Our atmosphere is warm and friendly with oak/cherry bookcases labeled with the historical era or 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, adult's or children's books.



Often, you can discuss your opinion about a book with the author who caused your joy, thoughtfulness, queries, & maybe anger, because C&S has frequent  signings for authors of histories, biographies, & mysteries, for both adults & children.



Special Halloween Lecture: Lizzie Borden Case: An Enduring Mystery

In line with Events of the Season, especially, in Forest Park, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore is hosting an appropriate lecture:

Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden Case: An Enduring Mystery


 Speaker: Ed Dzialo

Lizzie Borden and the Borden Murders: The Original CSI

October 21, 2016 Friday 7 PM


  On August 4, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts, the very wealthy Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby, were murdered in their home with a hatchet. Andrew’s daughter, Lizzie Borden, was charged with the double murder, but was eventually acquitted of the charges. The murders remain unsolved to this day. Chicago actor and story-teller, Ed Dzialo, was also born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts. In this appearance at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Ed not only shares the details of the unsolved double murders, but also paints a fascinating picture of Lizzie, both before and after the murders that made her so infamous. With the use of photos, memorabilia, and a first-hand account of life in the city that Lizzie Borden also called home,you  will be fascinated and start on your own path of trying to determine the perpetrator of this best-known of all unsolved murder cases.


There is no charge, but a free will donation would be appreciated....


Author Discussion & Signing with Adam Selzer

Date & Time: Saturday (October 22, 2016) at *11:00 AM.     *(CHANGE OF TIME A/O 9/20/16)

Adam Selzer will be at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore at 11:00 AM just in time to join in Forest Park's celebration of Halloween. Adam's discussion & signing falls just after The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce's Casket Races in the morning and just before Renee James signing for A Kind of Justice.  That evening there is the Chamber's Zombie Pub Crawl commencing at 8 PM. It even gives you time for meals, and drink & a nap. Adam has two new books coming out in time:


      Author; Adam Selzer                                                 Title: Just Kill Me

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October 22, 2016 Saturday 11 AM


From the author of "Play Me Backwards "and "I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It" comes a dark comedy about one teen's unusual summer job as a ghost tour guide in Chicago. Megan Henske isn t one to heed warnings. When the last letters in her alphabet cereal are D, I, and E, she doesn t crawl right back into bed. When her online girlfriend won t text a photo, she just sends more of herself. And when she realizes that Cynthia, her boss at a Chicago ghost tour company, isn t joking about making stops more haunted by euthanizing people there, she doesn t quit her job she may even help. But soon she learns people in the murdermonger industry are being murdered, and doesn t know who it is doing it. Could it be the head of the rival tour company? Or could it be someone near and dear to Megan? After she realizes she has an uncanny resemblance to a flapper who disappeared in 1922, Megan receives a warning she can t ignore: the next ghost on the tour might be her.


Mysterious Chicago: History at Its Coolest Cover Image

By Adam Selzer


Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now

About the Author

Adam Selzer lived in Des Moines back before it was cool, then tried out a series of small Georgia towns that will probably never be cool before settling in Chicago.


These two books tie in perfectly with his prior two books:  

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

Authors Discussion & Signing with Renee James

Author: Renee James                   Title: A Kind of Justice 


October 22, 2016 Saturday 2 PM

About the Book:

Against all odds, Bobbi Logan, a statuesque transgender woman, has become one of Chicago’s most celebrated hair stylists and the owner of one of the city’s poshest salons. She is finally comfortable with who she is, widely admired in her community, about to enjoy the success she deserves.

Then her impossibly perfect life falls apart.

In the space of a few weeks, the Great Recession drags her business to the brink of failure, her beloved ex-wife needs help in facing a terrible tragedy, and a hateful police detective storms back into her life, determined to convict her of the five-year-old murder of John Strand—pillar of the community—and a sexual predator.

As the detective builds an ever more convincing case against her, both of them will be shaken by revelations—about themselves, about their own deeply held secrets, and about the bizarre ritual murder of John Strand.


About the Author:

Renee James is the pen name of a Chicago-area writer who lives in two genders. In her male identity, James has been a full time free-lance writer for several years, following a long career as a magazine editor and owner. In her male life, James has won dozens of awards for journalis­tic excellence and authored a biography. As Renee James, her first novel, Coming Out Can Be Murder, was the 2012 Chicago Writers Association Indie book of the year and a bronze medalist in ForeWord Reviews' LGBT book of the year competition.



  • You’ve most likely never met a narrator like Bobbi. Tough, tender, funny, full of heart—and a transgender woman—she is navigating not just a new life, but also an unsolved murder that a detective is trying to pin on her. Renee James takes the reader on a whirlwind of a ride, while subtly revealing the honest heartbreaks and successes of the trans community. A welcome, diverse addition to the writing world!

    - Jodi Picoult, New York Times best-selling author of Leaving Time
  • The comprehensiveness with which Renee James draws you into the world of her characters would be enough reason to read this satisfying novel, but the straightforward elegance and grace of her writing is the real reward.

    - S. J. Rozan, award-winning author (as Sam Cabot) of Skin of the Wolf
  • A Kind of Justice crackles with energy right from the beginning. Not only does Renee James eloquently impart empathy for what it’s like to be transgender in an uncaring and judgmental world, but she does so while telling an engaging and compelling story populated with richly nuanced characters.  Yes, it’s a story about justice. But it’s deeper than that. It’s as deep and complex as family, friendship, love and – perhaps most importantly – change.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - John DeDakis, Mystery-Suspense Author, Writing Coach, and Former Senior Copy Editor, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

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

Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Quarterly Bestsellers for First Quarter 2016:

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's bestsellers for the First 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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Stop the Presses! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504023573
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 8th, 2016

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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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Peerless Detective Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626817807
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Published: Diversion Publishing - August 4th, 2015

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Foliage: An International Banking Spy Thriller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996110679
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Published: Mosaic Design Book Publishers - October 19th, 2015

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Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143035954
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Published: Penguin Books - November 2005

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ISBN: 9781515344186
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 7th, 2015

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Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590583852
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - April 2007

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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812981483
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Published: Random House Trade - September 9th, 2014

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Shall We Not Revenge Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989053532
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Published: Allium Press - March 13th, 2014

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61 Highways Revisited: The Albums of Bob Dylan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781511980258
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 6th, 2015

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