About Us

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, founded in 1989 by Barbara G. Peters, is an independent bookstore specializing in fiction. Discover with us current and classic works of mystery, thrillers, historical and literary fiction, and literature of the American Southwest, much of it offered in Autographed First Editions and imports. Our Book Clubs bring exciting new work right to your door.


Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Art District, The Pen is celebrated for its schedule of author and literary events and its global outreach through webcasts and worldwide shipping. 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.


Please sign up for our Enews, read our Booknews, attend our events – generally programs of an hour or more with Q&A and book signing – at the bookstore or at the Arizona Biltmore Resort or other nearby locations. Most are free but we do request that any books you wish to have signed be purchased from The Poisoned Pen.

Hours of Operation (may be affected by COVID-19)

UPDATE November 20th: Back to Curbside Pickup + phone & internet orders only

We note with worry that infection rates are rising and that an influx of travelers is arriving in ArizonaTo protect you and our staff we are closing appointment shopping from Saturday November 21 to Monday December 14. 

Thanksgiving may well act as a superspreader. So we are allowing the incubation period to elapse before we reassess the safety of in-store browsing. 

Bummer!! We miss seeing you. Thank you for bearing with us
Curbside Pickup Hours are: 11:00-4:00 M-F, also 6:00-8:00 W & Thu; and 11:00-6:00 on Saturday. And 1:00-4:00 PM on Sundays.
For curbside pickup please use 480-970-1534. The webstore and email operate 24/7For the best customer service other than curbside pickup please continue to email sales@poisonedpen.com  

Contact us by phone at 480 947 2974 or toll-free 1 888 560 9919

General email queries can be addressed to sales@poisonedpen.com

Click here for store policies.

Click here to meet our staff.

Nearby dining.