Our atmosphere is warm and friendly, with oak/cherry bookcases labeled with the historical era, international to local mysteries or other subject matter of the books on the shelves, and comfortable seating, inviting you to browse your chosen subject.   If you're unsure where to start, our knowledgeable staff will be happy to act as your guide through fact or fiction, history or mystery, adults' or childrens' books.



Often, you can discuss your opinion about a book with other like-minded (or not) readers,or even the author who caused your joy, thoughtfulness, queries, or maybe dissent, because C&S has frequent  signings for authors of histories, biographies, & mysteries, for both adults & children.



Author Discussion & Signing with Jack Fredrickson

   Author: Jack Fredrickson


Fredrickson admits little other than after something of successful careers in productivity consulting and owning and managing an interior design/commercial furnishings firm, he abandoned productive employment to write in dark places. Oddly, given his limitations, he's found something besides mold--a modest following. More strangely, he's earned starred reviews and mentions and features in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Oddest of all, his works have received Shamus Award Nominations for Best First Novel, Best Novel, and Best Short Story, proving that even seasoned crime story analysts can be fooled, and more than once. He lives with his wife west of Chicago.


   Title : Hidden Graves: A P.I. Mystery Set in Chicago (The 6th Dek Elstrom Novel)

Someone is trying to frame Chicago private investigator Dek Elstrom for murder in the latest intriguing mystery. 
It's election season in corrupt Cook County, Illinois - where the dead vote on who lives and who dies.  A skeleton's hand spills out of an abandoned grain silo, aiming an axe at a candidate. A heavily-disguised woman hires PI Dek Elstrom to head west to find men with no pasts - and one with no present. While he's away, someone dead comes calling to frame him for murder.  A sheriff's deputy wants Dek arrested. Someone else wants him dead. No one knows what the woman who hasn't spoken in decades wants. 
And Dek Elstrom? He wants to stay alive.


Kirkus Review  for Hidden Graves: "The criminals are clever and the detective, after his initial benightedness, even more clever, making Fredrickson’s sixth case one of his best." (December 1, 2016)

Publishers Weekly for Hidden Graves: "Del[k] Elstrom uncovers ancient crimes and sordid secrets in Fredrickson’s well-paced sixth mystery to feature the witty, junk food–dependent PI." (December 6, 2016)

Booklist for Hidden Graves: The writing here is splendid, echoing genre veteran Loren D. Estleman, and Dek Elstrom is the kind of guy we genuinely like spending time with. This is the sixth in the Elstrom series, and let’s hope there will be many more to come. (Januray, 2017)




Hidden Graves: A PI Mystery Set in Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9780727886644
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Severn House Publishers - February 2017

Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Quarterly Bestsellers for Last Quarter 2016:

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's bestsellers for the Last Quarter of 2016. 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. 


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Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781621574750
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Published: Regnery History - October 17th, 2016

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Death in Cold Water Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299309206
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - October 11th, 2016

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Mysterious Chicago: History at Its Coolest Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510713420
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 25th, 2016

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Algren: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613735329
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Published: Chicago Review Press - October 2016

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Peerless Detective Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626817807
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Published: Diversion Publishing - August 4th, 2015

A Kind of Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608092130
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - October 4th, 2016

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A Dark and Stormy Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425282601
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Published: Berkley Books - July 5th, 2016

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Involuntary Witness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781904738527
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Published: Bitter Lemon Press - April 2nd, 2013

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Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316159197
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 17th, 2002

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Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743235457
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 2007

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