About Centuries and Sleuths

Celebrating its independence in specialty bookselling for 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!

Dear Friends,

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

With some trepidation, we tentatively move to stage IV in the Illinois COVID-19 precautions. Since we're not entirely out of the woods yet, we do so within the current guidelines:


Wear your mask, even if fully vaccinated for COVID-19, in respect for customers with compromised immune systems, or who cannot be vaccinated yet

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Centuries and Sleuths


Authors Discussion and Signing with Michael A. Black and George Tackes

Authors Discussion and Signing

Michael A. Black for A.W. Hart Gunslinger: Killer's Gamble and Killer's Requiem

George Tackes for Short Stories In Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Volume 7: The Case of No Interest and The Accidental Death Of Henry Lindfield

Date: October 10, 2021

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00PM

Despite being relentlessly pursued by Pinkerton detectives and an assortment of hired killers, Connor Mack and his twin sister, Abby, are determined to see things through with their mentor, gunslinger River Hicks.

The quest to clear Hicks of a false murder charge requires them to find and confront the rich, powerful foe who seems bent on destroying them. Their journey takes an unexpected turn after they're involved in a bloody confrontation between a bounty hunter and a group of vicious outlaws. Ultimately, this leads them to the town of Land's End where a strange set of circumstances embroil them in a heavyweight boxing match, a high-stakes poker tournament, and much more. Unbeknownst to Connor and Abby, their three malevolent brothers have also been recruited to work against them. All roads lead to Land's End for a showdown that will take place not only in the boxing ring and the gaming tables, but in the dusty street as well.

For every step on their long journey of discovery, Connor Mack, his twin sister, Abby, and gunslinger River Hicks, have faced brutal killers, scheming Pinkerton detectives, and corruption at every corner. Having cheated death more times than they'd like to count, the quest for the twin's mysterious birthright is finally heading for a deadly showdown with the killer who ordered the execution.

Hicks, who is also seeking to clear his name, has promised to reveal the truths he's been harboring since he rescued Connor and Abby from their violent existence on the Mack farm. But first they must face a new collection of killers that are gathering - including a ruthless gunman for hire and a fanatical mercenary with his horde of fervent disciples.

As the long-buried secrets of the past suddenly rise to the surface like a cauldron of evil boiling over, a fearsome battle signals the death knell of a killer's requiem...

A young boy's dog is cruelly slain. A British agent is murdered aboard a train and the daughter of a distinguished military officer commits suicide. These are just three of the five mysteries contained in this volume of new Sherlock Holmes adventures as offered by writers I.A. Watson, R.A. Jones, George Tackes and Jonathan Casey. Each offers the brilliant Holmes and his ever loyal companion, Dr. Watson, unique and exotic puzzles that will test their skills and bring them face to face with murder most foul.

Gunslinger: Killer's Gamble Cover Image
ISBN: 9781647346478
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wolfpack Publishing - June 23rd, 2021

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) Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780593201671
Published: Berkley - May 4th, 2021

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

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The Doll with the Sad Face: The Adventures of a Family Man Private Detective Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781734151558
Published: Bella Media Management - October 12th, 2020

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Boneheads and Brainiacs: Heroes and Scoundrels of the Nobel Prize in Medicine 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 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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061469053
Published: HarperOne - May 12th, 2009

Murder in the Summer of Love 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 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 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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307475947
Published: Vintage - October 25th, 2016

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