Fiction Review

James Sallis, Cara Black, and More

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Did you miss James Sallis or Cara Black when they appeared at The Poisoned Pen? Marilyn Stasio reviews their latest books in Sunday’s New York Times, “The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction”.

Looking to pick up signed copies of Sallis’ Willnot or Black’s Murder on the Quai? Of course we have them in the Web Store.


Ben Coes’ First Strike

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Ben Coes, author of First Strike, will appear at The Poisoned Pen on Tuesday, June 28 at 7 PM.

First Strike

He’ll be joined by Brian Keene, Weston Ochse and Stephen Coonts. Thanks to Criminal Element, you can read an excerpt from First Strike now.

Here’s our link with information about the event. You can click on the authors’ names to order their individual books.


Gina Wohlsdorf & Rachel Howzell Hall – Photos

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Gina Wohlsdorf, author of the debut, Security, and Rachel Howzell Hall, author of Trail of Echoes, recently appeared at The Poisoned Pen. Here are photos from the event.

Gina, Barbara & Rachel
Left to right – Gina Wohlsdorf, Poisoned Pen owner Barbara Peters, Rachel Howzell Hall
Gina & Patrick
Gina Wohlsdorf talking with Poisoned Pen’s Patrick Millikin
Gina and Barbara
Gina Wohlsdorf and Barbara Peters
Gina, Barbara listening to Rachel
Gina Wohlsdorf, Barbara Peters and Rachell Howzell Hall
Gina (really Rachel)
Rachel Howzell Hall

If you’d like to order signed copies of either book, check out the Web Store.

Diana Gabaldon and The Outlander Kitchen

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Outlander Kitchen

Are you a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander? Diana Gabaldon hosts Theresa Carle-Sanders for the signing of Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook at The DoubleTree Resort. The event will be on Saturday, June 25th at 7:00 PM, although the doors will open at 5:00 PM. This is a ticketed event and tickets cost $40.00 and come with a double-signed copy of Outlander Kitchen. There are only 500 seats available, so we advise purchasing sooner rather than later as we expect to sell out. There will be a professional photographer for fan photos with Theresa and Diana at no additional charge. There will also be a cash bar. Please note that time will not permit a book signing so no personalization requests can be accepted nor personal books brought to the event. Thank you for your understanding.

If you would like to order a ticket for the event, here’s the link.

If you want a signed copy of the book, here’s the link.


Terrence Rafferty in The Atlantic, Women Crime Novelists

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Did you see Terrence Rafferty’s recent article in The Atlantic? It’s called “Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels”. Whether or not you agree, it’s an article you might want to read. I’m sure you’ve seen some of these writers at The Poisoned Pen.

Here’s the link.

Grant Blackwood & Whitney Terrell at The Poisoned Pen

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Anne Wilson recently hosted Grant Blackwood, author of Tom Clancy’s Duty and Honor, and Whitney Terrell, author of The Good Lieutenant. It seems, from the photos, as if everyone had a great time.

PP Whitney talking
Left to right – Whitney Terrell, Grant Blackwood and Anne Wilson

PP Whitney, Grant & Anne

PP Whitney...laughing

Would you like signed copies of either Blackwood’s Tom Clancy’s Duty and Honor or Terrell’s The Good Lieutenant?

June 16

They’re available through the Web Store.

And, Anne Wilson will be appearing again at The Poisoned Pen on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 PM with her debut novel, Clear to Lift. It’s always fun to hear a debut author, and feel as if you were in on the ground floor. You might want to mark your calendar.


Trail of Echoes by Rachel Howzell Hall – An Excerpt

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Rachel Howzell Hall, author of Trail of Echoes, will be at The Poisoned Pen on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 PM, along with Gina Wohlsdorf.

Trail of Echoes

Thanks to, we can link to an excerpt from the novel. It’s a teaser. We hope you’re interested and want to come meet Rachel Howzell Hall on Tuesday.

And, don’t forget! You can order a signed copy of the book through the Web Store.