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Bestsellers of the Second Quarter 2015

The following are the Bestselling Books at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for the last quarter (2nd, 2015). This is based on actual sales which are the result of author visits, media coverage, titles from the Mystery Discussion Group, History Discussion Group, & the G.K. Chestertopn Society and just my  and my customers interests. Also, I do not position the same author twice for two different books. I place the title that had the most sales. My reason/excuse is to give more authors exposure.

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Death at Gills Rock: A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780299304508
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - June 23rd, 2015

Dave Cubiak is back, and this time he’s the new sheriff in town After tracking a clever killer in Death Stalks Door County, park ranger and former Chicago homicide detective Dave Cubiak is elected Door County sheriff. His newest challenge arrives as spring brings not new life but tragic death to the isolated fishing village of Gills Rock. Three prominent World War II veterans who are about to be honored for their military heroics die from carbon monoxide poisoning during a weekly card game. Blame falls to a faulty heater but Cubiak puzzles over details. When one of the widows receives a message claiming the men “got what they deserved,” he realizes that there may be more to the deaths than a simple accident. Investigating, Cubiak discovers that the men’s veneer of success and respectability hides a trail of lies and betrayal that stems from a single, desperate act of treachery and eventually spreads a web of deceit across the peninsula. In a dark, moody tale that spans more than half a century, Cubiak encounters a host of suspects with motives for murder. Amid broken dreams, corruption, and loss, he sorts out the truth. Death at Gills Rock is the second book in Patricia Skalka’s Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Author. Photo credit, Name Patricia Skalka is a former freelance staff writer for Reader’s Digest specializing in medical and human interest stories. She has worked as a magazine editor, ghost writer, and writing instructor. A native of Chicago, she lives in the city and takes time off at her cottage in Door County, Wisconsin.


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Mob Cop: My Life of Crime in the Chicago Police Department Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781613731345
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chicago Review Press - June 1st, 2015

Former Chicago police officer and Outfit associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, a central character in Nicholas Pileggi's "Casino "and one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's Near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became one of the youngest made men in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt's wing, Pascente served as Hanhardt's fixer and bagman on the department for more than a decade. At the same time, Pascente remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend while helping to rob the casinos blind. As a policeman he led a double life, doing genuine police work under Hanhardt's tutelage while at the same time keeping an eye out for opportunities for bribery and theft. His position on both sides of the law gave him unrivaled knowledge of the workings of Chicago's deeply rooted culture of corruption. "Mob Cop "details the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States, and reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that has never been publicly released. Fred Pascente's colorful stories of crooked cops and dangerous criminals make his memoir a matchless tell-all. About the Author Fred Pascente worked as a Chicago police officer for twenty-six years. He had close ties to the Mafia and was a friend and confidant of mobster Tony Spilotro. Sam Reaves is the author of several books, including "Mean Town Blues", "Fear Will Do It", and "Homicide 69". He has served as president of the Midwest chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. Sam lives in Illinois.


Archie in the Crosshairs Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781497690417
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 10th, 2015

When Archie Goodwin's life is threatened, Wolfe must find the gunman or lose his right-hand man Archie Goodwin is chipper as he strolls home from his weekly poker game, money in his pocket and a smile on his lips. He has just reached Nero Wolfe's stately brownstone on West Thirty-Fifth Street when a sedan whips around the corner and two gunshots ring out, nearly hitting Goodwin. It is a warning, and the message is clear: The next bullet will not miss. Rotund investigator Nero Wolfe has made more than his fair share of enemies over the years, and it seems one of them has decided to strike, targeting Wolfe's indefatigable assistant. Some might run for cover, but Archie Goodwin is not the type. With the help of Wolfe's brainpower, Goodwin will find the man who wants him dead unless the killer gets to Goodwin first.

About the Author


Robert Goldsborough (b. 1937) is an American author best known for continuing Rex Stout s famous Nero Wolfe series. Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University, and upon graduation went to work for the Associated Press, beginning a lifelong career in journalism that would include long periods at the Chicago Tribune and Advertising Age. While at the Tribune, Goldsborough began writing mysteries in the voice of Rex Stout, the creator of iconic sleuths Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Goldsborough s first novel starring Wolfe, Murder in E Minor (1986), was met with acclaim both from critics and devoted fans, winning a Nero Award from the Wolfe Pack. Six more novels followed, including Death on Deadline (1987) and Fade to Black (1990). In 2005, Goldsborough published Three Strikes You re Dead, the first in an original series starring Chicago Tribune reporter Snap Malek. His most recent novel is Terror at the Fair (2011).


Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe Cover Image
By Jane Morocco, Paul Harvey Jr (Foreword by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467113410
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - March 9th, 2015

On October 8, 1930, Charles "Cap" Sauers, general superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, wrote a letter to Alfred M. Bailey, president of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, about an idea he had. He proposed developing several nature study museums with the support of Bailey and the Academy of Sciences. Bailey eagerly wrote to Sauers that he had the Academy's full cooperation. By 1932, the Trailside Museum of Natural History was opened in River Forest, Illinois, the first of its kind in the Midwest. Several curators would come and go, but one in particular, Virginia Moe, dedicated more than 50 years of her life to the museum, animals, and people of Cook County. This is truly her story. About the Author Jane Morocco's personal connection to Trailside began as a child in the 1950s, when her mother, a field biologist, took her on weekly visits to see the animals. After volunteering for 10 years with Virginia Moe, Morocco became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Images gathered for this project are from the Cook County Forest Preserve archives, as well as from private collections.


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Murder Boy Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781940610276
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Published: Polis Books - March 31st, 2015

Dominick Prince is out of options. He's lived in Detroit long enough to use his experiences of crime and poverty to fuel his writing, but he's ready to move on to bigger and better things. Dominick's thesis advisor, the elitist Parker Farmington, refuses to let Dominick pass his class, thinking the genre of potboilers beneath him. Which means rather than becoming the next literary sensation, Dominick will spend his life asking customers if they d like fries with that. And if that's the only plan, kidnapping doesn t seem like such a bad plan B.
So if Farmington won t pass him willfully, Dominick will make him do it forcefully. And once he has Farmington's signature, fame and fortune are within Dominick's grasp. But while Dominick may have a devious and brilliant mind on the page, in reality he's more Betty White than Walter White. And before he can write the plot thickens, Dominick's plan begins to go horribly wrong. Teaming with Farmington's jilted mistress and her loose-cannon bounty hunter brother, Dominick finds that if even the best laid plans go awry, then his doesn t have a snowball's chance in hell. And being a great writer won't matter much if he's six feet under.


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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780307476418
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Published: Anchor Books - June 3rd, 2014

Finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography
One of the Best Books of the Year:
"The Christian Science Monitor
NPR
The Seattle Times
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chicago Tribune"
A "New York Times" Notable Book
The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, a sideshow of a sideshow. As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power.
At the center of it all was Lawrence himself.In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in Syria; by 1917 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army as he fought a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions. Based on four years of intensive primary document research, "Lawrence in Arabia" definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed.


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The Sinking of the Eastland: America's Forgotten Tragedy Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780806526485
Availability: Special Order
Published: Citadel Press - July 1st, 2005

Chicago, Saturday, July 24, 1915: Over two thousand Western Electric employees and their families, dressed in their finest, arrive early at the riverfront to board the Eastland, a bold and breathtaking steamship. The boat is scheduled to ferry its passengers to the annual company picnic in Michigan City. Suddenly, as it sits in port, the Eastland begins to list. While thousands of people watch in horror, the ship rolls to its side and silently capsizes, killing a staggering 844 people... The Eastland tragedy was witnessed by nearly 10,000 bystanders and claimed more lives than the infamous Chicago Fire. Taking place in broad daylight on the city's bustling wharfside, it was a heartbreaking maritime disaster that sorrowfully echoed the sinking of the luxury liner Titanic just three years earlier. But the victims of this terrible mishap weren't among the world's most rich and famous. They were everyday people who worked hard for the right to enjoy a day's pleasure. They did not know that for many aboard, this day would be their last. And the only thing more shocking than the event that took their lives is the fact that it has been all but forgotten. Until now...


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The Eastland Disaster Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780738534411
Availability: Special Order
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - August 17th, 2005

Book Description:


More than 7,000 people living in the Chicago area and Michigan City, Indiana, eagerly anticipated Saturday morning, July 24, 1915. This particular Saturday was going to be anything but a routine summer day. Plans had been carefully made for it to be the social and entertainment event of the year, and for some, a lifetime. The fifth annual midsummer excursion and picnic had been organized by the employees of the Western Electric Company’s Hawthorne Works. Thousands of carefree merrymakers would enjoy a festive day including a lovely cruise across Lake Michigan to an awaiting parade and day-long picnic. The day would conclude with an evening cruise back to Chicago. For thousands of hard-working immigrant laborers and their families and friends, it was going to be a day to remember. Instead, the day’s scheduled event turned into a tragedy unlike any other. The SS Eastland, while still tied to the wharf, rolled into the Chicago River with more than 2,500 passengers on board. Nearly 850 people lost their lives, including 22 entire families. The ensuing struggle for survival, and the resulting death, heroism, cowardice, greed, and scandal gripped the city of Chicago.

Author Bio: Author Ted Wachholz is the executive director of the Eastland Disaster Historical Society. Through his work with the society and in association with the Chicago Historical Society, Wachholz combines captivating images with compelling narrative taken from firsthand accounts from families of survivors, victims, and others directly affected by the Eastland Disaster.


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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

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The Black Hour Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616148850
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Published: Seventh Street Books - July 8th, 2014