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.

 


 

Discussion & Signing with Local Author Julia Buckley

An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime, in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries.
 
Lena London’s literary dreams are coming true—as long as she can avoid any real-life villains…
 
Camilla Graham’s bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla’s new assistant, she can’t believe her luck. Not only will she help her idol craft an enchanting new mystery, she’ll get to live rent-free in Camilla’s gorgeous Victorian home in the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana.An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime, in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries.
     Lena London’s literary dreams are coming true—as long as she can avoid any real-life villains…
 
                                                        Camilla Graham’s bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla’s new assistant, she can’t                                                           believe her luck. Not only will she help her idol craft an enchanting new mystery, she’ll get to live rent-free in Camilla’s gorgeous Victorian home in          the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana.

About the Author


Julia Buckley is a Chicago mystery author whose career started in 2006 with the publication of THE DARK BACKWARD. Since then her work has appeared on Kindle in the Madeline Mann series and the novel THE GHOSTS OF LOVELY WOMEN.  Her new series from Berkley Prime Crime will begin with THE BIG CHILI, to be released in October of 2015.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Romance Writers of America, along with the Chicago Writer's Association. In addition, she has worked with the same writer's group since 2000.

Julia has taught high school English for twenty-seven years; she lives near Chicago with her husband, two sons, and three cats.

Contact Julia's Agent, Kim Lionetti, at Bookends Literary, or e-mail Julia directly at julishka@sbcglobal.net.

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A Dark and Stormy Murder Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425282601
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Berkley Books - July 5th, 2016

Author Discussion & Signing with William J. Martin

Author: William J. Martin

Title: The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation

          [Postscript by Bill J. Kunkle, the chief prosecutor for John Wayne Gacy, Jr.]

Description:

On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through several student nurses townhouse like a summer tornado and changed the landscape of American crime. He broke in as his helpless victims slept, bound them one by one, and then stabbed, assaulted, and strangled all eight in a sadistic sexual frenzy. By morning, only one young nurse had miraculously survived. The killer was captured in seventy-two hours; he was successfully prosecuted in an error-free trial that stood up to appellate scrutiny; and the jury needed only forty-nine minutes to return a death verdict. Here is the story of Richard Speck by the prosecutor who put him in prison for life with a brand new introduction by Bill Kunkle, the prosecutor of the infamous John Wayne Gacy Jr. In The Crime of the Century, William J. Martin has teamed up with Dennis L. Breo to re-create the blood-soaked night that made American criminal history, offering fascinating behind-the-scenes descriptions of Speck, his innocent victims, the desperate manhunt and massive investigation, and the trial that led to Speck's successful conviction.

William J. Martin

William J. Martin, the founder of Martin Breen & Merrick, is Of Counsel to Breen & Pugh. From 1962 to 1968, he served as an Assistant State’s Attorney and was the Chief Prosecutor of mass murderer Richard Speck. Martin prosecuted the Speck case along with George Murtaugh and James Zagel (now a federal district court judge) for the horrific murders of eight (8) nurses on the Southeast Side of Chicago.

Martin concentrates his practice in the defense of attorneys before the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) and the defense of judges before the Judicial Inquiry Board (JIB). He also handles federal and state investigations and trials. He has taught at Northwestern University Law School and has lectured nationally on criminal law and legal ethics. He is the co-author of The Crime of the Century, a book about the murders committed by Richard Speck and the sensational trial that followed

 

 

 

The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781510708860
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - May 10th, 2016

Authors Under the Awning Returns!

Yes, your favorite authors return this summer,on Thursday evenings from June through August,to socialize and sign the books you buy at C&S in an informal atmosphere!

Some will also be here in Forest Park, events like the Music Fest and Cruise Nights. In addition, there's a street full of dining and other shopping opportunities.

We adjust for the weather too, so if it's rainy,we hold it inside. Come join the fun! 

June 30 Joan Bard-Collins, D.M.Pirrone, Luisa Buehler, & Pat Camaliere                                        

July 7:Robert Goldsborough, Luisa Buehler, and Michael Black

July 14:JoBe Cerny,Judy Blue, and Linda Kimbrough

July 21:Karen Berg-Raftakis JoBe Cerny,and Anne Jacques

July 28:Joan Bard-Collins, JoBe Cerny, (J.McCance, J.Farmer)

 

Keep watching this site for future details on Music Fest & August authors)!

Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Quarterly Bestsellers for Fourth Quarter 2015:

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's bestsellers for the Fourth Quarter of 2015. 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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The Big Chili Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425275900
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley Books - October 6th, 2015

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Peerless Detective Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626817807
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Diversion Publishing - August 4th, 2015

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Broken Grace Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781503946187
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thomas & Mercer - August 25th, 2015

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For You Were Strangers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780989053594
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Allium Press - December 15th, 2015

The Mystery at Sag Bridge Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781937484309
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Amika Press - April 4th, 2015

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781451673296
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 6th, 2015

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The Ghosts of Chicago: The Windy City's Most Famous Haunts Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780738736112
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Llewellyn Publications - September 8th, 2013

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Billy Boyle Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781616953553
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Crime - August 13th, 2013

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Ordinary Grace Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451645859
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - March 4th, 2014

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Devil of Delphi: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781464204326
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - October 6th, 2015

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