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The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, founded in 1989 by Barbara G. Peters, is an independent bookstore specializing in fiction. Discover with us current and classic works of mystery, thrillers, historical and literary fiction, and literature of the American Southwest, much of it offered in Autographed First Editions and imports. Our Book Clubs bring exciting new work right to your door.

Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Art District, The Pen is celebrated for its schedule of author and literary events and its global outreach through webcasts and worldwide shipping. In 1997 Peters and her husband Robert Rosenwald founded 
Poisoned Pen Press, a separate corporation dedicated to publishing excellence in mystery. The Poisoned Pen hosted the Left Coast Crime Conference in 1995. and most years hosts a themed mystery conference of its own in Scottsdale.

Please sign up for our Enews, read our Booknews, attend our events – generally programs of an hour or more with Q&A and book signing – at the bookstore or at the Arizona Biltmore Resort or other nearby locations. Most are free but we do request that any books you wish to have signed be purchased from The Poisoned Pen.









For inscriptions please enter your request, limited to FIVE words plus a name, into the instruction box when you proceed to checkout.

Our events are (99%) free. We do ask that to get any copy of the new book signed you purchase it from The Poisoned Pen.

If you have a personal book or books you would like signed, our policy is that for each copy of the author’s new book you buy you can get three personal books signed – if the author is willing which we cannot guarantee in every case.
There is no charge for this service.
Please understand that it is performed at your own risk, we are not liable for any books that are lost or damaged if sent to us to be signed.
And to that end, you must put your name inside every book, not just inside the box or a single book in a group. Books are often separated from each other in a signing situation.
If you ship them to us we must have your credit card number to charge the return shipping. There is no surcharge added.

We do not accept returns unless the book is damaged or defective If we have shipped a damaged book to you, please contact
David Brooks for how to return your book.
We are a cell phone free shopping experience. Please turn off your phone while shopping or attending an event.


Store policies and event FAQ PDF download »





General Inquiries: The Poisoned Pen
Events Manager: Barbara Peters
Shipping department: David Brooks