The Poisoned Pen Bookstore was founded in 1989 by Barbara G. Peters. It is an independent bookstore with strong specialities in crime fiction, especially British mystery and noir, history, and literature of the American Southwest. Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Art District, it moved to its present location in 1999. The store is well known for its heavy schedule of author events and for Autographed First Editions and does business nationally and internationally. In 1997 Peters and her husband Robert Rosenwald founded Poisoned Pen Press, a separate corporation dedicated to publishing excellence in mystery. The Poisoned Pen hosted the Left Coast Crime Conference in 1995. and most years hosts a themed mystery conference of its own in Scottsdale. A frequently updated blog supplements its monthly Booknews.