Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Arizona Attorney Magazine


For a little leisure reading, check out the AZ Attorney Magazine creative arts competition winners' work. Categories include fiction, humor, poetry and more...
Click on the image above to read the magazine online.
They found a great location to take the photos as well.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lee Child at The Pen for 61 Hours

Lee Child and Barbara are still standing at the end of the
his event celebrating the 14th Jack Reacher thriller, 61 HOURS,
on a beautiful May Sunday. Over 200 fans turned out for Child's
talk and book signing.

We have just a handful of signed copies left, and also
a few each of the Signed Limited Editions of AGENTS
each), two collections each containing a Child short story.
The first is spy stuff, the second sex and the city.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fun Video - Name those Authors

Books From LepreCon Event

Take advantage of our participation in this years LepreCon!

We have signed:
Charles Vess - Drawing Down the Moon art book ($39.95)
The Beastly Brides - new anthology with art by Charles

George Martin's New Anthology, Warriors ($27.99) signed by George and Diana Gabaldon

Debut author Sam Sykes has signed Tome of the Undergates (Gollancz $43), his debut science fiction/fantasy warmly recommended by George RR Martin and Diana Gabaldon and Dragon Book (signed by Sam and Diana Gabaldon) ($24.95)

Ian Tregillis - Bitter Seeds ($25.95) Signed

Melinda Snodgrass - The Edge of Ruin -($27.95) signed and her paperback- The Edge of Reason

James A Owen - Here, There be Dragons ($17.95) Signed

New Zafon, The Prince of Mist.

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz. Prince of Mist (LB $18 or UK Signed Lt. Ed. $60).

A ghost story for teen and adult readers with the magic that characterizes his bestselling

It's war time, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning.

With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist--a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden--an adventure that will change their lives forever.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Signed Books at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore

Barry, Brunonia. The Map of True Places (Morrow $28 Signed).

We're back in Salem, Mass, Barry's home turf, where where Zee Finch, a respected psychotherapist, has returned after one of her patients commits suicide. There she finds that her father, Finch, long ago diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, has been hiding how really sick he is. Barry's first novel The Lace Reader ($15) became a much applauded bestseller and also took place in Salem, drawing in past and present with this town's history.

Clements, Rory. Revenger (Murray $35 Signed).

Elizabethan noir. Yes, the period, the peak of the Tudor Age, really fits noir: dark deeds, twisted characters, secret agendas, betrayals, shifting loyalties/self interest/ambition, downward spirals. What a match! And here we have Book Two after Martyr ($15), a History Pick last year, tapping into all this good stuff. Our protagonist is John Shakespeare, elder brother of Will but a real character and worthy of the role in his own right. No fan of historical mystery including those who read CJ Sansom especially should miss the fine work by Clements.

For a second blockbuster Elizabethan noir, June brings us Book Five in the Sir Robert Carey novels by PF Chisholm: A Murder of Crows (Poisoned Pen $25 Signed June 26). The primary focus here is on the revenge-bent Lowland Scot Land Sergeant Dodd who finds himself reluctantly in London with Carey, a pock-marked, struggling lawyer at the Queen's Bench, and a gaggle of spies and agents and courtiers surrounding the Queen who here is off in Oxford where the next Carey will take place. Christopher Marlowe is fabulous, so self seeking as he lets his genius have full rein. I love the scene where Dodd tortures him in a non-physical but hugely painful way. Plus there are other less well known poets and a not very likable Bald Will.

Eastland, Sam. Eye of the Red Tsar (Ballantine $27 Signed).

This is not a FMC Pick because the author is a British author here writing under a pseudonym. He introduces Pekkala, once the Romanovs' most trusted investigator. Ten years after the execution of that royal family, Pekkala is in prison but the state needs him for one final mission: find the bodies of the murdered Romanovs, locate the killers, find the royal child rumored to still be alive, and give Stalin the international coup he craves.

Note: our FMC Pick The Holy Thief set in Stalinist Russia is sold out, so visit the era with Eastland.

Doiron, Paul. The Poacher's Son (St Martins $27 Signed) - just 9 copies left of this hot First Mystery debut.

Set in the forests of Maine, here is an intense thriller about bad parenting and all manner of serious challenges, plus survival and betrayal. While the obvious analog is the late William G. Tapply, hugely missed by me and many, this is in fact not a regional story but one on a grand scale. Loved it!

Harris, Charlaine. Dead in the Family (Roc $28 Signed).

We are so appreciative of this blockbuster author taking time to sign our books when she can't visit the store. In fact, we have championed Charlaine's work since her second novel way back in I think 1990 and while I warm most to her dark Lily Shakespeare noirs and some like the cozy Atlanta librarian mysteries best, the imaginative and irrepressible Charlaine has reached her widest audience via Sookie Stackhouse (and the TV series she spawned). This is Sookie's latest adventure.

If you enjoy Sookie, don't miss a really entertaining debut by Christopher Farnsworth: Blood Oath (Putnam $25 Signed May 26). I don't read this genre much as I do read all our Event Books, I dug into this and enjoyed it all, a fast and funny ride and actually based on a footnote to Andrew Johnson's acts as President.

Palahniuk, Chuck. Tell-All (Doubleday $26 Signed).
I'm in France and our books are in Scottsdale at the store, so I have borrowed this write-up from a sister bookstore.

"These copies are signed, scented with perfume, and stamped with "kisses" at random spots throughout the book! Soaked, nay, marinated in the world of vintage Hollywood, Tell-All is a Sunset Boulevard-inflected homage to Old Hollywood when Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost; a veritable Tourette's syndrome of rat-tat-tat name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list; and a merciless send-up of Lillian Hellman's habit of butchering the truth that will have Mary McCarthy cheering from the beyond. Our Thelma Ritter-ish narrator is Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to the outsized needs of Katherine "Miss Kathie" Kenton-veteran of multiple marriages, career comebacks, and cosmetic surgeries. But danger arrives with gentleman caller Webster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie's heart (and boudoir). Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie's death in a forthcoming Lillian Hellman-penned musical extravaganza; as the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans-and for posterity. Tell-All is funny, subversive, and fascinatingly clever. It's wild, it's wicked, it's bold-faced-it's vintage Chuck."

Steinhauer, Olen. The Nearest Exit (St. Martin's $27 Signed).

Milo Weaver, returning from bestseller The Tourist ($15), has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA. These are Steinhauer's first contemporary novels after his knockout Eastern European espionage series.Now faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a "tourist." Before he can get back to the CIA's dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses. Milo is suddenly in a dangerous position, between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested men, between patriots and traitors-especially as a man who has nothing left to lose. I think of Steinhauer's work as elegant companions to those of Alan Furst and John LeCarre. He is a two-time Edgar award finalist and has been shortlisted for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Barry awards. Raised in Virginia, he lives in Leipzig, Germany, which is why we haven't been able to highlight his work with Signed books since his 2003 History/Mystery Pick Bridge of Sighs ($14). If you missed it, wait no longer!

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz.
Prince of Mists (LB $18 Signed; UK Signed Lt. Ed. $60). I may be off on the US price... A ghost story for teen and adult readers with the magic that characterizes his bestselling bibliomysteries.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Arrival- Scott Turow's INNOCENT

Cover of Innocent by Scott TurowScott Turow's INNOCENT is available as a signed first edition. To order your copy either click on the link or call The Poisoned Pen. The price is 27.99. This is the sequel to PRESUMED INNOCENT.
Twenty years ago, Tommy Molto charged his colleague Rusty Sabich with the murder of a former lover; when a shocking turn of events transformed Prosecutor Rusty from the accuser into the accused. Rusty was cleared, but the seismic trial left both men reeling. Molto's name was dragged through the mud and while Rusty regained his career, he lost much more...Now, Rusty - sixty years old and a chief judge - wakes to a new nightmare. His wife Barbara has died in suspicious circumstances and once again, he is the prime suspect. Reunited with his charismatic lawyer Sandy Stern, Rusty will do anything to convince his beloved son Nat of his innocence. But what is he hiding? In an explosive trial which will expose lies, jealousy, revenge, corruption, and the darker side of human nature, Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto will battle it out to finally discover the real meaning of truth, and of justice.

book cover of   Presumed Innocent    (Kindle County, book 1)  by  Scott Turow

Friday, May 7, 2010

This Body of Death by Elizabeth George Signed

George, Elizabeth. This Body of Death ($30) Signed

Starred review from PW, "Starred Review. Bestseller George's richly rewarding 16th novel to feature Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley (after Careless in Red) offers an intricate plot that will satisfy even jaded fans of psychological suspense. Aggressively career-minded Isabelle Ardery, the new acting superintendent of London's Metropolitan Police, boldly manages to lure Lynley, who's been grieving over his wife's murder, back from Cornwall to look into a murder case. The body of Jemima Hastings, a young woman recently relocated from Hampshire, has turned up in a London cemetery. With suspects in both locales and numerous leads to follow and interviews to conduct, Ardery succeeds in raising the hackles of Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers, Det. Insp. John Stewart, and other members of the investigating team. George tantalizes with glimpses of a horrific earlier murder case; showcases Lynley at his shrewdest, most diplomatic best; and confounds readers with a complex array of evidence, motives, and possible solutions."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Yay! The Team Here Just Finished the May BookNews!

The completion of the first-ever staff composed Poisoned Pen Booknews has resulted in sighs of relief all around, and also a renewed respect for Barbara, who writes one single-handedly every month. The link to it will be posted soon in an upcoming eNews. Until then here is a peek at some upcoming May titles.

Ken Kuhlken (signing his new title Biggest Liar in Los Angeles Sat, May 8 at 2 pm) is getting great reviews according to Publishers Weekly, "Kuhlken mixes historical and fictional characters with an ease that will remind many of Max Allan Collins' Nate Heller series.... He's equally adept at melding the murder inquiry with Hickey's struggles with his dysfunctional family."

Jon Talton's Deadline Man, now in stock, is also getting major accolades. Booklist gave the book a starred review: "A cabal of defense contractors with a diabolical plan to gain control of the govenment runs up against the power of the press in this nonstop thriller. When the respected business columnist of the Seattle Free Press-a man known for his ability to write under pressure and meet deadlines as he cranks out three columns a week-stumbles on a story about the local company Olympic International, people around him begin to die in murders framed to look like suicides or lovers' quarrels (but could be something much more ominous). People are not what they seem here, from the new female police reporter who works with the columnist (and who remains nameless throughout the journalist's first-person account), to the federal agents inquiring about a missing teenage girl, to the higher-ups at the newspaper, which is facing tough financial times. And throughout the four weeks during which the story takes place, the term "eleven/eleven" echoes ominously. Talton, author of The Pain Nurse (2009) and the David Mapstone series, combines a moving paean to the free press with a chillingly plausible thriller plot built around black ops. A knockout novel that leaves the reader with renewed appreciation for independent daily newspapers." While Publishers Weekly called this a book of, "Well-rounded characters and a lightning-paced plot."

Jon signs Deadline Man on May 20 at 7 pm

The critics love Laurie R. King's God of the Hive (now available), which King signs here on May 19)

"The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes's character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart." -Washington Post Book World

"King enriches the Sherlockian legacy."-Boston Globe

"The God of the Hive is mesmerizing-another wonderful novel etched by the hand of a master storyteller. No reader who opens this one will be disappointed." -Michael Connelly, author of The Scarecrow

The Signed Broadsheet of The Green Man, the original title for God of the Hive, is sold out but King will be bringing more copies to her May 19 event with debut author Steven Gore, author of First Mystery Pick Final Target (LJ Starred Review)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Signed Books at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore

Clements, Rory. Revenger ($35)

1592. England and Spain are at war, yet there is peril at home, too. The death of her trusted spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham has left Queen Elizabeth vulnerable. Conspiracies multiply.

The quiet life of John Shakespeare is shattered by a summons from Robert Cecil, the cold but deadly young statesman who dominated the last years of the Queen’s long reign, insisting Shakespeare re-enter government service. His mission: to find vital papers, now in the possession of the Earl of Essex.

Essex is the brightest star in the firmament, a man of ambition. He woos the Queen, thirty-three years his senior, as if she were a girl his age. She is flattered by him – despite her loathing for his mother, the beautiful, dangerous Lettice Knollys who presides over her own glittering court – a dazzling array of the mad, bad, dangerous and disaffected.

When John Shakespeare infiltrates this dissolute world he discovers not only that the Queen herself is in danger – but that he and his family is also a target. With only his loyal footsoldier Boltfoot Cooper at his side, Shakespeare must face implacable forces who believe themselves above the law: men and women who kill without compunction. And in a world of shifting allegiances, just how far he can trust Robert Cecil, his devious new master?

Harris, Charlaine. Dead in the Family ($28) Signed

The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)'s True Blood-continues!

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

Turow, Scott. Innocent ($28) Signed

The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.