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May
6
Wed
Virtual Event: Christopher Moore discusses SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

An Exclusive Virtual Event with Christopher Moore!

New York Times-bestselling author Christopher Moore discusses his hilarious new novel, SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS. The first 100 customers who order a signed copy of the book will receive access to a private virtual program with Christopher Moore!   He’ll be discussing the book and answering questions.

 

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Christopher Moore discusses SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS (William Morrow, $28.99).

Shakespeare meets Dashiell Hammett in this wildly entertaining murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore—an uproarious, hardboiled take on the Bard’s most performed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring Pocket, the hero of Fool and The Serpent of Venice, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

Set adrift by his pirate crew, Pocket of Dog Snogging—last seen in The Serpent of Venice—washes up on the sun-bleached shores of Greece, where he hopes to dazzle the Duke with his comedic brilliance and become his trusted fool.

But the island is in turmoil. Egeus, the Duke’s minister, is furious that his daughter Hermia is determined to marry Demetrius, instead of Lysander, the man he has chosen for her. The Duke decrees that if, by the time of the wedding, Hermia still refuses to marry Lysander, she shall be executed . . . or consigned to a nunnery. Pocket, being Pocket, cannot help but point out that this decree is complete bollocks, and that the Duke is an egregious weasel for having even suggested it. Irritated by the fool’s impudence, the Duke orders his death. With the Duke’s guards in pursuit, Pocket makes a daring escape.

He soon stumbles into the wooded realm of the fairy king Oberon, who, as luck would have it, IS short a fool. His jester Robin Goodfellow—the mischievous sprite better known as Puck—was found dead. Murdered. Oberon makes Pocket an offer he can’t refuse: he will make Pocket his fool and have his death sentence lifted if Pocket finds out who killed Robin Goodfellow. But as anyone who is even vaguely aware of the Bard’s most performed play ever will know, nearly every character has a motive for wanting the mischievous sprite dead.

With too many suspects and too little time, Pocket must work his own kind of magic to find the truth, save his neck, and ensure that all ends well.

A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night’s noir—a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore.

 

May
7
Thu
Virtual Event: Mary Kay Andrews discusses HELLO, SUMMER @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Virtual Event: Mary Kay Andrews joins us via Skype to discuss her new book, HELLO, SUMMER. Watch the event live on Facebook or catch it later on Youtube!

 

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New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads Mary Kay Andrews delivers her next blockbuster, Hello Summer.

It’s a new season…

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks.

For small town scandals…

When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat—and she doesn’t exactly have warm feelings for Conley. Soon she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.”

And big-time secrets.

Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman—a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.

Virtual Event: Jordan Farmer discusses THE POISON FLOOD @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Virtual Event: Jordan Farmer discusses THE POISON FLOOD via Facebook Live. Watch in real time or check out the show anytime afterward on FB or Youtube.

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Jordan Farmer. The Poison Flood (Putnam, $26.00). A captivating, gritty, and tender story of a reclusive musician and the environmental disaster that threatens his small town and changes his life forever.

Hollis Bragg lives on the fringes. The hunchbacked son of a West Virginia hill preacher, he now resides in rural isolation next to the burned-out husk of his father’s church, and earns his living ghostwriting songs for a popular band that left the poverty and corruption of Appalachia and never looked back. It’s the life he prefers, free from the harsh glare of the spotlight and attachments that lead only to heartbreak.

Then, much to his consternation, he’s discovered by Russell Watson, a local musician and fan who also happens to be the rebellious son of the local chemical company magnate. When a devastating toxic spill at the Watson chemical plant poisons the local water, it sets off an unpredictable series of events as Hollis witnesses a murder, faces a shocking betrayal, and begins to come to terms with his body and his past. Soon Hollis will find that in losing his anonymity and reclaiming his music, he can transform his future; and in opening himself up to the world, he might find redemption.

Originally from West Virginia, Jordan Farmer received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His stories have appeared in the Southwest Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Baltimore Review, Pembroke Magazine, Day One Magazine and many other publications. He is also the author of The Pallbearers.

May
8
Fri
Virtual Event: Brian Panowich discusses HARD CASH VALLEY @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Event: Brian Panowich discusses HARD CASH VALLEY with Patrick Millikin via Facebook Live. Watch the program in real time or check it out anytime after on Facebook or Youtube.

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Return to McFalls County and Bull Mountain in Hard Cash Valley, where Brian Panowich weaves another masterful tale of Southern Noir.

Dane Kirby is a broken man and no stranger to tragedy. As a life-long resident and ex-arson investigator for McFalls County, Dane has lived his life in one of the most chaotic and crime-ridden regions of the south. When he gets called in to consult on a brutal murder in a Jacksonville, Florida, motel room, he and his FBI counterpart, Special Agent Roselita Velasquez, begin an investigation that leads them back to the criminal circles of his own backyard.

Arnie Blackwell’s murder in Jacksonville is only the beginning – and Dane and Roselita seem to be one step behind. For someone is hacking a bloody trail throughout the Southeast looking for Arnie’s younger brother, a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who possesses an unusual skill with numbers that could make a lot of money and that has already gotten a lot of people killed—and has even more of the deadliest people alive willing to do anything it takes to exploit him.

As Dane joins in the hunt to find the boy, it swiftly becomes a race against the clock that has Dane entangled in a web of secrets involving everyone from the Filipino Mafia to distrusting federal agents to some of hardest southern outlaws he’s ever known.

May
9
Sat
Virtual Event: Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) discussses CLOSE UP @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A special virtual event with Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz), who will be discussing her latest novel, Close Up.  Watch the event in real time via Facebook Live or check it out anytime afterwards on FB or Youtube.

 

Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) discusses Close Up (Berkley, $27.00). Welcome to Burning Cove, California where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer…

Vivian Brazier never thought life as an art photographer would include nightly wake-up calls to snap photos of grisly crime scenes or headshots for aspiring male actors. Although she is set on a career of transforming photography into a new art form, she knows her current work is what’s paying the bills.

After shooting crime scene photos of a famous actress, the latest victim of the murderer the press has dubbed the “Dagger Killer,” Vivian notices eerie similarities to the crime scenes of previous victims—details that only another photographer would have noticed—details that put Vivian at the top of the killer’s target list.

Nick Sundridge has always been able to “see” things that others don’t, coping with disturbing dreams and visions. His talent, or as he puts it—his curse—along with his dark past makes him a recluse, but a brilliant investigator. As the only one with the ability to help, Nick is sent to protect Vivian. Together, they discover the Dagger Killer has ties to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood royalty and high society. It is a cutthroat world of allure and deception that Vivian and Nick must traverse—all in order to uncover the killer who will stop at nothing to add them to their gallery of murders.

We at the Poisoned Pen wanted to find a way to get this terrific book into the hands of readers, and so we have come up with a special offer. The Poisoned Pen has a limited number of Custom Close Up Reader’s Boxes available for purchase. Included in each box is a copy of Close Up signed by the author, a copy of The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James, and a personal note from Amanda Quick. The special price for both books and shipping (plus a special treat or two from the Poisoned Pen) is $55.00.

The author of a string of New York Times bestsellers, Jayne Ann Krentz uses three different pen names for each of her three “worlds.”   As Jayne Ann Krentz (her married name) she writes contemporary romantic-suspense.  She uses Amanda Quick for her novels of historical romantic-suspense.  Jayne Castle (her birth name) is reserved these days for her stories of futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense.

“I am often asked why I use a variety of pen names,” she says.  “The answer is that this way readers always know which of my three worlds they will be entering when they pick up one of my books.”

In addition to her fiction writing, she is the editor of, and a contributor to, a non-fiction essay collection, Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance,  published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.  Her commitment to her chosen genre has been strong from the very beginning of her career.

“The romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story,” Jayne says.  “These are books that celebrate women’s heroic virtues and values:  courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love.”

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California.  Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

May
11
Mon
Virtual Event: Jeffery Deaver discusses THE GOODBYE MAN @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Event: Jeffery Deaver will be discussing THE GOODBYE MAN with Barbara Peters via Facebook Live.  Watch it in real time or catch it out later via FB or Youtube!

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Jeffery Deaver discusses The Goodbye Man (Putnam, $28.00). In this twisty thriller from the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, reward-seeker Colter Shaw infiltrates a sinister cult after learning that the only way to get somebody out . . . is to go in.

In the wilderness of Washington State, expert tracker Colter Shaw has located two young men accused of a terrible hate crime. But when his pursuit takes a shocking and tragic turn, Shaw becomes desperate to discover what went so horribly wrong and if he is to blame.

Shaw’s search for answers leads him to a shadowy organization that bills itself as a grief support group. But is it truly it a community that consoles the bereaved? Or a dangerous cult with a growing body count?

Undercover, Shaw joins the mysterious group, risking everything despite the fact that no reward is on offer. He soon finds that some people will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden . . . and to make sure that he or those close to him say “goodbye” forever.

A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into over twenty-five languages. He has sold 50 million books worldwide.

May
12
Tue
VIRTUAL EVENT: Scott Turow discusses THE LAST TRIAL @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Event: Scott Turow discusses his new  novel, THE LAST TRIAL with Barbara Peters! Watch the program in real time on Facebook Live and participate in the discussion, or check it out later on FB and Youtube!

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Two formidable men collide in this “first-class legal thriller” from New York Times bestselling author Scott Turow: a “brilliant courtroom chess match” about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend — a doctor accused of murder (David Baldacci).

At eighty-five years old, Alejandro “Sandy” Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life’s work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial.
In a case that will be the defining coda to both men’s accomplished lives, Stern probes beneath the surface of his friend’s dazzling veneer as a distinguished cancer researcher. As the trial progresses, he will question everything he thought he knew about his friend. Despite Pafko’s many failings, is he innocent of the terrible charges laid against him? How far will Stern go to save his friend, and — no matter the trial’s outcome — will he ever know the truth?
Stern’s duty to defend his client and his belief in the power of the judicial system both face a final, terrible test in the courtroom, where the evidence and reality are sometimes worlds apart.
Full of the deep insights into the spaces where the fragility of human nature and the justice system collide, Scott Turow’s The Last Trial is a masterful legal thriller that unfolds in page-turning suspense — and questions how we measure a life.

 

May
13
Wed
Virtual Event: Walter Mosley discusses TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Event: Walter Mosley discusses TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO with Patrick Millikin. Watch on Facebook Live!

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Morally ambiguous P.I. Leonid McGill is back — and investigating crimes against society’s most downtrodden — in this installment of the beloved detective series from an Edgar Award-winning and bestselling crime novelist.
Leonid McGill’s spent a lifetime building up his reputation in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge of the crime world make him the ideal man to help when Phillip Worry comes knocking.
Phillip “Catfish” Worry is a 92-year-old Mississippi bluesman who needs Leonid’s help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to do a simple favor while shocking the prevailing elite is too much for Leonid to resist.
But when a famed and feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Working to protect his client and his own family, Leonid must reach the heiress on the eve of her wedding before her powerful father kills those who hold their family’s secret.
Joined by a team of young and tough aspiring investigators, Leonid must gain the trust of wary socialites, outsmart vengeful thugs, and, above all, serve the truth — no matter the cost.

 

May
14
Thu
Virtual Event: Hilary Davidson discusses DON’T LOOK DOWN @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

VIRTUAL EVENT:  Hilary Davidson discusses DON’T LOOK DOWN with Patrick Millikin.  Watch in real time on Facebook Live or catch it later on FB or Youtube.

Hilary Davidson discusses Dont Look Down (Thomas and Mercer, $24.95 hc, $15.95 pb). From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice, a gripping mystery about a sinister murder that everyone wants to stay buried—except one dogged NYPD detective.

Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But she has secrets she’ll do anything to keep buried. When her blackmailer offers to meet, Jo expects to pay him off—but gets a bullet instead. Bleeding and in shock, Jo flees with no one to turn to.

When NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza, find Andray Baxter murdered in his own home—shot through the heart—everything points to Jo as the killer. Her blood is at the scene, and so are disturbing photos of her taken as a young teen. But Sheryn has doubts. Was the kindhearted Andray really a criminal? Why did he repeatedly report finding spyware in his apartment? Was there something shady about Jo’s sister dying a year earlier?

Something’s not right, and it’s up to Sheryn to piece together the sinister puzzle, no matter the cost.

 

May
15
Fri
Virtual Event: Tom Leveen discusses OMNIHUMANS WITHIN A CONCRETE LABYRINTH @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
May 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Virtual Event: Tom Leveen discusses his first adult novel, OMNIHUMANS WITHIN A CONCRETE LABYRINTH with Patrick King!  Watch the event in real time via Facebook Live!

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He’ll sacrifice anything to save them . . . except being human.

The world became aware of them sixty years ago: people with remarkable physical and sometimes psychic power, often with terrifying deformities. Most folks call them deviants or use slurs like “deev.” They call themselves omnihumans.

Manic is a federal officer whose job is to take down allegedly dangerous deevs. He loves it, and he’s damn good at it. He’d wipe ’em all off the face of the earth if he could, because every deev out there is a threat to mankind, including his only child—even if she is a naïve college girl devoted to protecting the civil rights of the very deviants he arrests.

When his daughter’s tuition funds suddenly run out, Manic accepts a high-paying, off-the-books gig assassinating individual deevs. But after learning a deviant he’s killed was hunting down gangsters trafficking in the bodies and minds of children, Manic inherits his quest.

But Manic’s identity and clarity of purpose are thrown into chaos when he uncovers the concrete labyrinth where the gangsters are doing their dirty work and finds a vigilante deviant who’s also trying to destroy the organization. Humans, he’ll learn, can be far worse than any deev. And protecting those most innocent may not only cost his life . . . but his humanity . . .