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Cozy Spree

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Cozy Crime Spree

Cozy Spree

Saturday March 18th at 2 PM
Join cozy mystery authors Laura Bradford, Lynn Cahoon, Paige Shelton, and not-so-cozy author Chevy Stevens for an entertaining afternoon program talking about their latest mysteries and whether or not murder is best served up with tea and cookies or a double martini with a twist. Laura will be signing Silence of the Flans, the second in her delectable emergency Dessert Squad. Lynn will be signing Fatality by Firelight, the latest in her Cat Latimer series. Paige signs Bookman Dead Style, the second in her Dangerous Types mysteries. And Chevy will be signing Never Let You Go, her latest novel of psychological suspense. This entertaining event will be hosted by the Poisoned Pen’s 2017 writer-in-residence Linda Castillo.
Author Linda Castillo will be hosting!
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Laura Bradford signs The Silence of the Flans
Lynn Cahoon signs Fatality by Firelight
Paige Shelton signs Bookman Dead Style
Chevy Stevens signs Never Let You Go

Jacqueline Winspear @ The Poisoned Pen

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Jacqueline Winspear actually kicked off her book tour for In This Grave Hour at The Poisoned Pen the day before release date (with permission from the publishers). Those of us in attendance were able to buy copies, but told not to read them until midnight (smile).

In This Grave Hour

There are some photos of this event.

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Jacqueline Winspear with copies of In This Grave Hour
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Poisoned Pen Bookstore owner Barbara Peters interviews Jacqueline Winspear
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The audience
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Barbara Peters taking orders
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Jacqueline Winspear signing In This Grave Hour

If you didn’t have a chance to get to the program, you can watch it on Livestream.

And, you can order a signed copy of In This Grave Hour through the Web Store.

Brunonia Barry Giveaway

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Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader, is at The Poisoned Pen on Wednesday, March 15 at 7 PM, on book tour for her new book, The Fifth Petal.

Fifth Petal

Here’s the summary of the book on the Web Store.

Beloved author Brunonia Barry returns to the world of THE LACE READER with this spellbinding new thriller, a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.

When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.

But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?


Barry is giving away copies of her new book. Here’s her note.

Dear Reader,

The 2014 death of a teenage boy reopens Salem’s most famous cold case, the 1989 Halloween murders of three young women, all descended from victims of the infamous Salem Witch Trials. With the accusation of Rose Whelan, once a renowned scholar who has fallen on hard times, the story becomes a modern day witch-hunt. A triple mystery with mythical roots, The Fifth Petal stands alone, but fans of The Lace Reader will welcome familiar characters.

I’m giving away five books. Write to me at

Brunonia Barry

If you’re not lucky enough to win a copy, or you expect you won’t, you can order a signed copy through the Web Store.

Cara Black @ Scottsdale Civic Center Library

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Cara Black, author of the Aimee Leduc series, recently appeared at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library in an event co-sponsored by The Poisoned Pen. Here was Black’s topic.

Explore the unique districts that inspired the Series Aimée Leduc with the author Cara Black as she dives into her research process, being an outsider in France, and her new novel Murder on the Quai.

Murder on the Quai

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 14 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

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Cara Black and Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen

You might not have been able to make the event, but you can still order a signed copy of Murder on the Quai through the Web Store.

Amy Engel & Isabella Maldonado @ The Poisoned Pen

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Authors Amy Engel (The Roanoke Girls) and Isabella Maldonado (Blood’s Echo) recently appeared at The Poisoned Pen to discuss their books.

Patrick Millikin from The Poisoned Pen joined bookstore owner Barbara Peters to interview the authors.

Left to right – Patrick Millikin, Isabella Maldonado, Amy Engel, Barbara Peters

Maldonado’s Blood’s Echo is a debut, kicking off the Veranda Cruz series, set in Phoenix. Here’s the summary from the Web Store.

Whenever the lust for drugs, money, and power lays claim to a city, brutality is never far behind. Phoenix detective Veranda Cruz is dead set on taking down the Villalobos Cartel, but the ruthlessness of her quarry demands a ruthless edge of her own.

Detective Veranda Cruz leads an elite task force on the Phoenix Police Drug Enforcement Bureau. Bartolo Villalobos is the heir apparent to the most powerful cartel in the world. No one in the department suspects the secret motive behind Veranda’s obsession with the cartel . . . until an operation goes horribly wrong.

Targeted by an increasingly unstable drug lord, Veranda must protect her family and stay clear of adversaries within the force while she sets a trap for Bartolo. As the desert action heats up, Veranda and her new Homicide team—along with an arson investigator who kindles a flame for her—are all drawn into a deadly gambit. Taking down Bartolo is the ultimate goal, but is Veranda ready to trade life for justice?


“Maldonado ratchets up the tension with each page, leaving you breathless as you race to the end.”—Robin Burcell, bestselling author of The Kill Order

“Isabella Maldonado is off to a great start, giving us a tense thriller with a strong sense of place and an insider’s look at some of the most dangerous work in law enforcement. This first Veranda Cruz novel will leave readers eagerly awaiting her next adventure.”—Jan Burke, New York Times bestselling author

“The Phoenix sun isn’t the only thing burning in this thrilling debut and I look forward to more.”—Shannon Baker, bestselling author of the Kate Fox mystery series

“Maldonado has crafted a top-notch thriller that will have police procedural junkies and thrill-seekers turning page after page, late into the night.”—Maegan Beaumont, award-winning author of Carved in Darkness

Patrick Millikin & Isabella Maldonado


Here’s the summary of Amy Engel’s The Roanoke Girls.

“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran…fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

Amy Engel and Barbara Peters


Signed copies of both books, Blood’s Echo and The Roanoke Girls, can be ordered through the Web Store.




Tim Dorsey & Clownfish Blues

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You might not have seen the Livestream yet of Tim Dorsey. He was at The Poisoned Pen for the first time in years, on book tour for Clownfish Blues.


We do have photos from the event.

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Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen, interviews Tim Dorsey
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Dorsey photographing the audience
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One of Tim Dorsey’s fans brought the entire collection for signing
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If you missed the Livestream event, you can still watch it.

And, you can order signed copies of Clownfish Blues, and copies of Dorsey’s other books, through the Web Store.