Fiction Review

Small Business Saturday @ The Poisoned Pen

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Small Business Saturday



Join author Dana Stabenow and Poisoned Pen bookstore owner Barbara Peters on Saturday, from 12:00-2:00 PM as they recommend books. There will be specials and giveaways.

November 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

Nov 25th is Small Business Saturday®, a day created specifically for small businesses like Poisoned Pen Bookstore. This year, don’t just Shop Small® for our Books. Do it for the businesses you love, for the community you call home, and for the money that stays in the neighborhood when we all Shop Small. This year, Shop Small For All.

Find us at 4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101 between the hours of 10am to 6pm on Nov 25th.

Thanks for choosing to #ShopSmall. Please share your Small Business Saturday experience on your social channels.

Agatha Christie – As Popular As Ever

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Agatha Christie is as popular as ever, with the new version of “Murder on the Orient Express”. Now, Ben Brantley, theater critic for The New York Times, discusses the show currently playing in London, “Witness for the Prosecution”.


Looking for some Agatha Christie books to read? Don’t forget to check out The Poisoned Pen’s Web Store.

The Washington Post’s 10 Best Thrillers & Mysteries of 2017

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The Washington Post recently announced their “10 best thrillers and mysteries of 2017”. I’m sure you’ll recognize some of these.


Check out the Web Store for copies of the books.

If you’re looking for gifts for yourself or a crime fiction fan, The Poisoned Pen still has signed copies of some of the books.

Stephen Coonts & Barrett Tillman @ The Poisoned Pen

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Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen, recently hosted authors Stephen Coonts and Barrett Tillman. Signed copies of Coonts’ The Armageddon File and Tillman’s On Wave and Wing are available through the Web Store.

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Left to right – Barbara Peters, Stephen Coonts, Barrett Tillman



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Stephen Coonts signing
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Barrett Tillman signing

David Baldacci’s End Game – Hot Book of the Week

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David Baldacci’s latest novel, End Game, is the Hot Book of the Week at The Poisoned Pen. There are signed copies available through the Web Store.

End Game

Here’s the description of the new book.

#1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci returns with his most breathtaking thriller yet…

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They’re the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man.

But now, Blue Man is missing.

Last seen in rural Colorado, Blue Man had taken a rare vacation to go fly fishing in his hometown when he disappeared off the grid. With no communications since, the team can’t help but fear the worst.

Sent to investigate, Robie and Reel arrive in the small town of Grand to discover that it has its own share of problems. A stagnant local economy and a woefully understaffed police force have made this small community a magnet for crime, drugs, and a growing number of militant fringe groups.

But lying in wait in Grand is an even more insidious and sweeping threat, one that may shake the very foundations of America. And when Robie and Reel find themselves up against an adversary with superior firepower and a home-court advantage, they’ll be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man . . .


“Robie and Reel are complex characters, and anything they do is a pleasure to follow…Baldacci knows how to get readers to turn the pages.” —Associated Press

Shopping Sunday @ The Poisoned Pen

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What do authors do when they’re in town for an event at The Poisoned Pen, and they have free time? Well, authors Laurie King and Ellen Crosby went shopping at the Desert Botanical Gardens with bookstore owner Barbara Peters. Actually, they were at the Chocolate and Chili Festival there.

Laurie King, Ellen Crosby & Barbara Peters
Left to right – Laurie King, Ellen Crosby, Barbara Peters

Check out those bags that Laurie and Barbara are carrying.

This Sunday is Shopping Sunday – not just for books but for cookies and other delicious treats from ace local baker DavidHe will have samples to taste and bags to buy.
You noticed the bags Laurie King and Barbara were carrying – the contents were by David! Barbara is hooked on the Butter Peca/Tart Cherry biscotti but that’s just one of the exciting flavors and cookies he offers. There are gluten-free treats too.
It’s an extra treat for our 7 Author Holiday Party starting at 2:00 PM Sunday. And there will be other food for nibbles as well.

Lee Child – On Dialogue and Research

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Lee Child’s current Jack Reacher novel, The Midnight Line,  has been receiving very good reviews, including Janet Maslin’s “A Gentler Jack Reacher Emerges in Lee Child’s Latest Novel” in “Books of the Times” in The New York Times. There are signed copies of The Midnight Line available through the Web Store.

Midnight Line

Now, Lee Child addresses the topic of dialogue and research in his writing. You can watch the short clip on YouTube.

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