Fiction Review

Ransom Riggs – Authorcuts

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Are you a fan of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and the sequels? Are you waiting for the movie at the end of September? You can buy the books through the Web Store.

And, you can see Ransom Riggs discuss the photos that inspired his books, courtesy of Penguin Random House’s Authorcuts.

Help Wanted: Poison Squad

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Help Wanted: Healthy young men to allow themselves to be poisoned. Free room and board. That could have been the advertisement in 1902 when Dr. Harvey Wiley started the experiments that would lead to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration.

Check out the information about the program, and the poisonings, in Natalie Zarrelli’s article for Atlas Obscura

Shannon Baker’s Stripped Bare

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Stripped Bare, the first Kate Fox mystery, appears on Shannon Baker’s website as ” A modern western described as Longmire meets The Good Wife.”

Stripped Bare

The Tucson author will be at The Poisoned Pen at 7 PM on Thursday, Oct. 13, along with Kevin Wolf and Margaret Mizushima. You can get a sneak preview of Stripped Bare, though, on Criminal Element’s website, where they have an excerpt.

Once you’ve read the excerpt, you can either wait until October or you can purchase a signed copy now through the Web Store.

Daniel Silva – By the Book

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Daniel Silva was recently at the Poisoned Pen on his book tour for The Black Widow.

Black Widow

Now, he’s in The New York Times, “By the Book”, answering questions.

Enjoy the interview, and, then, if you’re looking for a signed copy, stop by the Web Store.

Poisoned Pen Press – The Strand Magazine

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Bob Rivers recently did a publishing profile of Poisoned Pen Press that was published in The Strand Magazine. Entitled, “Poisoned Pen Press: Bucking the Trend and Going Strong”, it’s an excellent profile of the press, its history, its authors, and its spirit.

Read the entire profile here.

J.A. Jance in The Phoenix New Times

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One of the Poisoned Pen’s author events just appeared in The Phoenix New Times under “21 Best Things to Do Sept. 1-7.” Thanks to Michael Senft for the following article about J.A. Jance’s upcoming appearance.

Photo – Mary Ann Halpin Studios

By Michael Senft

Bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance divides her time between Arizona and Seattle, depending on the series she’s working on. She’s back in Arizona at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for a release party for her latest Joanna Brady novel, Downfall. She will sign copies at the Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale.

Downfall finds the Bisbee sheriff caught in a tight re-election campaign while investigating the possible murder of two women who fell to their deaths from a local mountain.

Downfall is currently available for pre-order for $26.99, and hits stores on September 6. Admission is free, but purchase of Downfall is requested. Call 480-947-2974 or visit for more information.

Murder in New Orleans

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In September, Bouchercon is in New Orleans. If you’re not familiar with the convention, according to the website, “Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, is a celebration of the mystery genre. It is the largest annual meeting in the world for mystery lovers.” Mystery fans will be meeting authors, talking mystery, and enjoying the city. Many will also be interested in the crimes and mysteries of New Orleans itself.

Lauren Delaney George tells a story from 1920s New Orleans on Atlas Obscura. It’s slightly graphic, so be prepared if you read the story of The Trunk Murders.