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Crime and Humor, according to Tim Maleeny

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Any author who writes a book called Boxing the Octopus might know a little bit about crime and humor. Tim Maleeny recently wrote an article for CrimeReads called “The Art of Blending Crime and Humor”. You can find the article here. http://bit.ly/32tDBjK

Maleeny will be at The Poisoned Pen on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 PM to talk about his latest release, Boxing the Octopus. You can order a signed copy through the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2P1wRFM

Here’s the description of Boxing the Octopus.

If you’re gonna box an octopus, best bring some extra arms

At the height of tourist season, an armored car drives off a crowded pier and sinks to the bottom of San Francisco Bay. By the time divers find the wreck, the cash is gone and the driver has vanished. The police are convinced it’s an inside job, but local merchant Vera Young, whose boyfriend drove the armored car, claims it was much more than a simple heist.

Vera swears the missing driver is innocent and wants him found before the police can throw him in jail. Private investigator Cape Weathers reluctantly takes the case but warns Vera that her boyfriend is likely guilty-or dead. What starts as a manhunt uncovers a criminal conspiracy of money laundering, illegal drug testing, and a network of corporations willing to do anything to protect their stock price. It’s a case that Cape can’t get his arms around, and his relationship with Vera is getting complicated while the list of people who want him dead is getting longer.

Boxing The Octopus is a runaway tour of San Francisco’s underworld which reminds us that when things get out of hand, having eight arms is always better than two.

*****

On Tuesday, November 5, Tim Maleeny will be joined by Michael Stanley and four authors from Australia – Sulari Gentill, Robert Gott, Jock Serong, and Ema Viskic. It’s a special opportunity because the Australian authors received a grant to do a short tour of the U.S. You might want to consider an evening at The Poisoned Pen.

Michael Connelly & Bosch

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A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the ticketed event at The Poisoned Pen with Michael Connelly, a short program and a book signing. https://poisonedpen.com/2019/10/06/michael-connelly-a-ticketed-event/

All of the details are in that post. The last I knew, there were a few tickets still available, but I can’t promise.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can still order a signed copy of Connelly’s new book, The Night Fire. Check the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2RtzGgK

At least, you might want to take time to read Carolyn Kellogg’s excellent interview in The Washington Post. https://wapo.st/2BhHsED

Crime Fiction, The NYTimes

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Marilyn Stasio’s recent column in The New York Times almost reads as if it’s a recap of recent author appearances at The Poisoned Pen. You can read reviews of James Sallis’ Sarah Jane and John Sandford’s Bloody Genius. She also reviewed Martin Edwards’ Gallows Court. He’ll be at the bookstore on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 PM to discuss that book. You can order signed copies of the books through the Web Store. https://store.poisonedpen.com

You can find the column here. https://nyti.ms/2LNOaZb

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

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Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, says 70 percent of the store’s customers are from outside of Arizona. That means many of you who read the blog and order books may have never seen the actual physical bookstore. With the earlier article in the Arizona Republic about the bookstore’s 30th anniversary, Carly Bowling from the newspaper took a number of photos.

Here’s a virtual tour of the bookstore, using Bowling’s pictures.

Poisoned Pen Bookstore marks its 30th anniversary Oct. 3.

Poisoned Pen Bookstore marked its 30th anniversary Oct. 3. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Poisoned Pen Bookstore marks its 30th anniversary Oct. 3.

(CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC)

A display celebrating Banned Book Week at Poisoned Pen Bookstore, September 24, 2019.

A display celebrating Banned Book Week at Poisoned Pen Bookstore, September 24, 2019. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Barbara G. Peters started Poisoned Pen Bookstore 30 years ago.

Barbara G. Peters started Poisoned Pen Bookstore 30 years ago. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Barbara G. Peters started Poisoned Pen Bookstore 30 years ago.

Barbara G. Peters started Poisoned Pen Bookstore 30 years ago. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Poisoned Pen Bookstore is known for the many author events it hosts.

Poisoned Pen Bookstore is known for the many author events it hosts. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Poisoned Pen Bookstore sells books to customers all over the world, September 24, 2019.

Poisoned Pen Bookstore sells books to customers all over the world, September 24, 2019. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Posters of book covers, photos famous visitors and a large paper dragon are just some of the items decorating Poisoned Pen Bookstore, September 24, 2019.

Posters of book covers, photos famous visitors and a large paper dragon are just some of the items decorating Poisoned Pen Bookstore, September 24, 2019. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Poisoned Pen Bookstore marks its 30th anniversary Oct. 3.

Poisoned Pen Bookstore marked its 30th anniversary Oct. 3. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Poisoned Pen Bookstore started as a specialty store for mystery novels.

Poisoned Pen Bookstore started as a specialty store for mystery novels. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Barbara G. Peters says 70 percent of Poisoned Pen Bookstore's customers are from outside of Arizona, September 24, 2019.

Barbara G. Peters says 70 percent of Poisoned Pen Bookstore’s customers are from outside of Arizona, September 24, 2019. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Barbara G. Peters opened Poisoned Pen Bookstore thirty years ago, September 24, 2019.

Barbara G. Peters opened Poisoned Pen Bookstore thirty years ago, September 24, 2019. CARLY BOWLING/THE REPUBLIC

Tana French’s “Dublin Murders”

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Starz is adapting Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad crime novels for television. They just released the trailer, based on the first two books in the series, In the Woods and The Likeness. Although not all of us have Starz, we can read the books. The Poisoned Pen makes them available through the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2m02JOs

Here’s the summary of the first in the series, In the Woods.

The bestselling debut, with over a million copies sold, that launched Tana French, author of The Witch Elm and “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post). 

“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.” —The New York Times

Soon to be a Starz series

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Richly atmospheric and stunning in its complexity, In the Woods is utterly convincing and surprising to the end.

*****

And, here’s the trailer for “Dublin Murders”.

William Kent Krueger in Conversation

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William Kent Krueger’s latest novel, This Tender Land, appears at #3 on The New York Times Bestseller list on September 22. Did you miss his appearance at The Poisoned Pen? He and Barbara Peters, owner of the bookstore, discussed books, and much more. But, you can not only still watch the event, you can order a signed copy of This Tender Land through the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2lPfdc0

Here’s the description of This Tender Land.

“If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land…This story is as big-hearted as they come.” —Parade 

A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace

1932, Minnesota—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.

Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an en­thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

*****

This is a conversation you’ll want to watch.

New Zealand – A Crime Writer’s Dream

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Debut mystery writer Sara E. Johnson appears at The Poisoned Pen on Monday, September 9 at 7 PM. She’ll introduce her book, Molten Mud Murder, and her protagonist, Alexa Glock. If you can’t make it, you can order signed copies of the book through the Web Store. http://bit.ly/2k7sSur

You can read the summary of Molten Mud Murder here.

Is the past better left undisturbed, or unearthed?

When a body is found half-submerged in a molten mud pot in one of Rotorua’s famous geothermal wonderlands, forensics expert Alexa Glock spots a way to prolong her stay in New Zealand, which she has been visiting for work. Teeth are her expertise, and the investigation needs her help, as other ways of identifying the body may have… melted away.

Joining Detective Inspector Bruce Horne and his team, Alexa discovers that the murder victim, a city councilman, had trespassed on an island sacred to the Maori. The ancient punishment for such a transgression is disaster, demonic possession, or death… and when she visits the island to investigate, the same outcome is promised for her. Alexa doesn’t believe in ancient spirits returning to exact revenge, and when another victim turns up dead she begins to wonder whether the real threat is something—or someone—much closer to home.

*****

Better yet, you can read how Johnson’s year in New Zealand inspired murder. That’s a murder mystery, of course. She wrote about it for BookReporter.com. http://bit.ly/2kzH0Nd