Fiction Review

Ace Atkins, on Book Tour

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Ace Atkins was recently at The Poisoned Pen, on book tour for Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies.

Little White Lies

Here’s the description of the book.

Boston PI Spenser and right hand Hawk follow a con man’s trail of smoke and mirrors in the latest entry of the iconic crime series. After conning everyone from the cable news shows to the local cops, it looks like the grifter’s latest double cross may be his last.

Connie Kelly thought she’d found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the C.I.A. She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost three hundred thousand dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment.

But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone. Her therapist, Dr. Susan Silverman, hands her Spenser’s card.

A self-proclaimed military hotshot, Welles had been a frequent guest on national news shows speaking with authority about politics and world events. But when he disappears, he leaves not only a jilted lover but a growing list of angry investors, duped cops, and a team of paramilitary contractors looking for revenge.

Enter Spenser, who quickly discovers that everything about Welles is phony. His name, his résumé, and his client list are nothing but an elaborate fraud. But uncovering the truth won’t be easy, as he’ll have to keep the mystery man alive long enough to get back his client’s money. As the trail winds from Boston to backroads Georgia, Spenser will need help from trusted allies Hawk and Teddy Sapp to make sure Welles’s next con is his last.


Although several of the photos are a little dark, we have pictures from the event.

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Ace Atkins signs book stock, working with John Goodman (left) and Patrick Millikin (right) from The Poisoned Pen
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Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen, introduces the program
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Welcoming Ace Atkins

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The light’s a little better if you would like to watch the Livestream event.

Signed copies of Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies are available through the Web Store.

Jane Harper & The Dry

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Are you familiar with Jane Harper’s debut crime novel, The Dry? There’s been quite a buzz about it recently. Here’s the description from the Web Store.


A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up… You’ll love [her] sleight of hand… A secret on every page.” – The New York Times

“One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read… Every word is near perfect. ” – David Baldacci

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Lukeis dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.


During May, Mystery Month, is running a feature called “Clues to My Crime” by crime fiction authors. If The Dry sounds interesting, you might want to check out the article featuring author Jane Harper in which she discusses the influences on her debut crime novel. You can read the article at

And, you can order a copy of The Dry through the Web Store.

Pride and Prejudice

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Are you a fan of Pride and Prejudice? A fan of Elizabeth Bennet’s?

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Penguin Random House’s slow motion tribute to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander was so popular, they made one of Pride and Prejudice. 


“Meet Elizabeth Bennet from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen | kick-a** characters – Elizabeth Bennet from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE… sensitive sister, brainy bookworm, and all-around awesome independent woman. Check out our stop-motion tribute to Jane Austen’s classic kick-a** character!”

Lyndsay Faye on Broadway

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Well, not really Lyndsay Faye, and, not really Broadway.  But, Lyndsay Faye’s debut novel, Dust and Shadow will be a one night only concert at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.Dust and Shadow

“Dust and Shadow” in concert feat. Bryce Pinkham, Drew Gehling, Kevin Massey and more!

“Dust and Shadow,” based on the novel by Lyndsay Faye, tells the story of the Jack the Ripper killings, through the eyes of Watson, and pins Sherlock Holmes against the infamous Jack the Ripper.

The July 17th concert marks the first time “Dust and Shadow” will be presented to the public. With music by Jonathan Reid Gealt, lyrics by Dustin Sullivan and a book by Kasey Marino, the evening will feature TONY nominee Bryce Pinkham (Gentleman’s Guide) as Sherlock Holmes, Drew Gehling (Waitress, Roman Holiday) as Dr. John Watson, Kevin Massey (Gentleman’s Guide, Memphis) as Constable Edward Bennett, Alexa Green as Mary Ann Nichols, Julia Burrows as Annie Chapman, Sally Eidman as Elizabeth Stride, Amy Toporek as Catherine Eddowes and Jenny Ashman as Mary Jane Kelly. The concert will also feature Michael Deleget, Patrick Massey, Nicholas Ryan and Jamal Lee. Matt Hinkley will be rounding out the evening’s creative team with additional arrangements, orchestrations and musical supervision.

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Curious, but you’re not going to be in New York City on July 17? You can order a copy of Dust and Shadow through the Web Store.

Here’s the summary of the book:

From the gritty streets of nineteenth century London, the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson offers a tale unearthed after generations of lore: the harrowing story of Sherlock Holmes’s attempt to hunt down Jack the Ripper.

As England’s greatest specialist in criminal detection, Sherlock Holmes is unwavering in his quest to capture the killer responsible for terrifying London’s East End. He hires an “unfortunate” known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper’s earliest victims; and he relies heavily on the steadfast and devoted Dr. John H. Watson. When Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel during an attempt to catch the savage monster, the popular press launches an investigation of its own, questioning the great detective’s role in the very crimes he is so fervently struggling to prevent. Stripped of his credibility, Holmes is left with no choice but to break every rule in the desperate race to find the madman known as “the Knife” before it is too late.

A masterly re-creation of history’s most diabolical villain, Lyndsay Faye’s debut brings unparalleled authenticity to the atmosphere of Whitechapel and London in the fledgling days of tabloid journalism and recalls the ideals evinced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most beloved and world-renowned characters. Jack the Ripper’s identity, still hotly debated around the world more than a century after his crimes were committed, remains a mystery ripe for speculation. Dust and Shadow explores the terrifying prospect of tracking a serial killer without the advantage of modern forensics, and the result is a lightning-paced novel brimming with historical detail that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

A Couple Questions for Blake Crouch

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Blake Crouch’s 2016 hit, Dark Matter, is now available in paperback.

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He took time to answer a couple questions for his publisher, Penguin Random House. Find out about his favorite writing environment and what he looks for when he enters a bookstore.

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Carolyn Hart’s Last Death on Demand Mystery?

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Walking on My Grave

Carolyn Hart’s note to Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen, indicates that the author is closing out the Death on Demand mystery series with Walking on My Grave.

“From Death on Demand to Walking on my Grave, I’ve loved spending time with
Annie and Max on their sea island. Walking on my Grave is their last
adventure and I will leave them as I found them, young, happy, always there
for each other. My thanks to the wonderful readers who welcomed them. It’s
been fun.”

Here’s the summary of that final book.

In the latest Death on Demand Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Go Home, book seller Annie Darling learns murder and money go hand in hand…

Annie’s friend and fellow shop owner Ves Roundtree is a very wealthy woman. Her rich brother entrusted her with his estate, and upon her death, his fortune is to be divided. Several cash-strapped islanders are in line to collect life-changing inheritances. The problem is, Ves is very much alive.

Ves hosts a dinner for the prospective beneficiaries and feels a chill in the air that has nothing to do with the wintry season. Not long after, she suffers a bad fall that was no accident. Everyone at the table had a motive but not a shred of evidence was left behind.

When one of the suspects is found floating in the harbor and Ves disappears, Annie and her husband Max spring into action to catch a calculating killer before greed takes another life.


The Poisoned Pen has signed copies of the last Death on Demand book, Walking on My Grave. Check the Web Store.