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 five different reader/writer discussion  groups meet here regularly or 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,

We are profoundly grateful for your book & gift certificate orders that have helped sustain us through the pandemic.

We participate in the Illinois COVID-19/variant precautions within the current guidelines:


Wear your mask at audience 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; 

If attending a discussion group, please don't move chairs closer together 

 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 through Fourth Quarter 2021

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's Bestselling Authors of First through Third Quarter, 2021. 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.



Arsenic and Adobo (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery #1) By Mia P. Manansala Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593201671
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - May 4th, 2021

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Trouble at the Brownstone (Nero Wolfe Mysteries #16) By Robert Goldsborough Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504066624
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - June 15th, 2021

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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

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II By Liza Mundy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316352543
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - October 2nd, 2018

The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican By Benjamin Blech, Roy Doliner Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780061469053
Published: HarperOne - May 12th, 2009

Murder in the Summer of Love By Michael Raleigh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942078227
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Coffeetown Press - June 8th, 2021

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The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451654684
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 2nd, 2014

Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler By Lynne Olson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812985030
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 3rd, 2020

Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America By T.J. Stiles Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780307475947
Published: Vintage - October 25th, 2016

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