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 five different reader/writer discussion groups meet here;and C&S has frequent signings for authors of histories, biographies, & mysteries, for both adults & children.

 


 

Author Discussion and Signing with Robert Goldsborough

Snap is Back.....Just in time for Christmas!

Sunday December 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM 

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Stairway to Nowhere: A Snap Malek Reader

Chicago Tribune police reporter Steve "Snap" Malek is one of the newspaper's best feature writers, and now it looks like one of his well-crafted feature stories might come back to bite him. Malek had, at one time, turned out a laudatory piece about the heroics of a black man in the highly segregated Chicago of the mid-20th century. But now his erstwhile hero, Willson Forrest, stands accused of the near-fatal beating of his wife, who lingers in a coma. Malek, however, doubts Forrest's guilt, and begins a rogue investigation despite the police department's strong belief that they got the right man. The intrepid reporter digs in and uses all of his instincts and resourcefulness to figure out just what happened in the apartment building that left a bludgeoned woman fighting for her life and her husband fighting against prison--or the electric chair. Stairway to Nowhere is only one of Snap’s dramatic encounters. This bonus companion book to the Snap Malek Mysteries offers several more of his unique experiences.

 

 

 

 

Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Quarterly Bestsellers for First Quarter 2017:

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's bestsellers for the First Quarter of 2017. 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. 

 

Murder, Stage Left Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781504041119
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 7th, 2017

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The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125927
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mysterious Press - March 7th, 2017

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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476700281
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

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I Let You Go Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101987506
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley Books - November 29th, 2016

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143036494
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2005

The Riverview Murders: A Paul Whelan Mystery Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626817678
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Diversion Publishing - Ips - February 17th, 2015

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The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781137280152
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 22nd, 2016

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1938: Hitler's Gamble Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780465022052
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Basic Books (AZ) - May 10th, 2011

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Hidden Graves: A PI Mystery Set in Chicago Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780727886644
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Severn House Publishers - February 1st, 2017

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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume I Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9780553212419
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bantam Classics - November 1st, 1986

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