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Apr
1
Wed
VIRTUAL EVENT: Matthew Quirk discussses HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Another re-imagined event!  Matthew Quirk will be discussing Hour of the Assassin with Barbara via Skype and broadcast live on our Facebook Channel. Watch in real time and submit questions for Matthew, or catch it later on FB or Youtube!

We will have autographed copies of Hour of the Assassin available for order.

Matthew Quirk signs Hour of the Assassin (Harper/William Morrow, $27.99).  Framed and on the run for his life, a former Secret Service agent discovers how far some men will go to grasp the highest office in the land in this electrifying tale from the author of The Night Agent—a propulsive political thriller reminiscent of the best early Baldacci and Grisham novels.

As a Secret Service agent, Nick Averose spent a decade protecting the most powerful men and women in America and developed a unique gift: the ability to think like an assassin. Now, he uses that skill in a little-known but crucial job. As a “red teamer,” he poses as a threat, testing the security around our highest officials to find vulnerabilities—before our enemies can. He is a mock killer, capable of slipping past even the best defenses.

His latest assignment is to assess the security surrounding the former CIA director at his DC area home. But soon after he breaches the man’s study, the home’s inner sanctum, Nick finds himself entangled in a vicious crime that will shake Washington to its foundations—as all the evidence points to Nick.

Nick knows he’s the perfect scapegoat. But who is framing him, and why? To clear his name, he must find the truth—a search that leads to a dark conspiracy whose roots stretch back decades. The prize is the most powerful position in the world: the Oval Office.

To save himself and the people he loves, Nick must stop the men who rule Washington before they bury him along with their secrets.

 

 

 

CANCELED: Heather Graham signs THE FINAL DECEPTION @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm

 

 

 

 

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Heather Graham signs The Final Deception (Mira Books, $27.99).  How do you confront a threat that is hiding in plain sight? FBI agent Craig Frasier and psychologist Kieran Finnegan hunt an escaped serial killer in the latest explosive thriller in the New York Confidential series.

It was one of Kieran’s most chilling cases: her assessment of a murderer known as the Fireman. There was no doubt that the man needed to be locked away. Now Craig is called to a gruesome crime scene that matches the killer’s methods, and news breaks that the Fireman has escaped prison.

Amid a citywide manhunt, Kieran and Craig need to untangle a web of deceit, privilege and greed. They suspect that those closest to the killer have been drawn into his evil, or else someone is using another man’s madness and cruelty to disguise their crimes.

When their investigation brings the danger right to the doorstep of Finnegan’s Pub, Kieran and Craig will have to be smarter and bolder than ever before, because this time it’s personal, and they have everything to lose.

 

 

 

Apr
4
Sat
CANCELED: Stephanie Wrobel signs DARLING ROSE GOLD @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Stephanie Wrobel signs Darling Rose Gold (Berkley, $26.00) Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive.

In her compulsive, sharply-drawn debut, Stephanie Wrobel peels back the layers of the most complicated of mother-daughter relationships.

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

“Sensationally good – two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction…”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Blue Moon
 
“Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious”—J P Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

“One of the most captivating and disturbing thrillers I’ve read this year. An astonishing debut”— Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

Apr
6
Mon
VIRTUAL EVENT: Don Winslow discusses BROKEN: SIX SHORT NOVELS @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The previously planned public event has been re-imagined, and we are pleased to announce a “virtual” event on Monday, April 6th at 5pm. Don Winslow will discussing his work with Patrick Millikin and Barbara Peters via Facebook Live. Tune in to watch it in real time, or catch it anytime thereafter. We’ll also be adding it to our Youtube Channel.   

Don Winslow will be signing copies of Broken as originally planned, and we’re still accepting orders for signed first edition copies!

Don Winslow signs Broken: Six Short Novels (Morrow, $29.99). In six intense short novels connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption, Broken is #1 international bestseller Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heart-stopping, heartbreaking best. In Broken, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving without headlights through the dark night on the American criminal highway.

With his trademark blend of insight, humanity, humor, action and the highest level of literary craftsmanship, Winslow delivers a collection of tales that will become classics of crime fiction.

 

Apr
7
Tue
VIRTUAL EVENT: Julia Spencer-Fleming discusses HID FROM OUR EYES @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm

This event has been re-imagined.  Barbara will be interviewing Julia Spencer-Fleming via Skype for live broadcast on our Facebook Live channel!   Tune in and watch it in real time or check it out anytime afterwards on FB or Youtube.

 

Julia Spencer-FlemingHid From Our Eyes (Minotaur Books, $27.99). New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades in Hid from Our Eyes.

1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death.

1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scene of a woman that’s very similar to one he worked as a trooper in the 50s. The only difference is this time, they have a suspect. Young Vietnam War veteran Russ van Alstyne found the body while riding his motorcycle and is quickly pegged as the prime focus of the investigation.

Present-day. Millers Kill Police Chief Russ van Alstyne gets a 911 call that a young woman has been found dead in a party dress, the same MO as the crime he was accused of in the 70s. The pressure is on for Russ to solve the murder before he’s removed from the case.

Russ will enlist the help of his police squad and Reverend Clare Fergusson, who is already juggling the tasks of being a new mother to her and Russ’s baby and running St. Alban’s Church, to finally solve these crimes.

Readers have waited years for this newest book and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.

JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING is the New York Times bestselling author of One Was A Soldier, and an Agatha, Anthony, Dilys, Barry, Macavity, and Gumshoe Award winner. She studied acting and history at Ithaca College and received her J.D. at the University of Maine School of Law. Her books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, Nero Wolfe, and Romantic Times RC awards. Julia lives in a 190-year-old farmhouse in southern Maine.

Virtual Book Launch! Paige Shelton discusses THE STOLEN LETTER @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Virtual Book Launch: Paige Shelton discusses her new book, THE STOLEN LETTER with Barbara Peters and Jenn McKinlay! Watch the program in real time on Facebook Live and participate in the discussion, or check it out later on FB and Youtube!

Click here to order your signed copy!

New York Times bestselling author Paige Shelton returns with the next installment of The Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, The Stolen Letter

Delaney Nichols is confident she’s doing what she loves—case in point, just one day after returning from her fabulous European honeymoon, she’s eager to get back to the Cracked Spine, the bookstore where she works. But as she disembarks her bus and hurries toward the shop she and another woman collide, sending a stack of books the woman is carrying to the ground.

Delaney’s hapless victim’s name is Mary, and the two women can’t help but notice that they bear an uncanny resemblance to one another. According to Mary, they both also look like the long-beheaded Mary Queen of Scots. Even stranger, Mary believes she is the reincarnation of the Scottish queen. But peculiar as Delaney’s doppelganger is, she doesn’t have time to dwell on it: on her arrival to the bookshop, she learns the Edinburgh city council wants to close the Cracked Spine, citing code violations, and she’s determined to stop them.

But when Mary’s husband dies in a car explosion—and Delaney learns he was the very member of city council who proposed that the city take a closer look at the bookshop’s construction—she starts to wonder if her meeting with Mary wasn’t an accident. Edinburgh has become as filled with intrigue and deception as any European court, and Delaney is determined to get to the bottom of this royal mystery.

Apr
8
Wed
VIRTUAL EVENT: Dean Koontz in Conversation with Barbara Peters @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Virtual Event: Dean Koontz discusses DEVOTED with Barbara Peters!

We are very pleased to announce a “virtual” event on Wednesday, April 8th at 3pm. Dean Koontz will be discussing his work with Barbara Peters via Facebook Live. Tune in to watch it in real time, or catch it anytime thereafter. We’ll also be adding it to our Youtube Channel.   Signed copies of Devoted (Thomas & Mercer, $28.99) available.  

From Dean Koontz, the international bestselling master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying threat to humanity and the singular compassion it will take to defeat it.

Woody Bookman hasn’t spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother, Megan, tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil was behind his father’s death and now threatens him and his mother. And he’s not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening.

A uniquely gifted dog with a heart as golden as his breed, Kipp is devoted beyond reason to people. When he hears the boy who communicates like he does, without speaking, Kipp knows he needs to find him before it’s too late.

Woody’s fearful suspicions are taking shape. A man driven by a malicious evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he’s coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he’s not alone. Only a force greater than evil can stop what’s coming next.

VIRTUAL EVENT: C.S. Harris discusses WHO SPEAKS FOR THE DAMNED @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This event has been re-imagined. C.S. Harris will be discussing her work via Skype with Barbara Peters for live broadcast on our Facebook Channel.  Check it out in real time or watch it later via FB or Youtube!

Signed books will still be available to order.

C.S. Harris signs Who Speaks For The Damned (Berkley, $26.00). Sebastian St. Cyr investigates the mysterious life and death of a nobleman convicted of murder in this enthralling new historical mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Why Kill the Innocent….

It’s June 1814, and the royal families of Austria, Russia, and the German states have gathered in London at the Prince Regent’s invitation to celebrate the defeat of Napoléon and the restoration of monarchical control throughout Europe. But the festive atmosphere is marred one warm summer evening by the brutal murder of a disgraced British nobleman long thought dead.

Eighteen years before, Nicholas Hayes, the third son of the late Earl of Seaford, was accused of killing a beautiful young French émigré and transported to Botany Bay for life. Even before his conviction, Hayes had been disowned by his father, and few in London were surprised when they heard the ne’er-do-well had died in disgrace in New South Wales. But those reports were obviously wrong. Recently Hayes returned to London with a mysterious young boy in tow–a child who vanishes shortly after Nicholas’s body is discovered.

Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is drawn into the investigation by his valet, Jules Calhoun, an old friend of the dead man. With Calhoun’s help, Sebastian begins to piece together the shattered life of the late Earl’s ill-fated youngest son. Why did Nicholas risk his life and freedom by returning to England? And why did he bring the now-missing young boy with him? Several nervous Londoners had reason to fear that Nicholas Hayes had returned to kill them. One of them might have decided to kill him first.

Candice Proctor, aka C.S. Harris and C.S. Graham, is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than two dozen novels including the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series written under the name C.S. Harris, the C.S. Graham thriller series co-written with Steven Harris, and seven historical romances. She is also the author of a nonfiction historical study of women in the French Revolution. Her books are available worldwide and have been translated into over twenty languages.

A former academic with a PhD in European history, Candice also worked as an archaeologist on a variety of sites including a Hudson’s Bay Company Fort in San Juan Island, a Cherokee village in Tennessee, a prehistoric kill site in Victoria, Australia, and a Roman cemetery and medieval manor house in Winchester, England. She loves to travel and has spent much of her life abroad, living in Spain, Greece, England, France, Jordan, and Australia. She now makes her home in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband, retired Army officer Steve Harris, and an ever-expanding number of cats.

Apr
10
Fri
POSTPONED: Gini Koch’s 10th Anniversary Party for TOUCHED BY AN ALIEN @ The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Gini Koch returns to the valley for a special appearance celebrating the 10th anniversary of the publication of her first novel in the popular Alien series featuring Katherine “Kitty” Katt!  Touched by an Alien (Daw, $7.99). Sci-fi action meets steamy paranormal romance in Gini Koch’s Alien novels, as Katherine “Kitty” Katt faces off against aliens, conspiracies, and deadly secrets. • “Futuristic high-jinks and gripping adventure.” —RT Reviews

Marketing manager Katherine “Kitty” Katt had just finished a day on jury duty. When she stepped out of the Pueblo Caliente courthouse, all she was thinking about was the work she had to get caught up on. Then her attention was caught by a fight between a couple that looked like it was about to turn ugly.

But ugly didn’t even begin to cover it when the “man” suddenly transformed into a huge, winged monster right out of a grade Z science fiction movie and went on a deadly killing spree. In hindsight, Kitty realized she probably should have panicked and run screaming the way everyone around her was doing. Instead she sprinted into action to take down the alien.

In the middle of all the screeching and the ensuing chaos, a hunk in an Armani suit suddenly appeared beside her, introduced himself as Jeff Martini with “the agency,” and then insisted on leading her to a nearby limo to talk to his “boss.” And that was how Kitty’s new life among the aliens began…

Touched by an Alien is the thrilling first installment of the Alien novels.

 

Apr
11
Sat
Coffee & Crime Book Club @ Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Apr 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

The Coffee and Crime Book Club

Please join us as we discuss Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle ($16.00). His code name was “The Needle.” He was a German aristocrat of extraordinary intelligence—a master spy with a legacy of violence in his blood, and the object of the most desperate manhunt in history. . . .

But his fate lay in the hands of a young and vulnerable English woman, whose loyalty, if swayed, would assure his freedom—and win the war for the Nazis. . . .