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.



Authors Discussion & Signing with Lyndsay Faye

Title: The Whole Art of Detection:  Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes                                      

 Internationally bestselling author Lyndsay Faye was introduced to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries when she was ten years old and her dad suggested she read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story The Adventure of the Speckled Band. She immediately became enamored with tales of Holmes and his esteemed biographer Dr. John Watson, and later, began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891. Faye's best Holmes tales, including two new works, are brought together in The Whole Art of Detection, a stunning collection that spans Holmes's career, from self-taught young upstart to publicly lauded detective, both before and after his faked death over a Swiss waterfall in 1894. In The Lowther Park Mystery, the unsociable Holmes is forced to attend a garden party at the request of his politician brother and improvises a bit of theater to foil a conspiracy against the government. The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel brings Holmes's attention to the baffling murder of a jewel thief in the middle of an underground railway passage. With Holmes and Watson encountering all manner of ungrateful relatives, phony psychologists, wronged wives, plaid-garbed villains, and even a peculiar species of deadly red leech, The Whole Art of Detection is a must-read for Sherlockians and any fan of historical crime fiction with a modern sensibility.                                                                            

 Author: Lyndsay Faye                 

Lyndsay Faye moved to Manhattan in 2005 to audition for work as a professional actress; she found her days more open when the powers that be elected to knock her day-job restaurant down with bulldozers.  Her first novel Dust and Shadow: an Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson is a tribute to the aloof genius and his good-hearted friend whose exploits she has loved since childhood.  

Faye's love of her adopted city led her to research the origins of the New York City Police Department, the inception of which exactly coincided with the start of the Irish Potato Famine in the summer of 1845.  The Gods of Gotham, Seven for a Secret, and The Fatal Flame follow ex-bartender Timothy Wilde as he navigates the rapids of his violently turbulent city, his no less chaotic elder brother Valentine Wilde, and the perils of learning police work in a riotous and racially divided pre-Civil War political landscape.


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ISBN: 9780802125927
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Published: Mysterious Press - March 7th, 2017

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416583318
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 1st, 2009

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ISBN: 9780425270882
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - August 5th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780425276266
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2016

Author Discussion & Signing with Robert Goldsborough

 Title: Murder, Stage Left  (Bob's12th Archie & Nero Mystery)

It's curtains for a famous Broadway director, and private investigator Nero Wolfe is on the case but his assistant, Archie Goodwin, is a suspect.
When a renowned theater director senses something amiss during his latest production, he calls in Nero Wolfe. Though the corpulent genius wouldn t normally accept a job this vague, a mutual friend dangles the prospect of a very rare orchid in exchange for his services, and Wolfe can t resist.
With a mind to suss out useful backstage gossip, Wolfe turns to his faithful assistant, Archie Goodwin, to impersonate a journalist in order to speak to the cast. Though Goodwin's conversations prove unfruitful, on his last day at the theater, the director is murdered in his soundproof booth, poisoned by an unseen culprit during an evening performance. In short order, an actor whose health is failing attempts suicide with the same poison.
Now Goodwin is a prime suspect in the director's demise, effectively sidelining him for the rest of the case, and freelance gumshoe Saul Panzer must step in to help wrangle the various members of the play from the ingenue and the diva to the handsome movie star and the surly stage manager so New York's smartest, and most reclusive, private detective can determine who is responsible for these dramatic deaths and clear Goodwin's name once and for all.


Author: Robert Goldsborough

Continuing his beloved series which also includes Archie Meets Nero WolfeMurder in the Ball Park, and Archie in the Crosshairs Nero Award winning author Robert Goldsborough brings Nero Wolfe, late of Rex Stout, gloriously back to life (Chicago).




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ISBN: 9781504041119
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 7th, 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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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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ISBN: 9781626817807
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Published: Diversion Publishing - August 4th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781608092130
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - October 4th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780425282601
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Published: Berkley Books - July 5th, 2016

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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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