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 Carlene O'Connor

Author: Carlene O'Connor

    Carlene O'Connor

Carlene O Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers. Her great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland filled with tales and the stories have been flowing ever since. Of all the places across the pond she s wandered, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired to create the town of Kilbane, County Cork. Carlene currently divides her time between New York and the Emerald Isle. She is currently at work on the next book in the Irish Village Mystery series."


Titles: Murder at an Irish Wedding

The O Sullivan clan of County Cork, Ireland, are thrilled to be catering the matrimonial affairs of a celebrity couple until a cunning killer turns an Irish wedding into an Irish wake . . . 
Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. It's also good for business. Not only has customer traffic picked up at Naomi's Bistro, Siobhan O Sullivan and her five siblings have a full plate catering for the three-day affair. And Siobhan's own beau, local garda Macdara Flannery, gladly steps in as best man after the groom's first choice makes a drunken arse out of himself. 
Even if he hadn t been disinvited to the wedding, the original best man wouldn t have been able to show. He's been found murdered in the woods, casting a pall over the nuptials. And when a second member of the wedding party is poisoned by a champagne flute engraved with Macdara's name, the garda goes from being best man to prime suspect. With a killer at large and a string of robberies plaguing Kilbane, Siobhan feels more than a little protective of her village. She vows to clear Macdara's name, but the suspect list is as long as the guest list. Like the bride walking down the aisle, Siobhan needs to watch her step. For as she gets closer to unveiling the truth, the murderer is planning a very chilly reception for her . . . 

Murder in an Irish Village

A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle 
In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Naomi's Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhan O Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest. With the local garda suspecting the O Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned murder tends to spoil the appetite it's up to feisty redheaded Siobhan to solve the crime and save her beloved brood. 



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ISBN: 9781617738487
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - February 28th, 2017

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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - January 31st, 2017

Author Discussion & Signing with Justin Gordon

Justin Gordon, OD author of Holocaust Postal History         Product Details

Author: Justin Gordon  


Title: Holocaust Postal History: Harrowing Journeys Revealed through the Letters & Cards of the Victims

FOR ME, THIS BOOK REPRESENTS A DUAL JOURNEY—into both the childhood delight of stamp collecting and the adult horrors of Holocaust history. I happened upon both worlds in my youth, and Holocaust philately represents the convergence of the two.

As a child I encountered stamp collecting through my uncle, who gave me an album. Then I was introduced to the Holocaust by a cantor who had survived Auschwitz. Even though I left the two worlds for a time, they converged years later at a stamp show in Chicago. I came across a philatelic exhibit that contained documents from Nazi-occupied Poland and cards and letters from Auschwitz and the Warsaw ghetto. I knew immediately this would be my avocation once again.

Stamp collecting is, on the surface, about journeys of paper but on a deeper level is about the lives of people. As a postal historian, I collect postal covers (envelopes and cards) with all their markings, enclosures, and attachments. I research these elements to find out more about the cover: its origin, where it was sent, and whether or not it arrived. These markings document the object’s journey and provide clues about those who sent and received it. 

Over the past 30 years I’ve made hundreds of presentations about these covers. My website, www.holocaustjourney.com, was my first attempt to bring together all of that information. This book is intended to be a permanent, physical record of those talks. 

As I worked on the first draft of the book, I realized that an important dimension was missing: details about the people who sent or received the covers. I then began the painstaking process of researching the individuals represented in the cards and letters. Holocaust Postal History, therefore, is a convergence of its own, documenting not only a dark period in Jewish history, but also the victims’ personal histories. 


Author Discussion & Signing with Adam Selzer


Author: Adam Selzer  is the host of the Mysterious Chicago blog, podcasts, and tours, and has spent many years researching the more gruesome side of Chicago historycriminals, ghost stories, gangsters, mysteries, and folklore. He regularly writes Chicago history stories for websites such as TimeOut.com and Atlas Obscura, and speaks about it on WGN radio. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. "


Title: H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil

America's first and most notorious serial killer and his diabolical killing spree during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. 
H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil is the first truly comprehensive book examining the life and career of a murderer who has become one of America's great supervillains. It reveals not only the true story but how the legend evolved, taking advantage of hundreds of primary sources that have never been examined before, including legal documents, letters, articles, and records that have been buried in archives for more than a century. 
Though Holmes has become just as famous now as he was in 1895, a deep analysis of contemporary materials makes very clear how much of the story as we know came from reporters who were nowhere near the action, a dangerously unqualified new police chief, and, not least, lies invented by Holmes himself. Selzer has unearthed tons of stunning new data about Holmes, weaving together turn-of-the-century America, the killer's background, and the wild cast of characters who circulated in and about the famous castle building. This book will be the first truly accurate account of what really happened in Holmes's castle of horror. Exhaustively researched and painstakingly brought to life, H. H. Holmes will be an invaluable companion to the upcoming Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio movie about Holmes's murder spree based on Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City.




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ISBN: 9781510713437
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - April 4th, 2017

The Ghosts of Chicago: The Windy City's Most Famous Haunts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738736112
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - September 8th, 2013

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Published: Llewellyn Publications - August 8th, 2015

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

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ISBN: 9781481434942
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

Chronicles of Old Chicago: Exploring the History and Lore of the Windy City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984633487
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Published: Museyon Inc - July 2014

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Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780231174497
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Published: Wallflower Press - January 20th, 2015

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. 


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ISBN: 9781504041119
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 7th, 2017

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The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125927
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Published: Mysterious Press - March 7th, 2017

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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476700281
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781101987506
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Published: Berkley Books - November 29th, 2016

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2005

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Published: Diversion Publishing - February 17th, 2015

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The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781137280152
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 22nd, 2016

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1938: Hitler's Gamble Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465022052
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - May 10th, 2011

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Hidden Graves: A PI Mystery Set in Chicago Cover Image
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Published: Severn House Publishers - February 2017

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Published: Bantam Classics - November 1st, 1986

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