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Authors Discussion & Signing with Frances McNamara and Victoria Thompson

Authors Discussion & Signing with Frances McNamara and Victoria Thompson

Titles: Death at the Selig Studios with Emily Cabot and

           Murder on Union Square with Frank Malloy & Sarah Brandt

 

Thursday

June 7, 2018

7:00PM

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Author: Frances McNamara

Frances McNamara grew up in Boston where her father served as Police Commissioner for ten years. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and was a librarian at the University of Chicago. She is getting ready to launch the seventhh Emily Cabot Mystery, Murder at the Selig Studios. When not writing she can be found sailing on Boston’s Charles River or beaching it on Cape Cod.

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts. My father was an FBI agent and later the Police Commissioner of the city of Boston. Whether it was the influence of a professional detective in the family or near sightedness, I started reading mysteries with Nancy Drew stories and soon graduated to Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Ngaio Marsh. I graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a major in English. Although I had never worked in a library, I signed up for a masters in library science program at Simmons College part time while working at the Wellesley College Library. In order to keep busy, I also signed up for a masters in English degree at Simmons and studied Chinese language at Wellesley, and Middlebury College.

 

        

Title: Death at the Selig Studios with Emily Cabot

Description

The early summer of 1909 finds Emily Cabot eagerly anticipating a relaxing vacation with her family. Before they can depart, however, she receives news that her brother, Alden, has been involved in a shooting death at the Selig Polyscope silent movie studios on Chicago’s northwest side. She races to investigate, along with her friend Detective Henry Whitbread. There they discover a sprawling backlot, complete with ferocious jungle animals and the celluloid cowboys Tom Mix and Broncho Billy. As they dig deeper into the situation, they uncover furtive romantic liaisons between budding movie stars and an attempt by Thomas Edison to maintain his stranglehold over the emerging film industry. Before the intrepid amateur sleuth can clear her brother’s name she faces a serious break with the detective; a struggle with her adolescent daughter, who is obsessed with the filming of the original Wizard of Oz movie; and threats upon her own life.

 

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Author: Victoria Thompson

Edgar®  and Agatha Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest, Murder in the Bowery, was a May 2017 release. The 21st book in that series, Murder on UnionSquare, will be out in May 2018.  City of Lies is the first book in her new Counterfeit Lady series, a November 2017 release from Berkley.  She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook Many Genres/One Craft. Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master's program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Illinois with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.  

 

Title: Murder on Union Square

 

Description

When a murder hits close to home, Frank finds himself in an unusual position--the prime suspect in the latest installment of the national bestselling Gaslight Mystery series... Sarah and Frank Malloy are enjoying married life and looking to make their family official by adopting Catherine, the child whom Sarah rescued and has been raising as her daughter. The process seems fairly straightforward, but at the last minute, the newlyweds discover that Parnell Vaughn, Catherine's legal father, has a claim on the child, and his grasping fianc e is demanding a financial settlement to relinquish parental rights. Even though exchanging money for a child is illegal, Frank and Sarah's love for Catherine drives them to comply. When Frank returns with the money and finds Vaughn beaten to death, all evidence points to Frank as the culprit. A not-quite-famous actor with modest means, Vaughn seems an unlikely candidate for murder, particularly such a violent crime of passion. But Frank soon uncovers real-life intrigue as dramatic as any that appears on stage. Sarah and Frank enlist those closest to them to help hunt for Vaughn's killer as Frank's own life--and the future of their family--hang in the balance.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780996755894
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Published: Allium Press - May 29th, 2018

Murder on Union Square (Gaslight Mystery #20) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399586606
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Published: Berkley Books - May 1st, 2018

Chicago Dickens Fellowship Meeting

Chicago Dickens Fellowship Meeting

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Chicago 1840?...

Sunday

June 10, 2018

2:00 PM

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Reading: The first half of The Old Curiosity Shop

Description


First published serially in 1840-41 in Dickens' own magazine, Master Humphrey's Clock, and in book form in 1841, The Old Curiosity Shop was an immediate popular success. The heart-wrenching story of Little Nell and her doting grandfather offered a rich amalgam of misery and malice, goodness and generosity, love and loyalty -- all with a pervading veneer of sentimentality that greatly appealed to Victorian readers.
As the story opens up, Nell and her grandfather are living behind his curiosity shop, which brings in barely a pittance. To improve Nell's prospects, her grandfather gambles at night and is soon in debt to the evil dwarf Quilp. When Quilp takes over the shop, Nell and her aged guardian abandon their home and roam the countryside, where they meet up with a diverse and vivid collection of wandering entertainers and traveling shows, jovial innkeepers, clerics, schoolmasters, and sharp-eyed con men. Relentlessly pursued by the avaricious Quilp, the two struggle to survive in a hostile world that often turns a cold shoulder, but nevertheless also includes people who treat them with kindness and compassion.
The book has much to recommend it--it features a wonderfully picturesque cast of characters drawn with typical Dickensian flair, while the mean streets of Victorian London and the rustic charms of the English countryside are recreated in loving detail. Above all, the book offers a rich human drama of courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Generations of readers have applauded Nell and the other plucky underdogs of the story as they oppose the vile and miserable actions of the evil and uncaring.

 

About the Author


After a childhood blighted by poverty, commercial success came early to Charles Dickens (1812-70). By the age of 24, he was an international sensation whose new novels were eagerly anticipated. Two centuries later, Dickens' popularity endures as readers revel in the warm humanity and rollicking humor of his tales of self-discovery.

The Old Curiosity Shop (Dover Giant Thrift Editions) Cover Image
$7.00
ISBN: 9780486426792
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Published: Dover Publications - July 15th, 2003

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 (Nero Wolfe Mysteries) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781504041119
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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 Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143036494
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2005

The Riverview Murders: A Paul Whelan Mystery (Paul Whelan Mysteries #5) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626817678
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Published: Diversion Publishing - Ips - February 17th, 2015

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The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781137280152
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 22nd, 2016

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1938: Hitler's Gamble Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465022052
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Published: Basic Books - May 10th, 2011

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Hidden Graves: A PI Mystery Set in Chicago (Dek Elstrom PI Mystery #6) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780727886644
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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
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Published: Bantam Classics - November 1st, 1986

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