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 & Signing with Helen M. Osterman

Date: November 19, 2017

Time: 1:00PM

Author: Helen M. Osterman

As a child I was always making up stories and drawing pictures, but at age seven, I made up my young mind that I would be a nurse. My dolls were always sick and even my patient dog occasionally allowed me to bandage one of her limbs.

I have lived in the Chicago area all my life, currently in the southwest suburbs. I love Chicago, even its unpredictable weather, although my children don’t feel the same. Two of the five live in the area. The others live in Missouri, New Jersey and London, England. I have nine grandchildren, two with British accents.

I did pursue my childhood dream and earned a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Mercy Hospital-St. Xavier College and later earned a Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. Throughout my forty-five year nursing career, I wrote articles for both nursing and medical journals.

I am the author of the Emma Winberry Mystery Series. The Accidental Sleuthwas published in 2007, The Stranger in the Opera House, in Sept. 2009.

I grew up in a household listening to the Saturday Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on the radio. I learned to love the music and voices and always wanted to be a supernumerary, an extra in the opera, but the demands of profession and family left this dream unfulfilled. So I have done it vicariously though my character, Emma Winberry. Like Emma, I am an avid gardener and bake all my own five-grain bread.

During my nurse’s training, I spent a three-month psychiatric rotation at the old Chicago State Mental Hospital, also known as Dunning, on the northwest side of Chicago. I wrote a paranormal/historical novel about this experience titled, Notes in a Mirror, publication date, November, 2009.

Through the years I turned another hobby into an avocation and became an accomplished artist, painting many portraits and a series of street scenes. Four of my paintings of historic Maxwell Street in Chicago are part of the permanent collection of the Chicago History Museum.

Title: Followed

Someone is following me. I can feel it. Am I getting paranoid? No! I know who he is. His car has been driving by the house too many times to be a coincidence. Wherever I go, he's there: at the park with my daughter, in the parking lot at the hospital where I work. He approaches me with his lies, his fantasies, his insane love letters. I take out a restraining order against him. Will he honor it or ...?

The Annual Independents Day Soire at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore


November 25, 2017

10 AM to 5 PM

Centuries & Sleuths celebrates INDEPENDENTS DAY! 


More Authors than You can Shake a Stick at.....




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
ISBN: 9781504041119
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 7th, 2017

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

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

I Let You Go Cover Image
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
ISBN: 9780143036494
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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