News from: Carolyn Hart

Occasionally, authors send us news that we’re happy to pass on to readers. Congratulations to Carolyn Hart, author of Don’t Go Home, for this news.

Don't Go Home

“I love booksellers, especially independent booksellers…. I am thrilled to announce that DON’T GO HOME, now available in paperback, has received a great honor from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. Don’t Go Home is included in the short list for the Beach Music Prize (named in honor of Pat Conroy) for best mystery of 2015. The other titles are by wonderful authors I admire.

“In DON’T GO HOME, a bestselling author comes home to the island and announces he will reveal the inspiration for his characters, which are based on the lives of people he knows. Annie Darling’s good friend Marian Kenyon has a secret she is determined to keep. When he is murdered, Annie helps Marian investigate even though Annie promised Max she wouldn’t delve into danger.

“There will be a new Death on Demand in spring 2017: WALKING ON MY GRAVE. Annie and Max Darling know a murder is planned. Can they save the victim?”

Congratulations, Carolyn!

These are all the books shortlisted for the mystery or thriller prize.

The Beach Music Mystery Prize

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross (Viking, 9780525427094)
A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (William Morrow & Company, 9780062386243)
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399173967)
Don’t Go Home by Carolyn Hart (Berkley Books, 9780425276549)
Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, 9781941962473)

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize

Where All the Light Tends to Go by David Joy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780399172779)
The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (William Morrow & Company, 9780062311115)
Descent by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781616204778)
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (Doubleday Books, 9780385539432)
The Scribe by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton & Company, 9780393239294)

These may be prizes given by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA), but you can purchase any of these books through The Poisoned Pen.

Steve Berry at The Poisoned Pen

How popular is Steve Berry? This is an entire wall of signed copies of his latest Cotton Malone novel, The 14th Colony, as shown by Berry and Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen.

Steve Berry wall

If you haven’t heard one of Peters’ interviews with an author, they’re insightful, as she queries authors about their books, without spoiling the book for readers.

Steve Berry and Barbara Peters

And, it was quite an audience that showed up for the Pen’s program with Steve Berry.

Steve Berry audience

If you missed the program, you can still see it via our Livestream program.

We would love to have you order a signed copy of Berry’s The 14th Colony. He signed a few of them, as you saw.

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Epic Fantasy Authors Staveley and Sykes

You do know The Poisoned Pen is more than a mystery bookstore, don’t you? In fact, The Poisoned Pen is a general bookstore that hosts hundreds of authors a year.

Recently, epic fantasy authors Brian Staveley and Sam Sykes signed their newest books here.

The trilogy that began with The Emperor’s Blades and continued in The Providence of Fire reaches its epic conclusion with The Last Mortal Bond, the final volume in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series.

And, Sam Sykes discussed and signed Mortal Tally, the second in his Bring Down Heaven series.

So, don’t just think of us as a mystery bookstore. Think of us as the place to order and buy fantasy titles as well. We’re mystery, and more.

Laurie R. King, Mary Russell & A Fashion Show

Like most of you, I wasn’t able to be there when Laurie R. King came to The Poisoned Pen to talk about her latest book, The Murder of Mary Russell.


But, we all still have the chance to share the experience, and this one is fascinating. Barbara Peters interviews author Laurie R. King, and, at the appropriate times, stops the interview twice to feature the clothing of the period in a fashion show. Watch the entire interview and see fashions from the Victorian era and the twenties at Livestream.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fashions. First, Victorian.

Barbara Peters

Now, the models preparing for the ’20s portion of the show.

Once you’ve watched the Livestream event, and heard Laurie R. King discuss The Murder of Mary Russell, you might want to buy the book. Here’s your chance to purchase The Poisoned Pen’s book of the week.

Tessa Arlen at The Poisoned Pen

Tessa Arlen recently joined us at The Poisoned Pen to discuss her latest mystery, Death Sits Down to Dinner.


She sat down with John Charles to answer questions and talk about the Edwardian period.

Tessa Arlen & John Charles

If you didn’t catch it earlier, Arlen also took time to answer questions in a a two-part interview for the blog when I put her in the hot seat. You can find the interview posted earlier.

And, if you’re now enticed to read it, don’t forget you can always order Death Sits Down to Dinner through the bookstore!

Death Sits Down to Dinner

Stuart Woods at The Poisoned Pen


Stuart Woods was just at The Poisoned Pen to discuss his latest Stone Barrington novel, Family Jewels.

The audience turned out to hear the discussion between Woods and Barbara Peters, owner of the bookstore.

Stuart Woods audience

It was the perfect occasion for Barbara Peters, owner of the bookstore, to break out her Baccarat necklace bought in France at its museum. She said it wasn’t the Klimt in the story, but it fit the evening.

Stuart Woods and Barbara 2

If you’d like to feel as if you were there that evening, the event is available through Livestream.

If you’d like a signed copy of Family Jewels, check out the bookstore’s site.

Family Jewels







Poisoned Pen Press – Spotted in Denver

Poisoned Pen Press in Denver

Spotted at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver at the Public Library Association Conference – The Poisoned Pen Press booth. Front row is Robert Rosenwald, Publisher and President of the Press, and distinguished visitor Jewell Parker Rhodes. Rhodes is the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Creative Writing and Artistic Director of Piper Global Engagement at Arizona State University. Raj Dayal, Senior Marketing Consultant for the Press is in the back.

Look closely, and you can see the covers for some of the Poisoned Pen Press’ books.

Steve Berry at The Poisoned Pen


Steve Berry will be at The Poisoned Pen on Monday, April 11 at 7 PM. He’ll be discussing and signing The 14th Colony, the eleventh book in his best-selling Cotton Malone series.

To get you in the mood, we have a link to R.G. Belsky’s recent interview with Berry. It was published in The Big Thrill, the online publication of the International Thriller Writers.

Post-WWII Crime, Kerr & Connell

Books about World War II and its aftermath are always popular, and the same is true about the authors who write about it. The Poisoned Pen recently hosted two authors who cover that territory, Philip Kerr, author of the Bernie Gunther books, and John A. Connell, who writes about Mason Collins. Here are just a few photos from the recent event.

PP Kerr Connell

(Left, Philip Kerr. Right, John A. Connell)

Here’s Kerr speaking about his book, The Other Side of Silence, as Connell, bookstore owner, Barbara Peters, and the audience listen.

PP Connell Kerr Peters again

Below is Peter Kerr, Barbara Peters, and John A. Connell.

PP Kerr Peters Connell

If you backtrack on the blog a week or so, you’ll find an interview with John A. Connell, author of Spoils of Victory. The first part of the interview is dated March 23, followed the next day by the conclusion.

Spils of Victory

You can still get an autographed copy of Philip Kerr’s The Other Side of Silence from The Poisoned Pen.

Other Side

Best of all, if you’re like me, jealous that you can’t be at The Poisoned Pen to see and hear the authors, you can get comfortable at home and watch the event via Lifestream.