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About Me:
Founded in 1989, The Poisoned Pen is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, part of Greater Phoenix, now the fifth largest metro-region in the United States. We run a full and varied program of Events, Workshops, and Conferences. Our specialty is fiction—mysteries and thrillers, plus general fiction, science fiction/fantasy, historical fiction—and a whole lot more including history, travel, and food. We carry British and Canadian as well as American titles with a strong collection of Signed First Editions. We are a member of BookSense.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Publisher, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
I love many authors but to mention a few: Laurie R King, Diana Gabaldon, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Rachael Caine, Judith Hendricks, Jodi Picoult, Alice Hoffman and a new author I just discovered John Levitt.

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Tim Myers as Chris Cavender first in a new series A Slice of Murder

A Slice of Murder ($22 Kensington) is the first in a new series from author Tim Myers as Chris Cavender, aka Elizabeth Bright of the Card-Making Mysteries and Melissa Glazer of the Clay and Crime mysteries. If you haven’t discovered these then you are in for a treat!

Not too much happens in the sleepy little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina - which is fine with pizza-purveyor extraordinaire Eleanor Swift. The spunky owner of A Slice of Delight is trying to mend her broken heart… Continue

Posted on July 10, 2009 at 4:06am — 1 Comment

One of our authors was kind to send this to me...

Author Dolores-Gordon Smith talks about her new book, As If By Magic; the third Jack Haldean mystery

As If By Magic; the third Jack Haldean mystery by Dolores Gordon Smith

“Where do you get your ideas from?” is a question that’s often asked at book festivals and – be warned! – infuriates some writers. I don’t know why; I think it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to ask.

I know exactly where the ideas for As If By Magic came from. Every Christmas the… Continue

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 7:15am

Malice Domestic from St. Martin's Press

Hey all you mystery writers, have you heard of the Malice Domestic contest from from St. Martin's Press?

This contest provides a previously unpublished writer an opportunity to launch his or her career with a major mystery imprint, St. Martin's Minotaur. The winner will receive a one-book, $10,000 contract.

Here is a list of previous… Continue

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Hey all you writers out there...have you heard of HarperCollins' Boing Boing?

HarperCollins has opened a slushpile at Boing Boing (read story here)

Getting your book to a Harper Collins editor is nigh on impossible even with an agent...So in an attempt to uncover writing talents and editorial/critical talent HC has set up a site that gives unpublished authors a place to share their work and allows readers to promote their favorite writers, perhaps all the way to a book… Continue

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Graphic Novel Mysteries - From Patrick King

Graphic Novel Mysteries

It’s been great to see that graphic novels (i.e. comic books) have become much more respected over the past few years. Gone are the days when comic writers treated the reader like an eight year old with classic lines such as, “Thank gosh for utility belts!” or “My spider-senses are tingling, that must mean Dr. Octopus is near!”; instead, the writers have realized that their audience has grown up and so has the dialogue and the art work. I have recently… Continue

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 2:00am

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At 12:27am on November 22, 2009, Robin Richmond said…
You might like to do business with us.Books can be sent to our US address.Add us to our mailing. You may not know that Marion died in March after a long illness.
At 9:45am on June 29, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
At 1:57am on February 18, 2009, Patricia Gulley said…
Thanks for inviting me. Next time I'm in PHX I have to drop by.
At 3:07am on February 4, 2009, Mari Sloan said…
Laurie R. King is also one of my favorite authors. Nothing like her in style, but also a great read with more than a touch of history while still remaining refreshingly modern, try Kelli Stanley and NOX DORMIENDA.

:-) Mari
At 3:02am on February 4, 2009, Mari Sloan said…
Thank you for your invite! I'm looking forward to visiting your page often.
:-) Mari Sloan
At 10:44pm on January 25, 2009, Allan E. Ansorge said…
Caught your interview on line with Tess Gerritsen and thought it was great. Truly well done. Hope to be out that way and intend to stop and shop.

At 7:24am on January 13, 2009, Dave Zeltserman said…
Hey Patrick, is that you inviting me? Did you get a copy of Pariah?

At 8:29am on January 10, 2009, Timothy Hallinan said…
Well, well -- great to see you here. It's so much cheaper than flying to Phoenix.

And thanks for the befriending gesture.


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