Fiction Review

Beaumont & Kerns – The Thriller Genre

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The Poisoned Pen recently hosted Meagan Beaumont, author of Blood of Saints, and Arthur Kerns, author of The Yemen Contract.

When Patrick Millikin interviewed them, he said he couldn’t think of anything the books or authors had in common, other than the books are both thrillers. If you like thrillers, you can read the summaries and order signed copies through the Web Store.

You could also watch the Livestream event, and that may give you a flavor of the books.

Michael Koryta at The Poisoned Pen

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Although I linked to the Livestream program showing Michael Koryta’s appearance at the Poisoned Pen on his Rise the Dark book tour, I didn’t have photos to share.

Here’s Koryta getting ready to sign books in that back room.

Michael Koryta signing

Patrick Millikin showing Rise the Dark.

Michael Koryta's Rise the Dark

Michael Koryta addressing the audience.

Michael Koryta talking


Michael Koryta and Patrick

And, don’t forget, you can get signed copies of Rise the Dark through the Web Store.


Finch, Holmes & Carr

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There’s so much to mention in Charles Finch’s recent USA Today review of Caleb Carr’s Surrender, New York.

Surrender New York

Here’s the review.

I could mention all of Charles Finch’s Charles Lenox mysteries.

Home by Nightfall is his 2015 mystery, and The Inheritance will be out in November.

Or, we could talk about Finch’s references to Sherlock Holmes. Here, references to Sherlock Holmes often bring up Laurie R. King. She’ll be appearing here October 1 to talk about two books, Mary Russell’s War, and Echoes of Sherlock Holmes

With mystery readers, you never know where one book review will take you.

Koryta, Storey in NY Times

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Marilyn Stasio just reviewed books by two of the August authors at the Poisoned Pen. Stasio’s Crime column in The New York Times features reviews of Michael Koryta’s Rise the Dark and Erik Storey’s Nothing Short of Dying

Koryta was just at the Pen, and Storey will be here Wednesday, August 24 at 7 PM. And, of course, signed books by both authors are available through the Web Store.

Michael Koryta – Rise the Dark

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Michael Koryta was just at The Poisoned Pen on his book tour for Rise the Dark.

Rise the Dark

Here’s the summary of the book, as it appears in the Web Store.

“Mark Novak’s greatest mystery may be his own…

Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak’s notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They’ve never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he’s avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga.

In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring’s final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future.”

Intrigued? If you would like to hear Michael Koryta discuss Rise the Dark, along with other topics, with Patrick Millikin, check out the Livestream event.

And, don’t forget, you can order signed copies of Rise the Dark through the Web Store.

Fake Spirits and Wine

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The European Union Intellectual Property Office recently released a report saying €1.3 billion is lost every year across the EU due to fake spirits and wine. That report “shows that 4.4% of legitimate sales of spirits and 2.3% of legitimate sales of wine are lost each year due to counterfeiting of alcoholic drinks. Those lost sales translate into 4,800 jobs directly lost across the spirits and wine sectors in the EU, as legitimate manufacturers employ fewer people than they would have done in the absence of counterfeiting.”

Sound familiar? It might, if you read Jeffrey Siger’s Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mysteries. Here’s the description of his last book, Devil of Delphi.

Devil of Delphi

Delphi once stood at the center of the world, a mountainous, verdant home to the gods, where kings and warriors journeyed to hear its Oracle speak. The Oracle embodied the decree of the gods—or at least the word of Apollo. To disobey risked…everything.

Young Athenian Kharon chooses modern Delphi to rebuild his life among its rolling hills and endless olive groves. But his dark past is too celebrated, and his assassin’s skills so in demand, that his fate does not rest entirely in his own hands. Greece is being flooded with bomba, counterfeits of the most celebrated alcoholic beverages and wine brands. The legitimate annual trillion-dollar world market is in peril. So, too, are consumers—someone is not just counterfeiting booze, but adulterating it, often with poisonous substances. Who is masterminding this immensely lucrative conspiracy?

Kharon learns who when the ruthless criminal gives him no choice but to serve her. Her decrees are as absolute as the Oracle’s, and as fearsomely punished. Kharon agrees, but dictates his own payoff. And his own methods, which allow his targets some choice in the outcomes.

When Kharon unexpectedly shoots a member of one of Greece’s richest, most feared families, he draws Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis into the eye of a political and media firestorm threatening to bring down Greece’s government. Think “Breaking Bad,” Greek-style.


Jeffrey always seems to have his pulse on Greece’s problems. You can order a signed copy or a paperback of Devil of Delphi through the Web Store.

Watch here for an interview with Jeffrey Siger, and information about the new Andreas Kaldis mystery, Santorini Caesars, due out in September.

WSJ – “Three Approaches to Thriller Writing”

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Lucy Feldman recently wrote a post for the Wall Street Journal called “Three Approaches to Thriller Writing”. She discusses three authors who are hot this month, Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me, Blake Crouch, the author of Dark Matter, and the man she calls “The Franchise Player”, James Patterson. You can find the article here.

And you will find books by the authors through the Web Store.