"We have what you want, though you may not know you want it." The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley (1919)

Welcome to Centuries & Sleuths!


The atmosphere is warm and friendly with oak bookcases labeled with the historical era or subject matter of the books on the shelves. There are two windsor chairs, a rocking chair, and a church pew to sit on while reviewing books prior to your purchases, all set on a portion of Bruce plaid carpet framed with forest green carpeting.

Also, there is a good chance that you can discuss your opinion about a book with the author who caused your joy, thoughtfulness, queries, & maybe anger. That is because C&S has frequent signings for authors. of histories, biographies, & mysteries, for both adults & children. In some cases, we have visits from the famous (e.g. Napoleon, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Luther, Twain, Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc, Isabella of Castile, F.D.R., etc.) who have "passed on" who you can argue with when they appear. They are portrayed by members of C&S's History Discussion Group in our Meeting of Minds series. Finally, it's the bookstore that makes the tomes you read come alive.

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore 

has been awarded

Best of Chicago 2014

for

Shopping & Style

by 

CBS Chicago

Some long awaited photo updates!

 


Saturday November 29, 2014 from 10 AM to 4 PM, Local Celebrity Authors Celebrate Independents Day 2014 at

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore 7419 Madison Street Forest Park, IL. They will be talking  & signing books all day.

            Sue Myers                        

JeanneMeeks                         

E. M. Kaplan

TimChapman                       

RobertGoldsborough             

Frances Dean McNamara

                

      Michael Black                  JoBeCerny                                Patricia Skalka

Jack Fredrickson                  DavidJ.Walker                               Annie Hansen

                         

  Arnie Bernstein 

    

J.BardCollins                                    Julia Buckley

                           

    J. D. Kaplan                  Wayne Ellice                  James Finn Garner

 

 

                          

     

    The Football Game British vs. Germans

   

  

Diorama Commemorating

The Christmas Truce 1914

(2' x 4' Display with lighted trees)

This will be on display in Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's

Front Window December 6 through 25, 2014  

(Once in a lifetime view the diorama of the Truce on its 100th Anniversary)                  

   

Author Signing 

with

Raymond Benson 

for

Black Stiletto #5 Endings & Beginnings

and with

Three Fellow Authors

Michael Black, J. Michael Major & Allan Ansorge

November 16, 2014

  

Author Signing

with

J. Bard-Collins

for

Honor Above Hall

    

Mystery Writers of America Meeting

with Guest Speaker

Werner I. Juretzko (Cold War Specialist)

November 9, 2015

   

Joe R. Lansdale

for

The Thicket and Cold in July

November 2, 2014

  

Centuries & Sleuths Casket Team

for 

October 25, 2014

   

Rick Kogan's "After Hours"show at 9:30 PM

with Augie Aleksy talking about Authors, Books,

& Bookstores.

October 19, 2014

 

Leslie Klinger

Discusses His Latest Volume

The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft

October 19, 2014

 

  

Michael Black describing the weapons used in his latest

 Adventure Novels:  The Executioner: Deadly Salvage 

and Mack Bolan: Payback 

October 12, 2014 

Stan "Tex" Banash uses Power-Point to decsribe his book

Roadside History of Illinios

to prove his point that there is more than

Abraham Lincoln in this state's history

October 4, 2014 

  

Augie introducing Meg Mims & Sharon Pisacreta

the Dynamic Duo making up

D. E. Ireland author of

Wouldn't It Be Deadly (A Dolittle & Higgins Mystery)

September 27, 2014

    

Karen Abbott Signing for

Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover

in the American Civil War

(Intrigued Audience)

September 18, 2014

 

   

Authors Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins

for  Antiques Con and King of Weeds

September 14, 2014

  

Authors William Kent Krueger and Libby Fischer Hellmann

for Windigo Island and Nobody's Child

(Ruth Sender talks with Libby F. Hellmann)

September 13, 2014

       

Tracy Aleksy, Frances McNamra                    Michael Dymmoch and other

                 and Emily Victorson                                              MWA Authors

     

                    Luisa Buehler                 Daniel Stashower & Hank Phillippi Ryan

       

Sara Peretsky                                             Clare O'Donohue                         

Pictures from the Party Night before

The Chicago Mystery Writers of America University 2014 

September 12, 2014

      

Displays from Don Sender's

 3rd World War I Lecture: Air Power

September 11, 2014

Author Signing with

Dave Revsine

for

The Opening Kickoff

[The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation]

September 10, 2014













 



Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Quarterly Bestsellers for Third Quarter 2013:

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's bestsellers for the Third Quarter of 2013. These Bestsellers are determined by a variety of factors (e.g. Author Signings, Mystery & History Discussion Groups' choices, Special Programs, Newspaper & Magazine listings, etc,) in addition to customer & staff recommendations. 

This Third Quarter there was a tie for 7th Place, so we have eleven titles listed for the TOP TEN! 

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9781250006714
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: St. Martin's Press, 9/2013

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780738736112
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Llewellyn Publications, 9/2013

Locked Within (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781610090445
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Oak Tree Press, 8/2013

Havana Lost (Paperback)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781938733383
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Red Herrings Press, 8/2013

By Tim Wu
$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780307390998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 11/2011

Involuntary Witness (Paperback)

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9781904738077
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bitter Lemon Press, 11/2005

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9780674064324
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Belknap Press, 5/2012

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780140441239
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Books, 8/1963

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781476703169
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Gallery Books, 8/2013

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780983193890
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Allium Press, 6/2013

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781250028754
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Minotaur Books, 6/2013

"We have what you want, though you may not know you want it." The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley (1919)

The atmosphere is warm and friendly with oak bookcases labeled with the historical era or subject matter of the books on the shelves. There are two windsor chairs, a rocking chair, and a church pew to sit on while reviewing books prior to your purchases, all set on a portion of Bruce plaid carpet framed with forest green carpeting.

Also, there is a good chance that you can discuss your opinion about a book with the author who caused your joy, thoughtfulness, queries, & maybe anger. That is because C&S has frequent signings for authors of histories, biographies, & mysteries, for both adults & children. In some cases, we have visits from the famous (e.g. Napoleon, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Luther, Twain, Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc, Isabella of Castile, F.D.R., etc.) who have "passed on" who you can argue with when they appear. They are portrayed by members of C&S's History Discussion Group in our Meeting of Minds series. Finally, it's the bookstore that makes the tomes you read come alive.

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