About Centuries and Sleuths

Celebrating its independence in specialty bookselling for almost 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 of their books, 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; 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!

Author Discussion & Signing with Lou Macaluso

Title: The Greatest Escape (Based on True Events)

Author: Lou Macaluso

Date: November 23, 2019

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM



The Greatest Escape Danger and adventure abound as a group of senior citizens escape through the Berlin Wall to freedom. Based on the inspiring true story of one of the most daring Cold War exoduses. A Berlin trip a few years ago rekindled the author s twenty-year fascination with a daring, true, tunnel escape from East to West Berlin during the height of the Cold War. A wonderful group of feisty senior citizens led by an eighty-one-year-old man, pulled off one of the most daring escapes to freedom in recent history. The fictionalized account of these real events is the backbone of this wonderful novel by prodigious author Lou Macaluso. The Greatest Escape must rank as one of the best historical fictions of this period anyone has written to date.

Lou Macaluso


Déjà vu, Italian Style marks Lou Macaluso’s second installment in the Tony Morelli mystery series. Before becoming an author and motivational speaker, Lou was an English teacher, football, track and wrestling coach, triathlete, and a union president. He currently serves as a Mystery Writers of America Board Member. His other published works include In Search of Sal (premiere Tony Morelli mystery inspired by the true story of a Hollywood character actor), The Warming Sicilian Son, and numerous short stories. His current novel, The Greatest Escape, is a chilling thriller based on the most daring escape from East to West Berlin during the Cold War.

Lou is a lifelong resident of Chicago where he lives with his wife and their three dogs.

Author Discussion & Signing with Michael A. Black

Author: Michael A. Black

Title: Legends of the West: A Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves Western

Date: December 7, 2019

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 PM



The Indian Territory, 1879--Two men are on a collision course. Bass Reeves, who wears a deputy marshal's star, has sworn to uphold the law. The other is Marion Michael Donovan, a ruthless killer who murdered his first man at age fourteen. In the Indian Territories to investigate a group of white men selling guns to the Indians, Reeves enlists the help of an Indian deputy, Walks as Bear. Donovan has taken over the town of Temptation and, using a stolen Gatling gun, plans to rob a train carrying a shipment of gold. After discovering that Donovan is responsible for the murder of some Texas Rangers, Reeves finds himself in a race against time to stop the killers and prevent another massacre.


Michael A. Black holds an MFA degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College, and has been a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago for the past twenty-eight years. His short stories have been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Mike's other novels include A Killing Frost, Windy City Knights, and A Final Judgment, featuring private investigator Ron Shade. He has also written two standalone thrillers, The Heist and Freeze Me, Tender.

Legends of the West Cover Image
ISBN: 9781432857356
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Five Star Publishing - October 16th, 2019

Celebrate INDEPENDENTS DAY at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore !

Program: There will be a collection of local and national authors who will sit with readers one-on-one to talk about their books and answer your questions about their books. They will stay in 2 hour segments. 

We will have the regulars we’ve had for the past few years celebrating Independent Bookstores in this age of eclectronic literacy and big box book repositories with large collections, but little enthusiasm for literacy and good writers. Visit an Independent Bookseller to find out more about book content and authors than just price.

Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Bestselling Authors of 2018

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's Bestselling Authors of 2018. 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. 


Shell Game: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062435866
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - October 16th, 2018

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A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425282625
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Published: Berkley - July 31st, 2018

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The Battered Badge (Nero Wolfe Mysteries #13) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504049108
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - April 17th, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062441942
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Published: William Morrow - August 14th, 2018

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In the Hush of the Night: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510729872
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Published: Skyhorse - May 15th, 2018

Under a Dark Sky: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062560308
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2018

Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062218308
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Published: Ecco - February 10th, 2015

Philipp of Hesse: Unlikely Hero of the Reformation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780758661968
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Published: Concordia Publishing House - November 16th, 2018

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