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Sisters in Crime Meeting

Guest Speakers: Julie Kenney and Silvia Carrier

Ms. Kenney will talk about her career as a Public Information Representative in Inspection Service

Ms. Carrier an inspector in the Chicago Division -- Postal Inspection will talk about the Inspection Service and some exciting cases she's experienced.

 

 

Sisters in Crime Meeting

 Diane Piron-Gelman

Guest Speaker: Diane Pirone-Gelman   

  Diane will be talking about audiobooks. She records them and has recently learned to produce them  as    well. She can tell you where/how to find others that produce them. Other issues Diane will cover are where to find a narrator, what to look for in an audiobook audition (for those who'd like an audio version of their novel, but don't want to do it themselves), ways to connect with narrators and sound engineers (plus a realistic examination of the costs involved), and also speak a bit about the skills needed to narrate and produce your own audiobook (if you have the ability, equipment, and time--it's a big time investment).

 

 

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For You Were Strangers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780989053594
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Published: Allium Press - December 15th, 2015

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Shall We Not Revenge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780989053532
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Published: Allium Press - March 13th, 2014

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No Less in Blood Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781489533159
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Published: Createspace - May 23rd, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Chicago's Own Richard Lindberg

Come join us to listen to Chicago's Own Richard Lindberg discuss & sign his latest book on Chicago's shaddy side, Gangland Chicago: Criminality and Lawlessness in the Windy City.

 

Description


This engrossing tale of gangs and organized criminality begins in the frontier saloons situated in the marshy flats of Chicago, the future world class city of Mid-continent. Gangland Chicago recounts the era of parlor gambling, commercialized vice districts continuing through the bloody Prohibition bootlegging wars; failed reform movements; the rise of post-World War II juvenile criminal gangs and the saga of the Blackstone Rangers in a chaotic, racially divided city., Gang violence and street crime is endemic in contemporary Chicago. There is much more to the saga of crime, politics, and armed violence than Al Capone and John Dillinger. Gangland Chicago explores the changing patterns of criminal behavior, politics, gangs, youth crime and the failures of reform in its historic totality. Richard Lindberg takes the reader on a journey through decades of a troubled past to delve deep into the evolution of street gangs and organized violence endemic in Chicago. Small ethnic gangs organized in ethnic slum districts of the city expanded into the well-known organized crime syndicates of Chicago's history. Gangland Chicago is full of stories of unchecked violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. Unlike other standard true crime accounts focused exclusively on the Prohibition era, this historical look-back probes the obscure and forgotten dark corners of city crime history. Lindberg details how both organized and dis-organized street gangs have paralyzed city neighborhoods and transformed the crimes of the Windy City from street thuggery and common ruffians protected and nurtured by politicians into a protected class is gripping. Gangland Chicago is a revealing look at the Chicago underworld of yesterday and today. This comprehensive volume is sure to entertain and inform any reader interested in the evolution of organized crime and gangs in America's most representative city of the American Heartland.

About the Author


Richard C. Lindberg grew up in Chicago's Norwood Park neighborhood. His nine books include "Chicago by Gaslight: A History of the Chicago Netherworld, 1880-I 920, The White Sox Encyclopedia, "and "The Armchair Companion to chicago Sports. "He is the former editor of the "Illinois Police and Sheriff's News "and served as head writer and senior editor for the Edgar Award-winning "Encyclopedia of World Crime."
Gangland Chicago: Criminality and Lawlessness in the Windy City Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9781442231955
Availability: Backordered
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 15th, 2015

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Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld: 1880-1920 Cover Image
By Richard Lindberg, Bob Deckert (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780897334211
Availability: Special Order
Published: Chicago Review Press - August 30th, 2005

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Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781581820133
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Published: Cumberland House Publishing - May 1st, 1999

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Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780875804361
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Published: Northern Illinois University Press - April 25th, 2011

Mystery Writers of American Meeting

Guest speakers: Danielle Egan-Miller, owner and president, and Joanna MacKenzie, literary agent, from                                

Browne & Miller Literary Associates, Chicago’s leading literary agency.

Egan-Miller and MacKenzie will discuss how authors can best work with agents.

2015 Independents Day Year Three

We will have over 20 authors throughout the day helping Centuries & Sleuths celebrating not only Independents Day established three years ago, but Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's TWENTY-FIFTH (25TH) ANNIVERSARY of being an Independent Bookseller. Come join us and purchase some signed books by local authors that make great Hoiliday Presents and the autographs make them special!

Authors Discussion & Signing with Daniel Block & Howard B. Rosing

Come join us at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to listen to Daniel Block & Howard B. Rosing talk about their book, Chicago: A Food Biography which will become both a Chicago and a dining classic. Then if you purchase it at Centuries & Sleuths you can have it signed. If you bring a book not purchased at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to be signed there is a $5/book fee to have it signed. We are sure you understand, "You wouldn't bring a can/bottle of Pilsner beer with you when dining at the Berghoff's Restaurant."

About the Book:

Chicago began as a frontier town on the edge of white settlement and as the product of removal of culturally rich and diverse indigenous populations. The town grew into a place of speculation with the planned building of the Illinois and Michigan canal, a boomtown, and finally a mature city of immigrants from both overseas and elsewhere in the US. In this environment, cultures mixed, first at the taverns around Wolf Point, where the forks of the Chicago River join, and later at the jazz and other clubs along the Stroll in the black belt, and in the storefront ethnic restaurants of today. Chicago was the place where the transcontinental railroads from the West and the trunk roads from the East met. Many downtown restaurants catered specifically to passengers transferring from train to train between one of the five major downtown railroad stations. This also led to destination restaurants, where Hollywood stars and their onlookers would dine during overnight layovers between trains. At the same time, Chicago became the candy capital of the US and a leading city for national conventions, catering to the many participants looking for a great steak and atmosphere. Beyond hosting conventions and commerce, Chicagoans also simply needed to eat safely and relatively cheaply. Chicago grew amazingly fast, becoming the second largest city in the US in 1890. Chicago itself and its immediate surrounding area was also the site of agriculture, both producing food for the city and for shipment elsewhere. Within the city, industrial food manufacturers prospered, highlighted by the meat processors at the Chicago stockyards, but also including candy makers such as Brach's and Curtiss, and companies such as Kraft Foods. At the same time, large markets for local consumption emerged. The food biography of Chicago is a story of not just culture, economics, and innovation, but also a history of regulation and regulators, as they protected Chicago's food supply and built Chicago into a city where people not only come to eat, but where locals rely on the availability of safe food and water. With vivid details and stories of local restaurants and food, Block and Rosing reveal Chicago to be one of the foremost eating destinations in the country.

 

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$38.00
ISBN: 9781442227262
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - September 3rd, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with Michael Black

Come to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to listen to Michael Black talk about his latest Executioner book, Uncut Terror. The buy at C&S and get signed by Michael for a great addition to your collection.

Diamonds Aren't Forever in The Executioner: Uncut Terror:
A legendary Kremlin assassin slaughters an American defector before he can be repatriated. Not about to let the murder go unpunished, Mack Bolan sets out to even the score. 
His first target is a Russian businessman with ties to organized crime, a man who was unexpectedly released from a Siberian prison. Bolan tracks him to the World Diamond Council meeting in New York City, where the Russians reveal their deadly endgame. Only one man can stop their scheme to crash the Western economy and kill hundreds of innocent people--the Executioner.

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$5.99
ISBN: 9780373644438
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Published: Gold Eagle - October 6th, 2015

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Sleeping Dragons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780373644193
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Published: Gold Eagle - October 1st, 2013

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$6.99
ISBN: 9780373615773
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Published: Gold Eagle - June 2nd, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with D. M. Pirrone

Come to Centuries & Sleuths to listen to and have your  For You Were Strangers newly purchased at C&S, signed by D. M. Pirrone.

It's the second in the Hanley & Rivka Mystery series. On a spring morning in 1872, fomer Civil War officer Ben Champion is discovered in his Chicago bedroom -- a bayonet protruding from his back. What starts as a routine case for Detective Frank Hanley soon becomes anything but, as his investigation into Champion's life turns up hidden truths best left buried.

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Shall We Not Revenge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780989053532
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Published: Allium Press - March 13th, 2014

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No Less in Blood Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781489533159
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Published: Createspace - May 23rd, 2013

Authors Discussion & Signing with Local Authors E. C. Diskin & Pat Camalliere

Ms Diskin's first visit to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for her 2nd mystery Broken Grace which is a winter's tale set in Michigan. Please come & help us welcome her to the local literary hangout where books come alive with the help of very good authors.

This is Ms. Camalliere's first visit for an author signing at Centuries & Sleuths Boosktore too, for her mystery The Mystery at Sag Bridge set in Lemont a small suburb of Chicago. This "Cold Case" mystery involves a capricious spirit, a mysterious wolf,and a 100-year-old triple homicide of a young Irish family.

About Broken Grace

On an icy winter's day in southwest Michigan, Grace Abbott wakes up as the survivor of a car crash. But she's left with a traumatic brain injury and a terrifying reality: she can't remember anything. Left in the care of her sister, Grace returns to the family's secluded old farmhouse to recover but within an hour of her return, the police arrive. Grace's boyfriend has been murdered. Without any memory, Grace has no alibi. With suspicion weighing heavily on her and flashes of memory returning, Grace searches for clues to her past. But with every glimpse, her anxiety grows. There is something about the house, her family, her childhood perhaps the accident isn t the only reason she can t remember. Are the dark recesses of her mind hiding something even more sinister and terrifying than she could ever imagine? Is someone willing to kill again to hide the truth?

 

About The Mystery at Sag Bridge

Photo courtesy Richard Hoyt Lee

   Cora Tozzi is a retired businesswoman who, after nursing her mother through her final illness, wishes only for a peaceful orderly world in her suburban Chicago home. When an angry spirit begins to leave cryptic messages on her computer and threatens those around her, Cora is forced to dig into the town’s notorious past to uncover secrets  that will free the bonds that tie her and the spirit. With the help of her husband and their friend, Frannie, Cora uses her skills as an amateur historian in a search that takes    them into unexpected terrain including subterranean passages, an eerie graveyard, and shadowy paths in isolated forests where a sinister predator is awakened. As  they battle unpredictable supernatural powers, the story takes a poignant turn: the spirit’s life is revealed, and both women, a century apart, examine threads into the past and the future, their loss and longing linked across the generations.

 

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Broken Grace Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781503946187
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - August 25th, 2015

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The Green Line Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781477818404
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - November 26th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781937484309
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Published: Amika Press - April 4th, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with Wendy Sands Eckel

Come and meet new mystery author Wendy Sanda Eckel at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore as she discusses and then signs her novel  Murder at Barclay Meadow.

 

 

Description


Rosalie Hart's world has been upended. After her husband confesses to an affair, she exiles herself to her late aunt's farmhouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore. With its fields untended and the house itself in disrepair, Barclay Meadow couldn't be more different than the tidy D.C. suburb she used to call home. Just when Rosalie feels convinced things couldn't get any worse, she finds a body floating in her marsh grasses. When the sheriff declares the death an accident, she becomes suspicious. The dead girl, Megan, reminds her of her own daughter, who has recently gone off to college, and she feels a responsibility to find out the truth.

Rosalie confides her doubts to her friends in her creative writing class, and they ask to join her investigation, beginning the search in earnest. Meanwhile, Rosalie works on restoring Barclay Meadow to its former glory-with help from the rugged Tyler Wells, a farmer who once leased the land. When Rosalie discovers her aunt's favorite bread recipe on a yellowed index card, she begins baking, and with her deep love for nourishing others rekindled, she starts to feel alive again. But as she zeroes in on the truth about what happened to Megan, she begins getting ominous threats. Determined to get justice for Megan and protect the new home she's begun to build for herself, Rosalie races to catch the killer in this deftly plotted and heartwarming debut.

About the Author


WENDY SAND ECKEL is a psychotherapist who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, where she enjoys her family, multiple pets, and life on the water. "Murder at Barclay Meadow" is her first novel.

 

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250058607
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 28th, 2015

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