can't attend? Please click on the title to order your copy signed by both authors:

If using  PayPal please email to get the shipping  rate to be included in your payment


Janet Evanovich debuts Twisted Twenty-Six   (Putnam $28)

Order VIP Tickets to attend the November 11 publication party @ 7:00 PM 

DoubleTree Resort 5401 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale AZ 85250

$33 admits one person with one copy of the book

Doors open 6:00 PM
Cash Bar. Free valet Parking

Can't attend? Then please order the book to pick up or be shipped to you. 

More New Signed Books!

First, there was a mix up at Harper which has arranged for new bestseller David Koepp to resign our copies of his debut thriller   Cold Storage (Harper $27.99). A Signed debut in the old Michael Crichton tradition 

They thought it was contained. They were wrong. Here's 
"The Andromeda Strain on crack: chilling end-of-the-world terror infected with wicked humor"

Our September First Mystery Book of the Month selection is also a September Indie Next Pick -- clearly the creepinge fungus captures readers as a force to be reckoned with.  "Screenwriter and director Koepp makes his fiction debut with a sensational thriller.  Breakneck pacing and nonstop action" ensue.  I like having something creepy to set us up for Halloween.

Benn, James R. When Hell Struck Twelve (Soho $27.95). 
On sale now, Signed here with Martin Limon October 15. 

US Army detective Billy Boyle is assigned to track down a French traitor, code-named Atlantik, who is delivering classified Allied plans to German leaders in occupied Paris. The Resistance is also hot on his trail and out for blood, after Atlantik's previous betrayals led to the death of many of their members. But the plans Atlantik carries were leaked on purpose, a ruse devised to obscure the Allied army's real intentions to bypass Paris in a race to the German border. Now Billy and Kaz are assigned to the Resistance with orders to not let them capture the traitor: the deception campaign is too important. Playing a delicate game, the chase must be close enough to spur the traitor on and visible enough to ensure the Germans trust Atlantik. The outcome of the war may well depend on it.

Booth, Stephen. Drowned Lives  (Sphere $45)

When council officer Chris Buckley is approached by an odd old man demanding help in healing a decades-old family rift, he sends the stranger away. But then the old man is murdered, and the police arrive on the Chris's doorstep asking questions to which he has no answers. As Chris begins to look into the circumstances of the murder, he uncovers a deadly secret in the misty silt and mud of the local Lichfield canals that he'll realize was better kept buried. Booth has always excelled at making his landscapes, usually the Peak District, living characters. Set in and around the dark, misty canals of Lichfield, this is a standalone for the always atmospheric Booth in the tradition of Robert Goddard.

Clayton, Meg Waite. Last Train to London (Harper $29). World War II has inspired many novels exploring globe-spanning facets of the war. Watch a video trailer for this book

The Kindertransport is a story worth telling. As is the bravery of a childless Dutch woman and her husband who fought impossible odds and risked everything to save as many children as they could before war commencing on September 1, 1939, shut the Kindertransport down. 
            The Indie Next Pick: "Based on a real heroine of the Dutch resistance and scrupulously researched, The Last Train to London brings to vivid life the extraordinary bravery of one fiercely dedicated childless woman who is attempting to save the lives of literally thousands of innocent children as Hitler marshals his forces across Europe. By writing the Kindertransport story as a novel, Meg Waite Clayton captures the humanity of the young victims and the inhumanity of those who were 'just following orders' more than any biography could. A memorable addition to the literature of World War II and one that is eerily relevant to present-day migrant struggles the world over." And our September History Book of the Month. Only 9 copies left

McDermid, Val. How the Dead Speak   (Sphere $42)
This is a terrific new chapter with surprises galore in the Gold Dagger winning Tony Hill series. Recommeded!! Only 6 left

With Tony Hill behind bars and Carol Jordan no longer a cop, he's finding unexpected outlets for his talents in jail and she's joined forces with a small informal group of lawyers and forensics experts looking into suspected miscarriages of justice. But they're doing it without each other; being in the same room at visiting hour is too painful to contemplate. Meanwhile, construction is suddenly halted on the redevelopment of an orphanage after dozens of skeletons are found buried in the grounds. Forensic examination reveals they date from between twenty and forty years ago, when the nuns were running their repressive regime. 

But then a different set of skeletons are discovered in a far corner, young men from as recently as ten years ago. When newly promoted DI Paula McIntyre discovers that one of the male skeletons is that of a killer who is supposedly alive and behind bars--and the subject of one of Carol's miscarried investigations --it brings Tony and Carol irresistibly into each other's orbit once again...
Our September Calendar
Paddy Hirsch signs Hudson's Kill (Forge $25.99)
Justice Flanagan 1803 New York City
Publication Party for James Sallis
SJ Rozan signs  Paper Son (Pegasus $25.95)
Lydia Chin & Bill Smith
James Sallis signs  Sarah Jane (Soho $23.95)
T. Greenwood signs Keeping Lucy (St Martins $27.99)
Suspense based on a true story of a Downs child
Kyle Mills signs Vince Flynn Lethal Agent (Atria $28.99)
Mitch Rapp
Mary Anna Evans signs  Catacombs (Sourcebooks $26.95 and $15.95)
Faye Longchamp Archaeology Mysteries
Poisoned Pen Press Party with giveaways and treats
Warren Easley signs  No Way to Die (Sourcebooks $26.95 and $15.95)
Lawyer Cal Claxton Oregon Mysteries
Dennis Palumbo signs  Head Wounds (Sourcebooks $15.95
Psychologist Dr. Daniel Rinaldo
And Mark Coggins sign The Dead Beat Scroll (Down & Out Books $17.95)

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30 7:00 PM Book Launch
John Sandford signs Bloody Genius (Putnam $29)
Our copies come with an exclusive custom-designed extra that fits 
The Body in the Library of Virgil Flowers #12
JA Jance signs Sins of the Fathers (Harper $26.99
JP Beaumont
This event has sold out. Thank you.
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 September 14 10:30 AM
Rice, Craig. Home Sweet Homicide ($15.95)

SciFi Friday : September 20 7:00 PM
Lee, Fonda. Jade City ($15.95)

Croak & Dagger : Saturday September 21 10:30 AM
Turton, Stuart. The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle ($16.99)

Hardboiled Crime: Wednesday September 25 7:00 PM
Welch, James. The Death of Jim Loney ($15)

Our Early October Calendar
JA Jance signs Sins of the Fathers (Harper $26.99)
JP Beaumont
James Rollins interviews Raymond Khoury
Khoury signs Empire of Lies (Forge $27.99)
Rollins previews his March 9 event at The Pen for The Last Odyssey (Morrow $28.99).
Deborah Crombie signs A Bitter Feast (Harper $25.99)
James & Kincaid in the Cotswolds
Anne Perry signs Death in Focus (Ballantine $28)
1930s series start
SATURDAY OCTOBER 12 2:00 PM Mystery Tea
Minerva Spencer signs Scandalous (Kensington $7.99)
Sherry Thomas signs The Art of Theft (Berkley $16)
Lady  Sherlock
Plus The Magnolia Sword ($19.95), Mulan,  a YA Novel
James R. Benn signs When Hell Struck Twelve (Soho $27.95)
Billy Boyle
Martin Limon signs GI Confidential (Soho $26.95)
Bascom & Sueno
John Sandford interviews John Connolly
Connolly signs Book of Bones (Atria $28.99)
Charlie Parker
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)

September Books of the Month!

British Crime Club One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Cleeves, Ann. The Long Call  (a new series set in Devon)

Cozy Crimes Club One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
McKinlay, Jenn. Word to the Wise

Discovery Club  One paperback or hardcover per month
Johnson, Sarah. Molten Mud Murder  

First Mystery Club  One Signed First per month
Koepp, David. Cold Storage

Hardboiled Crime Club  One signed First per month 
Sallis, James. Sarah Jane 

History/Mystery Club  One Signed First per month 
Clayton, Meg Waite. Last Train to London

History Paperback  One per month
Stuart, AM. Singapore Sapphire

Modern First Editions  One Signed First per month
Krueger, William Kent. This Tender Land  

SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Club  One Signed First per month
Hoffman, Alice. The World That We Knew 

Surprise Me! Club  One Signed First Per Month
Rozan, SJ. Paper Son

Thriller Club  One Signed First per month
Sandford, John. Bloody Genius  Comes with a special extra created just for you

September Paperback Picks
Coleman, Reed F. Robert B Parker's Colorblind
Cussler, Clive. Shadow Tyrants
Follett, Ken. A Column of Fire
Grant, Andrew. Invisible
Hamilton, Glen. Mercy River
Hamilton, Steve. Dead Man Running
Quirk, Matthew. The Night Agent
Sandford, John. Holy Ghost
Thompson, Victoria. City of Secrets
Ware, Ruth. The Lying Game
Barclay, Linwood. The Noise Downstairs
Camilleri, Andrea. The Other End of the Line
Coben, Harlan. Run Away
Hirsch, Paddy. The Devil's Half Mile
Jewell, Lisa.  Watching You
Kennedy, Randy.  Presidio
Lescroart, John. Rule of Law
Limón , Martin. The Line
Miller, Madeline.  Circe
Pelecanos, George. The Man Who Came Uptown
Rankin, Ian. In a House of Lies
Stabenow, Dana. Death of an Eye
Stuart, A. M. Singapore Sapphire
Upson, Nicola. Nine Lessons
Weinman, Sarah. The Real Lolita
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.
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More info from can be found by clicking on the link.

Here is its list of bestselling fiction audiobooks for August

1.  Where the Crawdads Sing  by Delia Owens (Penguin Random House Audio)
2. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (Penguin Random House Audio)
3. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House Audio)
4. Circe by Madeline Miller (Hachette Audio)
5. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (Penguin Random House Audio)
6. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Simon & Schuster Audio)
7. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Penguin Random House Audio)
8. Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Simon & Schuster Audio)
9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)
10. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (Macmillan Audio)

New to's list is Ocean Vuong's  On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous . The author-read audiobook gives a direct authenticity that readers will appreciate

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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