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Doc Ford
on its way to us

Here at last!
Rip roaring Serge Storms,
a real treat

LA psychologist Alex Delaware
due in early February

by a new Phoenix resident
Signed February 8 2 PM

Signed February 8 2 PM

An Alaskan thriller
Another Phoenix writer

Sequel to A Plague of Giants
Signed February 9 3 pm

Seattle Homicide cop 
Tracy Crosswhite
Signed February 11

Real Forensics
Signed February 11

A Hat Shop Mystery
A prize will be awarded for the Best Hat at the 
February 13 signing

Terrific LA cop novel
Signed February 15
when Chef Lee Goldberg,
a different Lee Goldberg,
will serve up pancakes

Charles Lenox
Prequel #3
Victorian Mystery
Signed February 16 2 PM

The NUMA Files
on sale March 10

Signed UK edition
Dr. Ruth Galloway
due sometime this month

by the author of The Dime
in stock now

Signed UK edition
due sometime in February

A hot debut
Our January Fantastic Fiction Book of the Month

in stock now


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The February Booknews

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Here are some of our February Staff Picks

Allison Brennan
Christina Dodd
Paige Shelton
Saturday 2:00 PM
Parada del Sol traffic has to be dodged until noon
Allison Brennan signs The Third to Die (Mira $26.99)

Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage. Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. Brennan, author of several different series including the Lucy Kincaid books, launches a new series that PW says "Fans of Jeff Abbott and Karin Slaughter will find hard to put down." And Brennan has moved to metro Phoenix, adding to our author community here.

Christina Dodd signs Strangers She Knows (Harper $27.99/$16.99)

Dodd concludes her Cape Charade trilogy with a nail-biter of a tale that has her series protagonist Kellen Adams, along with her husband Max Di Luca and their young daughter, taking a family "vacation" on Isla Paraiso, the Di Luca family's private island off the coast of Northern California in an effort to escape Mara Philippi, an obsessed serial killer who has a score to settle with Kellen. John Charles add, "Throw a spooky, old, gothic family mansion on the island and a plot thread that goes back to World War II and you have all the ingredients for an addictive, compulsively readable tale." We have a limited supply of the hardcover.

Paige Shelton signs Thin Ice (St Martins $26.99)

Taking a break from her earlier cozies as well as her Scottish Bookshop series (new one to be signed May 16), Shelton turns her hand to suspense with the first in a new series set in Alaska featuring Beth Rivers. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, Beth had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi Brooks, Beth managed to escape, and until he is captured, she's got to get away. Cold and remote, Alaska seems tailor-made for her to hideout. Beth's new home in Alaska is sparsely populated with people who all seem to be running or hiding from something. This series compares to that of Kelley Armstrong where the community for those on the run is in the Yukon. It's hard to find a place to disappear today and thus a challenge to authors.
Kevin Hearne
Sunday 3:00 PM
Kevin Hearne signs A Blight of Blackwings (Del Rey $28.99)
Seven Kennings Epic Fantasy series

It began with 2018's A Plague of Giants ($8.99) and continues here with this trio: Daryck is from a city that was devastated by the war with the Bone Giants, and now he and a band of warriors seek revenge against the giants for the loved ones they've lost. Hanima is part of a new generation with extraordinary magical talents: She can speak to fantastical animals. But when this gift becomes a threat to the powers-that-be, Hanima becomes the leader of a movement to use this magic to bring power to the people. Koesha is the captain of an all-female crew on a perilous voyage to explore unknown waters. Though her crew is seeking a path around the globe, Koesha is also looking for her sister, lost at sea two years ago. But what lies beyond the edges of the map is far more dangerous than storms and sea monsters....

Robert Dugoni
Kate Winkler Dawson
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Robert Dugoni signs A Cold Trail (Thomas & Mercer $15.95)

Thriller Award-finalist Dugoni's impressive seventh Tracy Crosswhite mystery finds Seattle homicide detective Tracy and attorney husband Dan back in Cedar Grove, Wash., where they both grew up and where Dan has taken on a complex case against Cedar Grove's mayor and a group of investors trying to revitalize the downtown area. The case puts Dan at odds with many of the townsfolk, and when Tracy gets involved in a fatal arson case, she's soon ruffling feathers as well. 

The arson victim was not only the police chief's wife but a reporter looking into a 1993 cold case, the murder of teen Heather Johansen. Heather was killed two years before Tracy's younger sister, Sarah, and their deaths are hauntingly similar. Worse, Tracy learns Heather was last seen on a dark country road headed to the Crosswhite house. Dugoni weaves a compulsively readable tale of love, loss, and greed. Readers will look forward to the further exploits of his sharp-witted detective." Order

Kate Winkler Dawson signs American Sherlock (Putnam $27)

The story of the birth of modern forensic science, as told through the life of the man known at the time as the "American Sherlock Holmes," Oscar Heinrich. With his brilliance, and his commanding presence in both the courtroom (where he was the nation's first expert witness) and at crime scenes, Heinrich spearheaded the invention of an astounding array of new forensic tools that became staples of 20th century police investigation: blood spatter analysis, ballistics, lie detector tests, and the use of fingerprints as courtroom evidence. Heinrich captivated America's attention during the height of Prohibition, an era in which sensationalized crimes met the systematic study of evidence. 

Set in the Bay Area during the height of Prohibition when there was an 80% increase in crime, the book features high-profile cases such as the 1925 Bessie Ferguson cold case-which takes Heinrich from the saltwater marshes in El Cerrito to Bay Farm Island to his own crime lab in the basement of his home on Berkeley's Oxford Street-and one of the most controversial cases of Heinrich's career, the sensationalized 1933 murder trial of Stanford academic David Lamson. 
Jenn McKinlay
Publication Party
Thursday 7:00 PM

Jenn McKinlay signs Buried to the Brim (Berkley $7.99)
Hat Shop Mystery #6
A prize will be awarded for the Best Hat

Hat Shop Mystery London's most refined canines and their humans are gearing up for the Pets and Wellness Society's annual dog show-and Betty Wentworth, favorite aunt to Scarlett's fiancĂ© Harrison and proud owner of corgi front-runner Freddy, knows that this could be their year with the right edge. Never one to turn away a corgi in need, Scarlett convinces her milliner cousin, Vivian, to design matching hats for dream team Betty and Freddy as they compete for Best in Show. 

It's a tail wagging good time until the dog-food sponsor of the event is found dead and Betty is the prime suspect. Vivian and Scarlett agree to enter the competition in Betty's place and help Harrison catch the real killer before Betty is collared
Writers Workshop
Thursday March 19
Sandra Dallas 7:00 PM

Our 2020 Writer in Residence Sandra Dallas, award winning author of a slew of novels including the true mystery classic

Writing the West
Thursday March 19 7:00 PM
Fee $35 includes a copy of her new novel Westering Women

Please preregister. Limited to 20.

ASU  Literary Fair
Saturday February 22


Presented as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in partnership with ASU Open Door, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair is an afternoon of talks, readings, panels and more from over 35 authors, publishers, and other organizations. All fair events are free and open to the public. You do not need to be registered for the conference in order to attend. View the schedule, meet our exhibitors, and RSVP today at

Tickets On Sale
CJ Box
Monday March 2 7 PM
Offsite Event
Harlan Coben
Saturday March 21
6 PM at The Pen

CJ Box signs Long Range (Putnam $28)  The 20th Joe Pickett

March 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

WHERE: Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center
12701 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale AZ 85254

COST:$32.00 admits one with book, $36.00 admits two with one book

Harlan joins us March 21 @ 6:00 PM at The Pen to sign
The Boy from the Woods (Grand Central $29)

Cost: $32 single with book $37 two fans with one book

We'll be serving a treat or two from the new Virtu Pizzeria right across our parking lot along with Harlan's program

A Book Discussion/Signing
Vanessa Lillie
Saturday February 29
10:30 AM

Lillie, Vanessa. Little Voices (Thomas & Mercer $15.99)

Buy the book now and join us for a lively discussion on February 29, 10:30 AM, with the author.

We can arrange to do this with FB Live so if you can't attend you can follow along and, if we are clever, ask questions. We recommend this for fans of Tarryn Fisher

Devon Burges is in the throes of a high-risk birth when she learns of her dear friend's murder. The police quickly name another friend as the chief suspect, but Devon doesn't buy it-and despite her difficult recovery, she feels impelled to investigate. Haunted by postpartum problems that manifest as a cruel voice in her head, Devon, caring full time for her baby, exhausted, is barely getting through each day. Yet her instincts are still sharp, and she's bent on proving her friend's innocence. 

This well wrought tale of suspense has such a kicker of an ending that instead of the usual book signing format we're asking you to buy the book early and read it so we can discuss the story as a whole. 

Those who attend will be offered a free book by another author.
Our February Books of the Month
British Crime Club  One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Jan: Airth, Rennie. The Decent Inn of Death
Cozy Crimes Club  One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
First Mystery Book of the Month Club  One Signed First per month
Wegert, Tessa. Death in the Family
The Crime Collectors Book of the Month Club One Signed First per month
Historical Fiction Club  One Signed First per month 
Hornby, Gill. Miss Austen (UK import, only 3 left)
Fantastic New Fiction  One Signed First per month
Cummins, Jeanine. American Dirt
We Will Miss...
Longtime PBS anchorman and author  Jim Lehrer , "who for 36 years gave public television viewers a substantive alternative to network evening news programs with in-depth reporting, interviews and analysis of world and national affairs" on  The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour  and, later,  NewsHour With Jim Lehrer , died January 23, the  New York Times  reported. He was 85.
Lehrer was the author of more than 20 novels, "which often drew on his reporting experiences," as well as four plays and three memoirs. The novels include  White Widow  (1996),  No Certain Rest  (2002),  Eureka  (2007) and  Super  (2010). His memoirs are  We Were Dreamers  (1975),  A Bus of My Own  (1992) and  Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates  (2011).
Our February Calendar

Parada del Sol traffic has to be dodged until noon
Allison Brennan signs The Third to Die (Mira $26.99)
Christina Dodd signs Strangers She Knows
(Harper $27.99/$16.99)
Paige Shelton signs Thin Ice (St Martins $26.99)
Kevin Hearne signs  A Blight of Blackwings (Del Rey $28.99)
Double Book Launch
Robert Dugoni signs  A Cold Trail (Thomas & Mercer $15.95)
Kate Winkler Dawson signs American Sherlock (Putnam $27)
Jenn McKinlay signs Buried to the Brim (Berkley $7.99)
Hat Shop Mystery #6
A prize will be awarded for the Best Hat
Pancakes Served with the Mystery whipped up by local chef Lee Goldberg as part of the program
Author Lee Goldberg signs Lost Hills (Thomas & Mercer $24.95)
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16 2:00 PM British Tea
Charles Finch signs The Last Passenger (St Martins $27.99)
Charles Lenox prequel #3
MONDAY FEBRUARY 17 7:00 PM Book Launch
Meg Gardiner signs Dark Corners of the Night (Blackstone $26.99)
Tess Gerritsen signs The Shape of Night  (Ballantine $28)
Scott Carson signs The Chill (Atria $27)
Debut Gothic Ghost thriller (this is really Michael Koryta)
Jack Carr previews Savage Son (Atria $28) launched here April 13
Mark Greaney signs One Minute Out (Berkley $28)
The Gray Man
Simone St. James signs The Sun Down Motel (Berkley $26)
Joshua Hood signs Robert Ludlum's the Treadstone (Putnam $27)
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25 7:00 PM Book Launch
Cake & Crime - Oh My!
Joanne Fluke signs Coconut Layer Cake Murder (Kensington $27)
Arcadia Farms caters the cake
Steve Berry signs The Warsaw Protocol (St Martins $28.99)
Susan Elia MacNeal signs The King's Justice (Bantam $27)
with host Karen Odden

James Sallis and Three Legged Dog play
A Book Club Signing-Read the Book before you come or risk total spoilers
This is a book for fans of Tarryn Fisher
Vanessa Lillie signs Little Voices
(Thomas & Mercer $15.99)
Those who attend will be offered a free book by another author
Graham Moore signs The Holdout (Random $28)

CJ Box Book Launch for the 20th Joe Pickett thriller
See the info box above for tickets and the order links

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 February 810:30 AM
Fair, AA [Erle Stanley Gardner]. Turn on the Heat

SciFi Friday : Saturday February 15 7:00 PM
Ellis, Warren. Crooked Little Vein ($14.99)

Croak & Dagger : Saturday February 22 10:30 AM
Perez-Reverte, Arturo. The Flanders Panel ($15.95)

Hardboiled Crime : Thursday February 20 7:00 PM
Post, Steph. Lightwood ($15.99)

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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