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Stephanie Plum
Signed November 11
Book Launch

Atlee Pine
on sale November 19

A Virginia Wine Country Mystery
Signed November 9

Nazi hunting in Argentina
Signed November 13

A third Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Signed November 14

Timber Creek K-9
Signed November 17

Mercy and (her dog) Elvis
Signed November 17

A National Park Mystery
Signed November 17

Signed November 17

Signed November 19

Military fiction
Signed November 17

Kate Martinelli Novella
Signed November 21

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

Signed November 24
3:00 PM!!

Bess Crawford in post-WWI Paris
due in this week

A Thriller
in stock now

Arkady Renko
due in mid November

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

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

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

The Oregon Files
Signed by both authors
in stock now

Our November Hardboiled Crime Book of the Month

in stock now

in stock now

The Brighton Mysteries
due in soon

Railway Detective Mystery
now in stock, 3 left

A Memoir
in stock now

Fantastical "Victorian" adventures
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)

Happy Friday

Don't forget to check author program videos on   Facebook Live and both new and blast from the past ones on our   YouTube channel. New to Facebook is our video from International Crime Night with Tim Maleeny (San Fran/Hong Kong); Michael Stanley (Botswana & S Africa); and four Australians ON THE RUN. What fun it was, and how informative. And funny!!

The Australians went north to Montezuma's Castle, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon. Read Sulari's account here

Check podcasts on Google or on iTunes or  on Podbean
Do check our BLOG regularly. Lesa updates awards, news, and interviews. 

David Baldacci sent us a look at him signing our copies of his November 19 on sale book A Minute to Midnight ($30 ).

Much love to our social media team.

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.
The November Booknews Staff Picks, and November Releases Lists

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 . 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.

Greg Iles
Thursday December 5
7:00 PM

I am delighted to announce that Greg will appear at The Pen on December 5 at 7:00 PM.

He was forced to cancel his event last spring due to health issues. 

We appreciate the patience you fans have exercised in waiting for him to sign
Cemetery Road (Morrow $28.99).

"An ambitious stand-alone thriller that is both an absorbing crime story and an in-depth exploration of grief, betrayal and corruption... Iles's latest calls to mind the late, great Southern novelist Pat Conroy. Like Conroy, Iles writes with passion, intensity and absolute commitment."-
Washington Post

We have held the copies purchased last March and later for this.
And we have held on to first prints all these months so you may still order a Signed First. It could be a splendid gift since so few Signed copies exist.

Watch this space for details. We may deploy an RSVP system and then turn this into a Christmas Party.
Libro.FM for November

See AudioBooks "We Are Thankful For"

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

Kel Kade
Jenn Lyons
Judith Starkston
Friday November 8
7:00 PM

Kel Kade  signs  Fate of the Fallen (Tor $25.99)
Starts an epic fantasy series 

Our November SciFi Book of the Month starts a brand-new epic fantasy series by the bestselling Kade.

Everyone loves Mathias. Naturally, when he discovers a prophecy that it is his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first. His best friend Aaslo, a Forester, feels compelled to accompany him. But there is a hitch: an ambush. Mathias loses his head. So the question is: what if Frodo were assassinated by Sauron and Sam had to finish the quest? As the list of allies grows thin, and if the ages-old prophecy fails, condemning all in their world to death, the friends must decide how to become the heroes they were destined to be or, failing that, how to survive.

Jenn Lyons  signs  The Name of All Things  (Tor $26.99)
Chorus of Dragons #2

The second installment in Lyons' Chorus of Dragons saga that opened with The Ruin of Kings ($17.99), continues the grand-scale fantasy adventure with a parallel story revolving largely around the demon-tainted noblewoman Janel Theranon, whose heroic exploits helped trigger a revolution. 

Trapped together in a storm house as a blizzard rages outside, Theranon and her acolyte guide Qown take turns recounting their epic adventure to Kihrin D'Mon, a reincarnated god and protagonist of the first volume. The story involves their attempt to save a massive city- the magical city of Atrine - from destruction by killing the largest dragon the world has ever known. 

" Everything epic fantasy should be: rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it ." ---- Lev Grossman.

Judith Starkston signs Sorcery in Alpara (Bronze Age Books $16.99 )

Tesha's about to become queen of a kingdom under assault from all sides, but she has powerful allies: her strategist husband, his crafty second-in-command, and her brilliant blind sister. Then betrayal strips her of them all. To save her marriage and her world, she will have to grapple with the serpentine plot against her, a curse that consumes armies, a court full of traitors, and a clutch of angry concubines and fantastical creatures who offer help but hate mankind. 

"Based on historical events in the Bronze Age, Phoenix author Starkston wraps history and magic together in an unforgettable package that ties into the other authors' books.
A Mystery Tea
Saturday November 9
2:00 PM
Six Super Authors
Tessa Arlen  signs  Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders  (Berkley $16)
Starts a WWII English village series

Ellen Crosby  signs  The Angel's Share (St Martins $26.99)
Murder in Virginia's wine country

Dianne Freeman  signs  A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder (Kensington $26)
Second in a delightful Victorian cozy series

Bairbre Higgins  signs  The Torchbearers (Terra Nova $19.95)
Love and murder set in New Mexico (by an Irish author visiting us)

Annie Hogsett  signs  The Devil's Own Game  (Poisoned Pen $15.99)
The T&A Detective Agency's 3rd investigation, Cleveland

Judith Starkston  signs  Sorcery in Alpara  (Bronze Age Books $16.99)
See the November 8 write up

Janet Evanovich Book Launch
Monday 7:00 PM
DoubleTree Hilton
Free to Attend
Janet Evanovich signs  Twisted Twenty-Six (Putnam $28)
Free to attend

Location: DoubleTree Resort, 5401 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale AZ 85250

Cash bar. Free valet parking available. Apologies to those who had to pay for this service at the Gabaldon event

High-flying bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's  Grandma Mazur is back, widowed 45 minutes after her marriage to local gangster Jimmy Rosolli. (Too bad about that heart attack.)

Unfortunately, Jimmy's brothers-in-crime believe that she has a set of keys they need to continue their..., and Stephanie must hop to it and find the keys to keep grandma safe. This isn't just another case for Plum --it's family.

And Grandma Mazur steals the show!

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.

Joseph Kanon
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Another superb post-WWII Novel

Joseph Kanon  signs The Accomplice  (Atria $28)

Joy, another of Kanon's intelligent espionage novels, this one about a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail, and the beautiful woman connected to them both. 

The Indie Next Pick: "Kanon brings us along on a mission to the Buenos Aires of 1962 to hunt down a reputedly deceased Nazi concentration camp doctor. With the backdrop of the earlier elaborate capture of Eichmann, this one is a homemade operation reluctantly carried out by the nephew of a camp survivor (the eponymous accomplice) and involving the CIA and Mossad. The Accomplice explores the life of a socialite in Buenos Aires, the conflicting emotions of the target's daughter and the reluctant spy, the limits of familial loyalty and of trust, and the danger of playing all sides. Emotional zigs and zags leave the reader spellbound as the cat and mouse game closes in on the capture of a detestable unrepentant Nazi."

Reviews for Saturday's Six Authors

Arlen, Tessa. Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders (Berkley $16).  
Arlen, who wrote the Lady Montfort series set in the early 20th Century, a kind of Downton landscape, moves into WWII. 

Young Poppy Redfern leaves London, where she has trained as an air raid warden, for the town where she grew up, Little Buffenden, to serve as its first air raid warden. It's summer, 1942. The post is the only one her conservative and caring parents will consider. And they insist on a local man to chaperone her night-time rounds enforcing the blackout. Her return coincides with the arrival of American fighter pilots-and a series of strangulation murders of attractive young women, starting with Doreen Newcombe. Doreen was garroted with a pair of nylon stockings her American boyfriend had given her, making him the obvious suspect. Poppy, who isn't so sure of his guilt, feels impelled to play detective. Meanwhile, Poppy develops an American love interest of her own.

Crosby, Ellen. The Angel's Share (St Martins $26.99)

When Lucie Montgomery attends the Avery Family's Thanksgiving party for friends and neighbors at Hawthorne Castle, she doesn't suspect the festive occasion will end in death. During the party, Prescott Avery, the family patriarch, invites Lucie to his fabulous wine cellar to tell her he wants to buy a priceless cache of 210-year-old Madeira which her great-great-uncle found hidden in the 1920s. Lucie knows nothing about the precious cache of wine and tells Prescott she believes her father either sold or drank it. By the end of the party, Prescott is found murdered in his wine cellar. At first the case looks like it will be open and shut, but when Lucie discovers Prescott's links to the Freemasons society, the case becomes more complicated...

Freeman, Dianne. A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder (Kensington $26) London. 1899. 

American-born Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh, settling happily into her independent life as a widow. Two relatives and a close friend are visiting from New York, and, as an added bonus, Frances's relationship with her charming neighbor, George Hazelton, is beginning to take a distinctively romantic turn. Frances recently introduced Charles Evingdon, her genial cousin-by-marriage, to widow Mary Archer, thinking the two would make a good match, so she's disappointed when she learns that Charles and Mary have called it quits. Her disappointment turns to alarm when Mary is murdered and Charles becomes the prime suspect. When Frances teams with George and Charles to find the real culprit, they discover that Mary may not have been a blackmailer who threatened to expose shameful secrets. 

Meet the Countess in A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder ($15.95), a delightful British cozy wherein Freeman takes a witty look at Victorian polite society. We are sold out of this title but reordering

Higgins, Bairbre. The Torchbearers (Terra Nova $19.95)
An Irish author is joining our Mystery Tea on November 9. 
Interestingly her novel featuring a gay protagonist is set in New Mexico. 

Seeking sanctuary, burned-out fund manager Ariel Mignolet retreats to the New Mexico desert near Prospero, an isolated settlement steeped in religious fundamentalism. Long runs on remote trails and a new romance with local police officer Mike Argyll help him forge a path back to sanity. But weeks into their relationship, Mike is brutally murdered and Ariel narrowly escapes the same fate. The ensuing investigation unearths the truth about powerful local figures whose acts of prejudice and deception have torn families apart for decades. As the FBI closes in on Mike's killers, a broken man bent on revenge is planning to take another life, and Ariel is getting in the way. 

Unfolding in a land of ghost towns and restless spirits, The Torchbearers is the story of how love can turn deadly. I found it very well written with resonant characters, hence it is our November Discovery Club Book of the Month. 

Hogsett, Annie. The Devil's Own Game (Poisoned Pen $15.95). 

"Hogsett's amusing third outing for former part-time librarian Allie Harper and Tom Bennington III, a blind professor who won a $550-million lottery jackpot, gets off to a rousing start. 

Another blind man, Kit Wade, has a verbal altercation with Tom after leaving the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he attended the Touch Tour. After the two men part, Wade is shot dead in the street. When evidence suggests that Tom was the intended victim, the couple reactivates T&A Detective Agency, their dormant firm whose name alone never fails to bring snickers. Their approach to sleuthing is more slapdash than traditional-it's joked that they should be called "the loose cannon vigilantes." But Tom's enhanced senses, honed since becoming blind, come in handy. The appealing Allie and Tom are determined to be responsible wealthy people, giving away more money than they spend. But money also requires the couple boost their security. Readers will agree that Allie and Tom are a lot of fun to be around."-PW

Order their first investigations which include a charming love story as well as a scenario many of us wish would come true for us.

Judith Starkston's book is reviewed above under November 8.
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

Our November Paperback Picks
Cameron, Marc. Active Measures
Connolly, Sheila. Lost Traveler
Hurwitz, Gregg. Out of the Dark
Kellerman, Jonathan. The Wedding Guest
Kelly, Erin. He Said/She Said
Metz, Melinda. Mac on a Hot Tin Roof
Parks, Brad. Say Nothing
Reilly, Matthew. Three Secret Cities
Alzamora, Sebastian, Blood Crime
Casey, Donis. The Wrong Girl
Hendricks, Greer/Sarah Pekkanen. An Anonymous Girl
Horowitz, Anthony. Forever and a Day
Ireland, Sandra. Bone Deep
Lloyd, Catherine. Death Comes to Bath
Longworth, M L. A Noel Killing
McGarrity, Michael. Residue
Taylor, Andrew. The Fire Court

Our November Calendar
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)
Free to attend
Location: DoubleTree Resort, 5401 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale AZ 85250
Cash bar. Valet parking available

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 (Crooked Lane $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
Lockridge, Richard/Frances, 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)
We Will Miss...
Ernest Gaines
World-renowned author  Ernest J. Gaines, who "wrote of the inner struggle for dignity among Southern black people before the civil rights era in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and other acclaimed novels," died November 5, the New York Times reported. He was 86. 

Gaines, "who spent his early years on a Louisiana plantation, captured the lives and strivings of those he had grown up with in a time of limited opportunities and oppressive racism."

The Staunch Prize
Is Worth Noting
A shortlist has been released for the £1,000 (about $1,300) Staunch Book Prize, which recognizes "a novel in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered." 

The winner will be announced November 25 on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 

This year's shortlisted titles are:
Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey
Honey by Brenda Brooks
The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre
Liar's Candle by August Thomas

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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