Costumes of Miss Phryne Fisher

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.

Cocaine Blues


Craig Johnson on Tour – Recap

Is there anything more fun than hearing Craig Johnson? He’s a true storyteller. He’s currently on tour with his Longmire novella, The Highwayman. We have photos of his visit to The Poisoned Pen. He does know how to make an entrance.

PP Craig in the audience

And, he’s unmistakable in that hat.

PP Craig smiling in audience

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Craig with Barbara Peters
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Craig as storyteller
PP Craig's audience
The Audience

We’d like you to feel as if you were in the audience as well. So, the event was filmed for Livestream if you would like to see it.

And, of course, we have signed copies of The Highwayman, if you’d like to purchase one. (Hint – It might make a perfect Father’s Day gift.)


It’s All About Family – Daniel, Matthew & Michael Palmer

Brothers Daniel Palmer and Matthew Palmer will be at The Poisoned Pen on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 PM. After their father’s death, Daniel, already an author, was asked to write medical thrillers in the tradition of his father, Michael. The first book is Mercy.


Matthew Palmer will be signing The Wolf of Sarajevo.


What’s it like to write in the “Family Tradition”? Daniel answered that question in a recent Publishers Weekly interview,

If you’d like to order a signed copy of Mercy, click here.

Looking for a signed copy of The Wolf of Sarajevo? You can order it as well.

Steve Hamilton’s Second Life

In The New York Times, Janet Maslin indicates “Second Life” can refer either to author Steve Hamilton or to his latest book, The Second Life of Nick Mason.

Second Life

Hamilton will be here at The Poisoned Pen on Thursday, May 26th at 7 PM. If you can’t make it, you can order a signed copy.

In the meantime, you might want to read Maslin’s article about the award-winning author.

Grecian & Fesperman at The Poisoned Pen

Patrick Millikin recently hosted Alex Grecian and Dan Fesperman at The Poisoned Pen. Grecian is on book tour for Lost and Gone Forever.

PP Lost and Gone Forever

A couple days ago, we linked to a NYTimes article about Dan Fesperman’s The Letter Writer.

PP Letter Writer

Would you like to see photos from the event?

PP Fesperman, Grecian, Patrick on stage
Left to right – Fesperman, Grecian and Millikin
PP Alex Grecian
Alex Grecian
PP Dan Fesperman
Dan Fesperman
PP Alex Grecian, Dan Fesperman
Alex Grecian and Dan Fesperman
PP Grecian, Patrick, Fesperman
Grecian, Millikin and Fesperman

This time, we can invite you to the event, via Livestream. Here’s the link so you can feel as if you were there for the interview.

And, of course, we have autographed books if you would like to buy one. Here’s where you can order Lost and Gone Forever

You can order The Letter Writer here.

Check it out!

Illustrated Books from the Rosenwald Collection

The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection is part of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress. There’s a brief summary of the collection here –

Illustrated books are the central theme of the collection that contains “books from the last six centuries and manuscripts from the three preceding”.

Below is one of the illustrated books in the collection.

Rosenwald collection book

The second photo is the Kelmscott Chaucer, considered one of the beautiful books ever created.

Rosenwald as well

Both books are part of the Rosenwald Collection in the Library of Congress.

Nevada Barr at The Poisoned Pen – Recap

I have fun pictures to share of Nevada Barr’s appearance at The Poisoned Pen. She’s on book tour for Boar Island. What’s even more fun, though, is the Livestream event. You’ll really want to check it out.

It these pictures are any indication, it was a fun event.

Nevada Barr and Barbara
Nevada Barr and Barbara Peters

nevada barr audience

Nevada Barr reading

Nevada Barr laughing

Of course, you can order a signed copy from The Poisoned Pen.

Our copies come with a “Welcome to Boar Island” postcard with scenes of the site in Acadia National Park, the site of this Anna Pigeon novel.

Dan Fesperman in The New York Times

Dan Fesperman, author of The Letter Writer, will be here at The Poisoned Pen on Thursday, May 19 at 7 PM. He’s joined by Alex Grecian, author of Lost and Gone Forever. Did you see Marilyn Stasio’s review of The Letter Writer in The New York Times Book Review on April 29? She calls the novel “dynamic”, and says, “Fesperman’s prose is almost photographic, creating vignettes saturated with color and humming with life.”

You can read the entire review here.

If you can’t be here Thursday night, you can still order a signed copy.

Letter Writer

Midnight Launch – Preston & Child

The Poisoned Pen had a special midnight launch for Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s new book, Beyond the Ice Limit. The fourth Gideon Crew book was released today.

Beyond the Ice Limit

So, our Livestream event actually was timed to coincide with release date. You can watch Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston and Barbara Peters talk about it.

If you would like to order the book, you can do it right here.

IMPORTANT: Every copy of BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT purchased from the Poisoned Pen bookstore site automatically comes with a free, 5″ x 7″ color photograph of the authors, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, which they have personally autographed. The authors are signing these photographs instead of signing the books themselves. Global shipping is available.