"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!

*****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Mohammad has come to the Mountain.  (No Offense Meant to Anyone.)

Well known, Mary Mc Laughlin founder of Scotland Yard Books in Winetka, IL. came to visit Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. This was brought about through the "good diplomatic offices" of  the world renowned author, Robert Goldsborough. A delightful late morning and early aftrenoon were spent discussing bookselling, authors, publishers, customers, etc. with Mary a legend to both Mystery Writers and Booksellers alike. She was innovative with her programs, signings, treatment of both authors and customers, and very well read. Robert, thought it was about time the two of us met and it was one of the best couple of hours this bookseller (Augie) has ever spent talking books, authors and other people we have had joy to meet. But it was one of those informal conversations you have with someone who has shared your experiences, both fun and rewarding and sometimes disappointing and upsetting. It was wonderful. I would defintely like to do it again.

Thanks to both Bob & Mary.

Sincerely,

Augie

PS: Some Photos from the Visit:

 

                

   Robert Goldsbourough and Mary McLaughlin                                                Mary Mc Laughlin

 

         

Tim Chapman's signing for his Kiddieland and Other Misfortunes on Sunday March 8, 2015 at 3 PM with

his fellow authors J. Michael Major, Libby Fischer Hellmann and D.M. Pirrone talk about the Short Story.

 

        

Mystery Writers of America: Midwest Region Meeting March 8, 2015 Sunday at 1:00 PM with

Guest Speaker Chicago storyteller Dana Norris who  gave tips and tricks on presenting our work to audiences better.

 

                                         

Mystery Discussion Group Meeting for February 21, 2015 with author Diane Pirrone for SHALL WE NOT REVENGE

       

Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Author Discussion & Signing with

John Mc Evoy for High Stakes (A Jack Doyle Race Track Mystery)

and

Jack Fredrickson for Silence the Dead (Based on a True Crime with the Wrong Head Found with an Exhumed Body.)

 

 

 

 

 

December 19, 2014

Two Stars Descended on 

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Fidelis Morgan and Celia Imrie

To Sign their Books 

Unnatural Fire:The Countess Ashby de la Zouche 17th Century Mysteries

and the latter's Memoir The Happy Hoofer

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Writers of America

(Midwest Region)

Annual Christmas Party

December 14, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

A Performance of the "Sleuths Sisters"

Direcetd by JoBe Cerny

with

Anne Jacque, Laura Bednarski and

Judy Blue

December 11, 2014 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Park Chamber of Commerce
Holiday Walk
with
The Pippin Madrigal Singers
 
December 5, 2014

 

                            

     

    The Football Game British vs. Germans

   

  

Diorama of The Christmas Truce 1914

 

 

On a 2' x 4' Display

with Trenches, Barbed Wire, Shell Holes filled with Frozen Water,

British & German Soldiers Dead, Dying, Helping Each Other, Praying

and Watching and Playing Football (Soccer)

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

   

Independents Day

November 29, 2014 (10 AM - 4 PM)

with over 20 Local Authors

Talking to Readers, Signing Books &

Mixing It Up with Fellow Authors          

 

 

 

 

   

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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: 9781250006714
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 3rd, 2013

$15.99
ISBN: 9780738736112
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Llewellyn Publications - September 8th, 2013

$15.95
ISBN: 9781610090445
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oak Tree Press - January 21st, 2014

$16.99
ISBN: 9781938733383
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Red Herrings Press - August 16th, 2013

By Tim Wu
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307390998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - November 29th, 2011

Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781904738077
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bitter Lemon Press - November 2005

$19.95
ISBN: 9780674064324
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Belknap Press - May 7th, 2012

$18.00
ISBN: 9780140441239
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - August 30th, 1963

$16.00
ISBN: 9781476703169
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery Books - August 20th, 2013

$14.99
ISBN: 9780983193890
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Allium Press - June 2013

$14.99
ISBN: 9781250028754
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - June 11th, 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.

Subscribe to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore RSS