Fiction Review

Michael McGarrity – The Last Ranch

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Michael McGarrity was recently at The Poisoned Pen to discuss and sign copies of the final book in his American West trilogy, The Last Ranch.

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We have a few pictures from the program.

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Michael McGarrity with Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
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Michael McGarrity, preparing to read from The Last Ranch

We have signed copies in the Web Store right now if you would like to order a copy.

And, if you would like to start the series, or give it as a Father’s Day gift, we also have the first in McGarrity’s American West trilogy, Hard Country.

Hard Country

The National Parks – Books

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It’s a quiet day of observation here in the U.S., Memorial Day. So, we’ll connect you with a couple books.

In observance of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System, we have book reviews of two books. You can order them through our web store.

Lunde, Darrin. The Naturalist (Crown $28). This terrific study of Teddy Roosevelt and how his sickly childhood and lifelong passion for the natural world (he was taken when young into the Adirondacks, and his father was instrumental in founding NY’s American Museum of Natural History) inspired him to the wildlife conservation movement, our National Parks (this is the 100th anniversary year), and his epic travels. Written by a member of he Smithsonian who also worked at the NY museum, it traces the rise of museums as a whole, natural history museums in particular, taxidermy, hunting, Roosevelt’s life…. Absolutely fascinating and highly recommended for summer reading and for a Father’s Day Gift.


Graham, Scott. Yellowstone Standoff (Torrey House $14.95). Graham’s intriguing third National Park mystery takes archeologist Chuck Bender; his wife, Janelle Ortega; and his two young stepdaughters, Carmelita and Rosalita, to the Turret Patrol Cabin in the Thorofare region, “the highest and coldest forested part” of Yellowstone. There they join a contentious group of 40 researchers, including meteorologists, geologists, wolf experts, grizzly bear experts, and two drone operators, who are dealing with such phenomena as global warming, an increase in the number of small tremors, and an odd pairing of a wolf and a grizzly. The threatening behavior of the park’s predators is worrisome enough, and then the discovery of a murdered researcher lifts threats to a whole new level. Graham, an avid outdoorsman and amateur archeologist, does a fine job detailing the various and competing demands made on National Parks by the public, scientists, and bureaucrats.

Yellowstone Standoff

Those titles, and others, are available to order.


Gini Koch, via Livestream

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As I said before, The Poisoned Pen is more than a mystery bookstore. Gini Koch, who writes science fiction and adventure, is a regular at The Poisoned Pen. She just appeared here with her 13th Alien novel, Camp Alien. Would you like to see the Livestream of the event?

We also carry Camp Alien, and other books by Gini Koch if you would like to order any through the web store.

Camp Alien

Steve Hamilton at The Poisoned Pen – Recap

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See this terrific poster?

Steve Hamilton poster

We’re sorry you missed the event. Steve Hamilton, author of The Second Life of Nick Mason, The New York Times bestseller, was interviewed by author Boyd Morrison, and joined by Arizona Republic journalist Robert Anglen. But, we do have photos! And, you can watch the entire event on Livestream so you can feel as if you were here.

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Steve Hamilton & Boyd Morrison
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Left to right – Robert Anglen, Steve Hamilton, Boyd Morrison

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Barbara Peters, Robert Anglen, Steve Hamilton, Boyd Morrison

There are signed copies of Steve Hamilton’s The Second Life of Nick Mason available through the Web Store.

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And, you can also order a signed copy of The Emperor’s Revenge by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison.

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Maureen Corrigan’s Thriller Picks

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Did you hear Maureen Corrigan’s summer thriller picks on NPR’s Fresh Air? She discussed “The Second Life Of Nick Mason,” by Steve Hamilton, “Where It Hurts,” by Reed Farrel Coleman, “After The Fire,” by Lauren Belfer, and “I Let You Go,” by Clare Mackintosh. You can read the transcript of Fresh Air here.

Steve Hamilton was just here, so you can get a signed copy of The Second Life of Nick Mason

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The other books are also available through the Web Store.

“Golden Age Advice on Staying at Country Houses”

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This was just too good not to share. recently had a fun article that included a number of book jackets from mysteries from the Golden Age. The article, “Golden Age Advice on Staying at Country Houses”, is witty and wise. Check it out.

Costumes of Miss Phryne Fisher

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Most of us will not get to Australia before June 19, but it’s tantalizing to see the website for this extraordinary costume exhibit. There’s a special exhibition of costumes designed by award-winning designer Marion Boyce at The Old Government House in New South Wales. If you’re a fan of the Kerry Greenwood’s Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher mystery series you’ll wish you could see the costumes worn in the television series set in the 1920s.

There are so many special events linked to the exhibit. There’s high tea, author talks, a speakeasy bar, a musical evening, and a “behind the seams” tour. Just too tantalizing, isn’t it?

Just can’t get to Australia, but you would like to immerse yourself in 1920s Australia? You can buy the books through The Poisoned Pen.

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