Barbara Peters holds a BA from Stanford University, MA from Northwestern University, MSLS from the University of Tennessee. After careers at the Library of Congress and in law, she moved to Arizona and founded The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in 1989—for fun. In 1997 she and her husband Robert L. Rosenwald founded Poisoned Pen Press, an independent publishing company with over 100 authors and hundreds of books. Peters was nominated for a 1998 Edgar Allan Poe Award, received the Mystery Writers of America's Raven Award (bookselling) and Ellery Queen Award (editing), has earned a dozen nominations as Bookseller of the Year, and a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award /Million Dollar Club from the Arizona Republic. The Poisoned Pen has been named Best Bookstore in Phoenix and in Scottsdale by the Republic and New Times.