Fiction Review

Brad Thor’s Foreign Agent

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The Poisoned Pen had quite a collection of Brad Thor’s books for him to sign when he was here the other day. Our new staff member, Kelly, and bookstore owner, Barbara Peters, are showing off the books.

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We have signed copies of Brad Thor’s latest thriller, Foreign Agent, which just made The New York Times Best Seller List. Don’t hesitate to order copies of his other books through the Web Store as well. A number of them are available.

Foreign Agent

Military Themes & Thriller Night

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Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen, was surrounded by men the other night when she hosted four authors of thrillers and novels with military themes.

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The authors present were Ben Coes (First Strike), Stephen Coonts (Liberty’s Last Stand), Brian Keene (Pressure), and Weston Ochse (Grunt Traitor).

Most of the evening was quite serious, but you can tell there were some light moments.

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Left to right, Brian Keene, Weston Ochse, Barbara Peters, Stephen Coonts, Ben Coes

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Brian Keene, Weston Ochse, Barbara Peters
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Stephen Coonts and Ben Coes

Here’s my favorite picture of the evening. Ben Coes wanted a photo with the audience. Can you pick the authors out in the crowd?

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You can get signed copies of books by any or all of the authors by going to the Web Store.

Canadian Mystery Writers

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How many Canadian mystery writers can you name? Journalist and mystery columnist Oline Cogdill has an excellent article in Mystery Scene. It’s called “Celebrating Canadian Writers.”

Once you check it out, you might want to look for the authors in The Poisoned Pen’s Web Store. Or, ask one of the staff about their books!

Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen

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When you think of cozy British mysteries, do you think of cucumber sandwiches? That’s just one of the food items that’s likely to appear on the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen blog.

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The popular blog has been an ongoing spot for cozy mystery lovers and authors to share recipes and cozy mysteries. Cozy mystery readers will recognize many of the authors that appear above. There are even more authors that write guest posts for the blog, talking about recipes, sharing stories about food, posting contests and giveaways for readers.

If you’re a cozy mystery reader who enjoys the connection between mysteries and food, you’ll want to check out this fun site.

And, watch for the mysteries by these authors and other writers of cozies. The Poisoned Pen often does displays featuring cozies, and you can find many of them in our Web Store.  If it’s not there, ask!

Ben Coes’ First Strike, The Book Trailer

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Have you seen the book trailer for Ben Coes’ First Strike?

If the drama “strikes” you, you can order a signed copy of First Strike through our Web Store.

First Strike

Ben Coes, Stephen Coonts, Brian Keene, and Weston Ochse all appear at The Poisoned Pen on Tuesday, June 28 at 7 PM.




James Sallis and Willnot

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Did you miss Patrick Millikin’s recent interview of James Sallis at The Poisoned Pen? Wallis, the author of Willnot, also appeared with his band, Three-Legged Dog. I’m sorry the blog can’t show you the performance. But, you can see the photos of the book program.

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Left to right – James Sallis and Patrick Millikin
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A plug for Willnot
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Pretty good for a Friday night audience


We have signed copies of Willnot in stock, if you’d like to purchase one through the Web Store.

James Sallis, Cara Black, and More

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Did you miss James Sallis or Cara Black when they appeared at The Poisoned Pen? Marilyn Stasio reviews their latest books in Sunday’s New York Times, “The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction”.

Looking to pick up signed copies of Sallis’ Willnot or Black’s Murder on the Quai? Of course we have them in the Web Store.