Fiction Review

Paula Munier’s Blind Search

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On Sunday, November 17 at 2 PM, author Paula Munier will appear at The Poisoned Pen, alongside authors Hank Early, Scott Graham, and Margaret Mizushima. John Valeri refers to Munier as “a triple threat”. In a recent review for Criminal Element, he says, ” In addition to serving as agent extraordinaire for a cadre of esteemed authors, she’s written five popular non-fiction titles, including three on the craft of writing—Plot PerfectThe Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, and Writing with Quiet Hands. Last year, she entered the realm of crime fiction with A Borrowing of Bones; that title—which was both a USA Today bestseller and a nominee for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award—launched a new series featuring former military police officer Mercy Karr and her bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis. Their saga continues with November’s Blind Search. ” You can read Valeri’s review of Blind Search here.

Signed copies of Blind Search, along with copies of Munier’s other books, are available through the Web Store.

Here’s the description of Blind Search.

Former Army MP Mercy Carr and her retired bomb-sniffing dog Elvis are back in Blind Search, the sequel to the page-turning, critically acclaimed A Borrowing of Bones

It’s October, hunting season in the Green Mountains—and the Vermont wilderness has never been more beautiful or more dangerous. Especially for nine-year-old Henry, who’s lost in the woods. Again. Only this time he sees something terrible. When a young woman is found shot through the heart with a fatal arrow, Mercy thinks that something is murder. But Henry, a math genius whose autism often silences him when he should speak up most, is not talking.

Now there’s a murderer hiding among the hunters in the forest—and Mercy and Elvis must team up with their crime-solving friends, game warden Troy Warner and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear, to find the killer—before the killer finds Henry. When an early season blizzard hits the mountains, cutting them off from the rest of the world, the race is on to solve the crime, apprehend the murderer, and keep the boy safe until the snowplows get through.

Inspired by the true search-and-rescue case of an autistic boy who got lost in the Vermont wilderness, Paula Munier’s mystery is a compelling roller coaster ride through the worst of winter—and human nature.

2019 NM-AZ Book Awards

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13th Annual NM-AZ Book Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 2019 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards were recently announced at an awards banquet held at the Tanoan Country Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Awards were presented in 66 categories, from poetry to history and nonfiction to children’s books.

1,545 books were entered in this year’s awards program and 182 of those entries were selected as finalists, which were announced in September 2019. Entries came from large and small publishers from all across the country. Any books by Arizona or New Mexico authors or publishers were eligible as well as books that focused on either Arizona or New Mexico. Because of that entries came from small, one book publishers as well as large national publishers like St Martin’s Press, Random House, Globe Pequot, and even Penguin Books. Many entries came from academic publishers all across the region. Entries this year were up 7%.

The entire list of winners can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

Joseph Kanon’s Hot Book of the Week

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Joseph Kanon, author of The Accomplice, will be at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore on Wednesday, November 13 at 7 PM. Audience members will be able to meet Kanon and have him sign their copies of the current Hot Book of the Week. Copies of Kanon’s books, including signed copies of The Accomplice, are available through the Web Store.

Here’s the description of The Accomplice, the current Hot Book of the Week.

“Gripping and authentic…Kanon’s imagination flourishes [and] the narrative propulsion is clear. A thoroughly satisfying piece of entertainment that extends a tentacle into some serious moral reflection.” —The New York Times Book Review

The “master of the genre” (The Washington Post) Joseph Kanon returns with a heart-pounding and intelligent espionage novel about a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail, and the beautiful woman connected to them both.

Seventeen years after the fall of the Third Reich, Max Weill has never forgotten the atrocities he saw as a prisoner at Auschwitz—nor the face of Dr. Otto Schramm, a camp doctor who worked with Mengele on appalling experiments and who sent Max’s family to the gas chambers. As the war came to a close, Schramm was one of the many high-ranking former-Nazi officers who managed to escape Germany for new lives in South America, where leaders like Argentina’s Juan Perón gave them safe harbor and new identities. With his life nearing its end, Max asks his nephew Aaron Wiley—an American CIA desk analyst—to complete the task Max never could: to track down Otto in Argentina, capture him, and bring him back to Germany to stand trial.

Unable to deny Max, Aaron travels to Buenos Aires and discovers a city where Nazis thrive in plain sight, mingling with Argentine high society. He ingratiates himself with Otto’s alluring but wounded daughter, whom he’s convinced is hiding her father. Enlisting the help of a German newspaper reporter, an Israeli agent, and the obliging CIA station chief in Buenos Aires, he hunts for Otto—a complicated monster, unexpectedly human but still capable of murder if cornered. Unable to distinguish allies from enemies, Aaron will ultimately have to discover not only Otto, but the boundaries of his own personal morality, how far he is prepared to go to render justice.

“With his remarkable emotional precision and mastery of tone” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Joseph Kanon crafts another compelling and unputdownable thriller that will keep you breathlessly turning the pages.

Poisoned Pen Press Authors @ Bouchercon

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I didn’t catch all of the Sourcebook/Poisoned Pen Press authors who were at Bouchercon, but I did find some of them wandering around. And, unfortunately for you, I’m in several of the photos. But, I didn’t want to cut out an author just because I’m in the picture.

I hope you enjoy the photo gallery. And, don’t forget to check the Web Store for these authors’ books!

That’s Sulari Gentill on the right. She’s the author of the Rowland Sinclair mysteries. She’s also a Ned Kelly Award winner. (I’m on the left.)

Although Sulari Gentill is the only Poisoned Pen Press author, the Australian authors all just appeared @ The Poisoned Pen. Here’s Emma Viskic, Robert Gott, Sulari Gentill and Jock Serong.

Here’s Mary Anna Evans, author of the Faye Longchamp Archaeological mysteries.
That’s Dr. David Chaudoir and me with Poisoned Pen Press author Wendall Thomas. Wendall is the author of the Cyd Redondo mysteries.
Have you read Jeffrey Siger’s Andreas Kaldis mysteries set in Greece? You really should.
That’s Triss Stein, author of the Erica Donato mysteries on the left, and Annie Hogsett on the right. She’s the author of the Somebody’s Bound to Wind Up Dead mysteries.

You might recognize Martin Edwards. He’s a frequent guest at the bookstore. Sometimes he’s the host. He’s an author and the editor of the British Library Crime Classics.
Thomas Kies writes the Geneva Chase mysteries.
Bree Baker is the author of the Seaside Cafe mysteries.

There were a number of other Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen Press authors at Bouchercon. I thought you might just want to put a face to the name of one or two of your favorite Poisoned Pen authors. Check out Poisoned Pen Bookstore’s Instagram page for other photos.

International Crime Night at The Poisoned Pen

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I was hoping I could share this with all of you, especially after I met a number of these authors at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. Tomorrow, I’ll share photos of some of the Sourcebook/Poisoned Pen Press authors, along with the Australian authors featured today.

When The Poisoned Pen Bookstore hosted International Crime Night, it featured “Four Aussies, Two South Africans and an Octopus”. You can check the Web Store for books by Michael Stanley, Tim Maleeny, Sulari Gentill, Robert Gott, Jock Serong and Emma Viskic.

Now, meet all of those authors.

Nicholas Meyer’s Return to Holmes

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Nicholas Meyer recently appeared at The Poisoned Pen, talking about his latest Sherlock Holmes novel, The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols. You can catch that event here.

Why do I bring it up again? Adam Langer just interviewed Meyer for CrimeReads, in an article, “26 Years Later, Nicholas Meyer is Returning to Sherlock Holmes. Why Now?”

If the video and the article intrigue you, you might want to pick up a signed copy of The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols through the Web Store.

With the international bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by Dr. John H. Watson. Now Meyer returns with a shocking discovery—an unknown case drawn from a recently unearthed Watson journal.

January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes’ brother Mycroft to undertake a clandestine investigation. An agent of the British Secret Service has been found floating in the Thames, carrying a manuscript smuggled into England at the cost of her life. The pages purport to be the minutes of a meeting of a secret group intent on nothing less than taking over the world.

Based on real events, the adventure takes the famed duo—in the company of a bewitching woman—aboard the Orient Express from Paris into the heart of Tsarist Russia, where Holmes and Watson attempt to trace the origins of this explosive document. On their heels are desperate men of unknown allegiance, determined to prevent them from achieving their task. And what they uncover is a conspiracy so vast as to challenge Sherlock Holmes as never before.

The Haunted Library of Horror Classics

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Although I’m linking to Michael Barson’s recent interview in,, as Director of Publicity for Poisoned Pen Press, he gave me permission to use the opening paragraph of the article.

Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks recently announced the launch of its new line, The Haunted Library of Horror Classics, which will debut in January 2020 with a new edition of Gaston Leroux’s 1911 classic, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Each volume in the Haunted Library will feature a specially written introduction by a horror literature scholar or author, and include notes and annotations explaining the work’s historical context and the vocabulary of its day. The brainchild of Lisa Morton, a past president of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the series is edited by Leslie S. Klinger and Eric J. Guignard, both longtime members of the HWA. In this Q&A conducted by Michael Barson, the Director of Publicity at Poisoned Pen Press, Klinger and Guignard explain what led to the formation of the Haunted Library line and preview some of the other titles that will be published in the months to come.


If you’re a fan of horror novels, you’ll want to check out the interview, available here.