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.

 


 

Famous January Birthdays

Celebrate these famous January birthdays by exploring Centuries & Sleuths collections on

Sherlock Holmes, the original consulting detective - January 6

Martin Luther King,Jr., leader of the American civil rights movement in the 1960's .- January 15

Edgar Allan Poe, the godfather of the mystery genre- January 19

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Sunday: Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

January 21, 2018

Noon to 2:00 PM

You read that right! Our first meeting of 2018 celebrates the holiday nearest and dearest to our mystery-loving hearts... Edgar Allan Poe's birthday! (There will be cake!) And since it wouldn't be a new year without resolutions, publicist Dana Kaye returns to help us set writing goals with "Work Smarter, Not Harder: 3 Productivity Hacks to Help You Write More Each Day." Join us and make this your most productive year yet!

Dana Kaye is a veteran publicist, social media pro, and brand manager. In 2009, she founded Kaye Publicity, Inc., a boutique PR company specializing in publishing and entertainment. Known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current trends, she coaches her clients on how to identify and establish their unique personal brands. Kaye is also the author of Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales, and the creator of Branding Outside the Box, an online resource aimed at helping individuals become more memorable and get the career trajectory they want.

Guest Speaker: Dana Kaye

Title/Topic: Your Book  Your Brand     Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-By-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales Cover Image

Description


You've finished your book. That's step one. Book publicist Dana Kaye now takes you through step two: getting your book into the hands of legions of readers.

How we read books is changing rapidly, and so is where we buy them. From the rise of eBooks to the impact of online retail sales through companies like Amazon to the wide acceptance of self-publishing as a natural path--countless authors are writing books and then wondering what to do with them. If they decide to bring their book to market themselves, how do they ensure they will reach audiences without a marketing or publicity department and without the budgets and outreach that publishers have? If a house has acquired the rights and promises to publish, how does that writer supplement the work of those publicity managers and develop a direct relationship with everyone from the media to potential fans?

Throughout her career, Dana Kaye has helped authors raise their profiles. As the head of her own independent PR firm, Kaye Publicity, Dana Kaye has succeeded in getting her client's books into the hands of as many readers as possible. She has been a driving force behind numerous bestselling authors across all genres, from thriller authors like Gregg Hurwitz and Jamie Freveletti to children's authors like Liz Climo and Claudia Gray, and now she brings her insights to you.

Kaye walks writers through all of their options, taking the anxiety out of the pitching process and teaching them how to be their own best promoters. Sharp, intuitive, and user-friendly, Dana Kaye's guide is a must-have for all authors with bestselling aspirations.

 

 

 

Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-By-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781682303801
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Diversion Publishing - Ips - September 20th, 2016

Sisters in Crime (Chicago) Meeting.

Sisters in Crime (Chicago) Meeting:

Saturday

January 27, 2018

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Topic/Speaker: Our new chapter president Patricia Skalka will be talking to members Susanna Calkins, Emily Victorson, and Emily Kaplan about the many paths to publication open to us all. Let's get 2018 off on the right foot: what goals do you have for the year? Bring them, and let's talk!

 

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                 Patricia Skalka        Susanna Calkins         Emily Victorson             Emily Kaplan

Death in Cold Water Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780299309206
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - October 11th, 2016

A Death Along the River Fleet: A Mystery Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250057372
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - April 12th, 2016

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Shall We Not Revenge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780989053532
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Allium Press - March 13th, 2014

Full Slab Dead: A Josie Tucker Mystery Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781548119782
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 14th, 2017

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: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

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I Let You Go Cover Image
$16.00
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
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143036494
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2005

The Riverview Murders: A Paul Whelan Mystery Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626817678
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Diversion Publishing - Ips - February 17th, 2015

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The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781137280152
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 22nd, 2016

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1938: Hitler's Gamble Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780465022052
Availability: Special Order
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Severn House Publishers - February 1st, 2017

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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume I Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9780553212419
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bantam Classics - November 1st, 1986

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