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 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.

 

 

 

H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil Cover Image
$26.99
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
$15.99
ISBN: 9780738736112
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - September 8th, 2013

Ghosts of Lincoln: Discovering His Paranormal Legacy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780738741536
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - August 8th, 2015

Mysterious Chicago: History at Its Coolest Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781510713420
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 25th, 2016

Just Kill Me Cover Image
$17.99
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
$19.95
ISBN: 9780984633487
Availability: Special Order
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

Author Discussion & Signing with Joseph Anthony Rulli

Title: The Chicago Haymarket Affair: A Guide to a Labor Rights Milestone

This date marks the 131st Anniversary of the Haymarket Riot (Bombing).

The Chicago Haymarket Affair: A Guide to a Labor Rights Milestone

On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded during a labor demonstration near Haymarket Square. The ensuing gunfire and chaos brought a grisly end to what began as peaceful support for an eight-hour workday and led to the trial and execution of rally organizers. The incident also drew irrevocable attention to a conversation about workers’ rights and the role of law enforcement that continues today. In this guide to the key moments and sites of one of Chicago’s most confusing and chaotic events, author Joseph Anthony Rulli aims to establish a clearer understanding of its historical significance.

Author: Joseph Anthony Rulli

Joseph Anthony Rulli, a transplanted Hoosier from South Bend, Indiana, began writing fiction shortly after his arrival in his second city. He has one published short story and a play that was performed on stage in the spring of 2016. This is his first published work of nonfiction.

 

The Chicago Haymarket Affair: A Guide to a Labor Rights Milestone Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467135740
Availability: Special Order
Published: History Press - October 31st, 2016

Author Discussion & Signing with Maud Macrory Powell

 

Author: Maud Macrory Powell

Title: City of Grit and Gold

Date: May 6, 2017     Saturday    1:00 PM

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  City of Grit and Gold                         Maud Macrory Powell

**COMING MAY 1, 2017** The streets of Chicago in 1886 are full of turmoil. Striking workers clash with police…illness and injury lurk around every corner…and twelve-year-old Addie must find her way through it all. Torn between her gruff Papa—who owns a hat shop and thinks the workers should be content with their American lives—and her beloved Uncle Chaim—who is active in the protests for the eight-hour day—Addie struggles to understand her topsy-turvy world, while also keeping her family intact. Set in a Jewish neighborhood of Chicago during the days surrounding the Haymarket Affair, this novel vividly portrays one immigrant family’s experience, while also eloquently depicting the timeless conflict between the haves and the have-nots. 

 

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
$14.99
ISBN: 9781504041119
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 7th, 2017

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The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
$25.00
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
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476700281
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

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I Let You Go Cover Image
$16.00
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
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143036494
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2005

The Riverview Murders: A Paul Whelan Mystery Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626817678
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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
$27.99
ISBN: 9781137280152
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 22nd, 2016

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1938: Hitler's Gamble Cover Image
$16.99
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
$28.99
ISBN: 9780727886644
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Published: Severn House Publishers - February 2017

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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume I Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553212419
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Published: Bantam Classics - November 1st, 1986

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