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Virtual Book Launch August 3
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Scot Harvath
Virtual Book Launch July 20
Our copies come with a postcard from Brad

Peace Talks
Harry Dresden
Virtual Event July 21

More Better Deals
Virtual event July 22
with Patrick

Virtual Event July 27
in stock now

Virtual Event July 27
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a thriller set in South Georgia, the Atlantic
Signed UK edition
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Signed UK edition
in stock now

on its way to us

on sale June 30
lost and now found
on its way to us

One Last Lie
Maine's Mike Bowditch
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A knockout

A haunted house
modern Gothic
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Poke Rafferty/Bangkok

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Signed by Diana with a special recipe card

Series start set in Ireland
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Always the Last to Know
June 11 2:00 PM
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Riley Ellison
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The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series
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My Pick for best June seaside thriller
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Mary Russell, Holmes, Mrs. Hudson
Imagine summer in 1925 on the Riviera with artists, writers, displaced Russian artistocrats, and a killer
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Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan Jr
Visit Barcelona!
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Ali Reynolds
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Our copies come with exclusive extra material
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Sunny Randall
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An Oxford Mystery
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Savage Son
James Reece #3
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A late Happy Monday

I was so absorbed in reading today I fell behind.

One of my very favorite books for July, Fresh Water for Flowers (Europa $25), our first International Book of the Month, publishes this week. I can't wait to get it into your hands. 

If you wonder where next after The DaVinci Code, one answer lies in Daniel Silva's 
The Order (Harper $28.99), publishing tomorrow. Check out my little book talk about this on Instagram

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Twitter visits with a huge range of authors,  and more short book chats or pitches on IGTV which is an Instagram platform you can view. 

Lesa does a wonderful job of discovery and recommendation in our Blog bringing in lots of authors for more discovery and recommendations.

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The July Booknews

Here is the link to the July Booknews

Here is the link to the June Booknews in case you want to review for anything

Here are some of the staff's July Picks

Here are the   July Paperback Picks 

I also list the July Books of the Month below. They also appear on our home page. I just added the July Crime Book of the Month
More New Podcasts
There are even  more new podcasts up. We can see you are enjoying them. Lots of conversations here!

For those who prefer not to stare at a screen but would like to enjoy our conversations with authors, these are for you.

Visit our new Podcasts Easy download links are provided. They are also available on ITunes and Google Music

Don't forget to search for a favorite author. There are many of them, often frequent visitors to The Pen, but some new to us.

New: Linda Castillo, Mark Bowden, Beatriz Williams, David Rosenfelt. So varied, so informative, so much fun. Also Carolyn Todd whose book chat is on our home page too.

Shopping with Us

With infections so high in Arizona, we are closed to browsing in the store for now.

But eager to connect with you via phone and curbside pickup  
Call us 480-947-2974 for sales and for service
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A Deadly Trio:
Jeff Abbott
Ellison Cooper
Glen Erik Hamilton
Tuesday 6:00 PM
Signed books available for all three

Jeff Abbott discusses  Never Ask Me  (Grand Central $27)
Set in an affluent Austin, Texas, suburb, this cunning and complex domestic thriller centers on the Pollitt family: parents Iris and Kyle and their teenage children, Julia and Grant. 

Early one morning, Julia and a friend, Ned, find Ned's mother, Danielle Roberts, murdered in a neighborhood park. The Pollitts' lives are turned upside down as all four family members become entangled in the subsequent investigation. Danielle-who facilitated the Pollitts' contentious adoption of Grant from a St. Petersburg orphanage when he was a baby-had a complicated history with Iris and Kyle. Julia is tangentially involved in Ned's prescription drug dealing business, and Grant has been receiving disturbing emails warning him that his parents are lying to him. Excerpts from Iris's old journal chronicling Grant's adoption process raise the suspense.... You will appreciate the savvy way in which Abbott fits together the pieces of the puzzle.

Ellison Cooper discusses Cut to the Bone  (St Martins $27.99)

FBI agent and neuroscientist Sayer Altair heads up a challenging, high-profile investigation into a hijacked bus carrying 24 high schoolers returning from a STEM fair in Washington, D.C. When a 17-year-old girl's body is found on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences, she's identified as one of the missing students. The ritualized staging of the corpse, carefully placed on the celestial map at the Einstein Memorial and surrounded by a circle of nine baboon figurines and a large axe, persuades Sayer it's the work of a serial killer. The suspense mounts as the tally of victims rise, and the remaining hostages on board the bus plot an escape. Meanwhile, fake witnesses, misinformation, and false identities undermine Sayer's hunt for the missing teens, and a shocking revelation tests her strength of character. 

Glen Erik Hamilton discusses A Dangerous Breed
(Harper $27.99)
An invitation addressed to his long-dead mother sparks Van Shaw's curiosity about the woman he barely knew.

As he digs into young Moira Shaw's past, he uncovers startling details about her life, including her relationship to a boy named Sean Burke-a boy Moira may have been seeing when she became pregnant. Could this Burke be the biological father who abandoned Van before he was born? Although Van knows all too well that some doors shouldn't be opened, he decides to investigate the man-only to discover that Burke has an even darker family history than Van's own. But Van's got more immediate problems. His friend Hollis is in a jam, and helping him out accidentally steers Van into the path of a master extortionist named Bilal Nath.  Nath demands that the talented thief mastermind a daring heist targeting a Seattle biotechnology firm, or the blackmailer will destroy the lives of people Van loves. 

With Bilal Nath coercing him into a possible act of domestic terrorism, Van turns to his formidable crew of lawbreaking friends-including Hollis, Big Will Willard, and Willard's sly and seductive niece Elana-for help. Yet even this team may not be enough. To outwit a brilliant sociopath, Van might just need a cold-blooded killer... a criminal whose blood may run through his own veins.

Ace Atkins
J Todd Scott
Wednesday 6:00 PM
Join Patrick for this fun fest
Signed books available for both

Ace Atkins discusses The Revelators (Putnam $27)
Each of our copies includes a Quinn Colson bumper sticker from Atkins

Tibbehah County Sheriff Quinn Colson, bullet-holed and left for dead, is feeling vengeful but kept from getting back to work by the interim sheriff-who ordered his murder. And hard pressed to keep his patch of Mississippi in line. Quinn's 12-year-old nephew, Jason, goes AWOL along with his schoolmate Ana Gabriel Hernandez-Ramirez to accept an unsavory invitation to follow the trail of Ana's mother, one of 53 undocumented workers from the local chicken processing plant rounded up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Brock Tanner won't issue an Amber Alert. It's clear that Tanner is uncomfortably cozy with grasping madam Fannie Hathcock, "the queen hellcat of north Mississippi"; with J.K. Vardaman, the good-old-boy governor who's never met a graft he wouldn't latch onto; and with the Watchmen, a militia looking to boost their stockpile of weapons. Tanner's deputies harass Quinn's kid sister, Caddy, and go even further with activist Hector Herrera. And it gets worse...

J Todd Scott discusses Lost River (Putnam $27)

In this powerful standalone from Scott the arrival of new, fentanyl-laced heroin from Mexico has led to an unprecedented number of overdoses in the small town of Angel, Ky. EMT-in-training Trey Dorado, the son of a cop, sees the devastating impact first-hand every day, including the death of the former police chief's wife. Dorado, who consoles himself with the knowledge he's saved a few lives and is haunted by the rest, is called to a bloody scene at the Glasser family compound in a nearby town. Most of the bullet-riddled bodies are members of the notorious Glasser clan, which has held sway in the region for generations, making the natural transition from moonshine to marijuana, methamphetamines, and now heroin. 

DEA special agent Casey Alexander, who has ghosts of her own following a traumatic assignment in the Southwest, enlists Dorado to help navigate the complex case, which has deep ties to the local community. Scott, a 25-year veteran of the DEA, writes with authority about the drug crisis. 

Don Winslow fans won't want to miss this wrenching thriller. Nor will you!

Spencer Quinn
Thursday 6:00 PM
Spencer Quinn discusses Of Mutts and Men  (Forge $26.99)
Signed books available

So much fun; this is truly a Scottsdale backdrop and nails many aspects of high desert life. 

With Chet the dog as the narrator and Bernie Little, the PI Chet adores, plunge into an investigation, we track it through a different sort of unreliable narrator but one who sticks doggedly to the meat of the story. Wendell Nero, chairman emeritus of the geology department of Valley College, confides to Bernie of the Little Detective Agency that something may be amiss. When Bernie and Chet arrive at Nero's RV parked at his worksite the next morning, they discover Nero sitting at his desk-dead. Someone has cut his throat. Plus his wallet is missing. Chet's nose leads them on the trail of a gum-chewing suspect who has the wallet. But Bernie doesn't believe that Florian Machado is Nero's killer.... 

Water as a resource plays a big role in this tale.
Writers Workshop with Rhys
August 1 10:30 AM
Rhys Bowen teaches a workshop on researching and writing historical fiction

Limited to 20. 888-560-9919 to register

Admission: The purchase of one copy of her new book  The Last Mrs. Summers (Berkley $26)  which The Pen launches on August 4 at 6:00 PM (9:00 PM ET)

Last Chance for Silva
Last chance to purchase your book from The Pen and attend
the program

By 2:00 PM July 14 -- call 888-560-9919, don't email

TUESDAY JULY 14 4:30 (7:30 ET) Virtual Book Launch
Please join The Poisoned Pen in partnership with Harper Collins to celebrate the launch of The Order (Harper $28.99) with Daniel Silva and CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel in a conversation!
To join us, please purchase a copy.
Once you make your purchase you will receive the confirmation for your purchase which will include a link and password to attend this special Daniel's home

The program will be available to ticket holders for two extra days in case attending tomorrow at 4:30 isn't feasible... but it will not be live so no questions.
Live: Lee Child hosts Mark Billingham
Sunday August 9 1:00 PM

UK author Mark Billingham in conversation with Lee Child

Attendees will be able to ask questions of both LEE and MARK during our Facebook Live program

To attend this special event, you must purchase a copy of Billingham's Cry Baby (Grove Atlantic $26), a prequel to the hugely successful London copper Tom Thorne series, from The Pen

Your purchase means you will receive an invitation to the event shortly beforehand.

If you have not read Tom Thorne, this is the perfect chance.

2020 Thriller Awards

2020 Thriller Awards
Best Novel:
Adrian McKinty, The Chain (paperback pubs 9/22)

Best First Novel
Angie Kim, Miracle Creek

Best Short Story
Tara Laskowski, "The Long Term Tenant (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Our July Calendar
 and the Hot First Week
of August!

Jeff Abbott discusses  Never Ask Me (Grand Central $27)
Ellison Cooper discusses Cut to the Bone (St Martins $27.99)
Glen Erik Hamilton discusses A Dangerous Breed (Harper $27.99)
Signed books available for all three
Ace Atkins discusses The Revelators (Putnam $27)
Each of our copies includes a Quinn Colson bumper sticker from Atkins
J Todd Scott discusses Lost River (Putnam $27)
Signed books available for both
Spencer Quinn discusses Of Mutts and Men (Forge $26.99)
Signed books available

Camilla Lackberg joins us from Sweden to discuss 
The Golden Cage (Knopf $26.95)

Australian Author Anna Downes discusses The Safe Place
(St Martins $26.99)
MONDAY JULY 20 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Brad Thor discusses Near Dark (Atria $28.99)
Books signed by Brad for us available but order soon before we sell out. Our copies also come with a special Postcard
Jim Butcher discusses Peace Talks (Ace $29)
Harry Dresden
Signed books available

Joe R. Lansdale discusses  More Better Deals (Mulholland $27)
with Patrick
Signed books available
Patrick hosts Gary Phillips in a discussion of Gary's new book Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem
(Polis Books $16)
SATURDAY JULY 25 2:00 PM Cozy Fun
Daryl Gerber discusses A Sprinkling of Murder
(Kensington $15.95)
Maria DiRico discusses Here Comes the Body (Kensington $7.99)
James Carlos Blake discusses The Bones of Wolfe (Grove $26)
Neal Griffin discusses The Burden of Truth (Forge $27.99)
Signed books available.
Shawn A. Cosby discusses Blacktop Wasteland (St Martins $26.99) with Patrick
Signed book available
TUESDAY JULY 28 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Brian Freeman discusses Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Evolution (Putnam $28)
Signed books available
UK authors Alice Feeney discusses His & Hers (Flatiron $27.99)
Our July British Crime Club Book of the Month
Samantha Downing discusses He Started It (Berkley $26)
Signed copies available
Adele Parks discusses Lies, Lies, Lies (Mira $17.99)
Stephanie Wrobel discusses The Recovery of Rose Gold 
(Joseph $35) Signed copies. 
This title published in the US as  Darling Rose Gold (Berkley $26) Unsigned

THURSDAY JULY 30 5:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Karen Dionne discusses  The Wicked Sister (Putnam $28)
Signed books available
Nicholas Griffin in conversation with John Sandford about Griffin's
Our copies come with a postcard of 1980s Miami

Catherine Coulter discusses Deadlock (SimonSchuster $27.99)

Erica Ruth Neubauer discusses Murder at the Mena House  
(St Martins $27)
MONDAY AUGUST 3 5:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Karin Slaughter
discusses The Silent Wife (Morrow $28.99)
Preorder your signed copy to get an exclusive: a cell phone wallet to go with the book. FREE SHIPPING FOR the book.
TUESDAY AUGUST 4 6:00 PM Virtual Book Launch
Rhys Bowen discusses The Last Mrs. Summers (Berkley $26)
Her Royal Spyness

Christopher Reich signs The Palace (LittleBrown $28)
Signed books available

Mary Kowal discusses The Relentless Moon (Tor $31) with Pat
Our first 15 orders will get an Artemis Base spaceflight patch and all orders will ship with a special postcard
Signed books available. Unsigned pbk: The Relentless Moon ($17.99)
Hank Phillippi Ryan discusses The First to Lie (Forge $27.99)
Signed books available
Fiona Davis in conversation with Kate Quinn
Davis discusses The Lions of Fifth Avenue
(Dutton $27)
Our August Crime Fiction Book of the Month
Signed books available
Canadian author Robert Pobi discusses Under Pressure 
(St Martins $26.99) with his editor Keith Kahla
Lee Child in conversation with Mark Billingham
Billingham's prequel to the Tom Throne series is Cry Baby (Atlantic $26)
The purchase of a copy of Cry Baby is required for your invitation to the Zoom event. Free shipping for Cry Baby

New & Notable
Bolton, Sharon. The Split ($36 Signed UK edition)

British glaciologist Felicity Lloyd, the protagonist of this tightly plotted spellbinder from British author Bolton (who used to write scary British mystery as SJ Bolton which I love), has come to South Georgia, a remote island off Antarctica, to escape her husband, Freddie, who has been pursuing her since leaving prison, where he'd been serving time for murder. 

Flash back nine months to Cambridge, England, where Felicity is seeing therapist Joe Grant, who's reeling from a divorce and a recent violent attack by a homeless woman. Joe strives to piece together the exact nature of Felicity's relationship with the imprisoned Freddie. Frightening notes left in her desk, break-ins at her home, and fugue states with disastrous consequences for Felicity lead Joe to question his patient's sanity. Eventually, Joe sets out for South Georgia to help Felicity, motivated in large part by the strong feelings he's developed for her. Employing multiple narratives and complex character histories, Bolton keeps the reader guessing to the end. True. Yet the real reason to read this nail biter is travel to the rarely visited islands in the South Atlantic which are bird havens and ecologists' dreams and attracting more cruise ships which will change them along with global warming. This is a terrific read I recommend!

Bradby, Tom. Double Agent ($32 Signed UK edition)

I'm thrilled to see a new novel by British journalist/novelist Bradby who won my heart years ago with his bestselling the Master of Rain about 1920s Shanghai. But we here we are in the 21st Century. Kidnapped in Venice by a Russian defector, Senior MI6 officer Kate Henderson knows she's in trouble. But all is not as it seems. The spy offers her conclusive evidence that the British Prime Minister is a live agent working for Moscow. Kate's holiday quickly becomes the start of her next mission. With proof of the PM involved in a sordid scandal and a financial paper trail that undeniably links him to the Russians, the evidence seems bulletproof. But the motives of the defector are anything but clear. And, more worryingly, it seems that there are key people at the heart of the British Establishment who refuse to acknowledge the reality in front of them. Kate can trust no one, and this mission will push her dangerously close to the edge... but is that the price to pay for the truth? Think LeCarre with more edge. 

Wrobel, Stephanie. The Recovery of Rose Gold (Signed UK edition $32)

"Sensationally good--two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction, and won't let you forget them. After five years in prison, Patty Watts is finally free. All she wants is to put old grievances behind her, reconcile with her daughter-and care for her new infant grandson. When Rose Gold agrees to have Patty move in, it seems their relationship is truly on the mend. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Knows she's a really good liar. Patty won't rest until she has her daughter back under her thumb. Which is inconvenient because Rose Gold wants to be free of Patty.... This debut was to be our April First Mystery Book of the Month but then Wrobel was unable to visit from the UK

Chase, Eva. The Daughters of Foxcote Manor (Putnam $27)

Is this the month to imagine yourself in an isolated forest estate? With the glamorous Harringtons who relocate to remote Foxcote Manor when their London mansion goes up in flames? On the verge of a creeping forest where lost things turn up, like the baby abandoned just outside the manor's gate? It's 1970 England so live-in nanny Rita, raised by her grandmother, has moved with the Harringtons to Foxcote. Within days a body lies dead in the wood and a society scandal explodes. Move up 40 years and meet Sylvie, a woman with gaps in her family history and an unfaithful husband of 20 years. Sylvie's teenage daughter gains a shocking reason to dip up the family past and so Sylvie is forced to unpick her mother's white lies and is led back to Foxcote Manor. This is the perfect book to read while you are waiting to learn what Kate Morton is writing next, and if you haven't read Rosie Walsh's Ghosted ($16), do so, then check on her too.

Griffiths, Elly. The Lantern Men (Houghton $27)

Ruth Galloway has a new job in Cambridge, a new home and partner, an American, and she is no longer North Norfolk police's resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried-but only if Ruth will do the digging. Curious, but wary, Ruth agrees. March tells Ruth that he killed four more women and that their bodies are buried near a village bordering the fens, said to be haunted by the Lantern Men, mysterious figures holding lights that lure travelers to their deaths. Is Ivor March himself a lantern man, luring Ruth back to Norfolk? What is his plan? Once again Griffiths expertly incorporates myth and folklore into the story-in this chapter of Ruth's story, it's the menacing Lantern Men, said to haunt the local fens and who may be responsible for the killings. I highly recommend the quirky Ruth Galloway Mysteries and that you read them in order.
Läckberg, Camilla. 
The Golden Cage

(Knopf $26.95). 
It is a real disappointment that Swedish superstar Läckberg cannot visit us this month as planned. We enjoyed her earlier one. But she and I will be talking on July 20 at 12:30 PM so please join us then. 

Her latest thriller draws a Starred Review: "Läckberg outdoes herself with this delectable tale of revenge. At 34, devoted wife and mother Faye thinks her wretched past is behind her. Now she has it all-a lavish Stockholm lifestyle, glorified social status, and a sexy entrepreneurial husband-until she catches Jack and his business partner, Ylva, romping on Faye's bed. Left humiliated, belittled, and financially destitute in the wake of the subsequent divorce, Faye, who realizes women too often turn their rage on themselves, plots an exquisite comeuppance for Jack, whom she supported when the two were in business school together by giving up her own studies and becoming a waitress. Chapters devoted to Faye's married life alternate with scorching flashbacks to her traumatic childhood. The poignant insights into women's capacity for self-sacrifice, multidimensional characterizations, and celebration of female ingenuity will resonate with many. Läckberg reinforces her position as the thriller queen of Scandinavia."

Our July Books of the Month
First, thank you for your response to The Pen's Books of the Month. The rise in membership means we can do a better job securing signed and unsigned books for you

The Crime Book of the Month One Signed hardcover First per month
(We renamed the Crime Collectors Book of the Month to this shorter title)
Cosby, S.A. Blacktop Wasteland 

British Crime Book of the Month One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Feeney, Alice. His & Hers
Cozy Crimes Book of the Month One unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Gerber, Daryl. A Sprinkling of Murder
Fantastic New Fiction Book of the Month  One Signed hardcover First per month
[Fantastic = fabulous, not fantasy]
Farmer, Edward A. Pale    sold out
First Mystery Book of the Month Club  One Signed hardcover First per month
Clark, Julie. The Last Flight -- already a NY Times bestseller
Historical Fiction Club  One Signed hardcover First per month
Wade, James.  All Things Left Wild    sold out
International Crime Book of the Month One Unsigned hardcover or paperback per month
Perrin, Valérie. Fresh Water for Flowers
SciFi/Fantasy Book of the Month One hardcover or paperback per month signed when possible. Our July Pick is by an NZ author and not signed.

Note: going forward with July joining a club means your book will ship separately from any other orders, and Free.

Please email for details and to renew or sign up. 

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 
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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