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starts a series with Nora Kelly and Corrie Swanson from the AXL Pendergast
Signed August 20
Full of exciting archaeology, science, and a possible treasure hunt

Her Royal Spyness
Signed August 10 2:00 PM

Cassie Dewell in Montana
A double entendre title if ever there was one!
Signed August 13
Comes with a postcard of Box and Parker fishing

PI Roland Ford
Signed August 13
Also with a postcard but different of Box and Parker

Signed August 15
A rare visit from bestseller Brown, don't miss it

Charles Dickens, sleuth
Signed August 17
on Official Romance Day

Armand Gamache
on sale August 27

Western Mystery
in stock now

The perfect August read
Our Modern Firsts Book of the Month
in stock now

1282 England at war with Wales
based on a real hanging
in stock by Saturday

Signed by Ann Patchett
Ages 4-8

restock, tip ins
only a few left in stock

A book for those battling mean girls, and for mean girls 
YA Dark Fantasy
in stock now for
summer reading
coming soon...
selling fast
amazing reviews

Lydia Chin & Bill Smith
in Mississippi Chinese community
in stock now
Signed September 24 with the new Jame Sallis

Rivers of London Series
only this one is Germany's
The Moselle
only 2 left

Terrific UK police procedural with dazzling forensics
in stock now


Where've I been? Right here, reading. An amazing volume of books appears in August and throughout the fall. You small paperback fans will be delighted with our tally of August offerings in the brand new Booknews posted today. The link to the PDF is below.

We're delighted to have had a Standing Room only crowd July 29 for Jack Carr and Stephen Hunter with Mark Greaney. We sold out of Hunter's Game of Snipers  (Putnam $27)and Carr's
  True Believer   (Atria $28) but Sniper is back in stock and True Believer is coming. Order soon or miss out.

Plus we still have Red Metal  (Berkley $27) signed by both Greaney and Marine Lt. Col. Rip Rawlings which surged onto the bestseller list -- good news as it almost guarantees the two will write a sequel.

Well our afternoon event last Friday for one of the Impractical Jokers, James S. Murray, aka Murr, was mobbed. And we sold down to a copy of Brink ($25.99)! 

Here's a reminder again that you can listen to our podcasts on Google or on iTunes or  on Podbean

There are lots of new videos with authors you can watch on our YouTube Channel and on Facebook Live  As he gets time Patrick is migrating older Livestream videos to You Tube. There is a trove of gems there to unearth for you.

The FBL videos are in chronological order. Please note the YouTube videos are not in date sequence. Just click on the right arrow to access more. 

Do check our BLOG. And other media like Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Plus Facebook.

Much love to our social media team getting a boost from Rob.

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.
The August Booknews
 Some Staff Picks Too

The August Booknews sizzles.

Please note I made one goof too late to correct: the September Ann Cleeves title that is our September British Crime Book of the Month is The Long Call, a new series start, not the last Shetland mystery.

Here are some August Staff Picks

 Mine and others will post in a day or so.

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: 
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.

Our August Books of the Month
British Crime Club One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
North, Alex. The Whisper Man

Cozy Crimes Club One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month

Discovery Club  One paperback or hardcover per month
Pobi, Robert. City of Windows
The best book we could not get signed this year (he's Canadian)

First Mystery Club  One Signed First per month

Think Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair but Dickens, not Bronte, a truly imaginative delight set in and coming from New Zealand

Hardboiled Crime Club  One signed First per month 
Parker, T Jefferson. The Last Good Guy

History/Mystery Club  One Signed First per month 
Obreht, Tea. Inland (Random $27)
Arizona Territory 1893

History Paperback  One per month
Penrose, Andrea. Murder at Half Moon Gate

Modern First Editions  One Signed First per month
Russo, Richard. Chances Are...

SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Club  One Signed First per month
Hart, Rob. The Warehouse
A Don't Miss It -- 1984 for today

Surprise Me! Club  One Signed First Per Month
Slaughter, Karin. The Last Widow

Thriller Club  One Signed First per month
Cavanagh, Steve. Thirteen

A legal thriller... with the killer on the jury 

Our August Paperback Picks

Don't miss the very large section of other small paperbacks in the August Booknews

Bruns, Catherine. Penne Dreadful
Delany, Vicki. Silent Night Deadly Night
Dodd, Christina. What Doesn't Kill Her
Eaton, J C. Molded 4 Murder
Gross, Andrew. Button Man
Harper, Jane. Force of Nature
Mills, Kyle. Vince Flynn Red War
Munier, Paula. A Borrowing of Bones
Novak, Brenda. Blind Spot 
Nugent, Liz. Lying in Wait
Petrie, Nick. Tear it Down
Rollins, James. Crucible
Rose, Karen. Say You're Sorry
Stevens, Taylor. Liars' Paradox
Benn, James R. Solemn Graves
Braithwait, Oyinkan. My Sister the Serial Killer
Cleeves, Ann. Wild Fire
Evans, Mary Anna. Catacombs
Gran, Sara. The Infinite Blacktop
Greaney, Mark. Mission Critical
Johnson, Craig. Depth of Winter
MacNeal, Susan Elia. The Prisoner in the Castle
Manning, Max. The Victim
Pearl, Matthew. The Dante Chamber 
Penny, Louise. Kingdom of the Blind
Purser-Hallard, Philip. Sherlock Holmes-The Vanishing Man
Tonight 7:00 PM

The Transfixed Correspondence  (Sherlockians) meet to discuss "The Empty House", the triumphant return of Sherlock Holmes after three years of the Great Hiatus.

Snacks! Non-members welcome.
We are hosting some Sherlock Holmes event this fall so this s a good time to meet fellow fans and prep!

You can calendar one:

Golden Age guru Martin Edwards in conversation with Nicholas Meyer of the 7 % Solution with a new book:

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols (St Martins $25.99) Signed here on October 30.

Rhys Bowen
Saturday Mystery Tea
2:00 PM
Rhys Bowen  signs  Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
(Berkley $26).

Exotic animals, unbridled sex, free-flowing drugs, and murder are what visitors to Kenya's Happy Valley in the 1930s, can expect.

After a harrowing five-day trip by airplane, flying boat, and train across the Alps, Lady Georgiana Rannoch does wonder why her brand new bridegroom, Darcy O'Mara, selected it for their honeymoon. She may no longer be 35th in line to the throne, but she's been bred to present a game face and carry on. Whatever Darcy may be up to, at a Buckingham Palace garden party shortly after their wedding, the queen charged Georgie with keeping an eye on the Prince of Wales who is on tour in Africa, fearing that the awful Mrs. Simpson might join him and they'd indulge in a secret wedding. 

The trip out was marred by tough conditions and the presence of Rowena Hartley, a mean girl at Georgie's school, and her sulky brother, Rupert, both on a visit to their father, who wants to see the children he's ignored for years now that he's become Lord Cheriton. And Mrs. Simpson joins them as they board the flying boat in the Med. 

On arrival Georgie learns that government official Freddie Blanchford has arranged for the newlyweds to stay with the widow Diddy Ruocco who introduces them to the expatriate wild life style. And after a party where it's all on display, one of the Brits is brutally murdered...

Bowen doesn't whitewash the dark side of the colonial life nor frame it in modern sensibilities. In fact, she "provides more social commentary than usual in this lighthearted series, revealing the careless bigotry and racism of the aristocratic Brits in Kenya."

CJ Box
T Jefferson Parker
Tuesday 7:00 PM

Our copies of both books come with photos of these two buddies fishing, each book a different photo

CJ Box  signs  Bitterroots  (St Martins $27.99)

In this outstanding novel from Edgar winner Box, erstwhile police officer Cassie Dewell, last seen in 2017's Paradise Valley ($9.99), has rebooted her career and become a PI in Montana. A single mother, Cassie sometimes has to take work where she finds it, but her alarm bells go off when attorney Rachel Mitchell offers her a dubious assignment: investigating the arrest of millionaire Blake Kleinsasser, who has been charged with raping his 15-year-old niece, Franny Porché. The black sheep of his wealthy ranching family, Blake admits he was too drunk that night to remember whether he attacked Franny. Thus, gathering evidence that could clear Blake will be a huge challenge. 

How huge Cassie only gradually learns, as she canvasses the law enforcement of Lochsa County as well as the Kleinsasser family members. Local resistance soon escalates into serious peril when Cassie is arrested and thrown in jail on a trumped-up charge. Vividly etched characters and a realistic plot lift this outing, and the well-done Montana setting is a plus. Box remains at the top of his game.

T Jefferson Parker  signs  The Last Good Guy  (Putnam $27)

Patrick, making this the August Hardboiled Crime Club Pick, says, "One of our finest crime writers, Parker never rests on his laurels and is consistently raises the bar for himself. The new novel featuring Private Investigator Roland Ford is a stunner, exploring difficult questions about our troubled, divisive times and keeping it soulful and real."
28-year-old Penelope Rideout, whose parents died 10 years earlier in a car crash, hires PI Roland Ford to locate her missing 14-year-old sister, Daley, who has a "wild streak." When Ford goes to interview Nick Moreno, Daley's 20-year-old "guaranteed loser" boyfriend, he ends up talking to some neighbors who saw Daley leaving Nick's condo with "two men she seemed to know." Inside the condo, Ford finds Nick shot to death. The ensuing search for Daley involves a megachurch and its charismatic pastor, an unusually secretive private security firm, and a decommissioned nuclear power plant. 

Parker seamlessly integrates the backstories of Daley and Penelope while interspersing Ford's ruminations on his own troubled life (Ford is "the last good guy" of the title). The author does a masterly job of ratcheting up the tension, and the often lyrical prose is a pleasure to read. This entry could well earn three-time Edgar Award-winner Parker a fourth Edgar, says one reviewer.
More Ticketed Events

Ticketed Event  ($27 book admits one; $32 admits two with one book)

Sandra Brown signs Outfox (Grand Central $27)

Ticketed Event  $28 admits one person with a choice of either book

Billy Jensen  signs  Chase Darkness with Me  (Sourcebooks $25.99)

Hank Phillippi Ryan  signs  The Murder List  (Forge $27.99)

Extra copies of both will be for sale. True Crime podcaster Jensen has so many fans we can't risk having anyone out in the parking lot in the heat. 


Craig Johnson signs Land of Wolves (Viking 28$)

Our 30th Birthday!

Joe Hill in conversation with Leslie S. Klinger
and introducing the Haunted Library Series debuting in January

Hill signs Full Throttle (Morrow $27.99)

Klinger signs
The New Annotated H P Lovecraft:Beyond Arkham
(Norton $39.95)

Can't attend? Please order books in the usual way.
Our August Calendar
The Transfixed Correspondence (Sherlockians) meet to discuss "The Empty House", the triumphant return of Sherlock Holmes after three years of the Great Hiatus.
Snacks! Non-members welcome.
Rhys Bowen signs Love and Death Among the Cheetahs (Berkley $26)
Her Royal Spyness
CJ Box signs Bitterroots (St Martins $27.99)
Cassie Dewell
T Jefferson Parker signs The Last Good Guy (Putnam $27)
PI Roland Ford
Our copies of both books come with photos of these two buddies fishing, each book a different photo
Ticketed Event   ($27 book admits one; $32 admits two with one book)
Sandra Brown signs Outfox (Grand Central $27)
Official Romance Day
Heather Redmond signs  Grave Expectations (Kensington $26)
Eliza Emmett signs A Love Made to Measure (Wild Rose $12.99)
Liana de la Rose signs To Love a Scandalous Duke ($14.99)
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child sign Old Bones (Grand Central $28)
Nora Kelly #1 Signed by both authors
Lincoln Child participates by Skype
Preorders accepted now as we often sell out 
Steve Cavanagh signs Thirteen (Flatiron $26.99)
Lawyer Eddie Flynn in a sensational legal thriller
Lisa Lutz signs The Swallows (Ballantine $27)
Ticketed Event $28 admits one person with a choice of either book
Billy Jensen signs Chase Darkness with Me (Sourcebooks $25.99)
Hank Phillippi Ryan signs The Murder List (Forge $27.99)
Extra copies of both will be for sale
Bryn Greenwood signs The Reckless Oath We Made (Putnam $26)
Karin Slaughter signs The Last Widow (Morrow $27.99)
Will Trent
Stephen Coonts signs The Russia Account (Regnery $27.99)
Coonts will be joined by 3 former CIA agents turned authors
Dave Austin signs Tehran's Vengeance ($12/99)
Thomas Pecora signs Guardian : Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's War on Terror (Post Hill Press $27.99)
Mike Trott signs The Protected (Archway $29.95)
William Kent Krueger signs This Tender Land
(Atria $27)
A coming of age story; think Huck Finn
Coffee & Crime : No Meeting
SciFi Friday : August 16 7:00 PM
Valente, Catherynne. Space Opera ($14.99)
Croak & Dagger : Saturday August 17 10:30 AM
Bannalec, Jean-Luc. The Fleur de Sel Murders ($17.99)
Hardboiled Crime: Thursday August 29 7:00 PM
Dennis, Ralph. Atlanta Deathwatch ($16.99)

We Will Miss...

Andrea Camilleri, one of Italy's most popular authors and creator of the Inspector Montalbano series, died July 17, the Guardian reported. He was 93. Camilleri had written a few historical novels when, in 1994, he wrote The Shape of Water, the first book starring a Sicilian detective based in the fictional town of Vigata.
The Montalbano series includes more than two dozen books, which have been translated into 32 languages and sold more than 30 million copies. The Potter's Field, translated into English by Stephen Sartarelli, won the British Crime Writers Association's International Dagger. Camilleri published his 27th Montalbano novel, Il cuoco dell'Alcyon, in 2018.
The final novel in the series was written 13 years ago, but has been kept in his publisher's Palermo offices for safekeeping. In 2012, Camilerri said, "When I get fed up with him or am not able to write any more, I'll tell the publisher: publish that book. Sherlock Holmes was recovered... but it will not be possible to recover Montalbano. In that last book, he's really finished."
The Italian TV adaptation of Camilleri's books "has brought tourists by the busload to Sicily. Camilleri's home town of Porto Empedocle is so proud of its connection that it officially changed its name to Porto Empedocle Vigata" from 2003 to 2009, the Guardian noted.
Toni Morrison, one of the great voices of 20th-century American literature and the only African-American laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature, died at Montefiore Medical Center in New York on August 5, her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, has confirmed. She was 88.
The Bluest Eye , Morrison's first novel, was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1970.(In its review, PW wrote of The Bluest Eye: "In her first novel, Miss Morrison writes with compassion but unstinting realism of the cruel emotional and physical poverty of black life in Middle America.") Morrison followed with Sula in 1973, when she moved over to Alfred A. Knopf, which would publish her novels for the remainder of her career. Her nine subsequent novels were Song of Solomon (1977), Tar Baby (1981) Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), Paradise (1997), Love (2003), A Mercy(2008), Home (2012), and God Help the Child (2015).

Morrison's career in books included more than 15 years working as an editor, starting at L. W. Singer in 1965 and moving to Random House in 1967, where she continued to edit until 1983. She was the editor of works by Gayl Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Henry Dumas, Huey P. Newton, Muhammad Ali, and Angela Davis, among others, and she was a committed advocate for writers of color with a reputation for eloquently addressing hard truths. She also edited, with Middleton A. Harris, The Black Book (1974), which is considered one of the most consequential anthologies in the history of African-American literature.

For more than 50 years, Morrison also taught creative writing and literature part-time at Howard University, Yale University, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, Rutgers University, SUNY Albany, and Princeton University. She retired from Princeton as Robert F. Goheen Chair in the Humanities in 2006.
Morrison herself had something to say about her inevitable passing. "We die," she said in her Nobel Prize acceptance speech. "That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."

Summer Reading Challenge via

It's easy, just visit 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.

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 

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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!
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