Saturday, December 21, 2013

Meet Author Drew Chapman

Watch Drew Chapman discuss his new book!

Drew will be appearing at the Poisoned Pen Friday, January 10th at 7:00 PM.  Be one of his first Poisoned Pen fans!

Drew       The Ascendant Book Cover

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


In a well written and skillfully rendered police procedural James Thane fulfills the promise of his first book, "No Place to Die".  The compelling characters that we met in his first novel return and remain as vivid and fascinating as ever.  Sean, a police detective, is still recovering from his wife's death.  He is consumed by his work and his grief.  His partner Maggie, not long divorced, is in a new relationship that she is very conflicted about.  Both cops are private people and how they cope with their respective problems while maintaining a healthy working relationship makes for a dynamic reading experience.
The story concerns a date book that is lost by a female "escort".  Gina Gallagher is a personal trainer by day and a high class hooker by night.  When the men in her date book start showing up dead and threats are made to her, then Sean and Maggie start a hunt that is a race against time.
Gina is portrayed in a realistic and yet sympathetic manner.  The story ramps up quickly and becomes a page turner in the best sense.
We are presented with a twisted skein of false clues, unreliable witnesses and motives galore.
The novel is set in Scottsdale, Arizona and makes full use of this unique location.  Thane gives us a palpable feel for the place by using real locales.  We get a true sense of both the city's shape, it's people and it's life.
Any readers who like Michael Connelly and the tense urban dramas he portrays will find this book a terrific read.
James L. Thane will be appearing at the Poisoned Pen bookstore on January 14th to discuss and sign his new novel.

A Shadow Review
Steve Shadow Schwartz

For further reading in a similar vein try:
PENANCE by Daniel O'Shea

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Zip, Zing and plenty of pizazz at the Poisoned Pen!

The store continues with preparations for our 25th anniversary in 2014 with the restoration of the fabled Chinese Dragon. If you have not visited lately, stop by, shop till you drop and hear some of our plans for the big year.  We promise you a memorable event filled year in a refreshed environment. Your total experience will have zip, zing and plenty of pizazz!