Contact:                   Maryglenn McCombs


Phone:                     (615) 297-9875

The Poisoned Pencil (YA Mystery Imprint of Poisoned Pen Press) Celebrates Debut Release,

Unveils Forthcoming Titles:
Focused on smart, edgy mysteries that tackle subjects teens face every day, The Poisoned Pencil’s inaugural release, Death Spiral by Janie Chodosh, hailed as “compelling reading”

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – The Poisoned Pencil celebrates the release of its debut young adult mystery, Death Spiral, book 1 of the Faith Flores Science Mystery New Mexico teacher Janie Chodosh’s debut novel  has received high praise:

“Chodosh spins a dark and gritty tale…and her protagonist is resourceful and grounded, despite deep-rooted traumas, insecurities, and other flaws.  Sharp characterization and deft descriptions make this a solid addition to the amateur detective shelf.” – Publishers Weekly

“This first title in the Faith Flores Science Mysteries series promises compelling reading for YA and adult readers alike. Janie Chodosh accomplishes a mighty feat by weaving science throughout the story in a seamless and entertaining way.”  —Reviewing the Evidence

“It’s a special event for me when a new young adult science thriller comes to my attention, because these books are rare. Death Spiral: A Faith Flores Science Mystery made my day when I heard about it, and I was not disappointed in the reading” –ScienceThrillers

Founded in 2012, The Poisoned Pencil is an imprint of Poisoned Pen Press, one of the country’s largest mystery book publishers.  The Poisoned Pencil publishes books that feature a unique crime experienced through young adult eyes.

Up next in June from The Poisoned Pencil is Disconnected, a psychological thriller written by Lisa M. Cronkhite that is dedicated to teens who live secret lives burdened by mental illness. This powerful entry is followed up by Jesus Jackson by James Ryan Daley, featuring a youthful atheist coping with his brother’s death, and Mr. Samuel’s Penny, a coming-of-age story set in the post-civil-rights era.

Ellen Larson, Editor of The Poisoned Pencil, commented, “We’re not looking for clones of last year’s hits. We aim to be known for our own list of smart, edgy mysteries that explore subjects real teens face every day—books that will appeal to teens and adults alike, because they’ll make you think. Our first four titles give you a hint about the scope of the Pencil: You can’t define us, but you’ll know it’s a Pencil title when you read it.”

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Poisoned Pencil publishes only young adult mysteries. Visit The Poisoned Pencil online at:  Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about The Poisoned Pencil are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone: (615) 297-9875 or by email:


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