About Centuries and Sleuths

Celebrating its independence in specialty bookselling for over 30 years, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's atmosphere is warm and friendly, with oak/cherry bookcases, shelves clearly labeled with the historical era / topic, mystery, or related subjects , and comfortable seating, inviting you to browse your chosen subject(s). You won't "get lost in the stacks", but you can definitely get lost in the books.

If you're unsure where to start, our knowledgeable, helpful staff will be happy to act as your guide through fact or fiction, history or mystery, and adults' or children’s books. We'll even giftwrap your book purchases upon request.

Often, you can discuss your opinion about a book with other like-minded (or not) readers, or even with the author who excited your curiosity, rapture, or dissent, because three different reader discussion  groups meet here regularly (and one  periodically;) and we host frequent author and community events.

You can follow our events, order books online, and see "staff picks" of books we recently enjoyed, or our groups are discussing, on our web page, Facebook, or Instagram. Or sign up to receive our monthly newsletter.  By all means, get to know us better!

Dear Friends,

Despite the pandemic, Amazon, etc, we're still here due to your book orders & purchases, attendance at book groups, Chamber/community celebrations and author events. THANK YOU!!

 Please, wear your mask at crowded events, even if fully vaccinated for COVID-19, in respect for customers with compromised immune systems, or who cannot be vaccinated yet.

Cover coughs/sneezes. Clean hands with hand sanitizer or soap/water before handling books; 

Phone (708/771-7243) and online orders  (cns7419@sbcglobal.net )  are accepted in the usual manner. 

Thank you all,
Centuries and Sleuths


Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Bestselling Authors of First Quarter 2023

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's Bestselling Authors of First Quarter, 2023. 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.



Boneheads and Brainiacs: Heroes and Scoundrels of the Nobel Prize in Medicine By Moira Dolan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610353502
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quill Driver Books - March 10th, 2020

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Chicago's Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City By Carl Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802159120
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - September 14th, 2021

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Molasses Murder in a Nutshell: A Nutshell Murder Mystery By Frances McNamara Cover Image
ISBN: 9781685122508
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Level Best Books - January 10th, 2023

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Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class By Larry Tye Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805078503
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Holt Paperbacks - June 1st, 2005

Five Decembers By James Kestrel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781789098679
Published: Hard Case Crime - September 13th, 2022

The Sun Down Motel By Simone St. James Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440000204
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - October 20th, 2020

Poe Street By Michael Raleigh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781685122997
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Level Best/Historia - March 1st, 2023

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Three Imposters and Other Stories By Arthur Machen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781420938272
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Digireads.com - January 1st, 2010

The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation By Natalie Y. Moore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118332
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - April 4th, 2017

The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation By Mark Kurlansky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140298512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 2001

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