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,

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; 

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 Second Quarter 2022

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's Bestselling Authors of Second Quarter, 2022. 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.



Overboard: A Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels #22) By Sara Paretsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063010888
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - May 10th, 2022

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An African American and Latinx History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #4) By Paul Ortiz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807005934
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - December 11th, 2018

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Kill Her Twice (Dek Elstrom Mystery #8) By Jack Fredrickson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780727850638
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Severn House - April 5th, 2022

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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

Architect of Courage By Victoria Weisfeld Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953434814
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Opal Books - June 4th, 2022

Chicago Beer: A History of Brewing, Public Drinking and the Corner Bar (American Palate) By June Skinner Sawyers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467149259
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: History Press - March 21st, 2022

The Crossing Places: The First Ruth Galloway Mystery (Ruth Galloway Mysteries #1) By Elly Griffiths Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547386065
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - September 28th, 2010

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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President By Candice Millard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780767929714
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - June 12th, 2012

Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel (Jackson Brodie #4) By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316066747
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - October 6th, 2011

This Is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines By Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641600767
Published: Chicago Review Press - May 7th, 2019

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